As sunlight scatters through the atmosphere, it turns the entire sky dome into a daylight source. The proper use of daylight coupled with thoughtful electric lighting design and control applications can significantly reduce energy used by lighting. The ALG Online (Advanced Lighting Guidelines) devotes an entire chapter to understanding the impacts of daylight on commercial spaces and effective ways to integrate daylighting strategies into low-energy building designs. Click to learn more.
The Illuminating Engineering Society’s New York City Section (IESNYC) has announced the date for its second annual program on state-of-the-art lighting control systems: CONTROL THIS!
The Lighting Controls Association is proud to sponsor this important industry event.
Control This! 2011 will take place on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, 2nd Floor Gallery in New York City.
More than 500 lighting design community members are expected to attend this trade show and lecture series dedicated to the challenges facing the industry in lighting controls and energy management technologies. Control This! 2011 will offer guests the choice of six programs within two tracks: Construction and Commissioning. Attendees will see firsthand the latest innovations and product development in the rapidly growing fields of lighting controls and energy management systems by viewing the latest innovations on display by the industry’s leading manufacturers. Check the website for details on speakers and specific sessions.
Dimming is growing in popularity due to energy codes, green construction and user interest in flexibility and maximizing energy savings. High-intensity discharge (HID) lamp dimming is no exception, and with continuing development of electronic HID ballasts, continuous HID lamp dimming is easier to achieve, in a broader range of wattages, than ever before. This whitepaper by the Lighting Controls Association describes dimming options for popular HID lamp types and presents NEMA guidelines for dimming HID lamps.
ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR recently published a very informative article detailing the results of a survey of more than 700 readers about lighting and lighting controls, conducted by Renaissance Research & Consulting.
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published NEMA 410-2011 Performance Testing for Lighting Controls and Switching Devices with Electronic Drivers and Discharge Ballasts. NEMA 410 provides guidance for the design and testing of lighting controls and switching devices to be used with electronic drivers, discharge ballasts, and self-ballasted lamps to assist in establishing and verifying compatibility between products. This standard has been expanded to encompass additional types of lighting technology, and numerous figures and test circuit diagrams and designs have been added. NEMA 410 may be downloaded free here. To find other NEMA lighting standards, click here.
LEDs Magazine has published an article by David Cooper about dimming LED lighting. Get the full story here.
Because of the strong energy savings potential offered by daylight harvesting, coupled with advancing technology, codes and standards are now beginning to address daylight harvesting—specifically, International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) 2009, ASHRAE/IES 90.1-2010, ASHRAE 189.1 and Title 24-2008.
In May 2011, Correctional News published “Lighting Controls Provide Green Benefits” by Joshua Slobin, which describes the energy-saving and resulting sustainability benefits of advanced lighting controls. Get the full story here.
In 2009, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) introduced the 2030 Commitment Program, a voluntary initiative for AIA member firms and other entities in the built environment that asks these organizations to make a pledge, develop multi-year action plans, and implement steps that can advance AIA’s goal of carbon neutral buildings by the year 2030. At the end of the 2010 calendar year, firms were asked to submit an assessment of their 2010 design work using a tool released by the AIA last year. A new report, Measuring Industry Progress towards AIA 2030 Carbon Reduction Goal, includes data from 56 firms accounting for nearly 385 million gross square feet (GSF) nationwide. A key energy reduction initiative included in the survey was installation of occupancy sensors.
Terry Mocherniak, Chief Operating Officer for Encelium Technologies, contributed an article to AutomatedBuildings.com about addressable lighting controls and specifically Encelium’s Energy Control System™. Check it out here.