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San Francisco Demonstrates Advanced Streetlight System

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and PG&E recently demonstrated streetlights installed on Turk Street (between Taylor and Jones) in the Tenderloin District, networked using Echelon’s LonWorks technology. The new LED…

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and PG&E recently demonstrated streetlights installed on Turk Street (between Taylor and Jones) in the Tenderloin District, networked using Echelon’s LonWorks technology. The new LED streetlights, remotely controlled and monitored, promise to reduce the city’s energy and maintenance costs while improving lighting quality and safety. Streetlights are among a city’s most expensive assets, accounting for almost 40% of its electricity costs, according to Echelon.

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The solution featured new LED streetlights from BetaLED embedded with Echelon’s power line signaling technology, allowing communication and control of the streetlights over the existing power lines. Echelon’s i.LON SmartServer is the segment controller, monitoring and controlling the streetlights from anywhere, at anytime over an IP connection. During the demonstration, Mayor Newsom used an iPhone to control and monitor the streetlights. Mayor Newsom also demonstrated a capability unique to LED lights and individual lamp control–the ability to “strobe” the lamps on and off. Tying such a capability to emergency services could add benefits such as enabling response teams to easily locate the site of an incident. A similar pilot project was completed in 2008 on Beale Street in San Francisco and was jointly developed by Echelon, PG&E and BetaLED.

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“Networked street lighting systems have been shown to reduce energy use by up to 40%, while improving citizen safety, dramatically lowering maintenance costs, and providing to-the-minute confirmation of lighting performance and availability,” said Anders Axelsson, Echelon’s senior VP of sales and marketing. “Like many energy and cost efficiency solutions, smart, networked streetlighting is not a question of invention, it is a matter of applying today’s technology and products in innovative ways to yield immediate and impressive results.”

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom prepares to control streetlights equipped with Echelon control networking technology using an iPhone over the Web.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom prepares to control streetlights equipped with Echelon control networking technology using an iPhone over the Web.

“Municipalities and utilities are looking for immediate ways to reduce cost,” said Al Ruud, president of Beta Lighting. “BetaLED provides lower total cost of ownership than traditional sources by reducing energy and maintenance costs. When Echelon’s technology is added, energy and maintenance savings potentials are further enhanced, freeing up funds for other budgetary expenses.”

Click here to learn more about the control system. Click here to learn more about BetaLED’s streetlights.

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Cree Launches LED Product Characterization Tool

Cree, Inc. has launched the Product Characterization Tool, an interactive LED design tool that simplifies the task of translating nominal LED performance to real-world conditions. The online tool, accessible at…

Cree, Inc. has launched the Product Characterization Tool, an interactive LED design tool that simplifies the task of translating nominal LED performance to real-world conditions.

The online tool, accessible at Cree’s website here, allows users to easily characterize any XLamp® LED over a wide range of operating conditions, including drive current, flux bin, price and junction temperature. It also calculates metrics such as lumen output, lumens per watt, lumens per dollar and more.

It can perform simple LED system design based on a target total lumen output, calculating parameters such as number of LEDs required and total system efficacy. The calculated system parameters take into account electrical, optical and thermal losses associated with LED system performance. In addition, it allows users to compare up to three different XLamp LED configurations at once, empowering customers to best choose between the industry-leading XLamp XR, MC and XP package families.

“The Product Characterization Tool acts like an interactive data sheet, giving users a more intuitive way to design LED systems using XLamp LEDs,” said Paul Thieken, Cree, marketing director for LED components. “Determining even basic LED system parameters like efficacy with only data sheet graphs and characteristics used to be a time-consuming process. Cree is moving the LED lighting industry forward by simplifying the process to just a few clicks of the mouse.”

Click here for more info and to access the tool (requires registration).

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EPA Honors Sea Gull Lighting

Sea Gull Lighting has been recognized with the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award for the third consecutive year by the EPA and DOE. A charter member of the ENERGY STAR…

Sea Gull Lighting has been recognized with the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award for the third consecutive year by the EPA and DOE.

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A charter member of the ENERGY STAR program since 1992, Sea Gull Lighting currently markets more than 500 ENERGY STAR luminaires and ceiling fans. As an industry leader in this category, the company has also been the proud recipient of ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year honors in 2004 and 2005 and now the Sustained Excellence Awards from 2007-2009.

Selected annually from more than 12,000 organizations participating in the ENERGY STAR program, Sustained Excellence Award winners are recognized annually for their continued commitment to produce innovative, energy-efficient products that reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

Click here to learn more about Sea Gull Lighting.

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New Report Forecasts High Growth in Global Energy-Efficient Lighting Market

Reportlinker.com is offering a new market research report that analyzes the global energy-efficient lighting market and forecasts to 2015. The report attempts to define the energy-efficient lighting industry and associated…

Reportlinker.com is offering a new market research report that analyzes the global energy-efficient lighting market and forecasts to 2015.

The report attempts to define the energy-efficient lighting industry and associated regulatory framework across the globe, provides info related to current and emerging technologies with comparative cost analysis, assesses market size and forecasts growth, and provides profiles of major lighting companies.

The report costs $3500.

Table of contents and ordering information here.

And if you’re interested in this type of research, be sure to check out a similar report I wrote for Pira Intertech some time ago, available here.

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AEE Predicts Shortage of Energy Professionals

The Association of Energy Engineers, a nonprofit professional society of over 9,500 members, has published the results of a survey on Green Jobs and Energy Independence. Based on 962 responses…

The Association of Energy Engineers, a nonprofit professional society of over 9,500 members, has published the results of a survey on Green Jobs and Energy Independence. Based on 962 responses from experienced Energy Professionals, the survey found:

Engineers at a geothermal plant.

Engineers at a geothermal plant.

* 72% indicate a shortage of qualified professionals in the energy efficiency and renewable energy fields in the next five years.
* 70% indicate a need for national and state training for “Green Jobs” to address job shortages that are impairing growth in green industries, such as energy efficient buildings and construction, renewable electric power, energy efficient vehicles and biofuels development.
* 41% plan to retire in the next 10 years.
* 88% indicate that there is a need for a national energy policy for energy independence, which must include the encouragement of energy supplies from a multitude of sources, including nuclear
energy, renewable energy and off-shore drilling.
* 97% indicate that the adoption of energy efficient technologies must be a major part of a national energy policy in order to achieve energy independence.

Click here to see the full report.

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Lighting Education Institute to Present Online Lighting Calculations Course

Craig A. Bernecker, founder and director of the Lighting Education Institute, will present a six-week online “immersion” course on Lighting Calculations from June 1 through July 6, 2009. Designed for…

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Craig A. Bernecker

Craig A. Bernecker, founder and director of the Lighting Education Institute, will present a six-week online “immersion” course on Lighting Calculations from June 1 through July 6, 2009.

Designed for architects, engineers, interior designers, lighting designers, sales reps, manufacturers and related professionals, the six weekly 90-minute webinars will cover the Lumen Method (Zonal Cavity) and Point Calculations for interiors, with structured examples and hands-on exercises of each.

The cost is $575.

Click here for more information or call 610.524.7969. Click here to send them an email.

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Top 25 ENERGY STAR Cities

The EPA ENERGY STAR commercial building labeling program has released a list of the top 25 cities with the highest number ENERGY STAR buildings in 2008, available here as a…

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The EPA ENERGY STAR commercial building labeling program has released a list of the top 25 cities with the highest number ENERGY STAR buildings in 2008, available here as a PDF document.

LA, San Francisco and Houston top the list.

You can access all of ENERGY STAR buildings here.

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John Wiley Publishes New Residential Lighting Book by Randall Whitehead

John Wiley & Sons has announced the publication of Residential Lighting: A Practical Guide to Beautiful and Sustainable Design, 2nd Edition by Randall Whitehead. John Wiley & Sons says: “Written…

John Wiley & Sons has announced the publication of Residential Lighting: A Practical Guide to Beautiful and Sustainable Design, 2nd Edition by Randall Whitehead.

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John Wiley & Sons says: “Written by internationally recognized lighting consultant Randall Whitehead, this popular easy-to-read lighting design guide offers a highly visual introduction to the fundamentals for illuminating the single-family home. Emphasizing the use of ‘light layering’ he advocates using a combination of lighting sources to create a cohesive and versatile lighting system. The book offers advice on design tools and room-by-room lighting strategies. This Second Edition includes a new chapter on how to implement the use of energy efficient lighting design, including updated information on LED lamps, CFL’s and daylightng. Also included are 32 pages of color plates demonstrating professional remodels of interior and exterior rooms; including contributions from interior designers, architects, landscape designers in collaboration with well integrated lighting design.”

Table of Contents:

SECTION ONE: UNDERSTANDING LIGHT.

Chapter 1: The Functions of Illumination
Chapter 2: The Color of Light
Chapter 3: Choosing the Correct Lamps
Chapter 4: Choosing the Correct Luminaires
Chapter 5: Daylighting-Integration of Natural Light for Greener Design Practices
Chapter 6: Controls
Chapter 7: Special Effects

SECTION TWO: USING LIGHT

Chapter 8: Kitchens: the New Gathering Place
Chapter 9: Entrances: Setting the Tone
Chapter 10: Living Rooms: Layering Comfort with Drama
Chapter 11: Dining Rooms: The Main Event
Chapter 12: Bedrooms: Private Sanctuaries
Chapter 13: Bathrooms: Functional Luxury
Chapter 14: Home Offices: Work Spaces that Really Work
Chapter 15: Exterior Lighting: Expanding Interior Spaces Visually
Chapter 16: Applying Lighting Techniques

Residential Lighting: A Practical Guide to Beautiful and Sustainable Design, 2nd Edition
Randall Whitehead
ISBN: 978-0-470-28483-4
Hardcover
272 pages
December 2008
US $75.00

Click here to order.

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Construction Market Forecast: Nonresidential Construction Will Plummet, Begin 3+ Years of Contraction

Construction industry management consulting and investment banking firm FMI has released its Construction Outlook: First Quarter 2009 Report, available free online as a PDF document here. The outlook forecasts nonresidential…

Construction industry management consulting and investment banking firm FMI has released its Construction Outlook: First Quarter 2009 Report, available free online as a PDF document here.

The outlook forecasts nonresidential construction will plummet and begin at least three years of contraction. The bottom, in terms of both dollar volume and percent decline, will not be until 2010. Residential construction is not expected to recover until 2011.

Report highlights include:

• Project delays are four times the normal rate and are currently at 20% (up from three times in 3Q08).
• Project cancellations are five times the normal rate and are currently at 10% (doubled from 3Q08).
• An important bill to the outlook for construction is the America’s Better Classrooms Act, which provides $25 billion for 0% interest school construction bonds.
• The stimulus bill is not going to single-handedly save the construction industry.

Amidst all the economic doom and gloom, there are a few bright spots:

• Inflation has remained under control so far.
• Prices are down for most materials.
• The stimulus bill will help to mitigate some loss.
• There is still a large amount of construction being put in place.

Click here to get Construction Outlook: First Quarter 2009 Report.

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“The construction industry is not only dependent on the stimulus bill. The general economy is a main driver for both residential and nonresidential construction. Real GDP decreased 6.2% in the fourth quarter … Consensus Forecasts predict that GDP will decline 2.1% for 2009 and then turnaround and increase 2.0% in 2010. We believe that these estimates are optimistic …” – Heather Jones, Construction Economist for FMI

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Lumec Launches V2.0 of its Free Web-based 3D Visual Luminaire Assembly Software, Lumec 3D

Architects, landscape architects, and lighting designers can now visualize in 3D how Lumec’s high-end outdoor luminaires look in any potential project setting. “We made the software more intuitive, added tons…

Architects, landscape architects, and lighting designers can now visualize in 3D how Lumec’s high-end outdoor luminaires look in any potential project setting.

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“We made the software more intuitive, added tons of features, and we also incorporated 3D export possibilities from Lumec 3D to various other CAD programs,” says Jean Giannetti, project leader. “Our goal is to give people more than a simple 2D representation of our luminaires, we want those involved to have a full 3D visual representation of products in their intended setting before they even begin any project. People in the industry can now simply export the 3D models our luminaires into the software of their choosing. This reduced the time those in the industry have to spend on 3D modeling, and gives them professional tools that simplify their jobs.”

Lumec 3D v2.0 is free and can be used by anyone simply by going to Lumec’s website here.

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