Category: Lighting Industry

Comcast Enters The Smart Cities Space, Including Lighting

Inside.lighting covers Comcast’s entry into the smart cities space. Comcast isn’t the first giant telecom to jump into smart cities and associated lighting. Verizon acquired Sensity Systems back in 2016, specifically to bolster its smart cities capabilities.

Inside.lighting covers Comcast’s entry into the smart cities space. Comcast isn’t the first giant telecom to jump into smart cities and associated lighting. Verizon acquired Sensity Systems back in 2016, specifically to bolster its smart cities capabilities.

Comcast Corporation announced that its Comcast Smart Solutions platform will provide connectivity and consulting services. As part of those services, Comcast plans to connect customers with strategic collaborators that provide smart technology in the following areas:

  • Lighting
  • Building Solutions
  • Parking/Curb
  • Public Works – Waste Management, Storm Water Monitoring, Asset Tracking
  • Video/Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) Analytics
  • LED Displays & Digital Kiosks

Recently, Comcast Smart Solutions worked with the City of Philadelphia on a smart lighting pilot, installing smart streetlights with built-in optical and environmental sensors that can count pedestrians, vehicles, bicyclists, and parked vehicles, and measure temperature, relative humidity, and carbon monoxide. The Philadelphia project is one of several pilots and solutions that the Comcast Smart Solutions team has deployed working in partnership with local communities where the company operates.

The full article is available here .

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Four Major Trends In Lighting Controls

Electrical distributors, sales reps and manufacturers need to recalibrate their sales and marketing strategies to increase their share of lighting controls that accounts for 2.2% (approximately $2.64 billion) of the estimated $120 billion in sales through full-line electrical distributors.

A recent article in Electrical Wholesaler reports on four major trends in the lighting controls market.

Electrical distributors, sales reps and manufacturers need to recalibrate their sales and marketing strategies to increase their share of lighting controls that accounts for 2.2% (approximately $2.64 billion) of the estimated $120 billion in sales through full-line electrical distributors. There are four major trends now reshaping the lighting controls market:

  • App-based lighting control is commonplace for homes and other smaller applications.
  • Wireless lighting control is popular for applications with a small footprint and retrofit work with a relatively limited number of fixtures to control.
  • Networked lighting control systems are often tied in with HVAC, building automation and security systems in larger applications.
  • Field-selectable CCT (correlated color temperature) and wattage is now widely available across the lighting industry.

The full article is available here.

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Acuity Enters The LED Horticultural Lighting Market

Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) announced the launch of Verjure, a professional-grade horticultural LED fixture series, for indoor applications.

Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) announced the launch of Verjure, a professional-grade horticultural LED fixture series, for indoor applications. The Verjure Pro Series LED luminaires are designed to support all stages of plant growth from veg to flower. The Series is available in three different sizes and outputs to support versatility in growing, including indoor warehouse, greenhouse, and vertical racks.

The Verjure Pro Series delivers an ultra-high output of up to 1880 μmol/s at an efficacious 2.8 μmol/j. The output is designed to meet and exceed the output of traditional 1000W HPS grow lights while delivering up to 40% energy savings, contributing to a lower energy bill and operational cost savings, while also enhancing sustainability.

“The Verjure Pro Series was developed using academic-based plant research to determine how best to design an LED horticulture light based on optimal spectral distribution and fixture performance to promote healthy plant growth,” said Jacob Palombo, Director Product Marketing, Acuity Brands Lighting and Controls. “The Verjure Full Range Spectrum™, which contains a higher red photon contribution than what is typically seen in some horticulture LED fixtures on the market, produced up to 27% higher flower yield per dollar of electricity on average compared to high-pressure sodium lighting.”

The Verjure Pro Series LED luminaires are IP66-rated (waterproof listing) and come with a robust 6kV surge protection. Additionally, the Verjure Pro Series LED luminaires can easily be controlled with wireless nLight® AIR controls, which allow users to easily turn fixtures on and off, dim, and adjust output levels. With wireless controls, fixtures can be grouped to respond in unison to commands and/or divided into separate zones of control with independent light output levels and dimming capabilities. A companion CLAIRITY mobile app provides easy start-up, configuration, and modification.

More information here.

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Section 301 Tariffs Could Expire And USTR Reinstates Some Exclusions

According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), the first $34 billion of Section 301 tariffs on products coming from China have been in place for almost 4 years.

Tariffs Could Expire If No USTR Action

According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), the first $34 billion of Section 301 tariffs on products coming from China have been in place for almost 4 years. Before their fourth year is up, they are required to undergo a Congressionally-mandated effectiveness review. The tariffs could expire if the review is not completed by September 4, 2022.

The review will be conducted by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) as set forth in the Trade Act of 1974. President Biden’s USTR has allowed the Trump-era tariffs to remain in place. The Chinese government has not lived up to its commitments in the Phase One trade deal.

Over the last four years, tariffs have cost America nearly $130 billion dollars. The subsequent Section 301 tariffs will also follow a similar path, as their four-year anniversaries approach, in the months ahead.

USTR Reinstates Some Exclusions

As the Section 301 tariffs have evolved, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) created and implemented a tariff exclusion process. To date, USTR has approved 549 requested exclusions, but all of those have since expired.

After six months of urging by industry, USTR has reinstated 352 of the original 549 exclusions. The reinstated exclusions are retroactive to Oct. 12, 2021, and will be in effect for the remainder of 2022. The full list of reinstated exclusions is here.

Identified exclusions impacting lighting:

8536.50.9065
Modular light switches, for a voltage not exceeding 1,000 V, presented in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) housings, designed for use with a backplate

8536.90.4000
Twist-on wire connectors, for a voltage not exceeding 1,000 V, each valued not over $0.03

8543.70.9960 prior to January 27, 2022, or 8543.70.9860 effective January 27, 2022
Apparatus using passive infrared detection sensors designed for turning lights on and off

9405.40.8440 prior to January 27, 2022, or 9405.42.8440 effective January 27, 2022
Flexible strips, each having embedded light-emitting diodes electrically connected to a molded electrical end connector, each strip wound onto a reel measuring not more than 25 cm in diameter and not more than 1.5 cm in width.

 

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Massachusetts LED Study Projects High C&I LED Adoption Rates

Last year, an evaluation report by DNV was published about Massachusetts’ commercial & industrial lighting rebate programs. The report projected some LED adoption rates significantly higher than DOE’s predictions for the US, as a whole.

Last year, an evaluation report by DNV was published about Massachusetts’ commercial & industrial lighting rebate programs. The report projected some LED adoption rates significantly higher than DOE’s predictions for the US, as a whole.

Key projections include:

  • Ambient linear LED adoption will reach 85% by 2024.
  • High/low bay LED adoption will reach 77% by the end of 2024.
  • Building exterior/outdoor LED adoption will reach 94% by 2024.

Read the full report here.

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New Lighting Designer Directory Published By inside.lighting

Last month, lighting industry news website, inside.lighting, published a new Lighting Designer Directory. To find out more about this new industry resource, I interviewed Al Uszynski, Editor & Publisher of inside.lighting.

Last month, lighting industry news website, inside.lighting, published a new Lighting Designer Directory. To find out more about this new industry resource, I interviewed Al Uszynski, Editor & Publisher of inside.lighting.

DS: When did you launch the Lighting Designer Directory on inside.lighting?

AU: We’ve been contemplating a lighting designer directory for a couple of years, but the work really started in late 2021. The debut of the Lighting Designer Directory was February 2022.

Our mission was to find a way to give a signal boost to architectural lighting designers while segmenting them from other “lighting design” professions that relate to live events, film, TV production, landscape installations and the design of custom light fixtures.  Try Googling “Lighting Designer in…” for your city and it’s often hard to find architectural lighting designers among all the different search results.

DS: How many lighting designers are in the database, currently?

AU: We take a firm-centric approach and not an individual-designer approach.  We have over 350 architectural design firms listed that represent over 1,000 individual architectural lighting designers throughout the U.S. and Canada.

DS: How should a lighting designer / firm get themselves added to your directory, if they’re not currently listed?

AU: Design firms should send us their firm information via the inside.lighting contact form.  Include a link to the firm website.  We’ll take a look at their online portfolio to ensure they provide architectural lighting design services.  Easy peasy – and we never charge designers for listings or links.

DS: Do you anticipate adding any search functionality around vertical specializations, such as healthcare, hospitality, industrial, retail, etc.?

AU: That is a cool suggestion but also one that might not create the differentiation that one would expect.  We anticipate that most firms would check the questionnaire box for each of those project types.  We provide links to each firm’s website, so their online portfolio can speak to their unique expertise.  In most states and provinces there are fewer than 15 listings, so it’s a manageable experience for the website visitor.

DS: How do you feel the response has been to the directory, from lighting designers and directory users?

AU: It’s been fantastic.  When we first launched the directory, we were flooded with inquiries from designers to tweak their listings, add their satellite office location, etc. – which we take as a good sign that there’s value to the design firms.  We continue to get several new designers per week requesting to be listed.  We received lots of positive feedback from the lighting design community at the recent LEDucation 2022 trade show and conference.

DS: Who do you think are the primary users of the directory? Building owners? Architects? Construction firms? Other?

AU: The main goal is to attract visitors who are seeking architectural lighting design services.  As inside.lighting has grown to over 50,000 visitors per month, we know that we get some good traffic from architects and end-users.  The real value will come over time as Google fully indexes the directory and starts pointing organic search traffic to the directory.

We predict that later this year when someone Googles “Lighting Designer in _______” that we will be a top search result just like we are currently the #1 result for “Lighting News,” “Lighting Industry Jobs” and “Lighting Agents in __________.”

DS: How do you see the directory evolving over time?

AU: We want to grow the directory size to make it even more useful.  We’d also like to add an Instagram link to each listing.  As social media consumers, we believe the best social platform for architectural design firms is Instagram.  Seeing the visuals of their finished work, or the videos of an installation in progress is the best way to capture the value that these awesome service professionals bring to their projects.

Thanks for the thoughtful questions – we really appreciate what LightNOW does and enjoyed the opportunity to connect!

Learn More:  The Lighting Designer Directory »

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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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