Author: David Shiller

LEDs Magazine Rebrands Sapphire Awards To Become BrightStar Awards

LEDs Magazine has rebranded the former Sapphire Awards and has relaunched the program as the BrightStar Awards.

LEDs Magazine has rebranded the former Sapphire Awards and has relaunched the program as the BrightStar Awards. Brightstar Awards will honor innovative LED and solid-state lighting technologies across the supply and design chain. They are focused on recognizing ingenuity in products, addressing five key factors: performance, reliability, efficiency, ease of integration/use, and innovation.

Award categories will be:

  • LED Light Sources
  • LED & SSL Components, Design Tools, and Materials
  • Connected SSL, Software, & Controls
  • Indoor SSL
  • Outdoor SSL
  • Circadian Lighting Technologies
  • Horticultural SSL & Control Systems
  • LED-based Disinfection Technologies
  • Specialty SSL & System Technologies

More information is available here.

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Product Monday: Luminis Adds Wall Mounts and Bollards To Bellevue Exterior Family

Luminis, an Acuity Brands manufacturer of specification grade lighting solutions for commercial, institutional, retail, and urban environments, announced the addition of wall mounts and bollards to its Bellevue luminaire family.

Luminis, an Acuity Brands manufacturer of specification grade lighting solutions for commercial, institutional, retail, and urban environments, announced the addition of wall mounts and bollards to its Bellevue luminaire family. With a modern rectilinear design, the new wall mount and bollard models complete the family and allow the Bellevue aesthetic to be carried throughout multiple spaces in exterior projects. The luminaires are intended for parks, buildings, public squares, pedestrian pathways, alleys, parking lots, dealerships, shopping centers, and school campuses.

Bollards are 42” high with a 6” x 4.5” footprint. They are available in a single head, or a double head mount in a T-shape. Both bollards and wall mount fixtures are offered in different lumen packages up to 7800 lumens to address specific lighting applications.

Summary of feature options:

  • IES distribution types: Type I, II, III, IV
  • 2700K, 3000K, 3500K and 4000K
  • True amber LEDs
  • Photocell
  • Surge protector
  • Ground fault circuit interrupter receptacle
  • Marine-grade finish
  • Bollard available in faux wood finishes

Full details on the Bellevue family are available here.

 

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Massachusetts LED Study Projects High C&I LED Adoption Rates

Last year, an evaluation report by DNV was published about Massachusetts’ commercial & industrial lighting rebate programs. The report projected some LED adoption rates significantly higher than DOE’s predictions for the US, as a whole.

Last year, an evaluation report by DNV was published about Massachusetts’ commercial & industrial lighting rebate programs. The report projected some LED adoption rates significantly higher than DOE’s predictions for the US, as a whole.

Key projections include:

  • Ambient linear LED adoption will reach 85% by 2024.
  • High/low bay LED adoption will reach 77% by the end of 2024.
  • Building exterior/outdoor LED adoption will reach 94% by 2024.

Read the full report here.

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New Lighting Designer Directory Published By inside.lighting

Last month, lighting industry news website, inside.lighting, published a new Lighting Designer Directory. To find out more about this new industry resource, I interviewed Al Uszynski, Editor & Publisher of inside.lighting.

Last month, lighting industry news website, inside.lighting, published a new Lighting Designer Directory. To find out more about this new industry resource, I interviewed Al Uszynski, Editor & Publisher of inside.lighting.

DS: When did you launch the Lighting Designer Directory on inside.lighting?

AU: We’ve been contemplating a lighting designer directory for a couple of years, but the work really started in late 2021. The debut of the Lighting Designer Directory was February 2022.

Our mission was to find a way to give a signal boost to architectural lighting designers while segmenting them from other “lighting design” professions that relate to live events, film, TV production, landscape installations and the design of custom light fixtures.  Try Googling “Lighting Designer in…” for your city and it’s often hard to find architectural lighting designers among all the different search results.

DS: How many lighting designers are in the database, currently?

AU: We take a firm-centric approach and not an individual-designer approach.  We have over 350 architectural design firms listed that represent over 1,000 individual architectural lighting designers throughout the U.S. and Canada.

DS: How should a lighting designer / firm get themselves added to your directory, if they’re not currently listed?

AU: Design firms should send us their firm information via the inside.lighting contact form.  Include a link to the firm website.  We’ll take a look at their online portfolio to ensure they provide architectural lighting design services.  Easy peasy – and we never charge designers for listings or links.

DS: Do you anticipate adding any search functionality around vertical specializations, such as healthcare, hospitality, industrial, retail, etc.?

AU: That is a cool suggestion but also one that might not create the differentiation that one would expect.  We anticipate that most firms would check the questionnaire box for each of those project types.  We provide links to each firm’s website, so their online portfolio can speak to their unique expertise.  In most states and provinces there are fewer than 15 listings, so it’s a manageable experience for the website visitor.

DS: How do you feel the response has been to the directory, from lighting designers and directory users?

AU: It’s been fantastic.  When we first launched the directory, we were flooded with inquiries from designers to tweak their listings, add their satellite office location, etc. – which we take as a good sign that there’s value to the design firms.  We continue to get several new designers per week requesting to be listed.  We received lots of positive feedback from the lighting design community at the recent LEDucation 2022 trade show and conference.

DS: Who do you think are the primary users of the directory? Building owners? Architects? Construction firms? Other?

AU: The main goal is to attract visitors who are seeking architectural lighting design services.  As inside.lighting has grown to over 50,000 visitors per month, we know that we get some good traffic from architects and end-users.  The real value will come over time as Google fully indexes the directory and starts pointing organic search traffic to the directory.

We predict that later this year when someone Googles “Lighting Designer in _______” that we will be a top search result just like we are currently the #1 result for “Lighting News,” “Lighting Industry Jobs” and “Lighting Agents in __________.”

DS: How do you see the directory evolving over time?

AU: We want to grow the directory size to make it even more useful.  We’d also like to add an Instagram link to each listing.  As social media consumers, we believe the best social platform for architectural design firms is Instagram.  Seeing the visuals of their finished work, or the videos of an installation in progress is the best way to capture the value that these awesome service professionals bring to their projects.

Thanks for the thoughtful questions – we really appreciate what LightNOW does and enjoyed the opportunity to connect!

Learn More:  The Lighting Designer Directory »

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Two New Sleep Studies Show Impacts Of Light On Young Children and Adults

Two new studies, one on young children, the other on adults, suggest detrimental health effects of light at night.

Light & Young Children’s Health

A recent study by a research team at the University of Colorado at Boulder suggests even slight exposure to dim light can disrupt a youngster’s sleep. The research found any type of light exposure before bed can impact the production of a hormone called melatonin. Melatonin comes from the pineal gland in the brain and impacts your circadian rhythm, a 24-hour biological clock in charge of regulating when to sleep and when to stay awake.

The research team recruited 36 children between the ages of three to five for a nine-day study where children wore wrist monitors to track their sleep and light exposure at night. The first seven days recorded the children on a stable sleep schedule to normalize their circadian rhythms and adopt a pattern where melatonin levels increase at the same time each evening.

On the eighth day, the team transformed the children’s home into “caves” where they placed black plastic on the windows to dim the lights. They also took saliva samples from each child every half hour starting in the early afternoon until after bedtime to look at when the children’s biological night began and the level of melatonin at that time.

On the last day, every child played a game on a light table one hour before bedtime, in a similar position as someone looking at a lit-up phone or tablet. The light intensity varied from five lux to 5,000 lux (one lux is equivalent to the light from a candle three feet away).

Results show exposure to light suppressed melatonin levels by 70 to 99 percent in comparison to the previous night. Unlike adults, exposure to light made a bigger difference in melatonin suppression than brightness.

Specifically, lights at five to 40 lux — dimmer than the average room — suppressed melatonin by 78 percent. Moreover, melatonin production continued to be delayed for an additional 50 minutes after exposure to light.

“Together, our findings indicate that in preschool-aged children, exposure to light before bedtime, even at low intensities, results in robust and sustained melatonin suppression,” says Lauren Hartstein, a postdoctoral fellow in the Sleep and Development Lab at CU Boulder.

Read the full article here.

 

Light & Adult Heart Health

Researchers from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine have found sleeping in a moderately lit room can potentially harm a person’s cardiometabolic health. The study saw just one night of sleep in a room with moderate ambient light increased nighttime heart rate and spiked insulin resistance in the morning.

This new study recruited 20 healthy young adults and split them into two groups. One group spent two consecutive nights in a sleep laboratory under dim light (less than three lux), while the other group spent one night in dim light and a second night under moderate light levels (a room light at 100 lux).

Daniela Grimaldi, co-first author on the study, said her team saw heightened overnight heart rates in participants exposed to brighter light while they slept. This increased stress on the heart at night could plausibly result in declines in a person’s cardiometabolic health over the long-term, according to Grimaldi.

“We showed your heart rate increases when you sleep in a moderately lit room,” said Grimaldi. “Even though you are asleep, your autonomic nervous system is activated. That’s bad. Usually, your heart rate together with other cardiovascular parameters are lower at night and higher during the day.”

The researchers also saw increased insulin resistance in participants the morning after sleeping under moderate light. Senior author Phyllis Zee said this finding may offer clues to observational studies linking higher rates of diabetes to nighttime light exposure.

Read the full article here.

 

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Product Monday: Orro Incorporates Circadian Lighting Control Into A Smart Switch Platform

While there are a lot of smart wall switches in the market, Orro has innovated by adding automated circadian lighting scheduling with many of the other features that you’d expect from a premium smart switch.

While there are a lot of smart wall switches in the market, Orro has innovated by adding automated circadian lighting scheduling with many of the other features that you’d expect from a premium smart switch:

  • Automated smart lighting
  • Smart home control
  • Home monitoring
  • Vacation security lighting scheduling
  • Energy-saving features
  • In-home intercom
  • Daylight harvesting
  • Voice control via built-in Alexa

On a recent call, I asked the CEO, Colin Billings, about how the circadian lighting control works, and he shared that Orro automatically adjusts the intensity of the room’s lighting based on time of day, to provide more stimulus during the day and less at night, for better circadian entrainment. The system doesn’t address the spectrum of the lights, but recent research has shown that light intensity makes a bigger contribution to circadian stimulus than light spectrum does. In addition, the light sensors in the switch can factor daylight within a room into the light intensity level, for greater circadian health benefits.

The heart of the Orro Smart Living System is the smart switches containing sensors to detect motion, light, and sound, combined with Orro’s smartphone app. Orro’s system utilizes the sensor information about the room to default-automate many of the features listed above, making the system easier to use than one requiring every feature to be manually established in settings. The smart system learns and adapts the lighting based on homeowners’ habits and preferences. In addition to the automated circadian lighting feature, the company claims lighting usage reduction of up to 80% for both environmental benefits and electricity cost savings.

Last week, the company announced that it had extended its integrations to more 3rd-party smart home platforms, including Lutron Caséta, Lutron RA2 Select, Leviton, Kasa Smart by TP Link, and LIFX. This move gives Orro connections to more connected switches, dimmers, plugs, outlets, and lighting systems. Orro can be the main control for the home or part of a broader hybrid system.

Orro also goes to market differently than many of its larger competitors. The company’s primary channels are direct sales to smart home integrators, home builders, and electrical contractors. The company is not currently focused on electrical distribution, big-box DIY retail, or online retailers.

Two weeks back, the company announced the upcoming release of the Orro S, a reduced feature version of its circadian enables smart switch, at a 50% lower price point of $149 per switch MSRP, compared to its premium Orro One at $299 per switch MSRP. Orro One’s touch screen and voice-enabled features were removed from the Orro S to achieve the lower price point and create a more focused, sensor-enabled, smart dimmer with circadian benefits. The company believes the lower price point Orro S will allow builders to increase use of the Orro system in more rooms, as well as a wider range of smart home projects.  The Orro S will be available for the spring/summer home building season.

More information on the Orro Smart Living System can be found here.

 

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Lighting Designer Donates $25K Endowment To Establish Penn State University Student Emergency Fund

Beyond the already costly rates of college tuition and housing, students may have unexpected expenses, from repairing a car to an extra charge for enhanced educational experiences. To support Penn State University students in such circumstances, Helen and Rob Diemer created the self-named Student Emergency Fund in the Department of Architectural Engineering. 

Beyond the already costly rates of college tuition and housing, students may have unexpected expenses, from repairing a car to an extra charge for enhanced educational experiences. To support Penn State University students in such circumstances, Helen and Rob Diemer created the self-named Student Emergency Fund in the Department of Architectural Engineering.

Helen and Rob, who both earned their Bachelor of Architectural Engineering degrees from Penn State in 1981, said that the architectural engineering department was integral to their growth — and with their $25,000 endowment, the couple wants to return the favor.

Upon graduating from Penn State, Helen and Rob started work at a consulting engineering firm in Minneapolis. The couple later moved to New York City where they held numerous positions, including at the Flack + Kurtz engineering firm where Helen worked as director of lighting design services and Rob as an associate principal. Later, Helen began working at The Lighting Practice, becoming a principal in 1996 and majority owner in 2009 before rising to her current role. Rob worked at the AKF engineering firm starting in 1992, eventually becoming a partner and member of the executive committee before retiring in 2020.

Read the full story here.

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Using LLLC Occupancy Sensors To Improve Indoor Air Quality

A University of Oregon researcher makes an interesting case for how Luminaire Level Lighting Controls (LLLC) sensors can improve indoor air quality and human health. Over the last year, returning to offices and schools in a pandemic increased awareness of indoor disease transmission, energy consumption, and overall indoor environmental quality.

A University of Oregon researcher makes an interesting case for how Luminaire Level Lighting Controls (LLLC) sensors can improve indoor air quality and human health. Over the last year, returning to offices and schools in a pandemic increased awareness of indoor disease transmission, energy consumption, and overall indoor environmental quality.

University of Oregon’s Energy Studies in Buildings Lab published a whitepaper in May that explored how LLLCs have the potential to revolutionize how we monitor and respond to indoor environmental factors that impact human health. LLLCs have a networked occupancy sensor and ambient light sensor installed for each luminaire kit. The wireless sensors are embedded at the fixture level, which can independently modulate light intensity, apparent color, and spectral distribution through onboard controllers and sensor packages. Since each fixture is capable of sensing and responding to ambient conditions, LLLC systems provide light only where it is needed, saving significant amounts of energy.

With LLCs, you have a new sort of data coming from your lighting system that is distributed occupancy awareness. The onboard occupancy sensor helps guide the fresh air delivery systems so that the building is providing fresh air where and when it is needed and doing it more quickly than other sensor technologies.

Another way LLLC can benefit human health is through circadian regulation, where the onboard daylight sensor can track what the likely dose is of each occupant in each space in terms of the daylight available and potentially supplement that with the electric light on board or guide users through a hot-desking system to the better-daylit locations.

Luminaire level lighting controls are already integrating occupancy sensing with plug strips so that you could turn off unnecessary plug loads. It’s connecting with daylight harvesting and therefore dimming the electric light according to the daylight available, and the study authors believe that in the future, LLLC sensors could also connect with building ventilation systems so that you provide the fresh air when and where it’s needed based upon the distributed occupancy signal from LLLC occupant sensors.

Read the full article here.

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ioXt Certification Expands To Include Network Lighting Controls

The ioXt Alliance, a global standard for Internet of Things (IoT) product security, is expanding its ioXt Certification Program with a new profile for network lighting controls (NLC), allowing manufacturers to certify commercial lighting systems with wirelessly connected parts.

The ioXt Alliance, a global standard for Internet of Things (IoT) product security, is expanding its ioXt Certification Program with a new profile for network lighting controls (NLC), allowing manufacturers to certify commercial lighting systems with wirelessly connected parts. Aligned with the initiatives set forth by the DesignLights Consortium (DLC), which satisfies the NLC5 requirements, the new ioXt NLC Profile brings transparency and visibility to enterprise buyers in the commercial lighting space.

With a concentration on security, upgradability, transparency, and compliance, the ioXt Certification Program evaluates products against the eight ioXt pledge principles requiring that the devices will be tested against clear guidelines for quantifying the optimal level of security. The NLC profile is an efficient and cost-effective standard process for commercial lighting manufacturers to become DLC-compliant.

Once a manufacturer receives the ioXt stamp of approval, this satisfies the DLC’s cybersecurity requirements and the product is eligible for qualification, which is required for many rebates offered by efficiency programs throughout North America.

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Product Monday: Spectrum Lighting’s Versatile CR2 Cylinder

The CR2 cylinder series is a high-performance luminaire family with broad applications. Ideal for when small size, minimum aperture, surface, suspended or wall-mounted luminaires are the desired lighting solution. Recyclability was included as a design parameter.

The CR2 cylinder series is a high-performance luminaire family with broad applications. Ideal for when small size, minimum aperture, surface, suspended or wall-mounted luminaires are the desired lighting solution. Recyclability was included as a design parameter.

The wide array of beam patterns and superior lumen output allows CR2 use in ceiling heights from 8’ all the way up to 20’. In higher ceilings, its small size allows the fixture to almost disappear. The soft glow acrylic bezels create some dazzle and excitement and set a mood. Additional information is available here.

 

 

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