Lighting

LED Projects Must Be Carefully Planned

Carl Weinschenk

Experts peg the changeover to LEDs as perhaps the most dramatic way to improve energy efficiency. It is the “killer app.” It therefore is no surprise that projects are announced on an almost daily basis. There extravagant claims about energy and cost savings, better quality light and longer operational life of the LEDs generally are true.   …Continue Reading


GE Phasing Out CFLs

Carl Weinschenk

The New York Times reports that General Electric will stop making and selling compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) in the United States at the end of the year. The story traces the rise of LEDs, which have consistently shrunk in price. The story quotes a GE executive said that LEDs represented about 5 percent of the   …Continue Reading


Two Idaho Companies Get Energy Rebates

Carl Weinschenk

Conrad & Bischoff and Idaho Steel received rebates of $52,998 and $39,172, respectively, through Idaho Falls Power’s Commercial Lighting Retrofit Program, according to East Idaho News. The combined total of kWh saved is 606,169 according to the story. That is enough to power almost 50 homes for a year. The Idaho Steel project focused on switching   …Continue Reading


Ruggedized LED from GlacialLight

Carl Weinschenk

GlacialLight, a division of GlacialTech, has introduced a 35 Watt outdoor floodlight. The GL-FL35 features CoB LEDs cooled by GlacialTech’s heatsink. The LED is in an IP66 ruggedized weatherproof and dustproof enclosure. The LED provides as much as 3,780 lumens of light output. The company says that they optimized for both residential and building uses. The stainless   …Continue Reading


The Bright Future of Power Over Ethernet-Driven LEDs

Carl Weinschenk

The marriage between telecommunications and energy management is rife with potential. And, for that reason, the marriage promises to be a long and happy one. To date, most of the discussion has been focused on the use of the Internet of Things (IoT) to manage energy consumption. A related – and arguably deeper – relationship between   …Continue Reading


Earthplace Nears End of Phase 2 of Sustainability Upgrade

Carl Weinschenk

Earthplace, a 62-acre nature sanctuary in Westport, CT, has secure financing and is closing in on the end of the second phase of a sustainability upgrade, according to The Hour. The recent work was the addition of 32 kW of solar power, an LED retrofit and upgrades to the heating system.  The $300,000 second phase   …Continue Reading


Cohasset, MA, Abandons LED Street Light Project

Carl Weinschenk

Cohasset, MA, has abandoned an LED street light replacement project due to lack of data on the number of lights to be replaced, according to the Patriot Ledger. The story says that $141,460  is available from the state’s Department of Energy Resources, which has named the town a Green Community. The problem, the town claims,   …Continue Reading


MIT Looking to Boost Incandescents

Carl Weinschenk

The issue of which is the best form of lighting may not be resolved after all. The world is gradually shifting to LEDs. However, Science Alert reports that The Massachusetts Institute of Technology aims to give industry at least an option in its choice of lighting. The research is aimed at changing the way in which incandescent   …Continue Reading


LEDs Offer Multiple Advantages to the Horticulture Industry

Carl Weinschenk

LEDs offer advantages to the horticulture industry that go far beyond those they provide to other industries and to consumers. Scientists say that light at certain spectral levels is more helpful to chlorophyll absorption than others, according to LEDs Magazine. Thus, LEDs – in which spectral output can be controlled – are superior to incandescent and   …Continue Reading


Intelligent LEDs Add Functionality and Value

Carl Weinschenk

The move to replace legacy lighting with LEDs is one of the decade’s most important and well documented steps toward energy efficiency. The next innovation is upon us: Vendors are boosting the benefits of the LED themselves – and introducing new capabilities to the overall platforms — by adding intelligence. Phillip Smallwood, the Director of Research   …Continue Reading