As demand for lighting controls continues to grow, advanced solutions are becoming increasingly specified while also becoming increasingly sophisticated. This increasing sophistication translates to greater owner benefit but can also pose greater risk of design and installation mistakes. In a perfect world, designers create clear and detailed lighting control requirements that are easily installed by […]
Plasma lighting is a new generation of efficient lighting suitable for high-intensity applications such as parking lot, high-bay warehouse, streetlights, billboard and garage applications. The basic technology consists of a driver that emits radio waves to create an electric field around the source, which converts its contents into a plasma state that generates intense white light. The result is a light source about the size of a tic-tac that produces up to 23,000 initial lumens.
Craig DiLouie of the Lighting Controls Association recently talked to Randy Reid, VP marketing for Luxim, about the control aspects of this interesting and novel lighting technology. Click the below link to see the interview.
The Lighting Controls Association is pleased to announce that it has updated EE101: Introduction to Lighting Control, a popular offering in the Association’s Education Express series of online distance education courses about lighting controls. Click to learn more.
The Lighting Controls Association is pleased to announce that it has updated EE103: Fluorescent Dimming, a popular offering in the Association’s Education Express series of online distance education courses about lighting controls. The new course, authored by Craig DiLouie, principal of ZING Communications, Inc. and LCA’s Education Director, is divided into two sections: Dimming Control, and Fluorescent Dimming Ballasts. The first section, Dimming Control, provides an in-depth introduction to dimming, including popular dimming strategies, methods, controls, human perception and response, and how different light sources behave while dimmed. The second section, Fluorescent Dimming Ballasts, covers technology and application issues such as dimming methods and lamp-ballast interactions.
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.