DOE Webinar on November 8: Sky Glow Comparison Tool

The increasing presence of sky glow—a reduction of night-sky visibility from greater levels of scattered light—has been a topic of growing concern among the lighting community for some time. But, short of following general design guidance, there are few simple

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Lighting the Way to a Cleaner, Healthier, Smarter Future by Christina Halfpenny, DLC

According to the DOE most recent report on LED adoption in the US, a relative novelty less than ten years ago, LEDs now dominate the residential lighting market and are making steady progress in commercial and industrial applications — with

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15 Recognized By DOE Better Buildings Lighting Campaign

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Better Buildings Interior Lighting Campaign (ILC) recently recognized 15 organizations for performing projects to upgrade their interior lighting and control systems. These partners, along with those recognized in the last two years, have newly

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DOE Report Looks at High-Efficacy LED Luminaires

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has released a short report covering testing of rectilinear LED luminaires intended for high-output applications such as low- and high-bay lighting in industrial or commercial settings. The testing was focused on seven solid-state lighting

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Lighting Facts Revived After DoE Cancellation

On April 30, 2018, the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) announced its LED Lighting Facts program would be discontinued, with the website shutting down June 1. LED Lighting Facts will resume acceptance of LED lighting products today, under the direction

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DOE LED Lighting Facts Program Concludes

The LED Lighting Facts® program has played a pivotal role in the early adoption of Solid-State Lighting (SSL) technology and products. After nearly a decade, the program has achieved its original objectives with significant success, and is scheduled to end.

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Energy Department Announces Up to $15 Million for Early-Stage Solid-State Lighting Research

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $15 million to conduct early-stage, innovative research to drive further breakthroughs in solid-state lighting (SSL) technology. This funding will accelerate the development of high-quality light-emitting diode (LED) and organic light-emitting diode

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DOE Comparing Measures of Average Color Fidelity – IES TM-30 Color Metric to Widely-Used CRI

The introduction of new measures of color rendition has stirred debate within the lighting industry on the relative merits of the tools, as well as the amount of difference between the new tools and prior tools, such as CIE Ra.

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PoE Connected Lighting System Energy Losses in Ethernet

DOE has released the results of an exploratory study investigating energy losses in Ethernet cables used between Power over Ethernet (PoE) switches and luminaires in PoE connected lighting systems. Testing was conducted at DOE’s Connected Lighting Test Bed in September

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DLC to No Longer Require Soon-To-Be Defunct LED Lighting Facts

On Wednesday, February 21, the DOE announced that it will be ending the LED Lighting Facts program by the end of March 2018. As the DLC has referenced and relied on LED Lighting Facts for several components of the DLC program, we are

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DOE Presentations from SSL R&D Workshop Now Available Online

Thanks to all who participated in the 15th annual DOE Solid-State Lighting R&D Workshop, held January 29–31 in Nashville, TN. Lighting experts from across the country and abroad gathered to address the complex science and technology challenges facing SSL today.

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DOE’s Connected Lighting Systems Efficiency Study — PoE Cable Energy Losses

Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology offers the ability to provide both low-voltage direct-current (DC) power and communication over a standard Ethernet cable—also referred to as a local area network (LAN) cable or Category cable. Light-emitting diode (LED) technology has reduced

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Department of Energy to Host 2018 ARPA-E Summit

The ninth annual Energy Innovation Summit is scheduled for March 13-15, 2018. The Summit draws thousands of participants from across the United States and internationally to convene a forum on the future of energy innovation. The Summit encourages leaders from

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T8 Rules to Take Effect Craig DiLouie

In 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issued new energy standards for general-service fluorescent lamps. These standards identify categories of lamps and impose minimum efficacies, expressed in lumens/W. Primarily impacting 4-ft. 32W T8 lamps and some reduced-wattage T8 lamps,

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DOE Announces $100 Million Open Solicitation for Transformative Energy Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $100 million in funding for new projects as part of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA E) latest OPEN funding opportunity. OPEN will support America’s top innovators through dozens of early-stage

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DOE Publishes Its Third-Ever US Lighting Market Characterization (LMC) Report

The agency uses it in part to guide its research and development (R&D) program. The latest version of the U.S. Lighting Market Characterization estimates the installed stock, energy use, and lumen production of all general-illumination lighting products operating in the

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House Proposal Would Shift Energy Star to DOE

Responsibility for the Energy Star program would shift from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to the U.S. Department of Energy under a proposed bill, which would also make significant changes in the process of setting Energy Star specifications. The measure

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2018 DOE SSL R&D Workshop

The 15th annual DOE SSL R&D Workshop is a not-to-be-missed event, where top experts and thought leaders from universities, labs, and companies large and small converge to share the latest on SSL technology advances and explore new directions in lighting.

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2017 SSL Technology R&D Workshop Presentations Posted

…held November 8 in Portland, OR. A diverse group of attendees and speakers examined the latest technology advances and research questions, and provided updates on various early-stage research efforts that will serve as a foundation for future SSL technological developments.

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DOE Publishes Report on Connected Lighting System Interoperability

The main goal of the series is to discern and document the current state of CLS interoperability at this early stage, with its landscape of multiple vendors, technologies, and business models. At present, interoperability between connected lighting systems offered by

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