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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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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DOE Announced a Final Determination for Incandescent Light Bulbs

On September 5, 2019 DOE proposed a determination that the existing standards for general service incandescent lamps (GSILs) do not need to be amended. After considering data and a wide range of public comments, today DOE is announcing its final

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Energy Department Announces Winner of Sustainable Manufacturing of Luminaires Prize

DOE announced the winner of the Manufacturing Innovator Challenge for Sustainable Manufacturing of Luminaires. Bamboo Pendant, Submitted by Brad Koerner, Koerner Design. The winning entry embodies DOE priorities to increase material and energy efficiency while improving building occupant comfort and

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DOE Study Validates TM-30 Color Preference Specification

The ANSI/IES TM-30-18 results support TM-30 Annex E recommendations that allow lighting professionals to communicate different color rendition goals (preference, vividness, and fidelity) with far greater precision than prior methods. In the new study – the third in a The

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Environmental Groups in the US Sue the Government over Light Bulb Standard Rollback

Environmental Groups in the U.S. filed a lawsuit against the U.S. DOE for challenging the recent rollback of energy-saving light bulb standard. In September 2019, the Trump’s administration withdrew the Obama’s decision in 2017 which added additional light bulb types

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DOE Announces Request for Information on Lighting Research and Development Opportunities

The purpose of the RFI is to better understand how lighting research goals can be refined to reflect evolving technology needs and inform related R&D activities. BTO’s Lighting R&D Program aims to drive the development of advanced lighting solutions through

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Trump Nominates Replacement for Departing Energy Secretary Rick Perry

Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette to be the new Secretary of Energy. According to the Department of Energy, Brouillette has three decades of experience in both the public and private sectors. Brouilette served in several roles within the government, including as chief

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DOE’s Manufacturing Innovator Challenge

Moving the DOE contest, the announcement came from the Building Technologies Office as opposed to the SSL program. The agency’s office of Energy, Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) had partnered with the website freelancer.com to encourage a grass roots response

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Electrical Manufacturers Support DOE Revision of General Service Lamp Definition

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) welcomed the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Final Rule defining the scope of general service lamps to be consistent with the intent of Congress when it enacted the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

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DOE Evaluates Tunable-White Classroom Lighting

In May 2019, the Department of Energy (DOE) published a Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) report evaluating a trial installation of tunable-white lighting systems at three classrooms in an elementary school in Folsom, California. Using monitoring, the researchers found the

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DOE Launches Next Phase of Connected Indoor Lighting Tests

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Next Generation Lighting Systems (NGLS) program, managed by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, is launching the next phase of evaluations of indoor connected lighting systems. The initial phase, which began in 2017,

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DOE LED Driver Tests Validate Improving Reliability and Testing Methodology

The US DOE has tested LED drivers in a stressed environment for as long as 7500 hours; and while there have been failures, the accelerated stress testing is said by the researchers to demonstrate improving driver reliability in the SSL

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Nevada Takes a Stand on Lamp Efficiency Standards

In February, the Department of Energy announced a plan to rescind an expansion of efficiency standards for lamps that was scheduled to go into effect in 2020. The expanded standards were adopted two years ago by the Obama administration. The

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DOE Evaluates Handheld Meter Effectiveness For Characterizing SSL Flicker

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has published research evaluating handheld flicker measurement devices and discerning how well such systems perform. The testing was performed by the agency’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in which dedicated handheld meters and add-on

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DOE Announces $47 Million for Flexible Building Technologies, HVAC and Solid-State Lighting

Residential and commercial buildings account for approximately 40% of the Nation’s total energy demand and about 75% of all electricity use. Topic 3 – Solid-state Lighting Technologies: This topic supports the development of highly efficient lighting technologies and systems to

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DOE Releases New Report on OLED Panel Longevity and Performance

In a new DOE “round 2” report based on accelerated stress testing of OLED panels with a focus on general illumination applications, the researchers found improvement in the latest products, yet longevity still trails LED significantly. The report also includes

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Interior Lighting Campaign – Recognizing Leadership in Lighting Projects – Applications Open!

Each year, the Department of Energy’s Interior Lighting Campaign recognizes organizations that have achieved exceptional energy savings by retrofitting or installing new lighting in their buildings. Retailers, hospitals, schools, churches, and military bases have been recognized in categories ranging from

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America’s Light Bulb Revolution

The energy savings are expected to grow as highly efficient and increasingly inexpensive LED bulbs continue to replace older lights. But energy efficiency advocates worry that the Trump administration could slow the pace of this lighting revolution. Last month, the

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