As we become more familiar with the latest evolutionary (some may even say revolutionary) lighting
options, for both commercial and residential lighting, namely, LED Lighting, we have begun to hear more
and more about smart lighting controls. The beauty of smart lighting controls is that you are able to
integrate wireless controls either directly onto your fixture or in-line at the point of power input of the
fixture. You can then preset or manually adjust dimming levels, conserve energy through daylight
harvesting and/or make use of occupancy sensors to meet your specific application goals. There are
several platforms out there today that require a hardware device, like a gateway or hub, to
communicate with your wireless LED lighting fixture controls, but, lately there has been a push to
develop a way to accomplish this right from your smart phone or mobile device. It looks like that goal is
on the way to being accomplished.
From an article titled, “Vendors roll out compliant Bluetooth Mesh enablers for solid-state lighting
products”, Published on July 26, 2017, By Maury Wright, Editor in Chief, LEDs Magazine, I read the
“…the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) delivered the long-anticipated Bluetooth Mesh standard
last week formalizing support for mesh-based networks, including lighting-centric applications that
combine LEDs and connectivity. Now companies that deliver ICs and/or Bluetooth software stacks that
can accelerate solid-state lighting (SSL) product development are offering Bluetooth Mesh-compliant
building blocks — Qualcomm, Silvair, and Silicon Labs are among the first to announce such enabling
technologies. Those products may be critical in the acceleration of SSL as a part of the Internet of Things
Bluetooth Mesh has been long anticipated because the new mesh technology will still interoperate with
the Bluetooth links in our smart devices allowing connections with LED-based lighting products without
the need for a gateway such as would be required with ZigBee-based products and most other wireless
schemes. Bluetooth has lacked the range to serve in even a robust residential SSL installation or even
the simplest commercial implementation, but the mesh capability extends the range by passing
messages from node to node…
“We expect to see a wave of new devices hit the market quickly by leveraging ubiquitous Bluetooth
connectivity to create hub-less mesh networks that extend the range and reliability of Bluetooth
systems,” said Daniel Cooley, senior vice president and general manager of IoT products at Silicon Labs.”
Green Creative's THINFIT Series 6- and 4-in. LED downlights for new construction are Energy Star certified
SAN BRUNO, CA - Green Creative, the commercial grade LED lighting manufacturer, proudly announces the release of its THINFIT Series 6’’ and 4’’ new construction downlights.
Part of Green Creative’s new THINFIT Series, the 6’’ 11.6W DLNC and 4’’ 8.5W DLNC feature an integrated J-box and allows for installation in either new construction or remodel applications. These lamps also contain edge lighting technology that produces a smooth uniform lighting effect.
“These downlight’s quick-connect accessory makes installation fast and easy with no rewiring necessary.” says Green Creative’s Marketing Director, Matt Leonard. “As a result, these naturally low glare downlights integrate seamlessly into all ceiling applications.”
All wiring takes place inside the integrated J-box which features a pre-installed wire clamp, quick connects and an easily removable lid. The THINFIT Series slim design allows these IC-rated downlights to fit seamlessly into any type of ceiling, including those with shallow plenum space.
The THINFIT Series new construction downlights are ENERGY STAR® certified, dimmable, turn on instantly and last 40,000 hours. Both the 4’’ and the 6’’ new construction downlights are available in 2700K, 3000K and 4000K CCT.
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Source: LEDs Magazine
As of Sept. 1, lighting manufacturers are now required to submit all applicable products under a new set of DLC requirement updates which will go into effect for consumers on Jan. 1, 2017. Now, I don’t pretend to think that all of you reading this article know what DLC stands for and why it exists, but it will have an impact on the lighting you purchase. Let’s break that down before we dive into how these changes may impact your lighting.
What is DLC?“DLC” stands for “Design Lights Consortium” (oh you knew that did you?) and, according to their website, the designation “is dedicated to accelerating the widespread adoption of high-performing, energy efficient commercial lighting solutions. In collaboration with industry stakeholders, DLC defines high performance through technical requirements, facilitates thought leadership, and provides tools, resources, and technical expertise to members and industry.”
In layman’s terms, that means that DLC is a rating system that identifies through testing and manufacturer data which lighting products are generally regarded as being acceptable for their intended use.
Essentially, DLC is like having a “CarFax” report. That used car may look like it will perform well, but the CarFax shows what it has been through and what to expect. DLC does something similar (they don’t rate cars yet, unfortunately) in regards to lighting.
Here are a few of the categories that DLC looks at:
Conversations began taking place toward the beginning of 2016 by DLC stakeholders about establishing a “DLC Premium” category and a “DLC Standard” category that would differentiate products that were qualified for DLC. The reason behind this was to show those products that rose above and beyond the technical requirements and could be viewed as “premium” choice lighting products.
So, what is DLC 4.0?Manufacturers were required, as of Sept. 1, to submit all products for a new, more stringent set of efficacy standards, otherwise known as DLC 4.0. With this new standard, the gap between those standard and premium products will be even greater as DLC calls manufacturers to higher lumen-per-watt, or light output per energy consumption, standards. Just as important, products that no longer meet the DLC 4.0 standards will be de-listed on Apr. 1, 2017.
Here is an outline of the changes and how they may affect your lighting:
1. The primary update to DLC was in regards to the efficacy of all DLC-qualified LED productsLED lighting technology has improved immensely over the last five years, and the attention of the manufacturers has turned toward the efficiency of their drivers and their products’ performance. Efficacy, usually expressed in lumens per watt (LPW), is now a leading parameter for what type of rating will be given to a product, whether Standard or Premium. The more efficient the product, the more lumens (measured light output) you will get out of your wattage.
Let’s take a linear LED troffer as an example. Currently for that product to be DLC Premium, it must achieve 110+ LPW. With the revisions in June 2016 and the new products hitting the QPL in January 2017, the new requirement is 125+ LPW. The reasoning behind this change is to differentiate between the mass amount of product that currently qualifies as DLC.
2. Utility companies are going to follow this revision with their incentive programsOne of the reasons these DLC changes should be paid close attention to is that it will affect the amount of utility rebates you will receive. Utilities need to find unique ways to take energy off the grid, and offer rebate programs to commercial businesses for lowering their electrical load.
We are already seeing certain utility companies offer “tiered” rebate approaches for lighting products involving DLC Standard vs. DLC Premium. Once the QPL is published in January 2017, delineating between DLC Standard and Premium under 4.0, the rebate levels can then be applied accordingly to drive ROI for your building projects. Similarly, the non-DLC 4.0 compliant products removed from the QPL on Apr. 1, 2017 will likely no longer qualify for many rebates.
Final thought: Be “choosy” on your lighting project and lighting product choiceYou can probably tell that the lighting industry and its certification groups want you to be informed and careful when choosing lamps or fixtures. What type of product are you installing? What is its proper rating and intended application? Where is it being used? What is the warranty and expected life?
These are all questions that DLC wants you to ask as you look at your lighting project. Through proper research and partnership, your project could offer a beneficial return for years to come.
If you're interested in learning more about how these DLC updates will affect you, please contact one of our lighting specialists.
Source: Regency Lighting
WEST CALDWELL, N.J. (August 19, 2016) – MaxLite has expanded its line of LED Post Top Lamps with higher output models designed to replace 125- to 175-watt metal halide sources in enclosed outdoor lighting fixtures.
Designed for use in post top luminaires with an E39 socket, such as acorn fixtures, the 30- and 50-watt retrofit lamps deliver respective outputs of 3,000 and 5,000 lumens with an omnidirectional beam that creates ample and even illumination. The new models are DesignLights Consortium (DLC) listed and eligible for utility rebate programs, making the lamps an economical choice for upgrading post top luminaires in parks, streets, campuses, airports and retail centers to more energy efficient lighting. Available in 3000K and 5000K color temperatures, the lamps save more than 70 percent in energy and operating costs over conventional light sources and feature a maintenance-free lifetime of 50,000 hours.
MaxLite LED Post Top Lamps are suitable for use in both dry and damp locations with ambient temperatures ranging from minus 20 degrees to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. The line of specialty outdoor lamps also includes 50-, 75- and 100-watt equivalents for use in lower wattage fixtures, such as bollards and globes. All lamps are backed by MaxLite’s five-year limited warranty and lifetime product support.
View complete product specifications at http://www.greenelectricalsupply.com/maxlite-30-watt-5000k-120-277v-led-corn-cob-post-top-retrofit.aspx
Hello MSSLC Members: I imagine most everyone is familiar with the recent position statement issued by the American Medical Association (AMA) on "high-intensity street lighting," due to the extensive media coverage following its release. We continue to field inquiries that include many passed along from our member municipalities and utilities, originating from their citizens and customers. The messages contained in the release have caused a stir.
DOE's Solid-State Lighting Program issued an SSL Postings within a few days of the AMA's release. This notes the importance of matching the characteristics of the product with the specific application, underscoring the AMA's call for the use of appropriate products. Since then a number of other organizations have also weighed in with very useful perspectives. You might want to check these out if you haven't already:
In addition to the above I thought I might also provide some numbers for your use should you continue to get inquiries from your respective agencies and citizens. Probably most people do not have access to the actual spectral contents of the different types of lighting in common use or know how they compare with one another, even if they understand that virtually all lighting sources produce some amount of melanopic content. Melanopic content is of interest here because it is regarded as a primary indicator of the relative potential for the listed light sources to stimulate the human biological responses that are the subject of much of the AMA's statement. Note, however, that influences from other photoreceptors like the rods and cones are also known to contribute to biological responses such as circadian and neurophysiological regulation, but in ways that are not fully clear to the medical research community.
Table 1 lists various sources used in street and area lighting and selected performance characteristics related to their spectral content. Data for each source includes a measured Correlated Color Temperature (CCT), the calculated percentage of radiant power contained in "blue wavelengths" (defined here from the literature related to sky glow as wavelengths between 405 and 530 nanometers [nm]), and the corresponding scotopic and melanopic multipliers relative to a high-pressure sodium (HPS) baseline, normalized for equivalent lumen output. Note that research on the contributions of different types of photoreceptors to visual and non-visual responses continues (e.g., see Amundadottir, 2016; Schlangen, 2016; Lucas et al., 2014) and may warrant updates to this table in the future.
Table 1. Selected blue light characteristics of various outdoor lighting sources at equivalent lumen output.
* Percent blue calculated according to LSPDD: Light Spectral Power Distribution Database, http://galileo.graphycs.cegepsherbrooke.qc.CA/app/en/home. The specific calculation, developed for evaluating the potential for affecting sky glow, divides the radiant power contained in the wavelengths between 405 and 530 nm by the total radiant power contained from 380 to 780 nm, for each light source.
** Melanopic content calculated according to CIE Irradiance Toolbox, http://files.cie.co.at/784_TN003_Toolbox.xls, 2015 as derived from Lucas et al., 2014.
Key: PC -- Phosphor Converted; LED -- Light Emitting Diode
As most products differ slightly from one another, the scotopic and melanopic values presented should be taken as being typical for the associated light source type, rather than exact. We have included ranges, for which we have data, to indicate the upper and lower limits that might be found in a representative set of LED product samples. The number of product samples underlying each CCT ranges from 2 (for 2700 K) to 19 (for 3000 K), with others falling in between (76 samples in all). Conventional light sources are all listed with single values rather than a range because DOE has performed less testing on those, but they would likewise be most accurately characterized by a range (albeit narrower than LED).
It is important to understand that performing a calculation with these values only provides an idea of the relative potential to cause human health impacts, rather than the actual (if any) impact of the melanopic content. These values do not yet take into account several critically-contributing factors noted in the LRC paper linked above, such as the intensity one might expect to find inside a bedroom from a streetlight outside. Furthermore, the melanopic content itself directly scales with light output for a given source, so reducing output by dimming dynamically reduces the corresponding content.
Finally, note that the scotopic and melanopic contents reported are listed relative to HPS, which was selected as the baseline for comparison due to its predominance in the existing outdoor lighting market.
The influence of blue wavelengths is immediately evident in all "white light" sources containing them. In addition, as demonstrated by the relative melanopic contents of conventional lighting sources in the table, the blue light issues being raised by the AMA are clearly nothing new to our lighted environment. What is new is our increased understanding of their potential influence regarding human and environmental health issues, as the related research progresses.
Estimating the potential impacts
A commonly cited advantage of LED lighting is the superior control available over its light distribution. This advantage arises because a luminaire needs to fit its output to a target area, for example a rectangular stretch of roadway extending 100+ feet out from under each side of a streetlight. To satisfy the application, fixtures employing omni-directional emitters like glass lamps require significant reshaping of the lamp's output through reflectors and lenses, and despite great skill in this regard, the results remain far from perfect with large components of the light continuing to exit the fixture in unwanted directions. The latter often results in light trespass, glare, uplight (in older installations especially) and non-uniform illumination on the ground, all of which amount to wasted light and energy. In contrast, because LEDs emit in only one hemispherical direction, the optics' job of shaping their light output into the pattern wanted is much easier from the start, and thereby enables the elimination of much of this waste.
One direct benefit resulting from the improved distribution is that lamp-based fixtures are now routinely being replaced with LED products that emit only half (or less) of the light output of the replaced conventional light source. This is a key concept for estimating the potential for impact from a lighting conversion program. For example, if product X has a melanopic content twice that of product Y, but can be run at one-third the output, then converting to product X might actually reduce melanopic output. As previously noted, dimming a given product similarly reduces its emitted melanopic content, in direct proportion to the reduced light output.
Numerous real-world examples exist of such reductions being achieved in actual street lighting conversion programs around the U.S. As a salient example, the city where I live, Portland, OR, has replaced its previous 100 W HPS fixtures emitting about 9,000 lumens (initial) with 4000 K LED products that are set to an initial output of 3,000 lumens, achieving a two-thirds reduction. As a result, in absolute terms, the LED products in Portland have likely had little impact on the melanopic output compared to the previous (and notably non-white) HPS fixtures they replaced, because the reduced light output offsets the LED's higher melanopic multiplier.
A second example is Cambridge, MA, which installed a dimming control system when it converted its street lighting to LED in 2013. According to a complete inventory of its lighting system at the time, the city replaced a total of about 54 million lumens (initial) of HPS lighting with about 32 million lumens (initial) of 4000 K LED lighting. The city's "maintained" setting of the controls system is at 70% output, meaning it actually only uses about 22.4 million lumens to light its streets at dusk when the lights first come on. Moreover, at midnight the dimmer setting is further reduced by another 50% (i.e., to 35% of full output), where it remains until early morning. Assuming even a high melanopic content factor relative to the original HPS of 3.4, during the initial evening hours its relative melanopic content emissions would amount to 3.4 x (22.4/54) = 1.41x those of the original HPS system. From midnight to the early morning hours, this value is reduced again by 0.5, yielding a factor of about 0.71x. In other words, the Cambridge system has offset the increase in melanopic content of converting to 4000 K lights, at least during the middle of the night, by reducing their output while still gaining the benefits of improved visibility, reduced energy and maintenance, and increased lifetime and reliability.
To summarize a few key takeaways:
The real value in LEDs, as has been stressed all along, comes from the combination of these elements. The wide-ranging capabilities and characteristics of LEDs are greater than any other lighting source that has come before them, and thus they offer unparalleled potential for addressing the issues raised by the AMA. As noted in the SSL Postings, LEDs are a critical part of the solution provided that these functionalities are applied. This is the message that should be shared.
I hope this information is helpful in planning and understanding the potential impacts of your own conversion efforts. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to George Brainard, Ph.D., and Robert Lucas, Ph.D., who reviewed and commented on this issue of The Light Post for accuracy. Their assistance is greatly appreciated. Bruce Kinzey, MSSLC Director Pacific Northwest National Laboratory MSSLC@pnnl.gov
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Additional features of the Indy X-Series Low Profile LED Basket Luminaires include:
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While all Lutron dimmers can save money on energy expenses and maintenance costs, not all dimmers share the same functionality. Before developing a light control strategy, you should understand a few basic facts about dimmers.
Types of Dimmers
Each type of lighting source (load types) has individual characteristics, which require special types of dimmers. It is important to use a dimmer that is designed, tested, and UL listed for your specific lighting source/load type:
WEST CALDWELL, N.J. (June 25, 2015) – Designed to create a complete UL-listed fixture by the most economical means, MaxLite introduces the Lamp Ready Fixture Series as a companion to its line of LED Linear T8 replacement lamps.
Lamp Ready fixtures enable installers to avoid bypassing the ballast and adopt the energy-saving benefits of LED technology while keeping the UL-listing of the product intact. The Lamp Ready series was developed in response to a strong market demand for a new construction housing that is UL-listed specifically for LED replacement lamps that do not need a ballast. The UL certification mark indicates the product has been tested to meet globally accepted standards of product safety set forth by Underwriters Laboratories, in pairing an internally driven LED lamp with a dedicated new construction housing. In addition to simplifying the upgrade process for the contractor, the fixtures offer ease of maintenance and peace of mind for the end-user, who is able to continue to re-lamp the housings with MaxLite brand LED T8 lamps with the certainty that the combined lamp and housing are still UL-listed.
MaxLite launches the Lamp Ready series with Vapor Tight, Utility Strip and Linear Highbay fixtures. Additional models will join the line-up later this year. The fixtures are compatible with MaxLite’s internal driver LED T8 replacement lamps, and come pre-wired for contractor-ready installation as new or remodel fixtures.
“Contractors are often faced with fluorescent fixtures of varying ages and conditions on a job that must be either modified, or replaced, to comply to UL and building code standards,” said MaxLite Indoor Product Marketing Director Pat Treadway. “We found that many MROs were avoiding the adoption of LED T8 lamps because they were uncertain whether bypassing a ballast keeps the original UL product listing intact. Our new Lamp Ready Series was designed to remove that barrier by introducing a low-cost, complete fixture solution that is an easy choice over a modified fluorescent fixture that may not be UL-listed for LED use.”
Engineered to stand up to the harshest environments, the IP-65-rated Vapor Tight Lamp Ready fixture is constructed with a vapor tight housing that protects the light source against water and dirt, making it the perfect replacement for less efficient fluorescent strip lights in car wash operations, airports, tunnels, maintenance areas, parking garages and stairwells. Available in two- and three-lamp models, the fixture is designed with a transparent diffuser that supports maximum lumen output. The Lamp Ready Vapor Tight can be mounted to walls or ceilings with the provided hardware, or suspended from ceilings using a cable kit.
When combined with MaxLite brand LED T8 lamps, the Linear Highbay offers superior light output for commercial and industrial highbay and lowbay installations, assembly, warehouse, and general lighting applications. Available in four-, six- and eight-lamp versions, the fixture is constructed of the same durable steel as MaxLite’s commercial- and industrial-grade BayMAX LED Linear Highbays and works with the optional doors, wire guards and lenses from that product line.
The Lamp Ready Utility Strip features a compact, low profile design perfect for task and general lighting in residential, commercial or industrial projects. Available in one- and two-lamp housings, the strips can be mounted flush or suspended. Multiple end, side and rear knockouts enable the fixtures to be wired through and mounted in rows. They also accommodate an occupancy sensor for additional energy savings.
At LightFair 2015 in New York on May 5-7, the exhibition floor was flooded with ballast-compatible tubes from domestic and overseas manufacturers, all riding on the "plug-and-play" promise of replacing existing fluorescent T8 without any rewiring of the existing fixtures. Such promise quickly turned to a more fitting term, plug-and-pray, since once a user plugs the ballast-compatible tube into the linear fixture, he/she should pray that the existing ballast is compatible. This is because while the current off-the-shelf ballasts are likely to be compatible with this new breed of LED tube, the incompatibility percentage is very high for the ballasts that are more than five years old. Not to mention, the ballast-compatible LED tube won't work with T12 ballast.
Aleddra introduced its SureFit® DBA+ tube officially at LightFair and drew an overwhelming interest. DBA is the acronym of its key features:
Double-end safety switches
Aleddra's DBA tube works with Instant Start ballast and AC line voltage. The end user has the option of bypassing the ballast to save more energy immediately, or wait for the ballast to "fail" and then bypassing it. It avoids the "plug-and-pray" dilemma with the ballast compatible LED tube. For T12 fluorescent tube, the retrofit is straightforward by removing/bypassing the ballast.
The Aleddra DBA tube will work with and without an Instant Start ballast. It achieves 2 to 4 watts more energy saving per lamp when operating without the ballast. By removing the ballast the end user will reduce the energy consumption from 32 Watts to 17 Watts. With the ballast removed/bypassed, there is no more maintenance and replacement of the ballast going forward, thus reducing the overall lighting maintenance cost by 70%.
The DBA+ (plus) tube comes with a field replaceable driver. Rather than buying the replaceable driver when needed, the end user can purchase 10-year extended driver warranty from Aleddra. Coupled this with the standard 5-year warranty on the lamp, the DBA+ tube offers the best 10-year ROI for T8/T12 retrofits and gives the facilities manager "peace of mind."
(Aurora, Ohio – May 14, 2015) — Technical Consumer Products, Inc. (TCP), a leader in energy-efficient lighting innovations, expands its LED offering with the announcement of its new GU24 base LED products. TCP’s GU24 base LED Lamps are available in an A-lamp shape and provide brilliant light output for the most demanding applications.
“We are excited to provide even more LED options to the market,” said Paul Philips, Director of Product Management for TCP. “Our GU24 base LEDs are the ideal choice to retrofit existing fixtures that have this base type. The GU24 base has two receiving holes instead of traditional threading of an E26 base and is only utilized in energy efficient lighting technologies like CFL and LED. Customers that have traditionally purchased GU24 base CFLs from TCP now have the ability to seamlessly transition to TCP LED without changing out their existing GU24 base fixture.”
TCP LED bulbs boast an energy savings of as much as 85 percent over halogen alternatives and an estimated life of 25,000 hours. TCP LED bulbs with a GU24 base have low heat generation, excellent color consistency, are fully dimmable and no annoying warm-up time.
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