ASHRAE Updates Lighting and Controls Guidelines

Karen Henry

ASHRAE’s ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, was released in November 2014. The lighting and controls aspect, which relates to energy efficiency, light pollution, daylighting and occupant lighting control, is based on ASHRAE/IES 90.1-2013 but includes a number of modifications. An article in the June issue   …Continue Reading

18 Organizations Recognized for Cutting Parking Facility Energy Use

Linda Hardesty

The Better Buildings Alliance’s Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign recognized 18 organizations for efficient outdoor lighting. In the past year, these organizations have committed to install efficient lighting across more than 470 million square feet of parking space – cutting energy use on average by 60 percent. Altogether, 2014 and 2015 LEEP award   …Continue Reading

Roadway LED Can be Dimmed

Linda Hardesty

Eaton added another energy-efficient product to its street lighting line – the Streetworks Verdeon LED roadway luminaire. An optional National Electrical Manufacturers Association 7-pin photocontrol receptacle enables wireless dimming when used with a compatible photocontrol. The product is also available with a dimming motion control option. The Verdeon provides energy savings up to 50 percent   …Continue Reading

Cree Restructures LED Business in Aggressive Pricing Environment

Linda Hardesty

Cree is restructuring its LED Products business, saying that it’s due in part to “recent LED market trends that have resulted in higher LED average selling price erosion than previously forecast and the continued under-utilization of Cree’s LED factory.” Cree has decided to restructure its LED Products business to reduce excess capacity and overhead to   …Continue Reading

DOE Provides Energy-Related Small Business Grants

Linda Hardesty

The US Department of Energy Office of Science has awarded four Small Business Innovation Research grants targeting advances in solid-state lighting (SSL) and building-integrated heat and moisture exchange technology to the following recipients: VoltServer for Low-Cost, High Efficiency Integration of SSL and Building Controls using a PET Power Distribution System. This Phase II project will demonstrate   …Continue Reading

Retrofit Begins at Net Zero Energy Electrical Training Center

Linda Hardesty

In Los Angeles, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 11 and the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association have begun retrofitting their Electrical Training Institute to make it a net-zero-energy building. The $13 million project was initially announced in August 2014. Construction will be completed in Spring 2016 with an opening scheduled   …Continue Reading

Lighting Distributor Offers Free Energy Efficient Lighting Assessments

Linda Hardesty, an online distributor of replacement lighting products, launched a free Energy Efficient Lighting Assessment program to help commercial customers convert to more energy efficient lighting with the help of available utility rebate incentives. With the online assessment, commercial customers can enter basic information about their current lighting system. A representative will contact the   …Continue Reading

Connected LEDs Illuminate Warehouse

Linda Hardesty

The bicycle parts distributor Quality Bicycle Products (QBP) outfitted its new Lancaster, Pennsylvania, warehouse and distribution center with Digital Lumens‘ Intelligent LED Lighting System. The Digital Lumens system at the 122,000-sq-foot facility is comprised of smart LED-based high bay fixtures, which are fitted with integrated sensors and connected via a wireless network. The system also   …Continue Reading

LEDs Reduce Energy 84% at Arboretum

Linda Hardesty

The Morton Arboretum, an outdoor tree museum and tree research center located in Lisle, Illinois, has completed an LED lighting upgrade throughout its buildings. The upgrade was made possible by a grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation (ICECF). Prior to the upgrade, the Arboretum’s calculated annual energy consumption was 156,483 kWh. Upon completion   …Continue Reading

EarthTronics Intros LED Recessed Retrofit Downlights

Linda Hardesty

EarthTronics offers a full line of Energy Star rated LED recessed retrofit downlights in 4- and 6-inch diameters, providing 550 to 1200 lumens for architectural/décor lighting applications. The energy efficient LED recessed retrofit downlights replace popular, less proficient 4-, 5- and 6-inch aperture fixtures and produce a full flood light with a 90° beam angle.   …Continue Reading