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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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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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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Circadian Lighting: New Information on Lighting’s Health Effects by Craig DiLouie

The lighting industry continues to explore the potential for lighting solutions to benefit and optimize human health. Studies indicate light has physiological effects that go beyond vision. In recent years, the industry has focused on the effect of light on

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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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Utility Rebates for Networked Lighting Controls by Craig DiLouie

In May 2016, the DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) released V.1.0 of its Networked Lighting Control Systems Specification, which formed the basis of a new Qualified Lighting Products List (QPL). As of August 2017, more than 20 utilities and energy efficiency programs

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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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Retail Lighting Trends by Craig DiLouie

According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), more than 600,000 retail buildings are currently operating in the United States, representing more than 11.3 billion sq.ft. As one of the largest markets for lighting, retail applications have distinctive needs. Retail

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Lighting Controls Association Adds New Course to Education Express

EE303: Tunable-White Lighting. LED lighting technology promises many benefits, one of which is practical color output tuning. Popular approaches include full-range, dim-to-warm and white light tuning. Authored by Craig DiLouie, LC, EE303 covers tunable-white lighting technology and application. Students learn

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Five Major Trends in Indoor LED Luminaires by Craig DiLouie

Strategies Unlimited has forecasted that by 2022, LED luminaires will achieve a 60 percent share of global luminaire shipments. In the U.S., three major manufacturers of indoor LED luminaires say LED already constitutes a majority of their indoor luminaire sales.

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Advanced Control for Outdoor Lighting by Craig Dilouie

Traditionally, outdoor lighting was automatically turned ON and OFF at the circuit level by an astronomical time switch or photosensor. Energy codes are now promoting power reduction during dusk-to-dawn lighting operation. Coupled with advances in wireless communication and intelligent control,

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The Challenges of LED Upkeep by Craig DiLouie

All light sources must be maintained; as lighting controls become more sophisticated, they also must be maintained. Responsible lighting design should include maintenance to preserve design integrity. In terms of sustainability, whether the lighting goal is visual comfort, highlighting merchandise,

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Illumination With a Brain: Intelligent Lighting Control by Craig DiLouie

While the light-emitting diode (LED) has gotten a lot of attention in recent years, another revolution has quietly developed in the background: intelligent (digital) lighting control. The future of lighting is solid-state, and it will be highly controlled. Fully realized,

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White-Tunable LED Lighting by Craig DiLouie

LED lighting can generate virtually any perceivable color as well as any shade of white light, all digitally controlled and selectable. Color output can be adjusted by mixing color LEDs, mixing white-light LEDs of different color temperatures, or a combination

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Light Conversation – Visible Light Communication by Craig Dilouie

Wi-Fi is not the only means of transmitting data these days. Another unique method you may not have heard of is visible light communication (VLC). VLC is a free-space optical wireless communication technology that uses visible light to transmit data

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Visible Light Communication Finds Its Applications by Craig Dilouie

Visible Light Communication (VLC) technology, popularly used in applications such as fiber-optics, now shows promise for general lighting due to the advent of LED lighting. The potential is to create spaces that actively communicate with users. VLC is a free-space

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Data Transmission Through Light by Craig DiLouie

This NECA Electric TV video provides an introduction to LiFi–the use of visible light as a source of data transmission. It’s already being done with lasers, and now the potential of using LED luminaires is being explored. In the general

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LED Takes on Fluorescent in Troffers by Craig DiLouie

According to the U.S. DOE, four out of five lamps in service in commercial buildings 2010 were fluorescent, with a majority used in troffer (cross between “trough” and “coffer”) luminaires. Available in standard 1′x4′, 2′x4′ and 2′x2′ sizes, these luminaires

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Decoding IECC 2015 by Craig DiLouie

In 2014, the International Code Council published the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), a model residential and commercial building energy code. ICC states: “This code shall regulate the design and construction of buildings for the use and conservation of

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