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Five Lighting Designers Discuss The Latest Trends In Lighting Retail Spaces

A recent IES LD+A article interviews five lighting designers about the trends that they see in lighting retail spaces.

A recent IES LD+A article interviews five lighting designers about the trends that they see in lighting retail spaces.

Some trends include:

  • Explosion of e-commerce during the pandemic and the extent to which people will go back to retail.
  • E-commerce went from 5% of retail sales in Q1, 2012 to 16% in Q1, 2020.
  • Retailers who had paused their new prototype strategies in 2020 and 2021 with the unknowns of the pandemic, now in 2022 are dusting off those designs and moving forward.
  • The in-person experience is adapting rapidly to accommodate a wide variety of shopping styles, and the lighting systems must change to create enhanced brand experiences.
  • Retailers are expecting shoppers to return in-store in substantial numbers, especially for non-commodity goods and experiential services, including electric-car companies, jewelers, pet-care companies, salons, grocers, outdoor-gear companies, apparel and footwear.
  • Regional shopping centers adapting toward mixed-use destinations, where people are drawn in by restaurants, fitness centers, theaters, hotels, open-exterior spaces and other amenities intermixed with retail. Lighting becomes integral to creating an atmosphere—drawing visitors in and encouraging them to explore.
  • Stores are catering to “Instagrammable” moments. The architectural design includes areas that look great on camera, so the lighting needs to be soft for camera use, too.

The full article is available here.

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Product Monday: WAC Smart Track System Provides All The Bells & Whistles

WAC’s STRUT is a smart lighting, power, and control system, with lighting elements designed for high performance. STRUT is intended for retail, restaurant, commercial office, or residential lighting, without custom lead times.

WAC’s STRUT is a smart lighting, power, and control system, with lighting elements designed for high performance. STRUT is intended for retail, restaurant, commercial office, or residential lighting, without custom lead times. The system offers Direct, Indirect, Wall Wash, Downlights, Spotlights, and Pendants, on a 48VDC smart track.

STRUT is a solution for open office designs and other community spaces, the smart system incorporates combination vacancy/photo sensors to maximize daylight harvesting and reduce energy consumption, during the day.

At night, STRUT can give each occupant control over their own task lighting with SILO adjustable pendants, while integrating illumination of pathways and common areas with layered lighting.

STRUT is fully customizable and can adapt to changing design decisions. Components ship within a week. Construction delays and change orders can be avoided with the modular power system enabling lighting elements to be easily modified on site.

STRUT is technology agnostic, with interfaces available for 0-10V, DMX, or TRIAC protocols. It is commissioned through the wireless app, and can then be integrated with a variety of control systems that clients are already using.

The system is setup and online using the WAC app for iOS or Android. It enables limited permissions to various users to control certain elements. Basic functions, like on/off/dim, Grouping and Scheduling can be performed by anyone with a simple, intuitive user interface. Changes to fixture grouping or actions are automatically recognized by control systems that are integrated with the Connected Power Unit.

More information is available here.

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Two Upcoming Events Focused On Women In Lighting

Here are two upcoming events advancing the agenda of women in the lighting industry. Representing two very different channels: electrical distribution and hardware & building supply.

Here are two upcoming events advancing the agenda of women in the lighting industry. Representing two very different channels: electrical distribution and hardware & building supply:

  1. Women In Industry Forum, June 27-29, 2022, in Bonita Springs, FL. NAED’s Women in Industry Forum provides an environment for female professionals within electrical distribution to take steps toward advancing their careers by leveraging educational opportunities. Additional information is available here.
  2. Top Women in Hardware & Building Supply, November 8-9, 2022, in Chicago, IL. The HBSDealer Top Women in Hardware & Building Supply program honors women making outstanding contributions to their companies and their communities. Additional information about last year’s event is available here.
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Covid Lockdowns Relaxing In Guangzhou & Shenzhen

Lockdowns in two major Chinese manufacturing cities have begun relaxing, in Guangzhou and Shenzhen, last week.

Lockdowns in two major Chinese manufacturing cities have begun relaxing, in Guangzhou and Shenzhen, last week. Two weeks ago, Guangzhou became the latest major manufacturing city to lock down schools and travel, with fears that the lockdowns could spread to the manufacturing sector. However, last week, case numbers fell for several consecutive days in both Guangzhou and Shenzhen.

New Shenzhen symptomatic cases dropped to zero for some days last week. Shenzhen continues to see a large number of cases imported from Hong Kong, accounting for 19 of the 21. The remaining two imported cases both came from Japan.

In response to the falling number of Guangzhou cases, several previously locked-down areas in Baiyun, Panyu, Yuexiu and Haizhu districts have been lifted.

Many schools in Guangzhou have resumed in-person teaching and Foshan announced that people can now leave the city without needing a negative nucleic acid test issued within 48 hours.

For Shanghai, though, case numbers are dropping slowly, keeping the city in a terrible lockdown for more than a month. Shanghai reported 24,820 cases on April 17th and 17,468 cases on April 22nd. My own friend in Shanghai reports that food shortages are becoming a significant problem for the poor and migrant workers.

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DOE Publishes Two Final Rules For GSL Definition & Backstop

The DOE published two final rules for the General Service Lamps (GSL) definition and the backstop on April 26, 2022. Before this date, the big unknown was the timing of the effective date and the dates of enforcement.

The DOE published two final rules for the General Service Lamps (GSL) definition and the backstop on April 26, 2022. Before this date, the big unknown was the timing of the effective date and the dates of enforcement.

The definition rule is effective in 60 days, and the GSL rule is effective in 75 days. Manufacturers will get enforcement leniency to allow some time for the transition. Full DOE enforcement of both rules begins January 1, 2023.

Link to DOE enforcement policy document is here.

Link to GSL Definition Final Rule is here.

Link to GSL Backstop Final Rule is here.

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DLC Releases New Logos For Each QPL Impacting Product Marketing Materials

The DesignLights Consortium (DLC) has released four new logos, allowing manufacturers and distributors to indicate which products are listed on each of the four DLC Qualified Product Lists (QPLs).

The DesignLights Consortium (DLC) has released four new logos, allowing manufacturers and distributors to indicate which products are listed on each of the four DLC Qualified Product Lists (QPLs). The four updated logos are designed for use with products approved for the DLC’s Solid-State Lighting (SSL) and Networked Lighting Controls (NLC), Horticultural Lighting, and LUNA qualified products lists (QPL). Effective April 21, 2022, these logos are valid to indicate qualification on the DLC QPLs.

The DLC encourages all manufacturers with listed products to update their marketing materials with the new logos, which can be found on the DLC Marketing Toolkit webpage. For proper use of the logos, refer to the Logo Use Quick Guide and the full Logo and Trademark Use Guidelines.

The DLC does not expect manufacturers to immediately update older materials but encourages updating as soon as is feasible. For the time being, old QPL logos are still valid to identify DLC qualified products, and QPL users should note that they may still see the old logos used to indicate qualification. The DLC recommends that users looking for qualified products always verify the listing on the individual QPLs. If you have questions about the new logos or updating your marketing materials, contact DLC at info@designlights.org.

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Product Monday: EV Charger In A Light Pole

The fast growing EV charging market and the lighting world are starting to collide. StressCrete Group, manufacturers of spun concrete poles and light fixtures operating across North America, announced today the launch of their new product, the VoltLock.

The fast growing EV charging market and the lighting world are starting to collide. StressCrete Group, manufacturers of spun concrete poles and light fixtures operating across North America, announced today the launch of their new product, the VoltLock. The VoltLock is a concealed Level II Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station built into StressCrete’s popular Alexander pole. It provides a discrete and convenient way for EV owners to charge their cars. As the charging station is encased in the concrete pole, it has even more protection against tampering, helping consumers access a consistent and reliable EV charging source for their cars, while saving cities and communities on maintenance costs each year. The VoltLock is designed with communities in mind and is compatible with various EVSE suppliers to meet consumers’ specific needs. FLO, a leading North American EV charging network operator and supplier of smart charging solutions, has been chosen by StressCrete Group as the inaugural charging equipment supplier for the VoltLock.

The VoltLock Concealed Level II EVSE Pole benefits include:

  • Cavities within the base of the pole conceal the electric vehicle supply equipment, providing a safe, tamper-resistant solution.
  • Offers a clean aesthetic that blends into the streetscape as all wires and equipment are concealed within the pole.
  • Faster and easier installation as the charging station utilizes existing streetlighting infrastructure, saving communities both time and resources.
  • The FLO Level II EVSE is a charging option that is compatible for all EV owners, no matter the make or model.
  • Convenient charging option for neighborhoods with street parking as the only parking option.
  • Designed to combine with FLO SmartTWO charging station, which contains an industry-leading, patented locking mechanism to protect the connector and store it safely off the ground.

After significant development and testing, the VoltLock EVSE is now available throughout North America. More information about VoltLock can be found on the StressCrete Group website or by contacting StressCrete Group directly.

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Industry Survey Shows Openness To PoE Lighting, But Little Traction

A recent Carrie Meadows article in LEDs Magazine emphasized the lighting industry’s openness to PoE lighting. The survey was conducted in Fall of 2021, by LEDs Magazine and the Designers Lighting Forum of New York (DLFNY), the organizer of LEDucation.

A recent Carrie Meadows article in LEDs Magazine emphasized the lighting industry’s openness to PoE lighting. The survey was conducted in Fall of 2021, by LEDs Magazine and the Designers Lighting Forum of New York (DLFNY), the organizer of LEDucation.

The strongest indication of the industry’s openness to PoE was the survey response to ranking connectivity technologies from most preferred to least preferred. PoE was most likely to rank first or second, followed closely by Bluetooth and WiFi. While this response shows industry openness to PoE, another question indicated very low PoE adoption.

When asked which connectivity technologies they have specified or used for networked lighting control projects, PoE didn’t show up. While “Other” received roughly 6% of responses, these respondents cited Other as DALI (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface); DMX; Casambi wireless offerings (which are Bluetooth Low Energy–based); Zigwave (now known as Z-Wave and typically used for wireless home automation); and Raytec API (which is networked via PoE or Internet Protocol).

While the industry’s openness to PoE Lighting is noteworthy, so is PoE’s lack of traction, to-date, among the same survey respondents. The full article is available here.

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Congress Debates Daylight Savings Time

Linda Longo, at US Lighting Trends, summarized the issues involved in proposed legislation to make Daylight Savings Time permanent and year-round, in the US.

Linda Longo, at US Lighting Trends, summarized the issues involved in proposed legislation to make Daylight Savings Time permanent and year-round, in the US. As of today’s date, the Senate passed its version of the bill in March, while the House of Representatives has introduced its bill, but not acted on it.

Making Daylight Savings Time permanent has significant light and health consequences, as resetting clocks significantly impacts circadian rhythms and human health:

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) – a professional society for the medical subspecialty of sleep medicine, which includes disorders of circadian rhythms – believes the U.S. should eliminate seasonal time changes in favor of a national, fixed, year-round time. According to the AASM, “current evidence best supports the adoption of year-round Standard Time, which aligns best with human circadian biology and provides distinct benefits for public health and safety.” (Read AASM’s full statement on the topic here)

Those opposed to DST are concerned by evidence that the body clock does not adjust easily to the seasonal time change even after several months. According to AASM, the worry is that “permanent DST could result in permanent phase delay, a condition that can also lead to a perpetual discrepancy between the innate biological clock and the extrinsic environmental clock, as well as chronic sleep loss due to early morning social demands that truncate the opportunity to sleep.”

There is concern that acute transition from standard time to DST could create public health and safety risks, including increased risk of adverse cardiovascular events, mood disorders, and motor vehicle crashes. The group added, “Although chronic effects of remaining in Daylight Saving Time year-round have not been well-studied, Daylight Saving Time is less aligned with human circadian biology — which, due to the impacts of the delayed natural light/dark cycle on human activity, could result in circadian misalignment, which has been associated in some studies with increased cardiovascular disease risk, metabolic syndrome, and other health risks. It is, therefore, the position of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine that these seasonal time changes should be abolished in favor of a fixed, national, year-round standard time.”

The full article is available here.

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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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