Flexible is the New Normal by Matt Ochs

While change remains a constant and design thinking continues to evolve, lighting and shading control systems will play an increasingly essential, pivotal role in commercial and public spaces that feel comfortable, secure and inviting. What does lighting control look like

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A Look at GUV Lamps by Joe Knisley

Germicidal Ultraviolet lamps (GUVs) can help combat the COVID-19 virus. The UV spectrum is divided into the UV-A, UV-B and UV-C regions, which are 315 nm to 400 nm, 280 nm to 315 nm and 200 nm to 280 nm,

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Germicidal UV Light Disinfection Technology by Jeannine Wang

How ultraviolet light (UV) works as a disinfection technology depends upon the wavelength(s) being employed. The UVC band with a wavelength of 200-280nm has emerged as a highly viable solution for interior architectural settings such as offices, retail settings and

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Are More Stringent Lighting Codes Adversely Affecting Building Security? by Sean Ahrens and Ferdinand Martija

The evolution of energy codes over the past two decades has challenged engineers, architects, and lighting designers to reconsider traditional mindsets and technologies regarding lighting and lighting controls. Recently, lighting designs have centered on innovative approaches necessary to comply with

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4 Crucial Lighting Design Considerations for a Post-COVID World by Avraham Mor

While the widespread shutdowns that have accompanied the current pandemic have changed our thinking about what offices should be and will be in the post-pandemic future, throwing widespread uncertainty over the design of offices, several overarching areas of focus have

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COMMENTARY: SSL Sector Needs to Rebalance Uptake with Innovation

The sustainability promise of LEDs is in danger of failing due to over-lighting, notes DAVID ELLINGSEN. Will the SSL industry find ways to innovate before saturation and regulation stifle its success? A combination of government policies, steady improvements in light

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Manage Lighting to Reduce Energy Consumption and Cost by Jim Romeo

Improve lighting, and you will improve a facility’s energy efficiency. Manage your lighting—with equipment, technology and best practices—and you will reduce overall energy consumption and reduce costs. As LED and other lighting technology matures, contractors and other service firms are

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Full-Spectrum Controls Unlock the Potential of Dynamic Lighting by Lutron’s Craig Casey

New light sources and control technologies have now ushered in the era of dynamic light — light that is digitally controlled, flexible and responsive, and able to reflect the natural progression of daylight over the course of the day with

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Lighting: We’re Doing It All Wrong by Craig DiLouie

In an article published in LIGHT LINES, SLL Light Lines September/October 2020 by Matrix Print Consultants Ltd – issuu four lighting experts say current lighting design practices are based on satisfying outdated tasks, resulting in inadequate designs, missed opportunities, and

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A Brave New LED World by Chuck Ross

When General Electric (GE) inked the deal to sell off its consumer lighting unit in May, the last of that industry’s three original innovators was officially out of the business of manufacturing light bulbs. For more than a century, GE

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Improved Lighting Design Means Brighter Days for Seniors by Jeff Gavin

Our eyesight begins a slow decline starting at around age 30. By 80, the amount of light we take in has reduced to one-fifth of what we do at age 20. The construction industry is paying attention. Lighting professionals and

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OPINION: UV Can Make Us Safer – If It’s Used in the Right Way by Scientist Karl Linden of the University of Colorado

Ultraviolet light is an important tool in our fight against pathogens, but we must observe strict procedures in its deployment. It has a long history as a disinfectant and the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, is readily rendered harmless by UV light. The

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Place Your Order: The Changing World Of Online And Direct Buying by Claire Swedberg

While a purchasing transition was already underway, COVID-19 has created more uncertainty about the supply chain. Contractors have some choices when it comes to acquiring the necessary tools and materials for each new project. Purchasing these items online could make

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Tunable White Positions Itself As A Lighting Tool by Craig DiLouie

White-light color tuning is one of the most exciting advantages of LED lighting, providing the ability to adjust luminaire color output across the white light spectrum. As the timed spectral emission of light plays a part in circadian lighting—the application

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2020 Will Not Be Fondly Remembered — What About 2021? by Maury Wright

Most of us will be happy to see the year 2020 pass. So what about 2021? The LED and SSL sectors will have to deal with remnants of the pandemic even if multiple vaccines arrive for the start of the

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Ultraviolet Light Kills Coronavirus, But Caution Required by Naomi Millán

When used appropriately, ultraviolet radiation is very effective at killing or deactivating pathogens. It can also cause harm to humans, so care must be taken when evaluating new technologies racing to market in a bid to help mitigate the new

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Energy Efficiency as a Service is Catching On by Rick Laezman

One of those innovative financing mechanisms, energy efficiency as a service (EEaaS), is helping building owners invest in new technology to reduce energy use. Typically, a building owner enters into an agreement with a provider that pays for energy efficiency

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Employ the TM-30 Method to Find the Right Light by Craig DiLouie

From ensuring that merchandise looks vibrant in a retail store to including proper flesh tones in an office space, color quality is a key specification characteristic for light sources. TM-30 has three main outputs. The first is fidelity index (Rf), which

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Quantum Computing Meets Li-Fi by Mark Halper

It’s not entirely clear how “quantum” it really is, but one thing’s for sure: This is not your father’s lighting industry! The transformation continues. Lighting vendors are going all out to transform themselves into high-tech Internet and data communication players,

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Why Wireless Lighting Controls Work for Distributors by Tom Perich, Director of Channel Marketing, Lutron Electronics

Here are five strategies to consider when building a business in wireless lighting controls. The design-build approach to projects now accounts for nearly half of all U.S. nonresidential spending. It can help streamline schedules and reduce costs, but it can

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