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Environmental Activist Ed Begley and Artist James Turrell to Keynote Lightfair Institute

The keynote speakers at this year’s Lightfair Institute are: Live Simply So That Others Can Simply Live Ed Begley Jr. Sunday, May 3, 2009 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm “Our…

The keynote speakers at this year’s Lightfair Institute are:

Live Simply So That Others Can Simply Live

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Sunday, May 3, 2009
12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

“Our planet is an asset with value – let’s not treat it like a ‘going-out-of-business sale’!”

This empowering and humorous message on sustainable living includes how environmentalist and actor Ed Begley Jr. began his 37-year eco-journey in 1970, including stories about his first electric car and his first attempt at composting. Hear Ed’s take on global climate change, pollution, dependency on Mid-East oil – and how he believes that these are “challenges” that can be overcome.

Plato’s Cave and the Light Inside

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Monday, May 4, 2009
12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

“My work is about space and the light that inhabits it. It is about how you can confront that space and plumb it. It is about your seeing, like the wordless thought that comes from looking into a fire.”

James Turrell, an artist working with light and space and best known for his work in progress, Roden Crater, will present an overview of his work and his sources of inspiration. His work can be found in collections worldwide. For more than four decades, he has created striking works that play with perception and the effect of light within a created space. Over the past two decades, his work has been recognized in exhibitions in major museums around the world, including the Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Panza di Biumo Collection, Varese, Italy.

Sponsored by Cooper Lighting, also presenting their SOURCE Awards.

Click here to register for Lightfair, including the Lightfair Institute and keynote presentations.

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Electroindustry Conditions Continue Deterioration; Some Measure of Stability Expected by Late Summer, However

After gaining ground for two straight months to start the year, NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current conditions slipped slightly in March, declining to 26 points from 27.3…

After gaining ground for two straight months to start the year, NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current conditions slipped slightly in March, declining to 26 points from 27.3 a month ago. Though it remained near February’s recent high water mark, the index continued to signal a protracted period of very poor business conditions. Indeed, March’s reading was the 16th in a row to lag the “break even” mark of 50 points.

The Electroindustry Business Confidence Index gauges the business confidence of the electroindustry in Asia, Europe, North America, and Latin America, and is based on the results of a monthly survey of senior managers at NEMA member companies. Those companies represent more than 80 percent of the electroindustry.

On a more encouraging note, the EBCI for future North American conditions posted a sizable gain in March, jumping 15.6 points from February to 52. That performance marked the index’s first foray above the 50 point growth threshold since August 2007. While this result hardly presages a return to the vibrant electroindustry growth of 2004 to mid-2008, it does imply that that the balance of the survey panel expects a mild improvement in the absolute level of business conditions over the next six months, thus providing an early sign that the electroindustry may at least be in sight of bottom.

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Pink Lighting Found to Discourage Loitering

Via Yahoo, AFP has distributed an article about Mansfield, UK using garish pink lighting, normally used by dermatologists to reveal acne, to deter youths from loitering. It’s apparently achieving its…

Via Yahoo, AFP has distributed an article about Mansfield, UK using garish pink lighting, normally used by dermatologists to reveal acne, to deter youths from loitering.

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It’s apparently achieving its intended result.

Click here for the full story.

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Annual Student LED Luminaire Design Competition

“Designing with Light” is a studio course in the Design Department at UC Davis taught by Professor Michael Siminovitch, director of the California Lighting Technology Center. Students enrolled in the…

“Designing with Light” is a studio course in the Design Department at UC Davis taught by Professor Michael Siminovitch, director of the California Lighting Technology Center.

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Students enrolled in the 2009 course design, develop and prototype a fully working LED-based lighting fixture for the Annual LED Luminaire Design Competition. Students use a development kit of products provided by Arrow Electronics, Magtech Industries, OPTEK Technology, OSRAM Opto Semiconductors and Tyco Electronics.

On March 18, designs were evaluated on the creative use of LED technology and overall functionality and design by a panel of judges including CLTC and supplier representatives.

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Winning designs will be displayed at Lightfair International 2009 in the OSRAM Opto Semiconductor LED Gallery (Booth #1609) in New York City.

The course looks like a blast. Maybe one day these courses will be available online…

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2009 Advanced Lighting Guidelines to Preview at Lightfair

The New Buildings Institute has announced that they will be previewing the latest version of the Advanced Lighting Guidelines at Lightfair International May 5-7 in New York City. To see…

The New Buildings Institute has announced that they will be previewing the latest version of the Advanced Lighting Guidelines at Lightfair International May 5-7 in New York City. To see the 2003 ALG, click here.

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The new edition will be published online and features contributions from many of the country’s top experts in lighting design. I was honored to be invited by NBI to join such great company and make contributions to the controls section, which was edited by Jim Benya, as well as provide style editing for other chapters.

New content includes technical advances, enhanced application guides and integration with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Commercial Lighting Solutions.

Come see the preview at Booth 3088!

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CLTC Looking for Potential Speakers for Don Aumann Memorial Lecture in Lighting Efficiency

The California Lighting Technology Center has established the Don Aumann Memorial Lecture in Lighting Efficiency. Don Aumann was an important member of the CLTC team until he passed away suddenly…

The California Lighting Technology Center has established the Don Aumann Memorial Lecture in Lighting Efficiency.

Don Aumann, 1959-2007

Don Aumann, 1959-2007

Don Aumann was an important member of the CLTC team until he passed away suddenly in 2007.

The committee for the Don Aumann Memorial Lecture is requesting nominations for potential speakers at this annual event hosted at University of California – Davis. Speakers can include leading researchers, advocates and design professionals that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and accomplishment in lighting and energy efficiency. The Don Aumann lectureship fund will cover expenses for these individuals to travel to UC Davis for the event. The date of the lecture is flexible and will be determined by nominee availability.

Want to nominate a speaker? Email Professor Michael Siminovitch here, or contact Kelly Cunningham at 530.754.7520 or here.

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Philips Acquires Dynalite in Australia

Yesterday, we reported that Philips has acquired Italy-based Ilti Luce SpA, an LED design company for architectural indoor lighting. Philips has also recently announced that it has acquired Dynalite, a…

Yesterday, we reported that Philips has acquired Italy-based Ilti Luce SpA, an LED design company for architectural indoor lighting. Philips has also recently announced that it has acquired Dynalite, a maker of lighting controls headquartered in Sydney, Australia. Dynalite has become part of the Lighting Electronics business within the Philips Lighting sector.

Dynalite was founded in 1989 and has a focus on energy management and building automation, architectural lighting control, home automation, and residential applications solutions. The company, with offices in Australia, the U.K., China, and Dubai, has around 130 employees.

LEDs and controls appear to continue to be the focus of M&A activity lately. With the acquisition of Dynalite, Philips significantly expands its existing lighting controls business. The combination will have an estimated total market value of approximately EUR2 billion.

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Temple of Light

Here’s a project story I wrote for Archi-Tech Magazine before it went digital, which I still find interesting to revisit. The photos appear to be a bit saturated on the…

Here’s a project story I wrote for Archi-Tech Magazine before it went digital, which I still find interesting to revisit. The photos appear to be a bit saturated on the web translation here, but you can still get a great flavor for the project.

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The project was initiated by the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), a global sociospiritual organization that, to its followers, represents the Hindu religion in its purest form. BAPS embarked on a new 30,000-square-foot mandir (temple) in Lilburn, GA.

The building marries ancient design and construction with cutting-edge lighting technology. Built on a 30-acre site, the mandir was designed according to instructions for the construction of religious buildings written into the Sthapitya-shastra–architectural scriptures that are thousands of years old. The finished project features 34,000 hand-carved pieces, 86 decorative ceilings, five shikhars (pinnacles), 116 torans (archways), and 391 pillars.

The lighting design, produced by Dacula, GA-based Stone Mountain Media, required flexible fixtures that could be concealed in very small spaces. The intention was for the lighting to provide aesthetic enhancement and functionality but without being seen. The resulting LED lighting system, consisting of 2,000 LED luminaires, provide a remarkable functional and colorful lighting solution.

Check it out here.

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Architecture Billings Index Continues to Point to Difficult Conditions

Following another historic low score in January, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) was up two points in February, but still pointing to a general lack of demand for design services….

Following another historic low score in January, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) was up two points in February, but still pointing to a general lack of demand for design services.

As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate 9- to 12-month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the February ABI rating was 35.3, up from the 33.3 mark in January (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry score was 49.5.

“Despite a higher score than last month, we are likely to see light demand for new construction projects through much of the year,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, PhD, Hon. AIA. “There is hope that the stimulus bill will result in more project activity, but that is also dependent on banks easing lending standards in the months ahead. Still, the improvement in the inquiries index does provide hope that some stalled projects will resurface in the near future.”

Key February ABI highlights:

Regional averages: West (36.4), South (35.5), Midwest (35.0), Northeast (32.3)
Sector index breakdown: mixed practice (40.1), institutional (36.8), multi-family residential (33.3), commercial / industrial (32.0)
Project inquiries index: 49.5

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Philips Acquires Ilti Luce in Italy

Philips has announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Italy-based Ilti Luce SpA, an LED design company for architectural indoor lighting. Upon closing of this transaction in the…

Philips has announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Italy-based Ilti Luce SpA, an LED design company for architectural indoor lighting.

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Upon closing of this transaction in the first quarter of 2009, which is subject to certain contractual and other conditions such as regulatory approvals, Ilti Luce will become part of the Professional Luminaires business within the Philips Lighting sector.

Among the architectural monuments lit by Ilti Luce are the Vatican Necropolis in Vatican City and the Egyptian museum in Turin, Italy.

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