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ENERGY STAR Proposes Sunset Of Lamps, Luminaires & Ceiling Fan Light Kit Programs

On Monday, November 14, 2022, ENERGY STAR issued a memo proposing to sunset its Lamps, Luminaires, and Ceiling Fan Light Kit programs.

On Monday, November 14, 2022, ENERGY STAR issued a memo proposing to sunset its Lamps, Luminaires, and Ceiling Fan Light Kit programs. It’s not uncommon for ENERGY STAR to sunset product categories after DOE has issued appliance efficiency standards that eliminate most of the savings potential for an ENERGY STAR category. Such a DOE standards increase also eliminates savings potential for utilities, triggering an end to rebates for a category.

In this case it was the DOE 45 lpW general service lamp “backstop” that is causing ENERGY STAR to propose sunsetting the lighting categories. Here are the key take aways from ENERGY STAR’s proposal:

  • ENERGY STAR is taking comments on the proposal and timeline through January 6, 2023.
  • The proposal is to sunset ENERGY STAR for lamps, luminaires, and ceiling fan light kits effective the end of 2024.
  • To stop accepting new certifications for these products at the end of 2023.
  • To remove lighting requirements from the ENERGY STAR specifications for ceiling fans and ventilation fans, at the end of 2023.
  • EPA believes many utilities will cease residential lighting rebates by the end of 2023.

The full EPA proposal memo is available here.

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Two Lighting Design Award Programs Now Accepting Entries

Two lighting design award programs have announced that they are currently accepting entries, IESNYC and International Lighting Design Awards.

Two lighting design award programs have announced that they are currently accepting entries:

The first is The New York City Section of the IES Lumen 2023 Awards. Submission Deadline: January 13, 2023. Since 1968, the IESNYC Lumen Awards program has publicly recognized lighting design members whose exceptional professionalism, ingenuity and originality in lighting design has culminated in some of the world’s most innovative lighting projects. IESNYC invites you to submit your most innovative, inspiring, and outstanding lighting designs. Awards are presented in the following categories:

Lumen Award of Excellence
Highest level of achievement for a permanent architectural application

Lumen Award of Merit
Meritorious achievement for permanent architectural application

Lumen Citation
Special recognition for a permanent or temporary lighting installation, technical detail, portion of a single project, or other work.

For details on Eligibility, Submission Requirements, Rules, Schedule, and Helpful Tips click on this link. This link can also be found on the iesnyc.org website.

2023 IESNYC Lumen Awards Project Eligibility – The Lumen Awards are open to any interior or exterior architectural lighting design project completed within two years’ time of the submission deadline of January 13, 2023.
Projects may be re-submitted during the years a project is eligible.

Anyone can enter a project for consideration, but wherever possible, we require the lighting designer responsible for the lighting scheme be credited.

Eligible projects must be designed by a New York City* based designer(s) for a project located anywhere in the world.  —OR—  The project must be located in New York City* regardless of the location of the designer(s).

*Within the five boroughs of NYC and counties of Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Ulster, and Westchester.

 

The second award program taking entries is the International Lighting Design Awards. On November 1st, 2022, the IALD released the Call for Entries for the 40th Annual IALD International Lighting Design Awards and their online submission site. You create a profile on the IALD Awards submission site to begin your entry.

EARLY ENTRY DEADLINE: 14 December 2022, 11:59 P.M. Chicago/US Central
REGULAR ENTRY DEADLINE: 31 January 2023, 11:59 P.M. Chicago/US Central
EXTENDED/LATE ENTRY DEADLINE: 15 February 2023, 11:59 P.M. Chicago/US Central

You can download the submission guide HERE.

You can find the Call for Entries submission page HERE.

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Product Monday: Cooper Lighting Solutions Releases 3D Printed Decorative Pendants

Cooper Lighting Solutions introduces a pendant line using 3D printing technology, which allows for distinctive designs, textures, and shapes. The Shaper PRENTALUX brand, meaning “printed light,” includes 20 products with numerous texture and color choices, as well as multiple lumen outputs and color temperatures.

Cooper Lighting Solutions introduces a pendant line using 3D printing technology, which allows for distinctive designs, textures, and shapes. The Shaper PRENTALUX brand, meaning “printed light,” includes 20 products with numerous texture and color choices, as well as multiple lumen outputs and color temperatures.

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Additive manufacturing allows the specifier or end user the ability to choose textures, company logos, design patterns, as well as the shape, transmittance, and color that meets the customers’ requirements. This makes the line especially appealing for national accounts, where clients can connect with their corporate branding identities through lighting their interior design. Subtle or bold logo textures can be customized to help create company culture.

The manufacturing process is more sustainable, reducing the CO2 footprint by up to 75% compared to traditional aluminum die casting production methods. The smart designs use no paint and fewer parts overall, minimizing resource use and potential waste. Furthermore, the lightweight polycarbonate requires less energy to ship. The reduced resource and transportation footprint, together with the standard use of LED lights, make 3D printed luminaires a greener lighting solution.

Shaper 3D Printing products are positioned for hospitality settings as well as when performance lighting is needed. The line has already received three award recognitions:

  1. 2022 Interior Design Magazine HiP Award Honoree in Lighting
  2. Best of NeoCon 2022 Gold Decorative Lighting Award
  3. Best of NeoCon 2022 Innovation Award

More information on the Shaper PRENTALUX pendant line is available here.

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Chris Lubeck Joins Evluma as National Sales Director

LED Street and Area Lighting Manufacturer Evluma taps industry veteran to grow and strengthen national sales network.

Evluma is excited to announce the addition of a new team member. Chris Lubeck brings over 25 years of sales leadership experience in the lighting industry. His experience spans a broad range of products across both the utility and commercial-industrial market, and he has a proven track record for building and growing high-performance sales teams.

“The depth and breadth of Chris’s experience will be a real asset to Evluma,” noted CEO Don Vendetti. “He understands the benefits and challenges of the LED transition, the nuances of different markets, and the needs of the many different stakeholders we serve.”

Prior to joining Evluma, Lubeck spent over 20 years with OSRAM SYLVANIA, and led North American Utility Sales for its spinoff LED brand, LEDVANCE. More recently, he ran his own consulting firm, where he worked with a full spectrum of utility companies, electrical contractors, manufacturers, electrical distributors, and the specification community to create and sell future-proof energy solutions that deliver maximum value to customers.

“Chris has a great resume, but we’re also excited about the cultural fit,” stated VP of Sales and Marketing, David Tanonis. “He’s passionate about lighting, and he’s focused on relationships. He’s an Evluma kind of person, and I know our customers and team will appreciate the perspective and experience he brings.”

Lubeck joins the Evluma team at an exciting inflection point, as the company continues to launch new products, including RoadMax, a new line of roadway luminaires and enter new markets. His priorities will be to strengthen Evluma’s core business in the Utility and Rural Electric Coop market, while continuing to grow the C&I business.

“Evluma has the team and the technology to do things others can’t,” Lubeck said. “The leadership is hands-on and customer-focused, and we’re able to move fast and respond to the real challenges our customers face… I’m excited to get out on the road and start talking to them.”

About Evluma

Formed in 2008, Evluma is committed to developing affordable, long-lasting and environmentally low-impact LED lighting solutions that fundamentally change the landscape of the outdoor utility lighting market. Evluma’s high standard of customer service plus its background in innovative lighting technologies and software cooperatively influence the design of its utility-grade products. Evluma is located in Renton, WA, USA.

 

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ArchLIGHT Summit 2023 Opens Call For Speakers

ArchLIGHT Summit, a lighting trade event and educational platform for the architectural, specification, and design communities, has opened their call for speakers. The next event, taking place Tuesday, September 19, and Wednesday, September 20, 2023, will welcome lighting designers, architects, interior designers, specifiers, and students to review new products, network, and attend a wide range of seminars.

ArchLIGHT Summit, a lighting trade event and educational platform for the architectural, specification, and design communities, has opened their call for speakers. The next event, taking place Tuesday, September 19, and Wednesday, September 20, 2023, will welcome lighting designers, architects, interior designers, specifiers, and students to review new products, network, and attend a wide range of seminars.

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Dallas Market Center launched ArchLIGHT Summit in September 2021, featuring product innovations from leading lighting manufacturers and a quality educational program. The event built on this success for the second edition in September 2022 with a 22 percent increase in exhibitor participation and a 34 percent increase in attendance.

Speakers are invited to submit proposals consistent with the show’s mission to be boldly different and actively inclusive. The most sought-after sessions will be those that break the mold of traditional presentations and panels in favor of more experiential learning and honest discussions. To submit a proposal, visit  https://archlightsummit.com/speakers/.

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BPA Report Characterizes Non-Residential Lighting In The Pacific Northwest

The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) published their Non-Residential Lighting Northwest Market Model report, this Summer. The report provides a characterization of the non-resi lighting market (commercial, industrial, & outdoor).

The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) published their Non-Residential Lighting Northwest Market Model report, this Summer. The report provides a characterization of the non-resi lighting market (commercial, industrial, & outdoor).

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In addition to the charts and graphs below, here are some interesting findings:

  • >150 million lamp/fixture sales
  • 50% of the 2021 installed regional lighting stock is LEDs
  • Total lighting power consumption has decreased 20% compared to the 2015 baseline, because of LED replacing less efficient legacy technology. The only application that showed growing lighting power consumption was indoor agriculture.
  • LED penetration rose from less than 10% of stock in 2015 to 50% of stock in 2021 — representing approximately 46 million additional LED lamps and fixtures entering the install stock.
  • The largest individual application in the model (by consumption, lamp count, etc.) is ambient linear. This application represents overhead and ambient lighting, which linear fluorescent fixtures have traditionally dominated.
  • The most dramatic trend
    over the analysis period has been the shift from 32-watt
    T8 linear fluorescent lamps toward TLEDs. TLEDs have increased from 2% of the stock in this application in 2015 to 32% of the ambient linear stock in 2021, representing a growth of nearly 17 million lamps.
  • In 2015, the outdoor sector significantly outpaced the commercial and industrial sectors in LED adoption. However, as LEDs have become more widely adopted, the penetration of LED by sector has evened out, with all sectors having an LED penetration of approximately 50% in 2021.
  • The model indicates that LED luminaires are a bright opportunity for highly persistent savings.

The BPA 2022 Non-Residential Lighting Northwest Market Model report executive summary can be downloaded here.

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IES Publishes Updated Recommended Practice For People In Outdoor Environments

The IES has published an update to its recommended practice for people in outdoor environments: ANSI/IES RP-43-22, Recommended Practice: Lighting Exterior Applications.

The IES has published an update to its recommended practice for people in outdoor environments: ANSI/IES RP-43-22, Recommended Practice: Lighting Exterior Applications.

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This document provides pedestrian-oriented illumination recommendations for the reassurance, safety, comfort, amenity, and enjoyment of people in outdoor environments. This RP takes a comprehensive approach and makes recommendations based on lighting zone, glare avoidance, spectrum, and other visually influential conditions. Application of these recommendations will ultimately enhance the visual experience for people, while also respecting the environment.

Chapters:

1.0 Introduction and Scope

2.0 General Information for Outdoor Pedestrian Applications

3.0 Considerations for Pedestrian Vision

4.0 Lighting Design for People in Outdoor Environments

The new ANSI/IES RP-43-22 can be purchased from IES here.

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Four Changes In The 2023 National Electric Code Impacting Lighting

The National Electrical Code (NEC) updates every three years. David summarizes four changes in this code cycle (2023 edition of the NEC) that impact lighting.

The National Electrical Code (NEC) updates every three years. Here are four changes this code cycle (2023 edition of the NEC) that impact lighting:

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Horticultural Lighting

To address certain potential hazards in the horticultural lighting industry, Sec. 410.184 clarifies that GFCI protection is required where the horticultural lighting is connected with flexible cords using separable connectors or attachment plugs. A new Exception allows lighting equipment supplied with circuits over 150V to be protected with a listed special-purpose ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) that trips at 20mA instead of 6mA.

Wiring and Equipment Installed Above Hazardous (Classified) Locations

Section 511.17 went through a significant transformation as it was reorganized into a list format with additional requirements for listed fittings and equipment grounding conductors (EGCs) added to the mix. The term “Class I” was replaced by “Hazardous (Classified)” in five locations, including the title of this Section, as the zone classification system no longer uses the “Class I” designation. This Section was also reorganized from a long paragraph into nine list items for usability, and requirements were added to most of the wiring methods.

Receptacles, Luminaires, and Switches

The requirements for GFCI protection of receptacles in (A)(4) were expanded this cycle in Sec. 680.22 to include all receptacles rated 60A or less within 20 ft of a pool wall. This previously only applied to 15A and 20A, 125V receptacles. This Section also requires GFCI protection for specific equipment installed in the area between 5 ft and 10 ft horizontally from the inside walls of a pool. New language in (B)(4) expands the required protection by adding an SPGFCI requirement that will allow equipment operating above 150V to ground to also be protected.

Class-2-Powered Emergency Lighting Systems

A new Sec. 700.11 for Class 2 wiring provides the requirements for these systems. This new Section addresses technologies such as PoE and other emergency lighting systems that utilize Class 2 power. The other rules in this Article address line voltage systems, and this new Section provides requirements for low-voltage emergency systems.

 

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Zhaga Establishes Smart City Sensor Awards

The Zhaga Consortium is launching the global Zhaga Smart City Sensor Awards to address the needs of many cities that have installed Zhaga-D4i certified streetlights. The awards encourage and recognize excellence in smart city sensors that can be installed on streetlights using the Zhaga Book 18 standard and are suitable for Zhaga-D4i certification.

The Zhaga Consortium is launching the global Zhaga Smart City Sensor Awards to address the needs of many cities that have installed Zhaga-D4i certified streetlights. The awards encourage and recognize excellence in smart city sensors that can be installed on streetlights using the Zhaga Book 18 standard and are suitable for Zhaga-D4i certification.

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The awards are open to sensor manufacturers as well as universities and students. The Zhaga Consortium has created and further developed a new universal platform for streetlighting connectivity by offering Zhaga Book 18 “Smart interface between outdoor luminaires and sensing / communication modules” to the market. This platform allows streetlights to be the backbone of smart cities. Streetlights are regularly positioned, secure, powered and in a great location for many sensing tasks and for communications. With over 200 hundred families of Zhaga-D4i luminaires from some of the world’s leading manufacturers already certified, it becomes the cheapest way for city-wide deployment of smart sensors.

All award submissions must be received at info@Zhagastandard.org by 17:00 Amsterdam time on December 16th, 2022. There is no cost to enter. Winners will be announced in February 2023. Commercial participants who win the award will receive public recognition and are entitled to make specific reference to the award in marketing material (a digital badge will be provided). Public recognition means specifically
that an article will be submitted to a leading international lighting publication,
promotion via social media channels and prominent placement on the Zhaga website.
Runner-ups will receive a digital certificate. Students and researchers from recognized educational institutions are eligible for a 2000€ prize under the Research and Innovation categories. Runner-ups will receive a digital certificate. The payout of the prize to students/researchers will be done according to the policies of their educational institution.

Sensor Categories:

  • Mobility: Counting vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrian traffic and/or measuring vehicle speeds
  • Climate: Measuring temperature, humidity, and other climatic parameters
  • Pollutants: Measuring particulates or other pollutants
  • Sound: Detecting high levels of ambient noise (including potentially identifying
    sonic signatures consistent with excessive construction or industrial noise,
    vehicle accidents, distressed shouting or barking dogs)
  • Lighting Controls: Motion detection and other sensors that control lighting levels
    (excluding photocells)
  • Multi Sensor: Sensors combining two or more of the above categories of functionality
  • Innovation: Other types of sensors with functionality not described above for which entrants can make a compelling public benefits case
  • Research: Any type of sensor (not restricted to the above list) developed by a student or researcher from a recognized educational institution that the party submitting can make a compelling public benefits case for

More information is available here.

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A Look At The Color-Mixed White LED Future

In February 2022, the US DOE released its 2022 SSL Research & Development Opportunities report. While the report covers many promising directions for SSL R&D, one of the most significant evolutions predicted for LED light sources is the shift from phosphor-converted white LEDs (PC-LED) to color-mixed white LEDs (CM-LED).

In February 2022, the US DOE released its 2022 SSL Research & Development Opportunities report. While the report covers many promising directions for SSL R&D, one of the most significant evolutions predicted for LED light sources is the shift from phosphor-converted white LEDs (PC-LED) to color-mixed white LEDs (CM-LED):

  1. Image: US DOE 2022 SSL R&D Opportunities

    the PC-LED is based on a blue LED pumping yellow and red wavelength optical down-converters (typically phosphors) to produce white light, and

  2. the CM-LED approach uses primary colors that compose a red, green, blue, and amber (RGBA) LED combined to produce white light.

The PC-LED architecture is the dominant white light architecture used for LED lighting today. It has three major advantages: simplicity (only one LED type), temperature robustness (the InGaN blue LED and YAG phosphor down-converters can operate at relatively high temperatures), and color stability (the fractions of red, green, and blue source colors are determined during manufacture by the phosphor optical density and are relatively stable over time).

Over the past decade, luminous efficacies have more than doubled, from ~85 lm/W to approximately 185 lm/W. The principal reason has been improvement in blue LED efficiency, although progress has also been made in phosphors (efficiency and wavelengths to maximize spectral efficiency) and package efficiency (optical scattering/absorption). Despite these improvements, there is significant remaining potential for improved efficacy. Luminous efficacies of approximately 250 lm/W at the prescribed operating conditions are believed to be practically possible for PC-LEDs.

For the color-mixed architectures, an upper limit of 325 lm/W is considered achievable with greater breakthroughs in the technology. While the performance potential is high, today’s efficacies are much lower than the PC-LED approach due to the inefficient green and amber direct emission LEDs (known as the ‘green gap’).

While LED emitter materials have improved rapidly over the past decade, there are still key technological challenges that are limiting further improvement. The low efficiency of green and amber direct emission LEDs constrains the performance of color-mixed LED systems.

The full 2022 SSL R&D Opportunities report can be downloaded here.

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