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Sneak Peek Of Upcoming LightSPEC West Event

The inaugural LightSPEC West event is only nine days away and will be held in Los Angeles, CA. Check out our sneak peek at five interesting presentations

The inaugural LightSPEC West event is only nine days away and will be held in Los Angeles, CA. Here’s a sneak peek at five interesting presentations:

  • Permanent Chaos, Wishful Thinking, and Real Opportunities – the Lighting Industry Today. On September 21, Wendy Davis, a Senior Research Analyst at Guidehouse, and Clifton Stanley Lemon, the LightSPEC West organizer, present a talk addressing the current state of the industry: important economic trends, unrecognized and surprising growth areas, the impact of ESG and regulatory action. They’ll suggest strategies for coping with uncertainty and conflicting data and predictions. They identify emerging research on lighting, views, and daylight that present opportunities for collaboration with architects, advances in occupant health and wellness, increased value for building owners, improvements in environmental quality, and best practices in inclusive design.
  • On September 21, Teal Brogden and Venna Resurreccion of HLB Lighting present a talk entitled Experiencing the Daylight Dynamic. HLB is one of the few lighting firms in the U.S. with a deep and robust practice in daylighting design, and they’ve developed an exemplary practice in integrating daylight with electric light. Their talk will focus on the design process and the many health and wellness benefits of daylight and views through a series of exemplary case studies. Teal and Venna will describe ways in which regenerative lighting design uses daylight first before considering electric light, and how the two can be balanced. They will present data on the impact of views and daylight on real estate value, productivity and other metrics from studies of schools and daylight, and health outcomes from hospital rooms with access to views and daylight. They will also evaluate specific qualities and forms of architecture that provide optimal views and daylight and how these can be put to best use for electric light as well.
  • On September 21, a panel entitled Inclusive Design as a Catalyst for Change will be presented. Moderated by lighting designer Alana Shepherd, founder of the North American Coalition of Lighting Industry Queers (NACLIQ), and including Mariel Taviana Acevdo of Portland, Oregon lighting agency Solus; Archit Jain, principal at Oculus Light Studio; and Thomas Paterson, principal at Lux Populi, the panel will explore a range of tools and actions to address inclusive design: corporate programs, education and training, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and communications strategies.
  • Controls expert and consultant, John Arthur Wilson, will be delivering a talk on September 22, entitled Simplifying Controls and Evolution of Grid-Connected Buildings. This talk will show how building control systems play a vital role past the meter in helping to enable and manage the emerging connected grid and how they can deliver previously unrealized ROI while becoming simpler to understand, justify, install, and operate. He’ll also talk about how lighting controls can drive integration of other building systems in ways that provide ROI on sensor and operational data, aid predictive maintenance, and increase user control and comfort. John Arthur feels that most of the real impact of IoT in buildings is, at least initially, around the control systems. Because lighting controls are the substrate for energy strategies like demand management and occupancy-based approaches. They’re a natural leverage point to facilitate grid-connected buildings. Eventually, we’ll see a grid where buildings produce, consume, and share both energy and data in two directions- to and from the grid and internet.
  • Jay Wratten, Senior Director at WSP will present a talk entitled Beyond Occupancy – Risk Management and Revenue Streams on September 22, in which he will explore investment in smart buildings from the perspective of building owners and operators. He’ll show how smart, integrated building systems not only allow decreased op-ex, by enabling things like predictive maintenance and energy efficiency but can provide operating revenue from increasingly valuable data streams and analytics. He’ll also explore how becoming more involved in building system integration, and data architecture is an increasingly important collaborative role for systems engineers, IT professionals, and lighting designers.

To register for the event, visit the LightSPEC West site here.

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LightSPEC West – A New Event Curated Especially For Specifiers

LightSPEC West is the West coast’s newest lighting, and design experience, featuring a CEU accredited educational program headlined by top experts in the L.A. market.

LightSPEC West is the West coast’s newest lighting, and design experience, featuring a CEU accredited educational program headlined by top experts in the L.A. market. See the latest, September 21-22, 2022 at the Magic Box @ the Reef in Los Angeles, CA, for this inaugural conference and exhibition showcasing design, inspiration, and innovation in lighting for the built environment.

Carefully curated by top industry experts, LightSPEC West is a networking, education, and solutions platform for specifiers and buyers of commercial and residential lighting and controls. With a program covering a wide range of topics vital to building designers, owners, and operators, the two-day conference and expo include networking events, site tours, and product showcases, in plenary and individual sessions, as well as panel discussions.

Use LightNOW’s promo code SP22 when registering to save $50 on a Conference pass. Entry to the exhibition is FREE. To view the Conference Program and learn more, visit www.lightspecwest.com.

Register here: https://www.lightspecwest.com/lightspecwest/begin . Remember to use promo code SP22 for a $50 discount, courtesy of LightNOW.

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Twelve Interesting Products & Trends From LightFair 2022

David Shiller shares his top product and trends finds at LightFair 2022.

It was great to get back to LightFair International (LFI), last week. It was a significantly better show than last year’s (IMHO), but still roughly half of the exhibitors of a pre-pandemic LFI. Here is a fast recap of my favorite products and trends at LFI, last week:

  • Additional manufacturers showing and offering street and area lights with LED amber sources. These can be direct emission amber LEDs or phosphor-converted amber LEDs (1800K – 2200K). Most folks know about amber sources for “turtle-safe” lighting, in Florida and other Southeast municipalities. However, due to global collapses in both insect and bird populations attributed to white LED lighting, there are a growing list of municipalities requiring amber street and area lighting. I learned that Austin, TX and municipalities in New York state have added requirements during bird migration seasons that promote turning lights out and amber sources. Here is more information about a recent DLC whitepaper on non-white light sources for outdoors.
  • Miniaturization of high output fixtures. More exhibitors than I could count were showing linear high bays as small as 9” x 15” to replace 2’ x 4’ linear highbays. There were also numerous 9” diameter UFO’s (round high bays) intended to replace round HID highbay fixtures, up to 2’ in diameter.
  • Tape manufacturers said A/C COB tape is finally in development and expected to have it in the next year. This will have all of the benefits of COB tape (no pixilated dots) and no separate brick driver to hide.
  • RGB+tunable white (TW) everything! The coolest example was S14 lamps (for outdoor light strings) with RGB+TW that both color changes and color tunes via a mobile app. I saw a couple manufacturers with this, including American Lighting.
  • Some of the RGB+TW luminaires are now being controlled with SPI protocol, which is similar in some ways to DALI’s individually addressable luminaires. SPI is a common communication protocol used by many different devices. For example, SD card reader modules, RFID card reader modules, and 2.4 GHz wireless transmitter/receivers all use SPI to communicate with microcontrollers. One unique benefit of SPI is the fact that data can be transferred without interruption. Any number of bits can be sent or received in a continuous stream.
  • QR codes everywhere! Very little printed product literature, no more thumb drive product catalogs. Almost every both had product signs with QR codes.
  • A new cast of first-tier booths. Acuity didn’t exhibit. Crestron had one of the largest booths. Signify and Cooper had separate but adjacent booths, despite the acquisition. By contrast, Current brands (GLI brands in Current-speak) and its acquired Hubble Brands (HLI brands in Current-speak) were mashed together in a single, large booth. Many people thought the brand reorg was messy and confusing (myself included).
  • One of the most fascinating product demos that I observed was by Dr. Dinesh Ramanathan, Ph.D., the CEO of NexGen Power Systems, an advanced driver manufacturer, that recently emerged from stealth mode. They grow their own GaN-on-GaN, higher frequency transistors that are more efficient, smaller, and produce less EMI, thereby requiring smaller/less EMI filtering components. The resulting drivers are 6% higher power efficiency, which enables luminaires to increase lumen output by 250% (2.5x increase) while decreasing in size! Their drivers were 30-50% smaller in size, in addition to the higher efficiency. I’ll be closely watching this technology.
  • This is the first LightFair that I ever found something exciting in emergency lighting. Concealite showed emergency lights that rotated out of a blank wall when triggered. The product can be painted or wallpapered to be invisible when not in use. They claimed they can replace 8-10 legacy “bug-eye lights” with a single one of their high output, aim-able units. More information here.
  • SportsBeams released a 1500W LED sports light and high mast light, equivalent to 3000W of HID (but such an HID never existed). They use heat pipes for thermal management. They also were offering amber versions of their products, as well as RGB+TW units that enable colorful entertainment lighting from stadium lights. More information here.
  • Filament HID replacement lamps from several manufacturers, including Signify, TCP, LEDVANCE, and others. More about this trend here.
  • Multiple manufacturers promoting Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers, including, Espen Technology and Light Efficient Design. More about this trend here.

 

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Two Upcoming Events Focused On Women In Lighting

Here are two upcoming events advancing the agenda of women in the lighting industry. Representing two very different channels: electrical distribution and hardware & building supply.

Here are two upcoming events advancing the agenda of women in the lighting industry. Representing two very different channels: electrical distribution and hardware & building supply:

  1. Women In Industry Forum, June 27-29, 2022, in Bonita Springs, FL. NAED’s Women in Industry Forum provides an environment for female professionals within electrical distribution to take steps toward advancing their careers by leveraging educational opportunities. Additional information is available here.
  2. Top Women in Hardware & Building Supply, November 8-9, 2022, in Chicago, IL. The HBSDealer Top Women in Hardware & Building Supply program honors women making outstanding contributions to their companies and their communities. Additional information about last year’s event is available here.
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Luminaire Level Lighting Controls, Catching On or Catching Hell?

The Portland IES will feature a presentation by John Arthur Wilson of Fernhill Shopworks on Wednesday, February 16, at 11:45 am PST. Wilson will be presenting findings from his 2021 lighting controls research. The free…

The Portland IES will feature a presentation by John Arthur Wilson of Fernhill Shopworks on Wednesday, February 16, at 11:45 am PST. Wilson will be presenting findings from his 2021 lighting controls research. The free webinar is open to anyone in the industry. No pre-registration is required. Use the link below to join the Teams event :
“Luminaire Level Lighting Controls, Catching On or Catching Hell?”

His 2021 research also resulted in a learning guide that can be used to support basic education around wireless trends in lighting. NEEA has published that document on their Better Bricks website, available to the public here.

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2022 LightFair Innovation Awards Now Accepting Applications

LightFair is now accepting applications for its 33rd annual LightFair Innovation Awards and invites exhibitors to submit innovative new products. Winners in 14 categories, plus three overall excellence awards for Most Innovative Product of the Year, Technical Innovation and Design Excellence, will be announced at LightFair 2022, June 19 – 23, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

LightFair is now accepting applications for its 33rd annual LightFair Innovation Awards and invites exhibitors to submit innovative new products. Winners in 14 categories, plus three overall excellence awards for Most Innovative Product of the YearTechnical Innovation and Design Excellence, will be announced at LightFair 2022, June 19 – 23, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“The LightFair Innovation Awards have recognized the best-of-the-best in lighting for more than three decades,” said Dan Darby, show director. Exhibitors interested in applying to win a LightFair Innovation Award must submit new products launched between LightFair 2021 (October 30) and LightFair 2022. The 17 awards are:

  • Most Innovative Product of the Year – the program’s highest award, recognizing the most innovative new product
  • Technical Innovation – recognizing the most forward-thinking advancement in lighting technology
  • Design Excellence – recognizing outstanding achievement in design
  • Non-Luminous: Research, Publications, Lighting Software & Specialty Hardware
  • Lamps: Conventional, Retrofit & Replacement
  • LED/OLED, Chips & Modules
  • Ballasts, Transformers, Drivers, Systems & Kits
  • Track, Display, Undercabinet & Shelf
  • Recessed Downlights, Wall Washers & Multiples
  • Indoor Decorative
  • Parking, Roadway, & Area Luminaires
  • Sports, Step, Landscape, Pool & Fountain Luminaires
  • Control Components & Hardware  
  • Commercial Indoor: Troffers, Suspended & Surface Mounted
  • Industrial, Disinfection, Vandal, Emergency & Exit
  • Dynamic Color, Theatrical, Cove, Strips & Tape
  • Control Enabling Technology, Connectivity & Software

Submitting to the LightFair Innovation Awards is free, and available only to confirmed 2022 LightFair exhibitors. The number of entries allowed per company is based on booth size and every entry is given equal consideration. Award submissions must be received on or before March 11, 2022 at www.lightfair.com/lightfair-innovation-awards-submissions.

 

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New date: Light + Building Autumn Edition 2022

Light + Building Autumn Edition will be held in Frankfurt am Main from October 2-6, 2022.

Due to the continuing pandemic, Messe Frankfurt is postponing the Light + Building trade fair for light and building services technology, to Autumn 2022, for a one-off event. Light + Building Autumn Edition will be held in Frankfurt am Main from October 2-6, 2022.

For the Light + Building Autumn Edition, the hybrid concept remains the same. In addition to the international industry meeting place in Frankfurt, participation is possible via the Light + Building Digital Extension platform. At the Exhibition Centre from October 2-6, 2022, exhibitors will present a unique product spectrum for integrated building planning. All electrical trades are united here: from lighting and luminaire design, connected security and building automation to electrical installation systems, intelligent energy management and the suppliers of e-charging infrastructure.

The full story is here.

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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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Registration Opens for 2022 LEDucation Trade Show and Conference

Registration for LEDucation 2022 Trade Show and Conference, being held March 15–16, 2022 at the New York Hilton Midtown, is now open.

Registration for LEDucation 2022 Trade Show and Conference, being held March 15–16, 2022 at the New York Hilton Midtown, is now open.

A premier trade show and conference for the New York lighting industry, LEDucation 2022 has more than 350 companies confirmed to exhibit and a slate of accredited educational programs. The 2022 Conference will open with six virtual sessions on Monday, March 14. In-person sessions will take place on-site Tuesday and Wednesday, March 15–16.

The health of lighting industry stakeholders is LEDucation’s top priority. LEDucation has added additional exhibit space to provide a more comfortable environment for exhibitors and attendees to network and navigate through. The Rhinelander area on the second floor of the New York Hilton Midtown will be added in 2022, along with Americas Hall 2, which was planned in 2020. This is in addition to the original two exhibit halls—the Grand Ballroom and Americas Hall I.

In compliance with New York City COVID-19 ordinance, expect that both masks and proof of vaccination will be required. Event Safety Protocols can be found here.

Exhibition Show Hours
Tuesday, March 15, 2022:   10:00am – 7:00pm
Wednesday, March 16, 2022:   9:00am – 3:00pm

2022 Conference Schedule
Virtual Sessions – Monday, March 14:   9:00am – 5:30pm EDT
In-Person – Tuesday, March 15:  9:00am – 5:00pm
In-Person – Wednesday, March 16:   9:00am – 4:30pm

For Registration Details, visit leducation.org/registration.

For Sessions Schedule, visit leducation.org/2022-sessions.

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