Category: Education + Resources

DOE to Present New LED Site Lighting Performance Spec

The Department of Energy has announced it will host a 90-minute live webcast on commercial building LED site lighting in parking lots, moderated by Linda Sandahl of the Pacific Northwest…

The Department of Energy has announced it will host a 90-minute live webcast on commercial building LED site lighting in parking lots, moderated by Linda Sandahl of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).

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Eric Richman and Michael Myer from PNNL will supply an overview of a ew LED Site Lighting Performance Specification developed by DOE and the Commercial Building Energy Alliances. Ralph Williams of Walmart will talk about his company’s experience with LED site lighting at selected stores.

The webcast will begin at 1:00 PM EST and will include a 60-minute presentation followed by 30 minutes of live Q&A.

Click here to learn more or register for this free webcast.

Meanwhile, LEDs Magazine is putting on a free webcast the same day, March 26, at 11:00 AM Eastern. Sponsored by Intertek and SphereOptics, the webinar is on the topic of “LED Luminaire Photometry & Performance Testing.” It will focus on performance standards developed for testing LED products such as IES LM79: Approved Method for Electrical and Photometric Measurements of Solid-State Lighting Products and LM80: Approved Method for Measuring Lumen Maintenance of LED Light Sources.

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According to LEDs Magazine, “Other performance testing options will be discussed, including the two ENERGY STAR programs from the U.S. DOE and EPA; and environmental performance testing, e.g. exposing solid-state lighting to stresses that the product will operate under, such as temperature, humidity, dust, shock, etc.” The speakers are Todd Straka, Director, Lighting Services, Intertek, and Christopher Durell, Vice President Sales & Applications Engineering, Sphereoptics, LLC.

Click here to register for this free webcast.

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Lightfair to Offer Masters’ Courses Free

In celebration of Lightfair’s 20-year Anniversary, its two historic Masters’ courses will be offered free of charge to LFI 2009 attendees and exhibitors registered for the Exhibit Hall or LFI…

In celebration of Lightfair’s 20-year Anniversary, its two historic Masters’ courses will be offered free of charge to LFI 2009 attendees and exhibitors registered for the Exhibit Hall or LFI courses–-based on generous support provided by Acuity Brands Lighting, Osram Sylvania, Amerlux Lighting Solutions and MechoShade Systems.

Shown in this post are photos taken on the trade show floor and at an event by Lightfair management.

Shown in this post are photos taken on the trade show floor and at an event by Lightfair management.

COURSE #1:
20 Years of Light and Lighting: A Look at the Recent Past with Lessons for the Future
MASTERS course #L09M01
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Master: Dave Dilaura, LC, FIES, AAAS, Acuity Brands Lighting

Special financial sponsorship provided by Acuity Brands Lighting and OSRAM Sylvania.

COURSE #2:
Celebrating the History of the Independent Lighting Designer
MASTERS course # L09M02
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 – 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Panel of Masters:
Howard Brandston, FIES, Hon. FCIBSE, FIALD, PLDA, MSLL, LC,
MM Brandston & Co.
Ray Grenald, FIES, FIALD, FAIA, LC, Grenald Waldron Associates
David Mintz, FIESNA (Emeritus), FIALD
Sonny Sonnenfeld, IES, USITT, Creative Studio Designs
William Warfel, IES, IALD, USITT, LC, Warfel Lighting & Theater Design

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Moderators:
Addison Kelly, IES, IALD, US Lighting Consultants
William Maiman, IES, DLF, MechoShade Systems

Special financial sponsorship provided by MechoShade Systems and Amerlux Lighting Solutions.

WHERE:
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, NY

WHO:
Open to LFI 2009 attendees and exhibitors registered for the Exhibit Hall or LFI courses on a first-come, first-come basis. Masters’ course(s) must be selected as part of LFI registration to attend.

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NOTE:
Attendees must register for these sessions and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

HOW:
Registration via the official LFI website at www.lightfair.com.

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More Than 200 LCs Added to Ranks of Lighting Certified

NCQLP has announced that 299 lighting practitioners sat for the 2008 Examination. With a pass rate of 78.4%, the number of Lighting Certified (LC) individuals has been increased by 228,…

NCQLP has announced that 299 lighting practitioners sat for the 2008 Examination. With a pass rate of 78.4%, the number of Lighting Certified (LC) individuals has been increased by 228, bringing the total up to 1,821, including six intern LCs.

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Of those who successfully completed the 2008 examination, 12% identify themselves as electrical engineers and 28% as lighting designers/consultants. Other candidates included 15% manufacturers’ representatives and 18% sales representatives.

In my opinion, the LC certification is a critically important credential to an industry that needs to keep up with demand for knowledgeable practitioners and increase lighting quality across the board, not just those 10% or so of projects that are designed by the industry’s leaders. The LC helps to democratize, encourage and promote expertise in lighting design.

NCQLP has been at this for a while, though, and we need many more LCs on the street. How do we as an industry increase the number of certified individuals?

Feel free to comment. Are you an LC? If so, what has the credential done for you? If not, why not?

By the way, the 2009 LC exam will be held Saturday, November 7. The 2009 LC Candidate Handbook will be made available April 2009. Click here to learn more about the LC.

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NCQLP Recognizes Lighting Controls Handbook

I hope you’ll excuse some blatant self promotion, but I received some good news about one of my books, The Lighting Controls Handbook. The book has been selected by NCQLP…

I hope you’ll excuse some blatant self promotion, but I received some good news about one of my books, The Lighting Controls Handbook. The book has been selected by NCQLP as a primary reference for its Lighting Certified (LC) certification exam.

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Here’s a description of the book from the publisher:

“Intended for energy managers, electrical engineers, building managers, lighting designers, consultants, and other electrical professionals, this book provides a practical description of major lighting controls types and how to apply them. It’s a comprehensive step-by-step educational tour of lighting automation technology and its practical design and application, with useful discussion about the purpose and benefits of lighting controls, emphasizing the achieving of relevant energy savings, as well as support of occupant visual needs and preferences. The book shows readers how to take advantage of the many benefits of today’s sophisticated controls, including expanded energy saving opportunities, and increased flexibility, reliability and interoperability.”

You can get it from Amazon here.

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Free Daylighting Webinar to Be Held March 18

Webinar: “Daylighting: Lighting Every Building Using the Sky” Presented by: Energy Center University in partnership with the Daylighting Collaborative, presenting faculty Abby Vogen Horn, Senior Project Manager, Energy Center of…

Webinar: “Daylighting: Lighting Every Building Using the Sky”

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Presented by: Energy Center University in partnership with the Daylighting Collaborative, presenting faculty Abby Vogen Horn, Senior Project Manager, Energy Center of Wisconsin
When: March 18, 2009 at 1:30pm – 3:00pm CDT

What: Integrated daylighting design is the key to whole building energy savings and a successful sustainable design. This 1.5 hour webinar examines critical daylighting design techniques and considerations. Participants will gain an overall understanding of how to approach daylighting design. Topics from this webinar include:

* Definition of successful daylighting
* Components of daylighting design
* Integration with electric lighting
* Top and side lighting strategies
* HVAC savings with daylighting
* Current daylighting software tools

As a result of this webinar, you will be able to:

* Explain how to implement successful daylighting design
* Specify critical daylighting design elements
* Explain how daylighting saves energy and reduces cost
* Describe how to critically analyze design options for projects
* Define one or more performance criteria necessary for successful daylighting

Who should view this webinar? Architects, lighting professionals, interior designers, building design professionals, engineers and anyone interested in learning about daylighting.

Credits: Payment is required to receive credit for this webinar. Once you have completed the course and passed a 10 question quiz, members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) will earn 1 Learning Unit (HSW). Credit for the AIA Sustainable Design requirement has been submitted for 1 Learning Unit. Credit for the National Council on Qualifications for Lighting Professions (NCQLP) has been submitted for 1 lighting education unit. This course has been approved by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The webinar will take approximately 1.5 hours to complete and is an audio-visual presentation.

Cost: This webinar is free. To receive credit, you must pay $49 and pass a 10 question quiz.

Questions? For more information, call Phil Jahnke Sauer at 608.238.8276 x124 or click here to email him.

Register: Click here to register now. Space is limited, so register early.

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Cooper Lighting Announces 2009 Class Schedule for the SOURCE

The SOURCE, Cooper’s 35,000-sq.ft. lighting education facility located at Cooper Lighting‘s headquarters in Peachtree City, GA, has released the 2009 calendar of classes for the lighting and design community. The…

The SOURCE, Cooper’s 35,000-sq.ft. lighting education facility located at Cooper Lighting‘s headquarters in Peachtree City, GA, has released the 2009 calendar of classes for the lighting and design community. The SOURCE has been servicing the lighting industry for more than 17 years, educating more than 100,000 construction professionals with accredited seminars and workshops.

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New this year, the Industrial Lighting Solutions seminars will be held in Houston, Texas at the new Cooper Technology Center. The SOURCE will also be offering a Healthcare Lighting Solutions seminar and an Energy Solutions seminar at this location. (Cooper Lighting is a division of Houston-based Cooper Industries, Ltd. and information on this new facility can be found here.) In addition, the SOURCE will be hosting its Healthcare Lighting Solutions and Energy Solutions seminars in Universal City, California with tours scheduled at the Cooper Lighting Van Nuys facility.

Current available seminars/workshops for 2009 at a glance are:

March
Healthcare Lighting Solutions – $350, March 23-24
Industrial Lighting Solutions (Cooper Industries Technology Center in Houston, Tex.) – Free, March 30-31

April
Energy Solutions for Commercial and Industrial Lighting Design- $350, April 1-2
Lighting Fundamentals – $500, April 22-24

May
Advanced IRiS Solutions – $350, May 18-19

June
Lighting Fundamentals – $500, June 3-5
Energy Solutions for Commercial and Industrial Lighting Design (Universal City, Calif.) – $350, June 23-24
Healthcare Lighting Solutions (Universal City, Calif.) – $350, June 25-26

July
Lighting Fundamentals for Distributors & Contractors – $500, July 15-17
Residential Lighting Solutions – $350, July 30-31

August
Retail Lighting Solutions – $500, Aug. 11-13
Lighting Fundamentals – $500, Aug. 19-21

September
Industrial Lighting Solutions (Cooper Industries Technology Center in Houston, Tex.) – Free, Sept. 1-2
Advanced IRiS Solutions – $350, Sept. 21-22

October
Lighting Fundamentals – $500, Oct. 7-9
Healthcare Lighting Solutions (Cooper Industries Technology Center in Houston, Tex.) – $350, Oct. 21-22
Energy Solutions for Commercial and Industrial Lighting Design (Cooper Industries Technology Center in Houston, Tex.) – $350, Oct. 28-29

November
Exterior Lighting Solutions – $350, Nov. 4-5

December
Lighting Fundamentals – $500, Dec. 2-4

Course descriptions, registration and lots more info here.

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Day-Brite Capri Omega Lighting Institute to Host Seminar on Office Lighting March 26 and 27, 2009

Day-Brite Capri Omega (DCO) Lighting Institute will hold a specifier seminar on office lighting at its facility in Tupelo, Mississippi on March 26 and 27. The seminar will focus on…

Day-Brite Capri Omega (DCO) Lighting Institute will hold a specifier seminar on office lighting at its facility in Tupelo, Mississippi on March 26 and 27.

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The seminar will focus on lighting issues, specifically how lighting can contribute to the creation of the most sustainable and efficient workplace lighting environments. Issues include glare, task visibility, psychological effects of lighting, energy conservation, and the importance of composition and color in the luminous environment.

Seating is limited to 40 participants. Participants will receive 8 AIA/CES education credits. The cost is $350.

Click here to register.

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LEARNING TO SEE: A Matter of Light

Last year, it was my honor to work with legendary lighting designer Howard Brandston on editing his new book LEARNING TO SEE: A Matter of Light, which was subsequently published…

Last year, it was my honor to work with legendary lighting designer Howard Brandston on editing his new book LEARNING TO SEE: A Matter of Light, which was subsequently published by IES. I wrote about the book in Illuminate, a magazine I edit for the publishers of Architectural Products and several other magazines for which I write, but never produced a comprehensive review here at LightNOW. I am now writing to correct this and encourage you to get a copy.

LEARNING TO SEE: A Matter of Light by Howard Brandston

At 138 pages, it’s a slim book, but its content is ambitious in its comprehensiveness, covering the science of art and the art of lighting. It is Brandston’s gift to the design community, a playful but incisive distillation of more than 50 years of experience designing and teaching lighting. It’s a career boiled down into insight and advice, complete with an appendix comprised entirely of quotable musings. You will find yourself quoting from the entire book, in fact, after finishing it.

If the book could be boiled even further to a single statement, it might be Brandston’s trademark question, “What is it you wish to see?” As an artist and lover of life, he challenges people to re-examine every decision they make in a fresh context, focus on every moment being lived, and turn each day from a series of things to be done into a provocative question. As one of the lighting industry’s iconoclasts, he challenges today’s designers of lighting–and he considers almost everyone a designer–to transcend the rules and conventions of lighting to viscerally connect with the project. Put yourself in the role of the customer, he says. The worker. The traveler. You are here, going there. What is it you wish to see? In this way, he reminds us of the artistic nature of lighting and to think about light as an artist, how to use it to achieve a desired emotional response in the users of light.

Howard Brandston at an IESNY-sponsored book signing at Bottlerocket Wines on June 19, 2008 in New York City.

Howard Brandston at an IESNY-sponsored book signing at Bottlerocket Wines on June 19, 2008 in New York City.

The book is divided into four sections: Learning to See, Taking Responsibility, Creativity and Communication. In the first section, Brandston acknowledges light as governed by science but raises up lighting as an art form that must be understood relative to context, culture, demographics and scale. In the second section, he describes how to harness one’s creativity and internalize and externalize it through communication. In the third section, he talks about how to transcend rules and conventions to be truly creative. And the last section is about the process of lighting design. The book ends with appendices about lighting terms, ethics and design, and wit and wisdom. The short, easy to digest chapters are spiced with short commentaries by luminaires such as Oliver Sacks, Peter Boyce and Dan Ciampa, as well as insight into his thinking during some of his more prominent projects such as the relighting of the Statue of Liberty.There are valuable takeaways for veteran lighting designers as well as those approaching lighting for the first time.

You can get LEARNING TO SEE here.

2008 – 138 Pages
Full color
Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0-87995-225-9
LTS-1-08
Price: $65.00
Member Price: $50.00

About the Author: Howard M. Brandston, LC, FIESNA, Hon. CIBSE, FIALD, MPLDA, MSL&L, is an award-winning lighting consultant, professor and artist. He has more than 50 years’ experience in lighting design, engineering and electronics, designing illumination for more than 2,500 projects, including the relighting of the Statue of Liberty. In 1999, he was awarded the AIA Institute Honors Award for his contributions to architecture, and he is the only lighting designer to have been inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame.

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Lighting Education Institute Announces Webinar Series on Photometry

Craig Bernecker, director of The Lighting Education Institute, will be teaching a weekly 90-minute webinar on luminaire photometry over a period of six weeks from April 13 to May 26,…

Craig Bernecker, director of The Lighting Education Institute, will be teaching a weekly 90-minute webinar on luminaire photometry over a period of six weeks from April 13 to May 26, 2009.

Craig A. Bernecker, Ph.D., FIESNA, LC, founder of The Lighting Education Institute

Craig A. Bernecker, Ph.D., FIESNA, LC, founder of The Lighting Education Institute

Designed for architects, engineers, interior designers, lighting designers, sales reps, manufacturers and other professionals interested in lighting design, the course promises to teach students “how to speak the language of lighting system performance to enable better design, application and comparison of lighting systems,” according to the Institute’s website. “Content includes both interior and exterior luminaire photometry and focuses on the practical use and interpretation of photometric reports.”

The weekly webinars will be supplemented by a dedicated course management website which includes weekly lessons, resources and “assignments,” interactive forums and chat sessions, and archiving of the webinars for review or if you miss the live seminar. All you need is a computer and phone to take the course.

The cost is $575. Click here for more information.

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Designers Lighting Forum to Host LEDucation III on March 11, 2009

The Designers Lighting Forum of New York (DLFNY), with the support of the New York Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNY), is presenting a special program on LED technology…

The Designers Lighting Forum of New York (DLFNY), with the support of the New York Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNY), is presenting a special program on LED technology that features more than 70 manufacturers and a unique informational program designed for The Lighting Community.

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Only three years old, LEDucation already is a leading LED event and returns to New York City on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at the Hotel Pennsylvania on Seventh Avenue.

Attendees will see presentations by the Next Generation of Luminaires (NGL) Design Competition in partnership with DOE, IALD, IES and The Pacific Northwest Laboratory. The NGL reveals the results of a national competition among LED/Solid State Lighting manufacturers at LEDucation III.

Many of the selected products will be on display in a special product showcase area.

Two special LED seminars, accredited by AIA (HSW credits, certificates will be provided), will also be offered.

LEDucation III will be held at the Hotel Pennsylvania, 401 Seventh Avenue at 32nd street, across from Madison Square Garden in New York City on Wednesday, March 11, 2009.

Specifically, the LEDucation III program features:

Continuous Exhibits and Tabletop viewing: 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Next Generation Luminaires presentation: 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM
LED Basics Seminar Series: 2:30 PM and 5:30 PM

There is no charge for students and DLF and IES members, but registration is required and students must present ID at the door. For everybody else, there is a modest $20 fee, with pre-registration required as there will be a higher fee for registering at the door.

Click here for more information and to register. You can also contact pegmeehan@verizon.net for more information.

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