Author: David Shiller

Four Major Trends In Lighting Controls

Electrical distributors, sales reps and manufacturers need to recalibrate their sales and marketing strategies to increase their share of lighting controls that accounts for 2.2% (approximately $2.64 billion) of the estimated $120 billion in sales through full-line electrical distributors.

A recent article in Electrical Wholesaler reports on four major trends in the lighting controls market.

Electrical distributors, sales reps and manufacturers need to recalibrate their sales and marketing strategies to increase their share of lighting controls that accounts for 2.2% (approximately $2.64 billion) of the estimated $120 billion in sales through full-line electrical distributors. There are four major trends now reshaping the lighting controls market:

  • App-based lighting control is commonplace for homes and other smaller applications.
  • Wireless lighting control is popular for applications with a small footprint and retrofit work with a relatively limited number of fixtures to control.
  • Networked lighting control systems are often tied in with HVAC, building automation and security systems in larger applications.
  • Field-selectable CCT (correlated color temperature) and wattage is now widely available across the lighting industry.

The full article is available here.

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Product Monday: Decorative Pendants 3-D Printed From Recycled Ocean Plastic Waste

Fishing nets account for 46% of ocean plastic pollution, and Signify is now upcycling them to fashion new pendants, in their Coastal Breeze Collection. Crafted from salvaged fishing nets using 3D-printing, Coastal Breeze brings ocean-inspired beauty to residential or light commercial applications.

Fishing nets account for 46% of ocean plastic pollution, and Signify is now upcycling them to fashion new pendants, in their Coastal Breeze Collection. Crafted from salvaged fishing nets using 3D-printing, Coastal Breeze brings ocean-inspired beauty to residential or light commercial applications.

The color palette of translucent greens mimics diffused light shining through a clean ocean – an aspiration for this product line. The recycled material has natural irregularities which make every pendant unique.

More information is available here.

 

 

 

 

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Three Award Programs Currently Accepting Submissions

Three major lighting industry award programs are currently accepting nominations and submissions.

WIL Awards 2022

The WIL Awards highlight the achievements of women in lighting. They seek to celebrate outstanding women in the following categories for 2022: Light Art, Research and Education, and Engineering. The award makes these women visible and shares them with the world.

The WIL Awards are seeking nominations for women working in these lighting fields whose work you find unique, inspiring, worthy, and believe the community should know about. The deadline to submit nominations is April 30, 2022. More information on the awards is here.

Metamorphosis Awards

Retrofit Magazine is now accepting submissions for its fourth-annual Metamorphosis Awards, honoring architects, designers and contractors for excellence in renovation, retrofits, and more. View the 20192020 and 2021 winners. The awards recognize outstanding work retrofitting commercial, industrial and institutional buildings.

  • Entrants must be an architect, designer, contractor or another member of the design/construction team.
  • Projects must be completed between Jan. 1, 2020, and July 15, 2022.
  • New construction projects are not eligible.
  • Projects must be built; on-the-boards drawings are not eligible.
  • Projects previously published in retrofit or on www.retrofitmagazine.com are eligible for the Metamorphosis Awards.
  • Entry of a single project in more than one category is permitted as long as the entry meets each category’s definition. (There is no limit to the number of entries a firm can have in any category.)
  • Entries must be anonymous. During the submission process, do not upload your narrative on company letterhead or include company logos on images/drawings. (Judges will not see team/materials lists.)
  • By submitting an entry, entrants acknowledge wording from applications and submissions may be used as submitted or in edited versions by retrofit staff.
  • The cost per entry is $135.

The submission deadline is July 15, 2022. More information is available here.

BrightStar Awards

LEDs Magazine and its parent company, Endeavor Business Media, have launched a new recognition program, the LEDs Magazine BrightStar Awards. Like its predecessor, LEDs Magazine’s Sapphire Awards, the BrightStar Awards aims to recognize ingenuity in commercial product offerings across the LED and solid-state lighting (SSL) supply chain. The entry fee is $595, however, a $100 discount is available for multiple entries.

The submission deadline is April 22, 2022. More information is available here.

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US EIA Releases 2020 RECS Housing Characteristics With Some Lighting Use Data

The US EIA that releases the data is part of the US DOE. The 2020 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) provides household characteristics and energy usage indicators for the estimated 123.5 million homes in the United States in 2020.

The US EIA that releases the data is part of the US DOE. The 2020 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) provides household characteristics and energy usage indicators for the estimated 123.5 million homes in the United States in 2020. The first release of 2020 RECS data includes preliminary estimates on the structural and geographic characteristics of homes, types of electronics and appliances used within them, lighting characteristics, demographic characteristics, and household energy insecurity.

Between 2015 and 2020, homes with most or all indoor LED lighting increased from 4% up to 47%. Over the same time period, homes using mostly or all incandescent or halogen dropped from 32% down to 15%. In 2020, 82% of homes used at least one LED indoor bulb, while 61% of homes used at least one incandescent or halogen bulb indoors.

Find the 2020 RECS Survey Data here.

 

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NEMA Publishes ANSI Standard For Standby Power Measurement In Lighting

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published American National Standard for Lighting Systems—Non-Active Mode Power Measurement ANSI C137.63103-2021. 

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published American National Standard for Lighting Systems—Non-Active Mode Power Measurement ANSI C137.63103-2021.

This newly published standard adopts IEC 63103, ed1.0 (2020-07) as a nationally acknowledged international standard with deviations. It provides manufacturers and testing laboratories with a harmonized way of determining standby power consumption for lighting systems, eliminating duplicative testing and streamlining global commerce.

“This regional adoption of an IEC standard benefits the industry by closely aligning lighting system standby power measurement with our international counterparts,” said Ernesto Mendoza, Senior Manager, Signify North America Corporation, and C137 Workgroup Chair.

ANSI C137.63103-2021 is available on the NEMA website for $50. Read the full NEMA press release here.

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Light-Operated Computer Chip Implements All 5 Basic Logic Operations Without Electricity

The demand for next-generation computers that can quickly calculate and process a lot of information is rapidly increasing. A logic device is a circuit that obtains an output value by applying one or more logic inputs to certain logic operation (AND, OR, etc.). A logic circuit can be made by combining a plurality of electronic transistors.

The demand for next-generation computers that can quickly calculate and process a lot of information is rapidly increasing. A logic device is a circuit that obtains an output value by applying one or more logic inputs to certain logic operation (AND, OR, etc.). A logic circuit can be made by combining a plurality of electronic transistors.

GIST (Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, President Kiseon Kim) School of Materials Science and Engineering Professor Gun Young Jung’s research team along with Dr. Yusin Pak’s research team at the Sensor System Research Center at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST, President Seok-Jin Yoon) developed technology for optical-logic devices that operate with light using organic and inorganic perovskite* materials.

The research team focused on optical-logic devices that use light with low physical energy loss as an input signal. For this purpose, organic and inorganic perovskite that absorbs light to generate electricity was used. They succeeded in developing a stacked perovskite optical-logic device in which two types of perovskite thin films with different light absorption spectra are stacked like a sandwich.

It has been proven that the desired binary logic operation is possible by inputting two lights of different wavelengths and intensities. Optical-logic devices using light operate only with light energy without electricity, raising expectations for the development of power-free optical computer processor chips. Logic operation is an operation applied to one or two binary numbers and refers to a system that derives a result value according to a set rule.

Existing logic devices can only perform one logic operation, but the perovskite optical-logic device developed by the research team can perform and implement five different basic logic operations with one device: AND, OR, NAND, NOR, and NOT.

Read the full article in Opli here.

 

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Product Monday: The Spire Leaf Pendant 9 From Boyd Lighting

The Spire Leaf Pendant 9 from Boyd Lighting is a beautiful focal piece and can be used to create large systems in grand spaces. It was designed by Jake Oliveira.

The Spire Leaf Pendant 9 from Boyd Lighting is a beautiful focal piece and can be used to create large systems in grand spaces. It was designed by Jake Oliveira.

It is a 57W LED fixture that produces 4,300 fixture lumens at 3000K & 90+CRI, operating on 120-277V. Metal finishes are offered in Antiqued Boyd Brass, Blackened Brass, Satin Brass, and Satin Nickel. The shades are offered in White Porcelain (standard), as well as White or Black with Gold Leafed Interior.

More information is available here.

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Circadian Lighting Pioneer Says The Science Isn’t Ready Yet

Mark Halper has an interesting article in LED’s Magazine interviewing Russell Foster, the scientist who predicted the non-visual receptors in the eye that are involved in the circadian response to light (pRGCs / ipRGCs). He says circadian lighting science isn’t ready yet, and there are too many unknowns.

Mark Halper has an interesting article in LED’s Magazine interviewing Russell Foster, the scientist who predicted the non-visual receptors in the eye that are involved in the circadian response to light (pRGCs / ipRGCs). He says circadian lighting science isn’t ready yet, and there are too many unknowns.

“We’re not ready yet,” said Foster, professor of circadian neuroscience at the University of Oxford. “We’re shuffling closely toward it, but there are major questions that remain unresolved. Yes, the toolkit is better than anything we’ve had before, but it is not the complete answer yet. We haven’t got the data to plugin.”

This is hardly what you’d expect from someone who, in the 1990s, posited the notion that certain cells in the eye’s retina receive light that has nothing to do with processing vision but has everything to do with maintaining the circadian rhythm.

Foster’s pioneering, decadelong hunch proved correct in 2002 when Brown University professor David Berson uncovered nonvisual photoreceptors, known as photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (pRGCs). Foster himself also found them soon thereafter.

“There are many critical factors — intensity, duration wavelength, time of day, task, a person’s light history, their age,” Foster pointed out. “All are really important. There’s this level of complexity, and we don’t know the answers to many of the important questions” that need answering in order to develop truly effective circadian lighting.

Read the full article here.

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Acuity Enters The LED Horticultural Lighting Market

Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) announced the launch of Verjure, a professional-grade horticultural LED fixture series, for indoor applications.

Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) announced the launch of Verjure, a professional-grade horticultural LED fixture series, for indoor applications. The Verjure Pro Series LED luminaires are designed to support all stages of plant growth from veg to flower. The Series is available in three different sizes and outputs to support versatility in growing, including indoor warehouse, greenhouse, and vertical racks.

The Verjure Pro Series delivers an ultra-high output of up to 1880 μmol/s at an efficacious 2.8 μmol/j. The output is designed to meet and exceed the output of traditional 1000W HPS grow lights while delivering up to 40% energy savings, contributing to a lower energy bill and operational cost savings, while also enhancing sustainability.

“The Verjure Pro Series was developed using academic-based plant research to determine how best to design an LED horticulture light based on optimal spectral distribution and fixture performance to promote healthy plant growth,” said Jacob Palombo, Director Product Marketing, Acuity Brands Lighting and Controls. “The Verjure Full Range Spectrum™, which contains a higher red photon contribution than what is typically seen in some horticulture LED fixtures on the market, produced up to 27% higher flower yield per dollar of electricity on average compared to high-pressure sodium lighting.”

The Verjure Pro Series LED luminaires are IP66-rated (waterproof listing) and come with a robust 6kV surge protection. Additionally, the Verjure Pro Series LED luminaires can easily be controlled with wireless nLight® AIR controls, which allow users to easily turn fixtures on and off, dim, and adjust output levels. With wireless controls, fixtures can be grouped to respond in unison to commands and/or divided into separate zones of control with independent light output levels and dimming capabilities. A companion CLAIRITY mobile app provides easy start-up, configuration, and modification.

More information here.

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Section 301 Tariffs Could Expire And USTR Reinstates Some Exclusions

According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), the first $34 billion of Section 301 tariffs on products coming from China have been in place for almost 4 years.

Tariffs Could Expire If No USTR Action

According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), the first $34 billion of Section 301 tariffs on products coming from China have been in place for almost 4 years. Before their fourth year is up, they are required to undergo a Congressionally-mandated effectiveness review. The tariffs could expire if the review is not completed by September 4, 2022.

The review will be conducted by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) as set forth in the Trade Act of 1974. President Biden’s USTR has allowed the Trump-era tariffs to remain in place. The Chinese government has not lived up to its commitments in the Phase One trade deal.

Over the last four years, tariffs have cost America nearly $130 billion dollars. The subsequent Section 301 tariffs will also follow a similar path, as their four-year anniversaries approach, in the months ahead.

USTR Reinstates Some Exclusions

As the Section 301 tariffs have evolved, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) created and implemented a tariff exclusion process. To date, USTR has approved 549 requested exclusions, but all of those have since expired.

After six months of urging by industry, USTR has reinstated 352 of the original 549 exclusions. The reinstated exclusions are retroactive to Oct. 12, 2021, and will be in effect for the remainder of 2022. The full list of reinstated exclusions is here.

Identified exclusions impacting lighting:

8536.50.9065
Modular light switches, for a voltage not exceeding 1,000 V, presented in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) housings, designed for use with a backplate

8536.90.4000
Twist-on wire connectors, for a voltage not exceeding 1,000 V, each valued not over $0.03

8543.70.9960 prior to January 27, 2022, or 8543.70.9860 effective January 27, 2022
Apparatus using passive infrared detection sensors designed for turning lights on and off

9405.40.8440 prior to January 27, 2022, or 9405.42.8440 effective January 27, 2022
Flexible strips, each having embedded light-emitting diodes electrically connected to a molded electrical end connector, each strip wound onto a reel measuring not more than 25 cm in diameter and not more than 1.5 cm in width.

 

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