The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 contains significant provisions affecting the sale of metal halide lighting fixtures. Starting in 2009, 150-500W metal halide lighting fixtures must contain ballasts that operate at a certain level of efficiency, virtually eliminating probe-start lamps and ballasts from new fixtures. This provision of the 2007 Energy Act essentially makes a Federal standard of efficiency requirements already enacted in California, New York, Arizona, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington.
Principals and associates at The Lighting Practice, a design firm based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, have long advocated sustainable design, and have recently had the opportunity to take their own advice. While planning a move that was completed in June 2007, they designed tenant improvements incorporating energy saving lighting controls that exceeded code requirements and let them demonstrate best practices to customers.
Associate Principal Julie Panassow and Lighting Designer Pomme Suchato were responsible for lighting the new space, and they selected a lighting control panel, occupancy sensors and daylighting controls from Watt Stopper/Legrand to achieve their goals. They succeeded in reducing the firm’s demand for energy, and set a green example for clients.
Lutron Electronics has announced that its HomeWorks® whole-home lighting control system was one of only eight products inducted into the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) Product Hall of Fame.
The Lighting Controls Association (LCA) has updated EE102: Switching Controls to include a new and improved section on load scheduling controls as part of its popular Education Express program.
Leviton expands its architectural lighting control systems offering with the new Dimensions® D4000 line of multi-zone dimming models. The line includes networked-controlled, remote-controlled and self-contained dimmers. To comply with energy code requirements, the Dimensions D4000 line can be integrated with a wide range of occupancy sensors and daylighting systems.
Philips Lighting Electronics North America (N.A.) has announced the introduction of its revolutionary new Philips branded ActiLume™ Lighting Control System, an easy-to-use-and-install offering designed to deliver maximum visual comfort as well as energy savings of up to 65% to the commercial sector. Comprised of a Philips controller, state-of-the-art multi-sensor, remote control, and Philips Advance branded ballasts, the high-performing system fully promotes sustainable lighting design while enabling commercial users to enjoy all of the benefits of lighting control without the hassle of complicated commissioning.
The Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 2005 created the Commercial Buildings Deduction (CBD), which established an accelerated tax deduction rewarding investment in energy-efficient interior lighting, HVAC/hot water systems and building envelope. Initially set to expire December 31, 2007 and then December 31, 2008, the CBD was recently extended by Congress to expire in five years: December 31, 2013.
When interior designer Katy Mellon, Allied Member ASID, undertook designing the complete remodel of a 1968 tract home in San Diego, California, she embarked on an eye-opening learning experience. The prime goal was to create a safe, efficient, attractive and accessible home for her son, Nathaniel Ladendorf. Ladendorf is disabled from a spinal cord injury and needs wheelchair access to all areas of his residence. Mellon also had to meet California Title 24 requirements, but did not want to compromise her design scheme in order to do so.
Lighting controls, including Watt Stopper/Legrand’s Miro controls and residential occupancy and vacancy sensors, played an important role in the successful completion of the project. Ladendorf moved into his home in December 2007 and Mellon says, “Every time I see Nathaniel come into his house and touch just one switch to light up his safe haven, I experience great peace of mind.”
Advance has announced the launch of an exciting repositioning campaign that will serve to both acknowledge its long-standing position and history as a leader in the ballast industry while firmly reflecting its affiliation to global technology leader and corporate parent Philips. As part of the initiative, Advance will officially become known as Philips Lighting Electronics North America (N.A.) and will adopt Philips Advance as its product brand on all existing electronic and magnetic fluorescent and HID ballasts.