Category: Lighting Industry

WAC Lighting Turns 25

WAC Lighting, manufacturer and designer of track, recessed, undercabinet, monorail and decorative lighting, is celebrating 25 years in 2009. The company was started in Forest Hills, NY in 1984 by…

WAC Lighting, manufacturer and designer of track, recessed, undercabinet, monorail and decorative lighting, is celebrating 25 years in 2009.

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The company was started in Forest Hills, NY in 1984 by Tony and Tai Wang. In the beginning, the company marketed portable lamps at a variety of trade shows across the United States. As its line evolved, WAC began to introduce track fixtures and recessed trims and housings, and gradually shifted into the task lighting segment of the industry. In January 1993, WAC developed a national sales force and opened a showroom in the Dallas Market Center, becoming a major supplier of track and recessed lighting. In 1998, it relocated its corporate headquarters to 615 South Street in Garden City, NY, where its main offices remain today. In 2004, Shelley Wang, daughter of Tony and Tai, joined the company, and was appointed General Manager in 2006. Last year, the company doubled the size of its corporate offices and east coast distribution center to meet current demands.

Learn more about WAC Lighting here.

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Edge Lighting Offers New Online Configurator

Edge Lighting now offers a new online “Configurator” designed to allow lighting specifiers to create and price complete custom Pro Aim Monorail lighting systems for customers in minutes. The Configurator…

Edge Lighting now offers a new online “Configurator” designed to allow lighting specifiers to create and price complete custom Pro Aim Monorail lighting systems for customers in minutes.

The Configurator allows builders, contractors, lighting showroom sales people and consumers to create a complete list of all the components needed to create a Monorail lighting system for a given room, space or facility, then prices the items while compiling them, allowing the specifier to come up with an accurate cost quickly.

Give Edge lighting a visit and try it out here.

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IES Profiles Naomi Miller as “Featured Member”

The IES website has profiled Naomi Johnson Miller, principal of Naomi Miller Lighting Design in Troy, NY, as a “featured member.” I saw this as a perfect excuse to write…

The IES website has profiled Naomi Johnson Miller, principal of Naomi Miller Lighting Design in Troy, NY, as a “featured member.” I saw this as a perfect excuse to write my own ode to Naomi and her work.

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Naomi Miller

Naomi is one of those designers who makes the lighting profession a profession. Her award-winning projects have advanced the art and application of lighting and her tireless volunteer contributions to the IES and lighting industry for more than 30 years have advanced our understanding of light and design. She has contributed to numerous publications, including Illuminate, LD+A, the IES Handbook and the Advanced Lighting Guidelines. Her Lightfair seminars are must-go events. IES has recognized her contributions with a Distinguished Service Award and two Presidential Awards. Over the past year, I had the pleasure of working with Naomi on the development of the IES QVE Light + Design: A Guide to Designing Lighting for People and Buildings (DG-18) publication, which is due out soon.

Click here to visit Naomi’s website to learn more about her design services.

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LEARNING TO SEE: A Matter of Light

Last year, it was my honor to work with legendary lighting designer Howard Brandston on editing his new book LEARNING TO SEE: A Matter of Light, which was subsequently published…

Last year, it was my honor to work with legendary lighting designer Howard Brandston on editing his new book LEARNING TO SEE: A Matter of Light, which was subsequently published by IES. I wrote about the book in Illuminate, a magazine I edit for the publishers of Architectural Products and several other magazines for which I write, but never produced a comprehensive review here at LightNOW. I am now writing to correct this and encourage you to get a copy.

LEARNING TO SEE: A Matter of Light by Howard Brandston

At 138 pages, it’s a slim book, but its content is ambitious in its comprehensiveness, covering the science of art and the art of lighting. It is Brandston’s gift to the design community, a playful but incisive distillation of more than 50 years of experience designing and teaching lighting. It’s a career boiled down into insight and advice, complete with an appendix comprised entirely of quotable musings. You will find yourself quoting from the entire book, in fact, after finishing it.

If the book could be boiled even further to a single statement, it might be Brandston’s trademark question, “What is it you wish to see?” As an artist and lover of life, he challenges people to re-examine every decision they make in a fresh context, focus on every moment being lived, and turn each day from a series of things to be done into a provocative question. As one of the lighting industry’s iconoclasts, he challenges today’s designers of lighting–and he considers almost everyone a designer–to transcend the rules and conventions of lighting to viscerally connect with the project. Put yourself in the role of the customer, he says. The worker. The traveler. You are here, going there. What is it you wish to see? In this way, he reminds us of the artistic nature of lighting and to think about light as an artist, how to use it to achieve a desired emotional response in the users of light.

Howard Brandston at an IESNY-sponsored book signing at Bottlerocket Wines on June 19, 2008 in New York City.

Howard Brandston at an IESNY-sponsored book signing at Bottlerocket Wines on June 19, 2008 in New York City.

The book is divided into four sections: Learning to See, Taking Responsibility, Creativity and Communication. In the first section, Brandston acknowledges light as governed by science but raises up lighting as an art form that must be understood relative to context, culture, demographics and scale. In the second section, he describes how to harness one’s creativity and internalize and externalize it through communication. In the third section, he talks about how to transcend rules and conventions to be truly creative. And the last section is about the process of lighting design. The book ends with appendices about lighting terms, ethics and design, and wit and wisdom. The short, easy to digest chapters are spiced with short commentaries by luminaires such as Oliver Sacks, Peter Boyce and Dan Ciampa, as well as insight into his thinking during some of his more prominent projects such as the relighting of the Statue of Liberty.There are valuable takeaways for veteran lighting designers as well as those approaching lighting for the first time.

You can get LEARNING TO SEE here.

2008 – 138 Pages
Full color
Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0-87995-225-9
LTS-1-08
Price: $65.00
Member Price: $50.00

About the Author: Howard M. Brandston, LC, FIESNA, Hon. CIBSE, FIALD, MPLDA, MSL&L, is an award-winning lighting consultant, professor and artist. He has more than 50 years’ experience in lighting design, engineering and electronics, designing illumination for more than 2,500 projects, including the relighting of the Statue of Liberty. In 1999, he was awarded the AIA Institute Honors Award for his contributions to architecture, and he is the only lighting designer to have been inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame.

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IDA and IES Publish Outdoor Model Lighting Ordinance for Public Review

The latest research shows that at least 10% of all outdoor lighting, even fully shielded lighting, ends up creating light pollution, according to the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA). Many communities…

The latest research shows that at least 10% of all outdoor lighting, even fully shielded lighting, ends up creating light pollution, according to the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA). Many communities across the U.S. have tried to deal with light pollution or some facet of it–sky glow, light trespass and, more rarely, glare–with a patchwork of thousands of lighting ordinances, many of them written by non-lighting people.

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Three years in the making, a Joint Task Force between the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and IDA have completed a long-awaited Model Lighting Ordinance (MLO), which has been posted as a 26-page PDF document on the IDA website for public review and comment.

“Like many communities who have written their own ordinances, we thought it would be easy and in fact, the MLO has taken much longer than we thought it would,” said Denis Lavoie, Task Force co-chairman. “We worked through some challenging issues related to sky glow and glare in order to have a process that has technical credibility. The result is an ordinance that provides the flexibility for an installation to be judged based on the lighting equipment used or the characteristics of light emitted from a site.”

The MLO offers a single generic outdoor lighting ordinance, written in code language for easy adoption into community codes and bylaws, that can be adapted to any community through the use of five Lighting Zones of differing stringencies, which tailor the MLO to address local needs and preferences. A prescriptive system is included to regulate typical lighting installations using a new rating system called BUG (Backlight-Uplight-Glare), which is designed to prevent excessive lighting and permit easy plan review and field inspection. There is also a computer analysis option for complex lighting installations, which applies the latest research findings with respect to glare, skyglow, and light trespass and restricts designs to appropriate limits of off-site impact.

The MLO is also consistent with the California Title 24 outdoor lighting energy code, the next generation of the IES’ Recommended Practice for Outdoor Environmental Lighting, and the next generation of ASHRAE/IES 90.1 and IECC energy codes. It is being submitted to the US Green Buildings Council (USGBC) to be used for the LEED system Sustainable Sites Light Pollution Reduction Credit.

You don’t have to be a member of IES or IDA to comment on the draft MLO. Please read the MLO and share your ideas. Public review closes Friday, April 10, 2009.

“This MLO will permit all of the lighting recommendations of the IES to be met with currently-available lighting equipment,” said Task Force co-chairman James Benya. “For most situations, designs using well-shielded luminaires and good design practice will have no problem complying.”

“We studied hundreds of lighting ordinances as part of this work,” said Task Force member Naomi Miller. “The MLO is the only ordinance that combines what has been learned from recent glare and skyglow research with the realities of practical application.”

A companion “User’s Guide” to the MLO is also in development for release with the final version of the MLO. IDA is already looking into companion model regulations for city street lighting, signs and other causes of light pollution.

Click here to learn more about the MLO and how to comment on it.

Click here to read the November, 2008 National Geographic Magazine cover story, “Our Vanishing Night” by Verlyn Klinkenborg.

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Downlight Market at a Glance

Recently, I conducted a survey of about 600 lighting designers, mostly IALD members, asking them questions about their specifications of nonresidential spec-grade downlights and also their perceptions of popular brands…

Recently, I conducted a survey of about 600 lighting designers, mostly IALD members, asking them questions about their specifications of nonresidential spec-grade downlights and also their perceptions of popular brands in the market. To qualify to take the survey, the designer had to confirm that they have specified commercial downlights over the past three years.

The survey was part of a larger study I conducted of a larger sampling of architects and lighting designers subscribing to Illuminate, the lighting design supplement to Architectural Products that I produce. Depending on the type of response we get to it here, we will go ahead with publishing the full results in the next issue of Illuminate and also possibly make it a regular feature in Illuminate, covering a different market in each issue (direct/indirect, track, outdoor, etc.).

So: What do you think? Please leave us a comment!

First, I asked lighting designers to break down their nonresidential downlight specs by general type:

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Second, I asked them to break down their specs by size:

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What are the most important factors designers consider when selecting a downlight brand?

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And lastly, I asked lighting designers what is their perception of a list of common downlight brands in terms of average price of product (1-7 scale representing low to high) and average quality of product (1-7 scale representing low to high). The results are below. (Note that Juno is not listed horizontally for any special reason; that is a glitch courtesy of the Excel version in Microsoft Office 2007.)

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Any surprises here?

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Designers Lighting Forum to Host LEDucation III on March 11, 2009

The Designers Lighting Forum of New York (DLFNY), with the support of the New York Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNY), is presenting a special program on LED technology…

The Designers Lighting Forum of New York (DLFNY), with the support of the New York Section of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IESNY), is presenting a special program on LED technology that features more than 70 manufacturers and a unique informational program designed for The Lighting Community.

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Only three years old, LEDucation already is a leading LED event and returns to New York City on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at the Hotel Pennsylvania on Seventh Avenue.

Attendees will see presentations by the Next Generation of Luminaires (NGL) Design Competition in partnership with DOE, IALD, IES and The Pacific Northwest Laboratory. The NGL reveals the results of a national competition among LED/Solid State Lighting manufacturers at LEDucation III.

Many of the selected products will be on display in a special product showcase area.

Two special LED seminars, accredited by AIA (HSW credits, certificates will be provided), will also be offered.

LEDucation III will be held at the Hotel Pennsylvania, 401 Seventh Avenue at 32nd street, across from Madison Square Garden in New York City on Wednesday, March 11, 2009.

Specifically, the LEDucation III program features:

Continuous Exhibits and Tabletop viewing: 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Next Generation Luminaires presentation: 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM
LED Basics Seminar Series: 2:30 PM and 5:30 PM

There is no charge for students and DLF and IES members, but registration is required and students must present ID at the door. For everybody else, there is a modest $20 fee, with pre-registration required as there will be a higher fee for registering at the door.

Click here for more information and to register. You can also contact pegmeehan@verizon.net for more information.

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Annual Rate of Construction Valued at $1.08 Trillion in November

The U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce recently announced that construction spending during November 2008 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,078.4 billion, 0.6% (±1.6%)…

The U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce recently announced that construction spending during November 2008 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,078.4 billion, 0.6% (±1.6%) below the revised October estimate of $1,085.3 billion. The November figure is 3.3% (±2.2%) below the November 2007 estimate of $1,115.3 billion.

During the first 11 months of this year, construction spending amounted to $998.4 billion, 5.3% (±1.3%) below the $1,054.3 billion for the same period in 2007.

First, let’s look at private construction:

Spending on private construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $756.4 billion, 1.5% (±1.1%) below the revised October estimate of $767.7 billion. Residential construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $328.3 billion in November, 4.2% (±1.3%) below the revised October estimate of $342.6 billion.

Nonresidential construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $428.2 billion in November, 0.7% (±1.1%) above the revised October estimate of $425.1 billion.

And now for public construction:

In November, the estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate of public construction spending was $322.0 billion, 1.4% (±2.6%) above the revised October estimate of $317.6 billion. A bright spot in the construction industry in 2008, educational construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $88.7 billion, 1.3% (±2.7%) above the revised October estimate of $87.6 billion.

The November numbers surprised some economists who thought nonresidential construction would have taken a significant hit by that point. But the value of put in place construction increased in November over October, and what’s more, it increased 16% over the first 11 months of 2008 compared to the same period in 2007. As the below graph shows, as of November, data representing the nonresidential construction market has yet to peak for either the private or public components. This is likely because there were so many projects underway at the beginning of 2008.

However, there are signs of underlying weakness, such as a decline in retail construction that is not surprising considering the weakness in retail sales over the past few months, and nonresidential construction is being forecasted down in 2009 because of weakness in the overall economy (deep recession, actually). I’ll have more on 2009 soon. But in the meantime, expect 2008 to close at more than $1 trillion in total construction spending.

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GE Debuts Incandescent-Shaped CFL

Miniaturized electronics developed by GE Consumer & Industrial engineers and scientists are the enabling technology of a new covered GE Energy Smart CFL featuring the GE Spiral® CFL inside the…

Miniaturized electronics developed by GE Consumer & Industrial engineers and scientists are the enabling technology of a new covered GE Energy Smart CFL featuring the GE Spiral® CFL inside the glass bulb. With this new CFL, protected by more than a dozen U.S. patent applications, the electronics fit in the neck of the bulb. The result is a profile that’s virtually identical to a standard incandescent light bulb.

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The new covered GE Energy Smart® CFL debuted nationwide at Target on December 28, 2008. It is being launched at selected Ace Hardware stores this month and more broadly around Earth Day (April 22, 2009) at retailers such as Sam’s Club and Walmart.

Click here to see videos showing the prototype.

GE anticipates its new 15W Energy Smart CFL will appeal to people that want the energy savings and long-life performance of a GE Energy Smart Spiral CFL with the appearance, size and fit of a traditional incandescent bulb. The equivalent of a 60W incandescent bulb, the new 8,000-hour CFL is guaranteed for five years based on four hours of daily use.

”These fit in more lamps and fixtures than standard GE Spiral CFLs with the plastic base,” says Kathy Sterio, general manager of consumer marketing, GE Consumer & Industrial. ”Some people just want an incandescent bulb profile so they can easily use it with clip-on lampshades or smaller table lamps. Other people may see it as more aesthetically pleasing than GE Spiral CFLs in lamps or fixtures where the bulb is visible. It provides a more finished or tailored look that appeals to a lot of consumers.”

Between April and June 2009, GE plans to introduce 9W and 20W versions as 40W and 75W equivalents, respectively. Each will offer the same rated life and guarantee. The 20W CFL will have a slightly taller profile that mirrors a standard incandescent 3-way bulb. A 100W equivalent, meanwhile, could be introduced as early as 2010.

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