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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Calgary Tower Gets New LED Lighting

The Calgary Tower, an iconic symbol in Craig DiLouie’s adopted city of Calgary, recently got new LED lighting that is impressing people across the city with impressive colorful light shows occurring each day from 5AM to sunrise and nightly from

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Halogen Lamps: Still the Standard to Beat by Craig DiLouie

Although LED directional lamps are steadily improving, halogen reflector lamps remain most popular for directional lighting applications and the gold standard to beat in terms of overall performance. Available in a wide range of configurations, halogen offers a number of

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LCA Launches New Education Express Course

The Lighting Controls Association (LCA) has published a new course to enhance its popular Education Express program: EE101B: Introduction to Lighting Control Equipment. EE101A: Introduction to Lighting Control introduces students to the purpose, benefits and strategies of controllable lighting, from

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SAFETY CERTIFICATION FOR FLUORESCENT-TO-LED UPGRADES BY CRAIG DILOUIE, LC

http://www.zinginc.com The U.S. Department of Energy reports that 75+ percent of lighting systems installed in commercial buildings are fluorescent, with a majority of these lamps being installed in recessed troffers. As LED technology continues to come down in cost, it

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Lighting for Tomorrow by Craig DiLouie

It’s an exciting time to be in the lighting industry. Today, lighting systems can alter spaces without physically changing them, revitalize urban areas, facilitate interaction and community, communicate information, make spaces more interactive, and affect well-being. As technology capabilities increase

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What’s New in ASHRAE/IES 90.1-2013 By Craig Dilouie

The major changes to ASHRAE/IES 90.1 2013’s Section 9 (lighting) include: • adjusted lighting power densities (LPD) • more stringent lighting control requirements • a new table format for determining lighting power and control requirements in individual spaces http://lightingcontrolsassociation.org/

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Lighting Controls Association Whitepapers Receive 1 Million Views

LCA began publishing a monthly feature article on their website in 2002. Last month, LCA education hit a major milestone: These feature articles received 1 million views from site users. LCA is proud to serve the construction industry as the

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DOE Announces New Energy Efficiency Standards for MH Luminaires by Craig Dilouie

DOE Announces New Energy Efficiency Standards for MH Luminaires by Craig Dilouie – The U.S. DOE recently issued new energy efficiency standards for ballasts sold as part of new metal halide luminaires. (To be clear, replacement ballasts are not covered.)

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