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WTC Tribute In Light

To mark the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks, the Tribute in Light once again illuminates the New York City skyline. Lighting designer Paul Marantz shares his story…

To mark the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks, the Tribute in Light once again illuminates the New York City skyline. Lighting designer Paul Marantz shares his story of Fisher Marantz Stone’s design and execution of how the Tribute came to be.

The Tribute in Light is an annual installation to honor the memory of those who were lost and as a symbol of the spirit of the great city of New York. The beams of light, located just south of the World Trade Center site, turned on at dusk on 9/11 and continued throughout the night until the early hours of dawn. Visibility of the beams varies with the weather to up to a twenty-five mile radius. FMS collaborated with several artists and architects in the design of the Tribute in Light in 2002 and has focused the installation annually every year.

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Lighting Research Center Announces LED Lighting Institute For September 13-15, 2011

The Lighting Research Center recently announced that it will host another LED Lighting Institute, a three-day hands-on seminar where participants learn the basics of LED technology and gain an understanding…

The Lighting Research Center recently announced that it will host another LED Lighting Institute, a three-day hands-on seminar where participants learn the basics of LED technology and gain an understanding of LED system integration issues involving electrical, optical, and thermal characteristics of LEDs. Participants will learn how to measure and evaluate LEDs and LED systems, compare LED technologies from a variety of manufacturers, and design, build, and evaluate their own LED fixtures. Attendees receive 3 CEUs and a continuing education certificate in LED Lighting.

Dates: September 13-15, 2011
Location: Lighting Research Center, 21 Union Street, Troy, NY
Contact: Dan Frering, LRC manager of education, 518-687-7100

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LIGHTFAIR Announces Call For Speakers For 2012 Event

LIGHTFAIR has announced a call for speakers for next year’s conference in Las Vegas May 7-11, 2012. The deadline to submit a proposal is September 12, 2011. Click here for…

LIGHTFAIR has announced a call for speakers for next year’s conference in Las Vegas May 7-11, 2012.

The deadline to submit a proposal is September 12, 2011. Click here for more.

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DOE to Offer LED Lighting Workshop in Cincinnati on August 10

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Solid-State Lighting program is sponsoring a free workshop titled “LED Lighting Basics” in Cincinnati on Wednesday, August 10, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the…

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Solid-State Lighting program is sponsoring a free workshop titled “LED Lighting Basics” in Cincinnati on Wednesday, August 10, from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Duke Energy Convention Center, Room 261. Presented by Dr. Jack Curran of LED Transformations, the workshop will introduce participants to LED lighting basics and help improve their understanding of the technology by taking a vendor-neutral, no-nonsense look at how and where LED lighting can help reduce energy use.

The DOE workshop is being held in conjunction with GovEnergy, the premier energy training trade show for federal agencies. Admittance to this workshop is open to the public and there is no cost to attend. Click here to learn more and register.

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LIGHTFAIR 2011 Breaks Records

The 22nd consecutive edition of LIGHTFAIR International (LFI) broke all records for attendance and exhibit space in its May 17-19 run at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, the LFI…

The 22nd consecutive edition of LIGHTFAIR International (LFI) broke all records for attendance and exhibit space in its May 17-19 run at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, the LFI 2011 venue. LFI covered 200,000 net sq.ft. feet of exhibits in its largest-ever trade show floor. There were 474 exhibitors, including 59 first-time exhibiting companies. Attendance levels also exceeded all records, with 23,709 attendees from around the globe representing 75 nations.

Get set for the 2012 event, which will be held in Las Vegas, May 7-11, 2012.

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Energy Center of Wisconsin to Present Webinar on Advanced Lighting Design Best Practices on June 21, 2011

The Energy Center of Wisconsin will present a free webinar, “ALG Online: In-Depth Review of Best Practices in Advanced Lighting Design,” on June 21, 2011 at 1–2 PM Central (2–3…

The Energy Center of Wisconsin will present a free webinar, “ALG Online: In-Depth Review of Best Practices in Advanced Lighting Design,” on June 21, 2011 at 1–2 PM Central (2–3 PM Eastern). While the webinar is free, registration is required. When you have completed registration, you will receive an email confirmation that will include a link to join the webinar. As a bonus, attendees will also receive discount full access to the Advanced Lighting Guidelines (ALG) Online.


“Discover how to incorporate the most advanced, energy-saving strategies and technologies into your next project. Join the Energy Center for two webinars that explore ALG Online, the web version of New Building Institute’s updated Advanced Lighting Guidelines. Find out how this independent resource assists design professionals in achieving high quality lighting design. 

“Client expectations for lighting design in green buildings include both high quality performance and energy efficiency. Participants will learn about ALG Online’s instructional graphics and superior design solutions for many building types and spaces, along with best practice advice on topics such as daylighting, integration of controls, research in health and human performance, codes and policies that affect lighting efficiency, emerging technologies, and design applications. Discover ALG Online’s applications directory and tech sheets identifying high performance luminaires. Examine several other new, no-cost tools including DOE’s Commercial Lighting Solutions, Daylighting for Office Interiors Guide, and the Daylighting Pattern Guide.”

Target attendees include lighting practitioners, engineers, architects, designers, professors, students, facility managers, interior designers, electrical contractors and distributors, lighting manufacturers and distributors, building owners, utility and energy program managers, commercial builders and anyone else interested in commercial buildings.

If you can’t watch it live, you can access it later for convenience on-demand viewing.

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Webcast on June 20, 2011: LED Replacements for Linear Fluorescent Lamps

On June 20, 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will host a 90-minute live webcast providing an up-to-date assessment of LED replacements for linear fluorescent lamps. In this webcast,…

On June 20, 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will host a 90-minute live webcast providing an up-to-date assessment of LED replacements for linear fluorescent lamps.

In this webcast, Jason Tuenge of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) will discuss current Lighting Facts-listed products as well as products evaluated in the latest CALiPER reports. Eric Richman, also of PNNL, will report on a recently completed GATEWAY demonstration project, in which LED and fluorescent lamps were installed in a variety of recessed troffer luminaires for comparison in an office environment. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of specifications listed in a newly updated technology fact sheet.

The webcast starts at 1:00 PM ET and will include a 60-minute presentation, followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer session with attendees.

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Jim Brodrick on SSL Offerings at LIGHTFAIR

By Jim Brodrick, U.S. Department of Energy Now that I’m back in the confines of my relatively calm office in our nation’s capital, I thought I’d share some thoughts on…

By Jim Brodrick, U.S. Department of Energy

Now that I’m back in the confines of my relatively calm office in our nation’s capital, I thought I’d share some thoughts on what I saw in the City of Brotherly Love last week at LIGHTFAIR International, which was a buzzing beehive of burning activity. I enjoyed meeting those of you who made it to the show and who stopped by the DOE booth, which was a popular destination throughout the week for buyers of all stripes who wanted an objective, unbiased take on solid-state lighting. Our tutorials were well-attended, and our entire team was kept busy each day answering questions on all aspects of the technology.

That’s not surprising, considering that once again LED products dominated the show. What I saw walking the floors there in Philadelphia reflected some of the things I’d heard last month in Boston at DOE’s third annual SSL R&D Workshop, where a number of very aggressive forecasts were made about the higher degree of market penetration and efficiencies we’ll soon be seeing. It seems that some of those forecasts are already being borne out, and it’s exciting to see it happening in “real time.”

For example, the range of applications covered by the LED products at this year’s LIGHTFAIR was noticeably wider than in years past and ran the gamut from the basic “bread-and-butter” downlights and pendants we’ve been seeing, all the way to high-end architectural. It used to be that you could only find LED lighting products for this or that niche, but last week in Philadelphia it seemed there was a product for every kind of application – including some I hadn’t even thought of! The overall quality was definitely higher, indicating that there’s a good deal of refinement taking place, and we’re starting to see an increase in power and punch. It was clear that many of these new products are already being sold and shipped in substantial volumes.

LED outdoor lighting, which had generated so much buzz last year, seemed to be taken more in stride in Philadelphia last week, with attendees appearing to view it as being more established in the marketplace. We continue to see many LED screw-in replacement lamps, and the target incandescent wattages they’re intended to replace continue to increase. Last year’s 60W target seems to have shifted to 75W and even 100W. The proof will be in the pudding, though, and we’ll continue to scan the market and test products to see if they truly meet equivalent output levels matching these claims.

One thing I found especially encouraging at this year’s LIGHTFAIR was the presence of more purpose-designed LED fixtures than ever before – integrated luminaires that are specifically designed for SSL, and that consequently take better advantage of the technology than do replacement products. And those fixtures are continuing to improve. A number of major luminaire manufacturers showed 2’x2′ and 2’x4′ integrated LED ceiling troffers that look very promising in terms of output, efficacy, color quality, and visual comfort. Products like that could provide a better alternative to the LED T8 replacement lamps we’ve seen on the market, which don’t yet match the performance of their fluorescent counterparts for overhead ambient lighting, as a new GATEWAY report explains.

Another thing that struck me in Philadelphia last week was how SSL products dominated the LIGHTFAIR Innovation Awards, whereas just a few years ago nearly all of the winners utilized traditional lighting technologies. What’s more, a few of this year’s winning SSL designs were based on OLEDs rather than LEDs, as OLED technology continues to come along. Among the OLED products on display at this year’s LIGHTFAIR were some luminaires that were downright elegant, as well as one prototype that changes colors at a user’s prompting.

Quite a few of the SSL products were controllable and dimmable, as manufacturers continue to home in on the kinds of features their customers want. As part of that trend, I noticed greater emphasis on color quality; several exhibit booths had very useful side-by-side visual comparisons contrasting lower and higher CRI, R9 (rendering of deep red), and different CCTs. And I was especially encouraged to see that, on the whole, we’re seeing fewer outlandish lifetime claims for luminaires, indicating that manufacturers are considering the life of the overall system and not just the LEDs. It also appeared that more SSL companies are looking seriously at doing at least some of their manufacturing here in the U.S., which should be good news for the economy.

Because it showcases the industry’s cutting edge, LIGHTFAIR tells us not only what’s happening in the marketplace, but also something about the prevailing winds. Right now, those winds are blowing in the direction of solid-state lighting, thanks to the rapid developments taking place on so many different fronts. And that’s making the energy savings forecast – which is DOE’s paramount concern – look brighter.

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