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Daylighting and LEDs Team Up to Meet Energy Efficiency Standards by Rita Tatum

When tunable LEDs are combined with daylighting, they do help meet new energy efficiency standards, such as the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), ASHRAE and Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Standard 90.1-2016, “Energy Standards for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings.” Standard

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Harvesting Natural Lighting by Kadie Yale

Humans weren’t made to live without natural light. While there are many ways humans evolved that society has moved away from, studies continue to show that exposure to natural light has increased benefits. It’s no wonder that buildings around the

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Capitalize on the Intersection of Commercial Lighting and IoT by Chuck Piccirillo, Osram Digital Systems

Lighting is ubiquitous — it’s in every space within a building. It is the perfect conduit for collecting information on what is happening in a building at any given time, because it is ideally located in the space and is

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The Light of Your Life: Building the Case for Circadian Lighting by Craig DiLouie

As interest in circadian lighting grows, the lighting industry is developing metrics and products while validating approaches. This article provides a refresher on circadian lighting and focuses on three recent studies pointing to potential benefits. 1) Healthcare project – In

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Lighting the Way to a Cleaner, Healthier, Smarter Future by Christina Halfpenny, DLC

According to the DOE most recent report on LED adoption in the US, a relative novelty less than ten years ago, LEDs now dominate the residential lighting market and are making steady progress in commercial and industrial applications — with

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Are Smart Cities the Future of Humanity? by Anna Kucirkova

Digital technology has provided society with hundreds of advances that make life easier and better for everyone. From the personal computer to the internet to the smartphone to the Internet of Things, we are increasingly living in a technologically driven

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Lighting Controls in the Time of Low Lighting Power by James R. Benya

There was a time when lighting was not controlled well, if at all, but that was 1973. With current technology and new construction codes, the primary causes of poor lighting control today are bad design, unenforced codes, and worst of

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A Closer Look at Software by Craig DiLouie

Software plays a central role in commissioning, operating, and analyzing data collected by networked lighting control systems. As connected lighting becomes more popular, manufacturers continue to make their software simpler, more robust, more portable, and require less training. Software is

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A Fresh Look at Office Lighting by Craig Dilouie

Open ceilings, collaborative workspaces, microleasing, and unique designs that inspire occupants and reinforce brand are just some of the trends reshaping the modern office and driving innovative lighting designs. The LED and subsequent intelligent control revolutions have supported these office

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Welcome to Their World by Scott Ziegenfus

Insert the term “intelligent building” into a Google search and you’ll receive more than 746,000 results. There’s no shortage of opinions, reports and forecasts on the promise of using a single infrastructure between building systems to save on resources and

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Lighting Vendors Should Target IT Departments More Than Facilities Managers by Mark Halper

As the lighting industry attempts to morph from its conventional role of illumination and become more of a provider of smart networks that collect data through chips and sensors embedded in the lighting infrastructure, it should focus its sales efforts

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Synergistic Buildings and the Rise of IoT by Michael C. Skurla

IoT applications will bubble up as the static world of ‘cold data’ transitions to actionable ‘hot data’. Leaving Light + Building this year, two things were clear to me. First, smart is a prefix the lighting industry has embraced. Second,

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Interest in Smart Buildings Is Growing by William Atkinson

Until recently, smart buildings were often thought of individually. These days, they are becoming a trend unto themselves-a real force. As a result, opportunities for electrical contractors, both in traditional electrical work, but especially in low-voltage work, are expected to

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A Light that Still Burns Bright by Robin Watt at C.N. Robinson Lighting Supply Co.

In the past, manufacturers, through their reps, built relationships with distributors who had local market resources and were prepared to stock product and pay for it regardless of whether it sold or not. By doing so, the distributors assumed the

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Human-Centric Lighting May Be the Key to Feeling Better at Work by Lynne Peeples

Reaching behind a low bookshelf slightly taller than a typical 5-year-old—and one topped with a Seattle Seahawks gnome and stuffed kangaroo—Sara Barbee presses a button labeled “Alert.” Intense bluish light fills her classroom, and nearly all 17 kindergarteners respond with

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Beyond the Ceiling: Healthy Lighting for Hospitals by Craig DiLouie

Lighting systems have historically been designed for visual performance and comfort, but science tells us light plays a major role in synchronizing the human circadian system. The growing understanding of the relationship between light and circadian health is giving rise

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An Offer You Can’t Refuse by Susan Bloom

Following, industry experts Bill Attardi (an over 50-year industry veteran and owner of NJ-based Attardi Marketing), Jay Goodman (a 25+-year industry veteran and principal of PA-based consultancy Goodman & Company), and Rob Haslehurst (managing director at the Boston-based location of

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Steve Mesh on California’s Title 24 Energy Code and Lighting Controls

California has been a historical leader in terms of state energy codes. California’s Title 24 has led the way by restricting allowable LPDs (Lighting Power Density) as well as mandating specific types of lighting controls. However, in the past 5-10

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The Human-Centric Lighting Debate by Tom Zind

No matter which side of the blue light fence you sit on, this new frontier has some designers taking a more enlightened approach to illumination. Blue light, whether delivered naturally via the sun or artificially via luminaires, has been the

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The Changing Rules of the Lighting Game by Jim Lucy

LED technology has unleashed new market realities that change how distributors, reps and manufacturers attack the lighting market. In the lighting industry of years gone by, electrical distributors typically would choose one of the “Big Three” lamp manufacturers (GE, Philips

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