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Streetlight Housings Made With Recycled & Recyclable Polymer

  An Italian manufacturer named Lorelux, has developed durable street and area lights with housings that are both recycled and recyclable. The housings are made of a polyethylene-based polymer that can be created: As virgin material from sugar cane, From recycled industrial waste, or From recycled bottle caps. The housings are again recyclable at the [...]

Energy + Environment, Legislation + Regulation

Hawaii And Colorado Are About To Ban Fluorescent Lamps

Two more states are joining Vermont and California in banning fluorescent lamps. Hawaii’s legislature passed HB 192 / SB 690, and sent it to the Governor’s desk for signing, which is expected. The bill, once signed, will phase out mercury-containing lamps, such as fluorescent lamps. Colorado’s House Bill 23-1161, called Environmental Standards For Appliances, passed [...]

Energy + Environment, Research

Researchers Begin Steps Toward Biodegradable Electronics

  Researchers at Linköping University and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, have created the first functioning transistor made of wood. This represents an early step in the development of biodegradable electronics. The researchers started with balsa wood and removed the lignin that makes wood strong and rigid. This created cellulose fibers with [...]

Energy + Environment

What Is Design For Disassembly (DfD)?

Designing for disassembly (DfD) refers to the practice of designing products or systems in a way that makes it easy to take them apart at the end of their useful life or for maintenance purposes. DfD is an important aspect of sustainable lighting and circular design. This design approach aids the recovery and recycling of [...]

Electrification, Energy + Environment, Lighting Industry

What Happens When Powerlines Go Underground And Telephone Lines Are Turned Off?

What happens when the impacts of electrification collide with the obsolescence of telecommunications infrastructure? We’re all going to find out. Last week, I learned of two seemingly unrelated things: Undergrounding Powerlines Electrification of buildings and transportation raise the stakes for grid reliability / resiliency. Historically, power outages take out lighting, appliances, and HVAC systems. We’re [...]

Energy + Environment, Legislation + Regulation

Ontario Canada Mandates Lamp Recycling Requirements For Manufacturers

  Effective January 1, 2023, lamp/bulb manufacturers have new “extended producer responsibility” requirements in Ontario, Canada, for end-of-life management of “lighting” under Ontario Regulation 522/20: Electrical and Electronic Equipment (the “EEE Regulation”). This includes both residential and commercial lamps sold in Ontario. Product Care Recycling is a not-for-profit organization registered as a “Producer Responsibility Organization” [...]

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 [...]

Energy + Environment, Legislation + Regulation

Five U.S. Cities Prepare To Fine Building Owners For High Energy Use Or GHG Emissions

New York City, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Boston, and St. Louis are all preparing to fine building owners who fail to comply with new local regulations that in most cases, limit large buildings’ greenhouse gas emissions and/or curb energy usage. The earliest of the fines will go into effect this month in San Francisco. This [...]

Energy + Environment

Remarkable Javits Center Sustainability Features To Consider During LightFair

A large percentage of LightNOW readers will likely attend LightFair, this May, at the Jacob Javits Center, in New York City. The Javits is the largest and busiest convention center in the United States. What might surprise you is the list of sustainability features that were installed as part of the 5-year, $1.5 Billion renovation [...]

Controls, Energy + Environment

First Smart Home Energy Management System (SHEMS) Receives ENERGY STAR Certification

On January 4th, 2023, the U.S. EPA announced the first Smart Home Energy Management System (SHEMS) to receive ENERGY STAR certification. Samsung SmartThings is the first platform to earn ENERGY STAR certification for a SHEMS. SmartThings creates smart home IoT control, integrated across any phone, any device, and any brand. With ENERGY STAR certification of [...]


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