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ENERGY STAR Releases Second Draft Of Recessed Downlight V1.0 Spec

  In previous LightNOW reporting, I’ve written about EPA’s sunsetting of the ENERGY STAR Lamps and Luminaires specifications, along with the plan to launch a new recessed downlights specification. EPA has now released a second draft of the ENERGY STAR Recessed Downlights Version 1.0 specification (Version 1.0) intended to replace the Luminaires Version 2.2 specification (the existing [...]

Codes + Standards, Energy + Environment

New British Verification Program For Lighting Industry Circular Economy Claims

  While circular economy principles are getting started in the North American lighting industry, they are far more advanced in the European lighting industry. In England, the LIA (Lighting Industry Association) and CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) have joined forces to introduce a new product verification program aimed at promoting circular economy practices [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]


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