Author: David Shiller

GE Lighting Lauches Decorative Smart Lamps

Cync, powered by Savant Systems, Inc. (previously called C by GE) recently announced 11 new smart lamps at the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

Cync, powered by Savant Systems, Inc. (previously called C by GE), recently announced 11 new smart lamps at the 2022 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Cync has committed to the new Matter smart home standard, a new foundation for connected things. Matter is an industry-unifying standard that is reliable and secure. Instead of having to fuss with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Z-Wave, Zigbee, and other setup methods for smart bulbs and other in-home technology, Matter promises to let users take something out of the box, plug it in, and set it up right through an app – no extra connectivity steps or hassle. Matter was created by over 200 companies and it’s open-source, so Apple, Google, Samsung, Amazon, iRobot, Philips Hue, Ecobee, Whyze, and hundreds of others have agreed to intertwine Thread, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and even ethernet to let devices communicate with each other locally – no server-side cloud necessary.

The Cync portfolio grows now by 11 new lamps, including a candelabra and globe light, as well as its popular Reveal bulbs. After setting these up, you can control them by voice with the new Cync app, and even control them via schedules. These will be available at Lowe’s, Best Buy, Target, and Amazon this March of 2022 at the starting price of just $11.99 USD. The Cync app is updated to be interoperable with all of the new devices shown off at CES, including smart thermostat, smart camera, and more.

The full story is here.

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Cities Getting Serious About Light Pollution

New York City enacted two new laws aimed at curbing light pollution for City-owned properties. The proposed legislation allows for exemptions for landmark buildings – enabling the Empire State Building’s color-changing fixtures to continue illuminating the top 30 stories.

New York City enacted two new laws aimed at curbing light pollution for City-owned properties. The proposed legislation allows for exemptions for landmark buildings – enabling the Empire State Building’s color-changing fixtures to continue illuminating the top 30 stories.

In mid-December, NYC enacted the following two laws:

  1. Nighttime illumination during peak bird migration periods (Int 0274-2018)
    The law requires that all non-essential outdoor lighting in buildings owned by the City, or in leased buildings where the City is the only tenant, be turned off between 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. during peak avian migration periods. The City is also mandated to use its best efforts to include provisions in lease negotiations to require non-essential outdoor lighting be turned off between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. during peak aviation migration periods for buildings where the City is not the only tenant.
  2. Reducing unnecessary illumination in city-owned spaces (Int 1781-2019)
    This bill requires the installation of occupancy sensors to limit illumination in buildings owned by New York City (City-owned buildings). This requirement applies to spaces in at least 25% of City-owned buildings by 2023; at least 40% of such buildings by 2025; at least 75% of such buildings by 2027; and all such buildings by 2030. This bill also requires periodic reporting regarding compliance with the requirements of this bill.

Two additional bills to reduce light pollution in private buildings are being considered. The full story is here.

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The City of Pittsburgh enacted a “Dark Sky Lighting” ordinance, in August, for all city parks, facilities and streetlights. The ordinance addresses the use of technology, lower color temperature and shielding to minimize the use of outdoor lighting, to only that needed for comfort and safety.

Under the ordinance, the City will adhere to Dark Sky principles for its newly installed or retrofitted streetlights, newly constructed and renovated park spaces and playgrounds as well as newly constructed and renovated City-owned buildings.

The City of Pittsburgh developed the ordinance with assistance and support from the International Dark-Sky Association, Biophilic Cities Network, Carnegie Mellon University and local partners.

The full story is here.

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Endeavor Business Media Announces Launch of LightSPEC Regional Lighting Events in 2022

Endeavor Business Media announces the launch of LightSPEC West and LightSPEC Midwest, two highly-targeted regional events providing lighting education and solutions for buyers and specifiers of commercial, architectural, industrial, and high-end residential and decorative lighting products, controls, and technologies.

Endeavor Business Media announces the launch of LightSPEC West and LightSPEC Midwest, two highly-targeted regional events providing lighting education and solutions for buyers and specifiers of commercial, architectural, industrial, and high-end residential and decorative lighting products, controls, and technologies. LightSPEC West will take place September 21-22, 2022 at the Magic Box at the Reef in Los Angeles, CA and LightSPEC MidWest will take place October 4-5, 2022 at the flagship Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Chicago, IL.

Endeavor Business Media also announces the appointment of well-known lighting industry leader Clifton Stanley Lemon as Program Director for both conferences. For more information about LightSPEC West, visit www.lightspecwest.com. For information about LightSPEC Midwest, visit www.lightspecmidwest.com.

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Product Monday: Focal Point Launches Acoustic Ceiling & Luminaire System

Acoustic luminaires have become a common offering for architectural lighting manufacturers, however, Focal Point, a brand of Legrand, has launched a complete acoustic ceiling system with integrated lighting.

Acoustic luminaires have become a common offering for architectural lighting manufacturers, however, Focal Point, a brand of Legrand, has launched a complete acoustic ceiling system with integrated lighting. The Mora™ system is designed to enhance architecture, improve acoustics, and offer the options lighting professionals expect from an architectural luminaire. The System is designed for easy spec and install, seamless integration of lit and unlit components, as well as being engineered, manufactured, and sourced from a single supplier. Mora is targeted to architects, lighting designers, acousticians, and installers.

Seem 1 Acoustic is the lighting backbone of the Mora system. It offers direct illumination of 100 to 500 lumens per foot with a regress or wide batwing lens, 3000K, 3500K, or 4000K CCTs at 80 or 90 CRI, and the integration with 0-10V, DALI, or Lutron EcoSystem® controls. The system allows for arrays up to 208 feet in length.

Mora is available in a variety of PET felt colors, from neutral to bold, to enhance interior décor. The acoustic elements contain up to 50% post-consumer recycled content, the material in recyclable, Declare Certified, and LBC Red List Free.

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DLC Releases LUNA Technical Requirements Version 1.0 To Reduce Light Pollution

The Design Lights Consortium (DLC) released LUNA Versions 1.0 Technical Requirements for outdoor LED luminaires. The requirements limit sky glow, light trespass and mitigate light pollution.  LUNA products will appear…

The Design Lights Consortium (DLC) released LUNA Versions 1.0 Technical Requirements for outdoor LED luminaires. The requirements limit sky glow, light trespass and

mitigate light pollution.  LUNA products will appear as a subset of luminaires listed on the SSL Qualified Products List (QPL) and will be eligible for efficiency rebates and incentives designed for SSL V5.1 products. DLC Executive Director and CEO Christina Halfpenny said, “LUNA will streamlin

e the process of selecting efficient outdoor lighting products that minimize sky glow and light trespass while still yielding the efficiency benefits of LED lighting.”

LUNA will also help specifiers to fulfill the light pollution and trespass requirements of LEED and WELL building programs, and help projects follow application guidance in the joint IDA-IES Model Lighting Ordinance. According to the International Dark Sky Association (IDA), a third of all outdoor lighting in the US is wasted, costing facility owners some $3.3 billion annually and responsible for 21 million tons of carbon emissions annually.

The DLC notes, however, that the technical requirements apply only to white-light LED outdoor products, which does not include non-white (amber) luminaires, which are appropriate for settings such as environmentally sensitive areas. This is because standardized metrics are still in development for non-white light. The DLC anticipates that manufacturers will be able to apply to list products for LUNA qualification on the SSL QPL in the first quarter of 2022.

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NEMA Publishes The First LED Driver Robustness Test Methods Standard

NEMA announced it has published American National Standard for Lighting Equipment—LED Drivers Robustness (ANSI C82.15-2021)

NEMA announced it has published American National Standard for Lighting Equipment—LED Drivers Robustness (ANSI C82.15-2021). This is the first standard defining test procedures for LED driver robustness, and applies to hardware and microcontroller and microprocessor-based LED drivers. The test methods confirm a driver’s ability to withstand specific stresses.

This document’s core audience is LED driver manufacturers and testing laboratories. ANSI C82.15-2021 is available on the NEMA website for $100.

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New Research Proposes A Framework For Window View Quality Within Buildings

A team of researchers have recently published new research on window views from within buildings and have proposed a new framework for designing “view quality” for window views.  The team identified three critical factors in determining view quality.

A team of researchers have recently published new research on window views from within buildings and have proposed a new framework for designing “view quality” for window views.  The team identified three critical factors in determining view quality.

  1. View Content – what’s seen through the window
  2. View Access – how much window view the occupant’s position has
  3. View Clarity – how clearly the view content can be seen

The research team propose an index for window view quality, along with design recommendations.  The full paper can be accessed here.  The paper was also published online by Leukos on 11/10/21.  The researchers are from:

  • The Center for the Built Environment, UC Berkeley
  • Berkeley Education Alliance for Research in Singapore
  • Loisos + Ubbelohde
  • California College of the Arts

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