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NEMA Published Recommendations For Replacing HID Lamps With LED Lamps

In February, 2022, NEMA published NEMA LL-10, Replacing HID Lamps with LED Lamps: Light Output Equivalency Claims. This document describes a method for claiming equivalency of LED lamps to the HID lamps they replace.

In February, 2022, NEMA published NEMA LL-10, Replacing HID Lamps with LED Lamps: Light Output Equivalency Claims. This document describes a method for claiming equivalency of LED lamps to the HID lamps they replace. The NEMA standard applies to omnidirectional lamps. (The equivalency for directional lamps is more complicated and requires simulation or mockups to establish). The intention is for manufacturers to use LL-10 when they prepare their equivalency claims.

Replacing high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps with light-emitting diode (LED) equivalents should be an easy and straightforward endeavor. However, currently, there are significant variations in the luminous flux (light output) of LED lamps claiming to be equivalent to a particular HID lamp wattage. When this happens, customer confusion and dissatisfaction can ensue and result in an unlevel playing field for manufacturers. NEMA provides value to the end-user and the manufacturing community with recommendations for when this scenario occurs.

Read the full article 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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IES BIM Committee Seeks Online Votes For Two Proposed Autodesk Revit Lighting Features

The IES BIM Committee is requesting help. Have you been unhappy with the process of documenting lighting in BIM software, specifically Revit? Do you wish there were features that the software had to make the lighting workflow more compatible with those of other trades?

The IES BIM Committee is requesting help. Have you been unhappy with the process of documenting lighting in BIM software, specifically Revit? Do you wish there were features that the software had to make the lighting workflow more compatible with those of other trades?

From a lighting specifier survey conducted last year, the IES BIM committee created a series of requests to Autodesk’s Revit Ideas forum. Users post requests; other users vote on the requests. Autodesk takes notice of posts that have a high number of votes, generally those with more than 100 votes.

The IES BIM Committee has taken all the feedback that they received from the survey responses and created a series of requests on the forum. Two posts have been on the forum for a while but haven’t received enough votes to attract Autodesk’s attention.

  1. Multiple Light Sources in a single Family, without nesting. This request was authored by IES BIM Committee member Matt Kincaid and addresses the fact that nesting is required for lighting families to have more than one light source. Nesting is problematic for aiming and photometric calculations. For more information, read Matt’s post and vote!
  2. Visibility Below Cut Plane In RCP. For many of us, it is helpful to see architectural elements, like furniture or step lights, that wouldn’t typically be shown on a Reflected Ceiling Plan as we lay out our designs. Currently, Revit doesn’t have a good way of showing that. There are workarounds, like making the cut plane close to the floor, but they all have their downsides. Allowing for visibility of elements below the cut plane would make it easier for us to see what we need without messy workarounds.

The IES BIM committee is requesting that interested specifiers click on the links above and vote for these ideas, as well as any other ideas there that you would like to have implemented.

 

 

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DOE Publishes Pair Of Reports About SSL Manufacturing And R&D Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO), within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), has published two new reports, 2022 DOE SSL Manufacturing Status & Opportunities and  Solid-State Lighting R&D Opportunities.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO), within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), has published two new reports, 2022 DOE SSL Manufacturing Status & Opportunities and  Solid-State Lighting R&D Opportunities.

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The SSL Manufacturing report examines high-priority opportunities to develop manufacturing technologies that will benefit energy-saving solid-state lighting (SSL) while also supporting an increased role in the global marketplace for U.S. manufacturing of lighting products.

The report looks at the LED chip, package, and luminaire markets and the OLED market, including production, supply chain, costs, pricing, and external influences. Characterization of the LED chip, package, and luminaire manufacturing process, equipment, and materials follows, with specific manufacturing opportunities called out. The final section looks at the OLED panel and luminaire industry with manufacturing opportunities pinpointed.

Download the full SSL Manufacturing Opportunities report here.

The SSL R&D Opportunity report examines the many critical opportunities that exist to positively impact energy savings, greenhouse gas emissions, human well-being, and the economy through research and development of light-emitting diode (LED)-based solid-state lighting (SSL). The document summarizes stakeholder input from DOE-hosted roundtable meetings, workshops, a Request for Information, and other sources.

Unlocking the next wave of advancements in SSL will require further breakthroughs in fundamental, early-stage R&D across the SSL value chain, as well as better understanding barriers to deployment for technologies with the highest decarbonization potential. This report provides detail on these advancements and the R&D necessary to make breakthroughs. Priority opportunity areas include:

  • Lighting Platform Technology R&D to support scientific, technological, integration, and manufacturing understanding and advancements of the LED technology platform that enable energy savings and support occupant health and productivity. Topics include material and device science, down-converter technology, diffuse light source materials and devices, optical delivery and control, power and functional electronics, advanced lighting concepts, and manufacturing technologies.
  • Lighting Science R&D to support research and understanding of fundamental lighting science and guide effective implementation of LED light source technology. Topics include lighting application efficiency (LAE) framework and human physiological impacts of light.
  • Lighting Integration and Validation to support field research to transition new lighting technology and understanding to practice and quantify the benefits. Topics include translating lighting research findings to practice and connected lighting with integrated controls and grid-interactive capabilities.

Download the full SSL R&D Opportunity report here.

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New International Lighting Non-Profit Founded In Canada

The All Things Lighting Association (ATLA) has been founded as a non-profit organization to advance, support, promote, and contribute to innovation, science, and engineering in all fields of lighting, including architecture, health, horticulture, and entertainment.

The All Things Lighting Association (ATLA) has been founded as a non-profit organization to advance, support, promote, and contribute to innovation, science, and engineering in all fields of lighting, including architecture, health, horticulture, and entertainment. ATLA was founded with three goals:

  1. To provide ATLA S001, Standard Format for the Electronic Transfer of Luminaire Optical Data, and ATLA S001-A, Amendment to Standard Format for the Electronic Transfer of Luminaire Optical Data, Including JSON Specification, as freely-available standards for lighting industry adoption. ATLA S001 has been published as ANSI/IES TM-33-18 and (in Italian) UNI 11733:2019, and ATLA S001-A is a work product of CIE Technical Committee 2-92. If approved, ATLA S001-A will likely become a joint CIE/ISO standard. It is also under consideration by the IES as a successor to TM-33-18.
  2. To curate blog articles and other resources (such as bibliographies) on lighting research issues. Lighting research has become increasingly cross-disciplinary over the past decade or so, and it can be difficult for both researchers and lighting professionals to understand the broader scope. The articles are intended to examine specific issues and provide references to the literature that both support the presented information and offer a guide for more in-depth study. The initial postings are my blog articles from the last eight years, but peer-reviewed contributions from other authors will be welcomed.
  3. SunTracker Technologies has employed eleven university students and graduates over the past four years for its lighting-related research projects, as well as providing annual scholarships. SunTracker Technologies Senior Scientist, Ian Ashdown, has also been mentoring graduate students in a number of disciplines from North America, Europe, Africa, and India. ATLA will provide a framework to coordinate this work, including documentation, research resources, discussion, and networking, for students and others involved in lighting-related research.

For more information, click here.

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New NEMA White Paper On The History, Proper & Inproper Uses of UGR

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published NEMA LS 20001-2021, White Paper on Unified Glare Rating (UGR). This new white paper explains the original intent of UGR, its proper uses, and common misuses.

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published NEMA LS 20001-2021, White Paper on Unified Glare Rating (UGR). This new white paper explains the original intent of UGR, its proper uses, and common misuses.

UGR is one of the few lighting metrics that practitioners use to model and design appropriate lighting to meet application and task visual needs. In the hands of a competent lighting designer, it can provide insight into visual comfort expectations when included as part of a complete lighting design because it incorporates room layout, luminaire layout, the task being performed, and surface reflectances.

However, improper use of the UGR approach can result in poor lighting design, poor luminaire design, and unintended glare. The NEMA white paper aims to prevent such misuse through education on the context of UGR and by demonstrating how erroneous use as a luminaire-specific qualification metric can lead to glare inaccuracies for lighting designs.

The audience for this paper includes lighting designers, luminaire manufacturers, and luminaire specifiers. NEMA LS 20001-2021 is available for download at no cost on the NEMA website.

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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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LightFair Connect Launches Today with On-Demand Seminar Library

LightFair Connect, the virtual, on-demand library of conference sessions from LightFair 2021, launched today, offering 27 sessions – with 32 available CEU credits – to continue the return of industry-wide education across lighting categories leading up to LightFair 2022.

LightFair Connect, the virtual, on-demand library of conference sessions from LightFair 2021, launched today, offering 27 sessions – with 32 available CEU credits – to continue the return of industry-wide education across lighting categories leading up to LightFair 2022.

The next LightFair event is June 19 – 23, 2022 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The 27 LightFair Connect sessions recorded during the 2021 LightFair Conference are comprised of a variety of 60-minute and 90-minute courses across the six tracks – Application & Evidence-Based Design, Art + Inspiration, Design Tools + Techniques, Experiencing Light, Professional Development + Practice and Technology. All on-demand education launched today and will be available, for a reduced fee, for a limited time here.

LightFair Connect pricing runs $25 per 60-minute session and $35 per 90-minute session. All 2021 LightFair Conference in-person attendees with three- or five-day packages will have free access to all session recordings, and those who purchased a la carte conference sessions will have access to the on-demand versions of those same courses.

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LRC Offers 3D Printing Course

The Lighting Research Center is offering a six-week, interactive online course on the application of additive manufacturing (3D printing) to the design, development, and manufacturing of lighting components and products. This course will be held September 8 through October 20, 2021.

The Lighting Research Center is offering a six-week, interactive online course on the application of additive manufacturing (3D printing) to the design, development, and manufacturing of lighting components and products. This course will be held September 8 through October 20, 2021.

It is expected that 3D printing will offer many benefits in the manufacturing of components for lighting systems, including fabrication of cost-effective unique parts that cannot be made using traditional manufacturing methods. At the conclusion of the course, attendees will be able to:

  • Appraise the value of 3D printing for manufacturing lighting systems
  • Understand the 3D printing process from design to manufacture and post-production of components as it applies to lighting systems
  • Characterize the lighting market size; the performance requirements of electrical, mechanical, optical, and thermal components in lighting systems; and the needs of different lighting applications
  • Compare the most common methods of 3D printing processes and technologies, and the pros and cons of each related to the fabrication of various lighting components
  • Assess material, print parameter, and finishing requirements for lighting fixture components and systems
  • Design, characterize, and optimize a 3D-printed component for a lighting fixture
  • Test, evaluate, and quantify performance of 3D-printed lighting components

Participants who successfully complete the course will be awarded a certificate from the Lighting Research Center including 15 continuing education units (CEUs).

Click here to learn more and register.

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LD+A Magazine Celebrates 50 Years

July 2021 marks the 50th anniversary for LD+A, the Illuminating Engineering Society’s magazine dedicated to enhancing and improving the practice of lighting through case studies, Q&A panel discussions, technology overviews, and how-to articles written by the industry’s leading practitioners and educators.

July 2021 marks the 50th anniversary for LD+A, the Illuminating Engineering Society’s magazine dedicated to enhancing and improving the practice of lighting through case studies, Q&A panel discussions, technology overviews, and how-to articles written by the industry’s leading practitioners and educators.

In celebration of its five decades of history-making achievements, LD+A‘s 50th Anniversary Issue is available complementary to the lighting community, including special features such as:

• 50 Great Moments in Lighting
• “5 for 50” – Five Classic LD+A Issues
• 50 “Big Ideas” for the Future

I was honored to be invited to comment on the “50 Great Moments in Lighting” piece and contribute one of the “50 Big Ideas for the Future.”

Check it out here.

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