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TED Magazine Publishes Article on HID Electronic Ballasts

I authored an article for the June issue of TED Magazine that covers developments in the growing >150W HID electronic ballast segment. Check it out here.

I authored an article for the June issue of TED Magazine that covers developments in the growing >150W HID electronic ballast segment.

Check it out here.

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TED Magazine Publishes Article on Fluorescent Linear Amalgam Lamps

New application of a 15-year-old technology is creating a minor revolution in fluorescent lighting, enabling linear fluorescent lamps to be installed in applications once reserved to HID lighting and expanding…

New application of a 15-year-old technology is creating a minor revolution in fluorescent lighting, enabling linear fluorescent lamps to be installed in applications once reserved to HID lighting and expanding retrofit opportunities. Amalgam technology is now available in linear T5HO, T5VHO and T8VHO lamps, enabling these lamps to extend into applications that get as cold as 5-10°C and as hot as 65-75°C, such as unconditioned high-bay spaces, garages, even outdoor applications.

Check out the article I wrote on this subject for the February issue of TED Magazine here.

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TED Magazine Publishes Article on LEED 2009

Sustainable construction represents about 10% of the current commercial and institutional building market, according to McGraw-Hill, which predicts that demand will increase to 20-25% by 2013, or $96-140 billion. LEED…

Sustainable construction represents about 10% of the current commercial and institutional building market, according to McGraw-Hill, which predicts that demand will increase to 20-25% by 2013, or $96-140 billion.

LEED has provided focus to the sustainable design movement and, to a significant extent, put a face on it. LEED 3.0, the latest version of LEED, was launched April 27, 2009. By June 27, all LEED projects had to begin registering under the new LEED 2009 rating system.

The new LEED incorporates all of the rating systems that address commercial buildings—New Construction, Commercial Interiors, Schools and Existing Buildings into three LEED 2009 systems: Green Building Design & Construction, Green Interior Design & Construction and Green Building Operations & Maintenance. While the majority of individual credits is familiar, LEED 2009 includes significant changes.

First, LEED credits are now weighted, resulting in more emphasis on energy and atmosphere points. A number of credits are updated. And bonus points are awarded for LEED credits considered to be a priority for particular regions.

The major areas where electric lighting can play a part in achieving LEED points are optimized energy performance, light controllability, light pollution and mercury content in light bulbs.

Click here to read an article I wrote about LEED 2009 and lighting for the January issue of TED Magazine.

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TED Publishes Article on LED Outdoor Lighting

An article I wrote about LED outdoor lighting was published in the August 2009 issue of TED Magazine. TED is the official publication of the National Association of Electrical Distributors…

An article I wrote about LED outdoor lighting was published in the August 2009 issue of TED Magazine. TED is the official publication of the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) and is read by the nation’s electrical distributor community. A number of LED outdoor products, selected by the editors of TED for an attached product section, are listed and described.

Hope you find it useful! Check it out here.

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Lighting and LEED 2009

An article I write about lighting and LEED 2009 was published in the January issue of TED Magazine. TED is the official publication of the National Association of Electrical Distributors…

An article I write about lighting and LEED 2009 was published in the January issue of TED Magazine. TED is the official publication of the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) and is read by the nation’s electrical distributor community.

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ENERGY STAR LED Products Arrive

To strengthen user confidence in LED products, the Department of Energy established ENERGY STAR criteria for LED fixtures that went into effect last September. Recently, the first products were introduced….

To strengthen user confidence in LED products, the Department of Energy established ENERGY STAR criteria for LED fixtures that went into effect last September. Recently, the first products were introduced. In this article I wrote for the July issue of TED magazine, the ENERGY STAR criteria are discussed along with several perspectives on its significance and what’s available to lighting practitioners.

Check it out on Page 76 of TED’s digital edition for the July issue here.

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NEMA Premium Label Calls Out Industry’s Most Efficient Fluorescent Ballasts

An article I wrote for TED Magazine recently describes the emergence of the NEMA Premium Ballast. Basically, this is a program, with a mark, that identifies the industry’s most efficient…

An article I wrote for TED Magazine recently describes the emergence of the NEMA Premium Ballast. Basically, this is a program, with a mark, that identifies the industry’s most efficient fluorescent electronic ballasts available for 4-ft. T8 lamps.

It’s a great idea, even if simply to avoid confusion. Everybody calls their electronic ballasts “high efficiency” products, so how are we supposed to easily tell the efficient standard ballasts from the super-efficient new-generation ballasts? Then there’s the added benefit of calling out the most efficient products for those interested in maximizing energy savings.

Now you can look for the NEMA Premium mark, which looks like this:

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A NEMA Premium ballast:

* Provides same light output as a similar standard electronic ballast; BUT
* Does so more efficiently—reducing lighting power by another 2W to 5W (typically 3W), as shown below:

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Ballasts are available:

* instant-start or programmed-start
* dimmable models
* Low (<.86), normal (.86-1), and high (greater than 1) ballast factor * Universal voltage * One, two, three or four lamps * Value-added features such as antistriation and anti-arcing The tradeoff: * Can cost 10-20% more than standard electronic ballasts Manufacturers include: * Advance (Philips Electronics) * Sylvania * GE * Universal Lighting Technologies * Robertson Worldwide * Espen Technologies * American Ballast * Technical Consumer Products * Acuity Brand (Accupro Brand) The NEMA Premium Ballast program may expand in the future to include T4, T5, and HID ballasts and possibly also LED drivers and power supplies. Click here for more information about the program (PDF), including a list of manufacturers and qualifying products by model number.

Click here to read the entire article at TED Magazine’s website.

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Extended Life Linear Fluorescent Lamps

I recently wrote an article for TED Magazine about extended-life linear 4-ft. fluorescent T8 lamps. Industry averages: * 20,000 hours at 3 hours/start on instant-start ballast (the most commonly installed…

I recently wrote an article for TED Magazine about extended-life linear 4-ft. fluorescent T8 lamps.

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Industry averages:

* 20,000 hours at 3 hours/start on instant-start ballast (the most commonly installed electronic ballast)
* 24,000 hours at 12 hours/start on instant-start ballast
* 24,000 hours at 3 hours/start on a programmed-start ballast
* 30,000 hours at 12 hours/start on a programmed-start ballast

Extended-life lamps raised the bar on fluorescent lamp life, with new-generation lamps pushing it even higher.

Depending on the manufacturer and lamp, extended-life lamps can offer service life of:

* 24,000-36,000 hours at 3 hours/start start on an instant-start ballast
* 30,000-40,000 hours at 12 hours/start on an instant-start ballast
* 24,000-40,000 hours at 3 hours/start on a programmed-start ballast
* 36,000-46,000 hours at 12 hours/start on a programmed start ballast

Some of these lamps (“premium fluorescent lamps”) are premium versions of standard lamps, combining the benefit of longer life with other high-end performance features such as additional energy savings, low mercury, RoHS compliance, and, in some cases, an extended lamp warranty. The lamps at the high end of the range of rated life may be recognizable via a suffix at the end of the lamp’s nomenclature, such as XL, XLL (Philips Extra Long Life), and SXL (GE Super X-tra Life).

There are also a number of extended-life T5 lamps available as well.

The lamps are ideal for projects where lower maintenance demands and a higher degree of sustainability are desired.

The best white LED products offer about 50,000 hours under optimal field conditions. Fluorescent will not go down without a fight.

You can read the complete article here, courtesy of TED Magazine.

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