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Zhaga Book 7 Published As IEC Standard

Zhaga Book 7 defines linear and square LED modules for indoor lighting applications and has been published as IEC standard 63356-2. This is the first Zhaga industry specification to be transferred to the IEC. Zhaga books 10, 12, 14, 18 and 20 are in various stages of also being transferred to IEC. The IEC standard can be [...]

Codes + Standards

NEMA Publishes Controlled Emergency Lighting Technical Clarification Bulletin

In December 2022, NEMA published NEMA LS 20009-2022 Controlled Emergency Lighting, a Technical Clarification Bulletin, which is a revised version of the bulletin previously titled NEMA LSD 81-2019, in order to reflect changes in the 2023 National Electrical Code® (NEC). There have been updates to the 2014, 2017, 2020, and 2023 National Electrical Code (NEC), [...]

Codes + Standards, Controls

TALQ Consortium Announces Smart City Protocol Version 2.5.0

  The TALQ Consortium, which developed the Smart City Protocol, a global OpenAPI interface standard for smart city device networks, has published version 2.5.0 of the protocol. Version 2.5.0 introduces a new Lighting Asset Management profile, which addresses a long-standing demand from cities to be able to manage and track their street lighting assets more effectively. [...]

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ENERGY STAR Released Recessed Downlights V1.0 Draft Spec

  I wrote about ENERGY STAR’s plan to sunset the Luminaire and Lamp programs here, in late March. Part of that plan was to create a new ENERGY STAR recessed downlight specification because recent DOE general service lamp (GSL) regulations excluded recessed downlights and downlight retrofit kits. On March 23rd, ENERGY STAR released their first [...]

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2023 NEC Prohibits Battery-Only Wall Light Switches

  The 2023 National Electric Code (NEC) has a new requirement that prohibits battery-powered wall light switches unless they have a back up power supply. Battery powered wall switches have become a popular form of wireless lighting control, whether that be Bluetooth, Zigbee, Z-Wave, LoRa, or a proprietary wireless technology. The exact 2023 NEC code [...]

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ENERGY STAR Releases Timeline To Sunset Most Lighting But Launches Downlight Category

On March 13th, U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR program issued a memo with final decisions about sunsetting of the ENERGY STAR lighting programs. Here are the major takeaways from the decision memo: EPA is finalizing the sunset of the ENERGY STAR specifications (programs) for lamps and luminaires, effective December 31, 2024. Recessed downlights and downlight retrofit [...]

Codes + Standards, Energy + Environment

Sustainability Labels To Watch: Declare, EcoVadis, & Green Globes

  There is a growing list of sustainability labels and certifications to be aware of. Some are for products, some for buildings, and some for business operations. Here are three to be aware of: Declare. Manufacturers voluntarily disclose product information on easy-to-read Declare labels. These labels report all product ingredients and use a simple color [...]

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ASHRAE Expands Standard 90.1-2022

The recently released ANSI/ASHRAE/IES 90.1-2022 is the latest version of the energy standard for buildings, except low-rise residential buildings. It contains updates and changes to improve energy efficiency in buildings, including: Upgraded lighting power density and lighting controls requirements Increased insulation requirements for building envelopes Improved fenestration requirements for windows and doors More stringent requirements [...]

Codes + Standards, Controls

D4i Standardizes Driver, Sensor, And Controller Connectivity

LCA Director of Education and LightNOW Founder, Craig DiLouie, recently authored an article explaining how D4i helps standardize luminaire level lighting control (LLLC) as one standardized approach to IoT lighting. By standardizing control and power requirements, D4i makes it much easier to mount sensors and communication devices on luminaires. In addition, intelligent D4i LED drivers inside the luminaire [...]

Codes + Standards

IES Approves Seven Standards

The IES announced the publication of seven recently approved standards.


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