Category: Energy + Environment

DLC Releases New Logos For Each QPL Impacting Product Marketing Materials

The DesignLights Consortium (DLC) has released four new logos, allowing manufacturers and distributors to indicate which products are listed on each of the four DLC Qualified Product Lists (QPLs).

The DesignLights Consortium (DLC) has released four new logos, allowing manufacturers and distributors to indicate which products are listed on each of the four DLC Qualified Product Lists (QPLs). The four updated logos are designed for use with products approved for the DLC’s Solid-State Lighting (SSL) and Networked Lighting Controls (NLC), Horticultural Lighting, and LUNA qualified products lists (QPL). Effective April 21, 2022, these logos are valid to indicate qualification on the DLC QPLs.

The DLC encourages all manufacturers with listed products to update their marketing materials with the new logos, which can be found on the DLC Marketing Toolkit webpage. For proper use of the logos, refer to the Logo Use Quick Guide and the full Logo and Trademark Use Guidelines.

The DLC does not expect manufacturers to immediately update older materials but encourages updating as soon as is feasible. For the time being, old QPL logos are still valid to identify DLC qualified products, and QPL users should note that they may still see the old logos used to indicate qualification. The DLC recommends that users looking for qualified products always verify the listing on the individual QPLs. If you have questions about the new logos or updating your marketing materials, contact DLC at info@designlights.org.

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Product Monday: EV Charger In A Light Pole

The fast growing EV charging market and the lighting world are starting to collide. StressCrete Group, manufacturers of spun concrete poles and light fixtures operating across North America, announced today the launch of their new product, the VoltLock.

The fast growing EV charging market and the lighting world are starting to collide. StressCrete Group, manufacturers of spun concrete poles and light fixtures operating across North America, announced today the launch of their new product, the VoltLock. The VoltLock is a concealed Level II Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station built into StressCrete’s popular Alexander pole. It provides a discrete and convenient way for EV owners to charge their cars. As the charging station is encased in the concrete pole, it has even more protection against tampering, helping consumers access a consistent and reliable EV charging source for their cars, while saving cities and communities on maintenance costs each year. The VoltLock is designed with communities in mind and is compatible with various EVSE suppliers to meet consumers’ specific needs. FLO, a leading North American EV charging network operator and supplier of smart charging solutions, has been chosen by StressCrete Group as the inaugural charging equipment supplier for the VoltLock.

The VoltLock Concealed Level II EVSE Pole benefits include:

  • Cavities within the base of the pole conceal the electric vehicle supply equipment, providing a safe, tamper-resistant solution.
  • Offers a clean aesthetic that blends into the streetscape as all wires and equipment are concealed within the pole.
  • Faster and easier installation as the charging station utilizes existing streetlighting infrastructure, saving communities both time and resources.
  • The FLO Level II EVSE is a charging option that is compatible for all EV owners, no matter the make or model.
  • Convenient charging option for neighborhoods with street parking as the only parking option.
  • Designed to combine with FLO SmartTWO charging station, which contains an industry-leading, patented locking mechanism to protect the connector and store it safely off the ground.

After significant development and testing, the VoltLock EVSE is now available throughout North America. More information about VoltLock can be found on the StressCrete Group website or by contacting StressCrete Group directly.

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Product Monday: Decorative Pendants 3-D Printed From Recycled Ocean Plastic Waste

Fishing nets account for 46% of ocean plastic pollution, and Signify is now upcycling them to fashion new pendants, in their Coastal Breeze Collection. Crafted from salvaged fishing nets using 3D-printing, Coastal Breeze brings ocean-inspired beauty to residential or light commercial applications.

Fishing nets account for 46% of ocean plastic pollution, and Signify is now upcycling them to fashion new pendants, in their Coastal Breeze Collection. Crafted from salvaged fishing nets using 3D-printing, Coastal Breeze brings ocean-inspired beauty to residential or light commercial applications.

The color palette of translucent greens mimics diffused light shining through a clean ocean – an aspiration for this product line. The recycled material has natural irregularities which make every pendant unique.

More information is available here.

 

 

 

 

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New NEMA Standard For Street & Area Light Internal Energy Metering

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published American National Standard for Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment—Metering Performance Requirements for LED Drivers with Integral Energy Measurement (ANSI C136.52-2021).

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published American National Standard for Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment—Metering Performance Requirements for LED Drivers with Integral Energy Measurement (ANSI C136.52-2021). This new standard establishes acceptable metering performance criteria for LED drivers with built-in (integral to the driver) energy consumption measurement functionality for use in outdoor luminaire applications. It describes two metering device performance levels for roadway and area lighting applications: 2% Accuracy Class and 5% Accuracy Class.

This standard is written for use by roadway and area lighting component manufacturers, municipal and regional governments specifying outdoor lighting solutions, and street lighting offices/bureaus. ANSI C136.52-2021 is available on the NEMA website for $70.

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World’s First Carbon Streaming Investment Vehicle For LED Lighting And Retrofits Launched

DevvESG Streaming, a carbon streaming investment company, and LED Green Light International (“LEDGLI”), a designer and manufacturer of advanced LED lighting products, today announced the launch of the first carbon streaming initiative to provide investments into large-scale LED lighting deployments, worldwide.

DevvESG Streaming, a carbon streaming investment company, and LED Green Light International (“LEDGLI”), a designer and manufacturer of advanced LED lighting products, today announced the launch of the first carbon streaming initiative to provide investments into large-scale LED lighting deployments, worldwide. The joint initiative takes a unique approach, offering upfront funding for both new and retrofit LED installation projects in exchange for rights to the carbon credits generated by those projects.

The initiative’s goal is to offer corporations, cities and nations the initial capital required to launch green projects that improve businesses and communities, while simultaneously managing the process of carbon credit generation and certification upon the work’s completion. In addition to LED lighting deployments, DevvESG Streaming also invests in other large-scale sustainability projects that generate renewable energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, or sequester atmospheric carbon dioxide. Funding is currently available, with a range of new projects already under evaluation.

The full article 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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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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Horticulture Lighting and Rebates

According to the Department of Energy, converting all horticultural lighting to LED could realize 40% energy savings, equating to roughly $240 million in annual energy cost savings. As a result, this category is targeted by commercial lighting rebate programs.

According to the Department of Energy, converting all horticultural lighting to LED could realize 40% energy savings, equating to roughly $240 million in annual energy cost savings. As a result, this category is targeted by commercial lighting rebate programs.

According to rebate fulfillment firm BriteSwitch, the number of utilities offering rebates for horticulture lighting has tripled since 2020, with more than 150 programs in North America.

Click here to learn more about horticulture lighting rebates and how they can help your project, including average rebates and tips on how to get them.

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National Governors Association Publishes Whitepaper on Energy Efficiency

A new white paper from the National Governors Association outlines measures states have taken to increase energy efficiency, and steps for governors and states to consider as they continue to examine policy innovations and best practices.

A new white paper from the National Governors Association outlines measures states have taken to increase energy efficiency, and steps for governors and states to consider as they continue to examine policy innovations and best practices.

Energy efficiency is becoming even more important not only as instrumental to least-cost resource planning for power generation (as shown in the graphic), but also as a decarbonization strategy as governments get more serious about addressing climate change.

Energy efficiency measures and their resulting emissions reductions are vital to meeting ambitious state and federal decarbonization goals. Sixteen Governors plus D.C. have ordered or signed into law 100 percent clean energy or zero-carbon electricity generation goals. Massachusetts’ Governor Charlie Baker also signed into law recent climate legislation and Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards also issued an executive order in 2020 setting a goal of making Louisiana carbon neutral by 2050 and joined the U.S. Climate Alliance in May 2021.3,4 The Biden-Harris Administration has also established decarbonization targets and prioritized energy efficiency by executive order putting “the United States on a path to achieve net-zero emissions, economy-wide, by no later than 2050” and setting energy efficiency and renewable energy investment priorities for environmental justice priorities. The recently proposed federal infrastructure plan has a goal of achieving 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2035 and envisions adopting a combined federal clean energy and energy efficiency standard.

Further, energy efficiency reduces building operating costs, enhances energy resiliency and reliability, and fosters economic development.

Lighting is identified several times as a staple energy efficiency measure, but interestingly, the whitepaper’s authors also eye the strong potential for data-generating building automation:

Energy efficiency plays an important role in meeting state energy and environmental goals. Now, in addition to traditional energy efficiency measures that are often thought of as LED lighting and energy efficient appliances, new digital and data-driven solutions, such as building automation, are creating new opportunities for Governors and state energy policymakers to pursue.

Over the past 20 years, energy intensity, or energy use relative to economic output, has been cut in half, and is expected to decrease at an average annual rate of 1.5% through 2050. To take advantage of opportunities to reduce energy consumption, Governors have a robust set of policy levers and tools they can consider, which are outlined in the paper.

Click here to check it out.

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Coalition Calls for Fluorescent Lighting Ban

To mitigate the risks posed by mercury, the Clean Lighting Coalition is calling on the Biden Administration to support the global phase-out of fluorescent lighting by 2025 at the upcoming meeting of the United Nation’s Minamata Convention on Mercury in March 2022.

A new report by the Clean Lighting Coalition highlights the environmental and health risks posed when fluorescent lamps break, especially to vulnerable populations. The report provides concrete steps government, industry, consumers, and others, like childcare providers, can take to accelerate the transition to LED lighting, which is mercury-free, more energy-efficient, more cost-effective, and widely available.

To mitigate the risks posed by mercury, the Coalition is calling on the Biden Administration to support the global phase-out of fluorescent lighting by 2025 at the upcoming meeting of the United Nation’s Minamata Convention on Mercury in March 2022. The Coalition said that phasing out fluorescent lighting aligns with the Administration’s Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad issued earlier in 2021.

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