Category: Lighting Industry

Expert Panel Shares Lighting Industry Jobs & Hiring Trends For 2022

A panel of lighting industry professionals held a conversation surrounding the ‘Great Resignation’ and other labor trends to watch for in 2022. In the 9th annual LD+A Lighting Jobs Outlook, The Pompeo Group convened a group of recognized leaders in lighting to prognosticate and share their insights on the industry’s job market, for the year to come.

A panel of lighting industry professionals held a conversation surrounding the ‘Great Resignation’ and other labor trends to watch for in 2022. In the 9th annual LD+A Lighting Jobs Outlook, The Pompeo Group convened a group of recognized leaders in lighting to prognosticate and share their insights on the industry’s job market, for the year to come. The manufacturing, distribution, lighting design, and rep agency worlds were all represented in this year’s panel, as was a “digital hub for education, inspiration, and entertainment” (better known as Lytei). It was also a geographically diverse panel, with participants from Colorado, North Carolina, the Bay Area, Chicago, British Columbia, and New York. The group includes: Jimalee Beno (president, Focal Point)Steve Crocker (senior vice president/general manager, U.S. construction, WESCO)Jeff Croskey (CEO, ALW)Andrea Hartranft (principal, Hartranft Lighting Design)Jean Jacques (executive vice president, SDA Lighting & Controls) and Sam Koerbel (founder, Lytei).

Topics discussed include:

  • The Great Resignation
  • How to attract new staff and retain existing staff?
  • Will business travel ramp back up in 2022?
  • What positions will most be in demand in 2022?
  • What positions will have less demand?
  • What products and technologies will create the most jobs in 2022?

Read the full article here.

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NEMA Creates Federal Infrastructure Project Portal

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act  (IIJA), signed into law in late 2021, represents a significant milestone in the transformation of U.S. infrastructure toward an accessible and electrified transportation system, modernized buildings and lighting, a more resilient grid, and a more efficient and expanded domestic manufacturing sector.

The IIJA

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act  (IIJA), signed into law in late 2021, represents a significant milestone in the transformation of U.S. infrastructure toward an accessible and electrified transportation system, modernized buildings and lighting, a more resilient grid, and a more efficient and expanded domestic manufacturing sector.

The IIJA’s nearly $450 billion investment in energy and electrification projects will unlock huge opportunities for American businesses and workers—including the more than 370,000 men and women employed by U.S. electrical manufacturers—spurring economic growth and innovation that will define the next chapter of our nation’s history.

Lighting

As the lighting market continues its shift toward more efficient, low-energy consuming products, the IIJA will accelerate existing market trends and invigorate new opportunities for the lighting industry.

The IIJA will also provide the opportunity to significantly upgrade the nation’s roadway lighting by installing connected light-emitting diode (LED) roadway lights, which will help create safer driving conditions and smart roads. Furthermore, NEMA expects the same LED-connected systems to be a key part of the EV charging network that the IIJA will help build across the country.

From funding for energy efficiency upgrades, connected roadway lights, to support for the latest in building code improvements, NEMA will track closely the implementation of these funds as they move through federal agencies, program offices, states, and specific program opportunities.

NEMA’s Infographic Detailing $450 Billion Of Infrastructure Funding For The Electrical Industry

The infographic download is available here.

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Commercial Lighting Rebate Trends For 2022

77% of the US has a commercial lighting rebate. This is up from 74% in 2021. Still, some parts of the US have little or no rebate coverage.

77% of the US has a commercial lighting rebate

This is up from 74% in 2021. Still, some parts of the US have little or no rebate coverage. Notable standouts are Alaska, Kansas, North Dakota, and West Virginia, with no active rebate programs. Ohio is also remarkable. While the major utilities in the state provided rebates for many years, they were forced to discontinue those programs in 2020 due to a ruling in the state legislature, and unfortunately, the incentives have not returned this year.

LED Rebate Amounts Are Flat for a Second Year

For years, LED rebates reliably decreased 10 – 20% annually depending on the product category. A large part of this decline was to match the incentive levels to the falling prices of LED solutions. It left many wondering when it would bottom out.

Last year, for the first time ever, the rebates for LED solutions were flat year over year. That trend continues in 2022, with only a 1% decrease across all product categories. This pattern makes sense when you look at the industry. 2021 saw a record number of price increases due to supply chain issues and inflation, so it’s no wonder rebate amounts have stayed pretty stable. The higher levels are needed to make the project paybacks favorable enough for reluctant customers who have not yet upgraded.

 

Number of Horticulture Rebates Nearly Triples While Amounts Decrease

Incentives for horticulture lighting have been very strong, with the number of rebates tripling in the last year. These incentives have also become much more standardized in 2022. Previously, most rebates for horticulture lighting were custom, often based on kWh saved. This year, that shifted and now over 60% of the rebates for horticulture lighting are prescriptive.

While the number of rebates for horticultural LEDs grew, the average prescriptive incentive amount decreased by roughly 25% in 2022. This change is primarily due to the introduction of new, lower rebates where no previous rebates existed which brought down the average. Still, at an average incentive of $102 per fixture, horticulture lighting is one of the highest rebate product categories currently available.

Networked Lighting Control Rebates Continue To Grow

Rebates for these NLC systems have been around for several years. It’s exciting to see the number of utilities incentivizing these systems has increased by 16% this year.

In contrast, the average rebate amounts for NLC have stayed the same this year. It mirrors the trends seen in traditional controls like occupancy sensors and photocells. The incentives for all these control technologies have remained remarkably stable over time, with little change in the incentive amounts or availability. While there are a lot of rebate programs out there for NLC, the biggest challenge the programs face is the market’s knowledge of these systems.

Read the full article in Briteswitch.com, here.

 

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Ecosense / Korrus Acquires Tempo Industries

Korrus, the lighting group that includes Ecosense, Lumium, Soraa, and Skuva has acquired architectural lighting manufacturer, Tempo Industries. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. 

Korrus, the lighting group that includes Ecosense, Lumium, Soraa, and Skuva has acquired architectural lighting manufacturer, Tempo Industries. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Tempo’s product portfolio brings some unique architectural linear solutions to complement the already broad offering in the Ecosense brand. Tempo’s portfolio includes cove, accent, wall-wash and grazer products, as well as some unique products for theater house lighting applications.

In 2020, Tempo Industries reported having 72 U.S. employees. Tempo President, Michael Bremser, will reportedly remain as President of Tempo and will continue to lead the organization in Irvine, CA. Both Korrus and Ecosense are headquartered in nearby Los Angeles.

Read the full article in inside.lighting 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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AIA Projects Non-Resi Construction Spending To Increase In 2022 & 2023

According to a new report from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the nonresidential building sector is expected to see a healthy rebound through next year after failing to recover with the broader economy last year.

According to a new report from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the nonresidential building sector is expected to see a healthy rebound through next year after failing to recover with the broader economy last year.

The AIA’s Consensus Construction Forecast panel—comprising leading economic forecasters—expects spending on nonresidential building construction to increase by 5.4 percent in 2022, and accelerate to an additional 6.1 percent increase in 2023. With a five percent decline in construction spending on buildings last year, only retail and other commercial, industrial, and health care facilities managed spending increases. This year, only the hotel, religious, and public safety sectors are expected to continue to decline. By 2023, all the major commercial, industrial, and institutional categories are projected to see at least reasonably healthy gains.

The full AIA Report can be found here.

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Q4 Pulse Of Lighting Report Shows Industry Growth, Despite The Pandemic

Last month Electrical Trends conducted the quarterly Pulse of Lighting Survey. Over 200 individuals from the electrical distribution channel – electrical distributors, manufacturer reps, lighting agents, and manufacturers – participated.

Last month Electrical Trends conducted the quarterly Pulse of Lighting Survey. Over 200 individuals from the electrical distribution channel – electrical distributors, manufacturer reps, lighting agents, and manufacturers – participated.

Highlights included:

  1. Distributors, manufacturers, and reps reported high-single-digit growth, with distributors reporting the highest percentage, however, their reporting includes their margins whereas the other audiences are based upon their COGS.
  2. This MSD was a modest acceleration in sales growth from Q3 Pulse of Lighting Report findings, which could relate to energy-oriented (rebate) programs or the need to complete projects by the end of a year.
  3. 73% of the distributors reported growth of more than 5%, which is more than reported similarly in Q3
  4. The market is still driven by small to mid-sized projects, but there are starting to be more “new” projects in these segments. The large project pipeline is very geographic, and sporadic, in nature.
  5. Brands seem to be taking share from unfamiliar brands. The big reason is inventory and “trust.” The smaller companies are more impacted by supply chain issues.
  6. Distributor backlogs are strong. Some customers are buying in advance of price increases. In many instances, it is the supply chain issue.
  7. All audiences expect price increases in Q1 and companies such as GE Current have already announced price increases for lamps as well as fixtures. There is also a significant difference between “announced” price increases and “realized” price increases.
  8. Distributors are seeking alternatives to support their customers due to supply chain delays so that projects can be completed. Much like the adage “cash is king,” nowadays “inventory is king.”
  9. In looking towards 2022, the lighting channel is expected “high-single digit” growth with several respondents expecting double-digit growth. The growth is expected to be driven by price increases, warehouses, data centers, a stronger economy, education, healthcare, and new products, according to respondents. But there are concerns … the same ones as 2021 – supply chain, price increases, COVID, and its impact on the economy.

For the full article, click 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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New Publisher Message from Suelynn and David Shiller

Hello fellow LightNOW readers! We are so excited to be the new editor & publisher of this very well respected and highly valued industry resource. We are committed to continuing…

Hello fellow LightNOW readers! We are so excited to be the new editor & publisher of this very well respected and highly valued industry resource. We are committed to continuing the tradition of delivering quality lighting news, that Craig has established and that we have relied upon and used in our consulting business. The best news is that Craig will continue contributing his exceptional quality articles and thought leadership to LightNOW.

You may already receive our firm’s monthly newsletter, Market Intelligence for Lighting Developers.  Please know that we will continue to publish that resource, and that the content you receive in our monthly publication will be complimentary to the articles, news notes and original content published in LightNOW.

While the content of LightNOW will continue to be carefully curated to be of the most use to you in your work, you will see some changes in the appearance of the site and the newsletter. Let us know what you think of the changes, through our email on the contact page.

Also, send us your ideas for content, press releases and white papers. We will carefully consider every submission. We look forward to hearing your ideas.

Best regards,

Suelynn & David Shiller

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Farewell Message by Craig DiLouie

It has been my privilege and honor to deliver lighting news and opinion for the past 20 years at LightNOW.

Hello, reader! Okay, this isn’t strictly a farewell, as I’ll still be contributing to LightNOW, but I have stepped down as its editor.

It has been my privilege and honor to deliver lighting news and opinion for the past 20 years at LightNOW, one of the first things I started doing after leaving ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING back in 2001. During that time, LightNOW chronicled major changes in the industry, notably a technological shift to LED lighting and advanced controls. It’s been a wild ride for a previously staid industry, and staying informed has never been more important.

Codes, standards, regulations, products, people, metrics, construction news, awards, opinion, how-to guidance, it’s all here at LightNOW, every day, archived. Since 2013, when we switched to WordPress, LightNOW posted more than 4,250 times, each item something useful for lighting practitioners.

As for me, again, I’ll remain a contributor to LightNOW while also continuing to support other industry stalwarts such as the Lighting Controls Association, NALMCO, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR, tED Magazine, and other organizations, publications, and manufacturers. But I’m excited about Suelynn and David Shiller taking the editorial and publishing reins and guiding the site and newsletter to new heights with fresh insight and energy.

So thank you for visiting and reading LightNOW, and congratulations to Suelynn and David!

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