Lighting as a Platform Part I: What It Is and Why You Should Care by Martin Woolley, Bluetooth SIG

Lighting offers intriguing possibilities in a smart building. It’s permanently powered and found more or less everywhere. Installing new wireless network innovations lets you create a natural connectivity grid, allowing lights, switches, and associated sensors to communicate directly, without intermediate

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Power Over Ethernet Lighting Systems by Steve Mesh

Power over Ethernet (PoE) lighting is part of a brave new world. The ascendance of LED fixtures has given rise to some new methods of providing and controlling light in our environments. Since LEDs are low-voltage devices that use direct

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Outdoor Lighting 101 by Craig DiLouie

Outdoor stationary lighting presents a substantial market and a distinctive subset of lighting design. While the market covers a variety of applications, the largest are building exterior and area and roadway lighting. In a typical indoor space lighted during the

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DOE Snapshot LED Outdoor Area Lighting by Jim Brodrick

Outdoor area lighting is a major contributor to nationwide energy use, and the market segment has been an important player in the transition to SSL. DOE’s CALiPER program has released a new Snapshot report on outdoor area lighting that covers

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tED Cover Story: Independents: Strengths, Weaknesses & Strategies by Susan Bloom

In life and in business, founding father and renowned inventor Ben Franklin put it simply by saying, “when you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” Some 250 years later, this old adage has never been more applicable to the community of independent

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30 Ways IoT Lighting Can Solve Everyday Problems by Ray Molony

The next revolution in lighting is luminaires connected to the ‘Internet of Things’. So what are the benefits? Click on the top 30 killer capabilities of IoT lights from the real world by application… http://luxreview.com/article/2017/10/30-ways-iot-lighting-can-solve-everyday-problems • Retail • Healthcare •

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Bluetooth Mesh Shows Wireless Connectivity in a Whole New Light by Jason Marcel

Wired lighting infrastructures have a history of providing dependability that, until recently, wireless networks couldn’t match. And while there are other benefits to installing a wired network, many of today’s wireless platforms—especially those supported by a Bluetooth® mesh network—ensure greater

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After Three Decades, OLED Technology Continues to Evolve by Sri Peruvemba

Many of us tend to think of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) as “new” technology, compared to LEDs, liquid-crystal displays (LCDs), and other display solutions. The fact is that more than 30 years have passed since the emergence of the first

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As Lighting Companies Morph Into IT Firms, They Face Stiff Competition — From IT Vendors by Mark Halper

Barclays Plc has deployed a series of heat and motion sensors that help analyze office space usage at investment banking facilities in London. It’s the sort of system that lighting vendors are offering as part of their push into the

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Bluetooth Mesh Networking and LEDs: What to Expect by John Curran

Bluetooth SIG recently announced compatibility of the far-ranging standard with mesh networking. In the world of solid-state lighting, mesh networking and other ways of providing internet of things (IoT) capabilities has been an important push as more and more and

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Prepare for IoT – The Next Revolution in LED Lighting

By Mark Verheyen, Universal Lighting Technologies President and CEO. Perhaps the most striking thing about the LED revolution is the speed with which it has transformed our industry. A solid majority of our company’s business is LED-related now, and it

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Facility Maintenance Decisions 3-Part Series on LED By John Lutz

With the promise of longer performance lives and lower costs than traditional lighting systems, LEDs are an appealing option for applications throughout commercial and institutional facilities. 1) LEDs: Making Upgrades Work – Expanding applications and appealing ROI make LED technology

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Change Catches Up with GE by Doug Chandler

The U.S. electrical industry has been buzzing with speculation about the direction of one of its foundational companies following announcements that General Electric is looking for a buyer for GE Lighting and that long-time chief executive Jeffrey Immelt will step

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Luminaire-Integrated Controls by Craig DiLouie

The lighting controls revolution features three notable trends promoting integration of control with light. The latest commercial building energy codes promote complex control schemes. The LED source is highly controllable. And sensors and microprocessors have become miniaturized. Just as the

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How Two Entrepreneurs Found An LED Lighting Niche And Built A Booming Business by Jeff Kauflin

Cole Zucker, 33, and his 35-year-old cofounder, Guillaume Vidal, are co-CEOs of Green Creative, a profitable lighting manufacturer with 70 employees and $52 million in revenue. Their bulbs illuminate the aisles of many Walmart, Whole Foods and J. Crew stores.

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Connected Public Lighting: A Powerful Accelerator for Smart Cities by Susanne Seitinger

The analyst firm Gartner calculates that 8.4 billion connected objects will be in use in 2017, an increase of 31 percent from 2016.[1] As urban migration increases and connected devices proliferate, these parallel trends promise new links between physical spaces

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What Is Amazon’s Obsession with Electrical Supply? by Bridget McCrea

A look at why the e-tailing giant is actively claiming market share in the electrical distribution space with its Amazon Business division. “If distribution can’t provide significant and measurable value, it doesn’t belong in the sales equation,” wrote Chris Brown,

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5 Charts That Illustrate The Remarkable LED Lighting Revolution

“The rapid adoption of LEDs in lighting marks one of the fastest technology shifts in human history,” Goldman Sachs stated in a new report. The accelerated deployment of light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs is on track to save U.S. consumers and

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Can Retail Reboot? by Leonora Desar

Retail stores, which some lighting manufacturers rely on for their bread and butter, are closing at an alarming rate. The news isn’t all bad. There are several niches within retail where lighting is used now more than ever to draw

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LED Street Lighting’s Impact on Sky Glow by James Brodrick

A DOE study looks at uplight, lumen output, spectral power distribution and other variables. Recently, there’s been some concern as to whether LED street lighting is more likely to cause sky glow than conventional (typically, high-pressure sodium) street lighting. Compared

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