Category: Lighting Industry

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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Lighting Solution Development Enters Agreement to Acquire LightNOW

I have some big news to share today. Lighting Solution Development, a consulting firm specializing in the lighting industry, has entered into an agreement with my company to acquire LightNOW.

I have some big news to share today. Lighting Solution Development, a consulting firm specializing in the lighting industry, has entered into an agreement with my company to acquire LightNOW. The acquisition is expected to complete in January 2022, subject to closing conditions.

Lighting Solution Development is a consulting firm providing a broad range of business development, consulting, and recruiting services to help lighting businesses grow and become more profitable. It is headed by David Shiller, a lighting industry veteran, insider, and expert.

Under the terms of the deal, I was invited and was happy to accept remaining a contributor to LightNOW, supporting the new editorial team headed by Suelynn Shiller, COO at Lighting Solution Development.

For 20 years, LightNOW has served as an important voice and news source in a rapidly changing industry. I have absolute confidence that David and Suelynn will not only continue LightNOW’s excellent editorial tradition but take it to the next level with fresh insight and energy, making it even more relevant and useful for lighting practitioners both in the United States and abroad.

Starting in 2022, the editorial and advertising contact for LightNOW will be Suelynn Shiller at suelynn@lightingosld.com.

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New Lighting Agent Organization Launches

Today, the American Association of Independent Lighting Agents (AAILA) announced the official launch of www.lightingagents.org and invited independent lighting and controls agencies and their partnering manufacturers to join as Founding Members.

Today, the American Association of Independent Lighting Agents (AAILA) announced the official launch of www.lightingagents.org and invited independent lighting and controls agencies and their partnering manufacturers to join as Founding Members.

Founding Members who join in 2021 with the code EARLY will enjoy discounted dues in 2022 and 2023.

CM Buck & Associates, an independent lighting agency in Indiana, and Ascenti Lighting, a custom manufacturer in California, were the first agent and manufacturer members respectively.

The new organization is actively planning two events in 2022:

• the first annual AAILA Principals Meeting for leaders of member agencies and manufacturers on March 14, 2022 at LEDucation in New York City; and
• a full membership networking event in Las Vegas on June 20, 2022 before LightFair.

In addition to the events and creating an industry standard agency agreement for use by members, AAILA’s 2022 online training modules will include current lighting industry topics presented from a non-proprietary but sales-oriented perspective like “Selling Dark Skies” as well as a “Lighting Agent 101” series for people new to the industry.

Click here to learn more.

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IES Illumination Awards Submissions to Open January 4, 2022

The Illuminating Engineering Society has announced submissions for its 2022 Illumination Awards program will open January 4, 2022.

The Illuminating Engineering Society has announced submissions for its 2022 Illumination Awards program will open January 4, 2022.

Any innovative and compelling permanent lighting design installation completed within the previous 24 months is eligible. All (except manufacturers and IES staff and board of directors) are welcome to submit.

Different areas of the same project may be submitted as separate lighting or controls project entries. Each of these entries must have its own distinguishable title and additional entry fee. Each of these entries will be judged separately.

For the submittal, a 300-word project narrative, 10-images, and 1-video upload are permissible.

Learn more:

Submission Tutorial

2022 Program Calendar

Previous Awarded Projects

FAQs

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Survey Suggests Pandemic Lighting Design Trends

aspectLED recently announced the results from its Annual Survey on Trends in Commercial and Residential Lighting Design, in which hundreds of designers were asked to share insights with their peers about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on lighting design. The results suggest a number of interesting trends.

aspectLED recently announced the results from its Annual Survey on Trends in Commercial and Residential Lighting Design, in which hundreds of designers were asked to share insights with their peers about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on lighting design. The results suggest a number of interesting trends.

The research found:

  • 96% of the respondents believe that lighting design trends have been influenced by the Pandemic.
  • 90% of the participants said that they have seen more interest in lighting designs for outdoor spaces
  • 89% have seen an increase in hands-free/non-contact lighting designs, such as motion-activated under-cabinet lighting in restrooms and public spaces
  • 83% have seen lighting design being used to de-emphasize crowded spaces by spotlighting specific areas like tables in restaurants, and keeping the lighting low in general spaces where crowds form
  • 93% have recommended LED lighting products for post-COVID projects, of which 87% specified LED because it offered more flexibility in design
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GE Current Announces Plan to Acquire Hubbell Commercial and Industrial Lighting Business

GE Current, a Daintree company (Current) has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Hubbell Incorporated to acquire Hubbell’s commercial and industrial (C&I) lighting business.

GE Current, a Daintree company (Current) has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Hubbell Incorporated to acquire Hubbell’s commercial and industrial (C&I) lighting business.

Based in Greenville, SC, the Hubbell C&I lighting business is a major manufacturer of professional lighting, lighting controls, and connected lighting. The business offers a comprehensive range of indoor and outdoor lighting products for industrial, commercial, and institutional applications. The Hubbell C&I lighting business includes brands such as Area Architectural Lighting, Beacon, Litecontrol, Kim, Columbia, Prescolite, Alera, Dual-Lite, Compass, Hubbell Outdoor Lighting, and Hubbell Controls Solutions.

Together, the two businesses’ product and controls portfolios will be positioned to capture growth driven by continued conversion to LED and demand for connected light controls systems through the diversified go-to-market channels.

After closing, Current and the Hubbell C&I Lighting business will maintain separate agency networks with dedicated resources and distinct brands. Both businesses will be able to strengthen their respective portfolios through innovation, leveraging the best commercial tools for speed and driving efficiency through combined scale.

Closing is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2022 subject to regulatory approvals and other customary conditions.

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NLB Program Identifies Trustworthy Warranties

My most recent contribution to ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR talks about the Trusted Warranty Evaluation Program, a program recently introduced by the National Lighting Bureau to provide greater confidence and transparency with LED product warranties.

My most recent contribution to ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR talks about the Trusted Warranty Evaluation Program, a program recently introduced by the National Lighting Bureau to provide greater confidence and transparency with LED product warranties.

The Trusted Warranty Evaluation Program is designed to audit manufacturer warranties and verify they satisfy certain public criteria. Warranties are evaluated using a system with a maximum score of 11, of which at least eight are required to achieve a trusted warranty certificate.

Click here to check it out.

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LightFair Announces 2021 Pilot Mentorship Program Class

LightFair recently announced the 11 mentees in its first annual mentorship program, a six-month program which enables emerging lighting professionals to connect with experts in the industry to learn about lighting design and architecture.

LightFair recently announced the 11 mentees in its first annual mentorship program, a six-month program which enables emerging lighting professionals to connect with experts in the industry to learn about lighting design and architecture.

“LightFair’s Pilot Mentorship Program is expanding educational and networking resources past the trade show floor, providing access to up-and-coming professionals that help shape the future of the lighting industry,” said Dan Darby, show director. “Our 11 mentors, handpicked from IALD, IES and leading design firms, have been meeting with our mentees since April, giving them one-on-one direction. We are excited to see this program grow and benefit the future of lighting.”

The mentee Class of 2021, selected from a pool of qualified applicants on the LightFair website, includes: Daphne Agosin, MFA candidate for Lighting Design at Northwestern University; Tyler Dellea, assistant engineer at CHA; Mark Ekberg, project designer at Aurora; Elizabeth Kline, lighting designer at Shop12 Design; Justin Kobayashi, electrical engineer at Clark Nexen; Elaine Liang, lighting designer at WATT Lighting; Grace Mennell, junior lighting designer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; LeeAnne Osborn, designer and deputy director of strategy at UNOLAI Lighting Design & Associates; Nathalie Quadrio, lighting designer trainee at Licht Kunst Licht; Ryan Seffinger, junior designer at Electrolight; and Nishat Tasnim, lighting designer at STANTEC.

Each of these 11 mentees were placed with one of LightFair’s expert mentors based on their area of learning interest. These mentors are: Lee Brandt, principal, HLB Lighting Design; Jessica Krometis, senior designer, Hartranft Lighting Design; Mark Loeffler, principal, Mark Loeffler Design Consulting, LLC; Caitlin Mulligan, specification sales manager of business development & key accounts, SCI Lighting Solutions; Giulio Pedota, partner, Schuler Shook Theatre Planners / Lighting Designers; Kathy Prysgoda, founding principal, Light Studio LA; Lisa Reed, founding principal, Envision Lighting Design; Daniel Salinas, president | lighting design systems designer, Salinas Lighting Consult; and Chrysanthi Stockwell, associate vice president, senior lighting designer and engineering market leader HGA.

Participants in the Pilot Mentorship Program can take part in LightFair’s Mentorship Panel, moderated by Sam Koerbel at The Designery on October 29 at 10:30 AM. Admission to the Mentorship Panel is granted with LightFair registration.

Click here to learn more about the program.

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