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Circadian Lighting Gets Front and Center at Strategies in Light on Wed., Feb. 12

Over the years, the advisory board has striven to make the Strategies in Light program broadly applicable to the entire LED and solid-state lighting (SSL) chain, while simultaneously staying on the leading-edge of LED technology and lighting applications. In its

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ASHRAE/IES 90.1-2016 Takes Effect as National Standard

By February 2020, the 2016 version of ANSI/ASHRAE/IES 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, takes effect as the national energy reference standard, based on a 2018 Department of Energy (DOE) ruling. By that time, all states must

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NEMA & ALA Drop Lawsuit to Block New California Light Bulb Standards

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association and the American Lighting Association yesterday ended their legal challenge to the California Energy Commission’s Nov. 13 decision to expand its minimum efficiency standards for bulbs. The move came two weeks after the U.S. District Court for

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National Lighting Bureau to Launch a Trusted Warranty Program

In the spring of 2020, the National Lighting Bureau (NLB) is planning launch a “Trusted Warranty” Evaluation Program designed to independently evaluate warranty processes among manufacturers and recognize companies with a “Trusted Warranty” designation. The policy was written by a

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UK Wholesalers Must Take Back End-Of-Life Lamps

Defra has now confirmed that from the end of 2020, most vendors will be required to provide in-store takeback of so-called Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). The new requirement will apply to all retailers and electrical wholesalers with annual

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French Li-Fi Vendor Unveils Faster Transmitters and Broader Coverage

At CES last week, French Li-Fi vendor Oledcomm enhanced its product offerings, more than doubling the speed of its ceiling-mounted transmitter, adding software that supports the handoff of signals as users wander from one Li-Fi point to another in a

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Wesco Beats Out CD&R in Deal to Buy Anixter

Anixter International Inc. announced Monday an agreement to be acquired by Wesco International Inc. in a deal valued at $4.5 billion. The deal appears to end a hard-fought battle between Wesco and Clayton, Dubilier & Rice for Anixter, which include

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California Gets a Green Light to Enforce Stricter Light Bulb Standards

Last month, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California issued an order denying a request for a temporary restraining order against the state’s standard. The request was made by the NEMAand the ALA in their lawsuit challenging the standard

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Design Guideline for Promoting Circadian Entrainment with Light for Day-Active People

Finally, the industry has a Design Guideline that we can use for specifying Circadian Entrainment on our jobs. But the DG doesn’t come from IES, it is published by Underwriters Laboratories (UL).  This DG has been a long time coming.  In

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Signify Pumps Up Hue with More Voice Controls, Outdoor Products, and Enhanced Zones

Signify continued to expand its Hue line of smart lighting, unveiling voice controls for home entertainment systems, introducing new outdoor luminaires and new wall switches, and enhancing the “zone” feature in Hue’s control app that lets users subdivide the settings

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Project Connected Home over IP

Project Connected Home over IP is a new Working Group that plans to develop and promote the adoption of a new, royalty-free connectivity standard to increase compatibility among smart home products, with security as a fundamental design tenet. Amazon, Apple,

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Laser Light Pioneer Now Moving in on Li-Fi

SLD Laser, the Santa Barbara, CA company co-founded by Shuji Nakamura, is heading to this week’s CES consumer electronics show in Las Vegas to show off laser-based Li-Fi that it says can operate at a blistering 20 Gbit/s, which it

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Zhaga Book 18 Ed. 2.0 has been Published

Zhaga Book 18 Ed 2.0 specifies the mechanical, electrical and communication interfaces between luminaires and sensors and/or communication modules. This includes details for a solution with two modules. Book 18 Ed. 2.0 brings together complementary specifications from the Zhaga Consortium

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Bidding War: WESCO Increases Offer to Buy Anixter International

As of Friday morning, January 3, Anixter International has not responded to the latest WESCO bid. The $93.50 bid from Clayton, Dubilier & Rice is an all-cash offer, which puts the value of the transaction at $4.3 billion. WESCO’s offer

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The 2020 DOE Lighting R&D Workshop: Bridging the Gap Between Technology Promise and Today’s Reality

Lighting scientists continue to push boundaries, with innovations that drive lighting efficiency and performance to new levels. But how do we bridge the gap between technology promise and today’s reality? What challenges must be overcome, to translate R&D to application?

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Judge Allows California’s Shift to Energy Saving Light Bulbs

S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller of Sacramento rejected a petition from the NEMA and ALA to temporarily block new minimum efficiency standards for light bulbs that the California Energy Commission adopted in November. The judge said the associations are unlikely

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Retirement Chain Installing Circadian Lighting in Memory Centers

A nationwide chain of retirement communities plans to install circadian lighting at a few of its memory care facilities with hopes of improving residents’ daytime alertness and nighttime sleep, in a possible precursor to a wider deployment across other locations.

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Commercial Buildings Tax Deduction Extended to 2018-2020

On December 20, 2019, President Trump signed into law HR1865, the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act (2020), which contained an extension to the Energy-Efficient Commercial Buildings Tax Deduction (179D). Created by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 signed into law by

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Edison Report LightTrades™, The Top 10 Best Lighting Products from 2019

Every year, our team of judges pick the Top 10 Best Products (or Services) from the too-many trade shows in our industry. This year we chose products from LightFair, CES, Strategies in Light and for the first time, the LED

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Tesla Supplier Sets up New Facility in Taiwan for Automotive and Mini LED Displays

Tesla light source supplier, EOI (Excellence Optoelectronics Inc), hold a groundbreaking ceremony on December 27 for its new facility at Taiwan’s Hsinchu Science Park. The new facility will be used for research and development of Mini LED for automotive displays

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