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Market Intelligence for Lighting Developers

February 2021
DS: Remarkable new nanostructure lenses are printed like computer chips, 5K - 10K per wafer. This production can cut costs by as much as 50%.

Cheap Lidar For All? Startup Prints 10,000 Lenses At A Time On Silicon Wafers
Source: Forbes/John Koetsier

A new startup out of Harvard Labs has invented a way to print camera lenses 10,000 at a time just like computer chips in the same semiconductor foundries that make chips for computers and phones. They’re 100X thinner than standard smartphone camera lenses and simpler and cheaper to make... Essentially, this is taking camera lens production out of the Stone Age. 
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Recent M&As 

DS: Schneider Electric acquires DC Systems and builds on its own new microgrid startup.
Schneider Electric Acquires DC Systems B.V.
Source: PlantServices/Craig Resnick for ARC Advisory Group 
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DS: EMC acquires L70.
EMC Announces Acquisition of L70 Technologies to Enhance Product Development Capabilities
Source: Cision/PRWeb
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DS: LumenPulse sells AlphaLED back to founder.
Lumenpulse Changes Course with AlphaLED
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DS: Flex Lighting Solution Assets acquired by Linmore LED.
Linmore LED Acquires the Assets of Flex Lighting Solutions
Source: EdisonReport
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Thank You Edison Report

Thank you Randy Reid and Edison Report for mentioning our firm’s 10 year anniversary on and in this videocast of "Today In Lighting". 
DS: Schneider Electric expands their microgrid business into Canada.

Schneider Electric Launches EcoStruxure Microgrid Solution in Canada
Source: Electrical Industry News Week

Schneider Electric announced its EcoStruxure™ Microgrid Solution for Small & Medium Buildings is now available in Canada. The all-in-one solution provides easy integration of distributed energy resources (DERs) across facilities–including commercial and industrial buildings, healthcare facilities and educational institutions –providing organizations with greater energy resiliency, reduced energy costs and a lower carbon footprint.
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DS: Commercial new construction is projected to decline in 2021 and rebound in 2022.

Building Forecast: Healthy Recovery in 2022

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has recently issued a report that pulls consensus economic forecasts for non-residential building construction in 2021-2022.
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DS: Resi new construction was booming in 2020, but slowed down in January 2021.

U.S. Home Construction Hits 14-Year High
Source: TED Magazine/Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

U.S. home construction jumped 5.8% in December to 1.67 million units, a 14-year high that topped the strongest annual showing from the country’s builders in 15 years. The better-than-expected December gain followed an increase of 9.8% in November when housing starts climbed to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.58 million units, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. The December pace was the strongest since the building rate reached 1.72 million units in September 2006.
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DS: CPUC tells SCE to refund $124 million and pay an additional $140 million in fines for lamp rebate program mismanagement.

Rebate Missteps Could Lead to Huge Fines

The Utility Reform Network (TURN) has filed an 88-page complaint with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) relating to lighting rebate program mismanagement with two utilities in Southern California:

Two utilities, Southern California Edison (SCE) and San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), are accused of mismanaging lighting rebate programs.
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DS: Here are two interesting stories about circadian lighting.

DS: Three residential integrators share their experiences with selling and installing circadian lighting.

Residential Tech Pros Offering Human-Centric Lighting Systems Share Their Experiences
Source: Residential Tech Today/ Mark Moody

Today’s homeowners are growing increasingly interested in residential wellness technologies, including human-centric lighting. After all, while a few hundred years ago most of our lives took place outside, these days we spend up to 90 percent of our time indoors. The result is that indoor environmental conditions have a profound impact on our health, productivity, and overall well-being. And since our internal clocks – or circadian rhythms – still take their cues from the Earth’s natural lighting cycle, nothing has a greater effect than indoor lighting.
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DS: DiLouie reports on using controls and tuning brightness plus spectrum to minimize energy penalty for circadian lighting. He references a recent PNNL study that found up to 100% energy penalty for circadian.

Will Controls Be Key to Circadian Lighting?
Source: Electrical Industry News Week/ Craig DiLouie

While “circadian lighting” varies in definition, it generally refers to design that uses intensity and spectrum of light for a non-visual effect — namely, to support regulation of circadian rhythms. A new study suggests that by enabling intensity and spectral adjustment and optimizing exposure based on time of day, designers and owners can minimize the energy trade-off imposed by associated typically much higher light levels. This would entail use of an advanced lighting control system capable of scheduled dimming and perhaps spectral emission adjustment.
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DS: Here are two more stories about the health impacts of artificial light at night.

DS: Correlated to higher thyroid cancer risk...

Too Much Light at Night May Raise Odds for Thyroid Cancer
Source: Web MD/Cara Murez and Ernie Mundell

Though living in a bustling urban area may have its upside, all those nighttime lights could come at a price to your health, new research suggests. The study, published online recently in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, ties an overabundance of nighttime artificial light with an elevated risk of thyroid cancer. It builds on earlier studies that found an association between higher satellite-measured levels of nighttime light and an elevated breast cancer risk.
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DS: Correlated to premature births...

Light Pollution Linked to Preterm Births, Reduced Birth Weights

In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers discovered that light pollution leads to more than just wasted energy and washed-out starlight--it can increase the likelihood of a preterm birth by almost 13%. Laura Argys, professor of economics at the University of Colorado Denver, collaborated with scientists at Lehigh University and Lafayette College to produce this study.
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DS: Listen to this great video interview (only 15 minutes) between David Gordon and Al Uszynski about trends in the lighting and ED industries.

5 Big Questions:  Electrical Distribution Channel

We catch up with David Gordon, President of Channel Marketing Group, to discuss lighting & the electrical distribution channel.


DS: LinkLabs files a patent infringement suit against Home Depot over CCT and brightness selectable CoB and DoB products.

Lynk Labs Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Home Depot
Source: Cision/ PR Newswire

Lynk Labs Inc. ("Lynk"), a leading global innovator of LED products and technology, filed a patent infringement lawsuit on January 29th, 2021 for alleged infringement of its patents covering Selectable CCT LED products, Driver on Board "DoB" LED products, and LED products with Integrated Drivers against Home Depot USA, Inc. and Home Depot Product Authority, LLC,
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DS: Could the resi lighting industry borrow something from this “Neighborhood Showroom” concept for the post-pandemic era? 

Twist on Showrooming: The Home-Owner’s Backyard
Source: HBS Dealer/ Ken Clark

A California start-up and maker of outdoor furniture says it plans to expand its footprint to more than 1,000 Neighborhood Showroom locations in 2021. What’s a Neighborhood Showroom? Essentially, it’s someone’s backyard.
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DS: KSLD releases a dual white and IR LaserLight source.

Kyocera Acquires SLD Laser, Launches Dual-Emission LaserLight for Automotive and Consumer Applications
Source: Futurride /Gary Mason

During CES 2021, Kyocera SLD Laser, Inc. (KSLD) announced the production launch of the world’s first dual-emission white light and infrared (IR) LaserLight source for automotive and consumer lighting, night vision illumination, precision long-range sensing beyond 250 m (820 ft), and high-speed light fidelity (LiFi) communications faster than 20 Gbps. 
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DS: Check out this project that combines art, science, leek farming, and colored lasers.

Leek Field Project Marries Science and Art of Lighting
Source: Lux Review 

A unique lighting project in a field of leeks in the Netherlands aims to demonstrate how lighting can bring science and art to enhance and highlight nature. A special ‘recipe’ using blue and red light improves the growth of the plants and cuts the need for pesticides, while also creating an artwork that highlights the beauty and importance of farming. 
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DS: Plans and priorities for the new Mt. Sinai Light & Health Research Center.

5 Big Questions:  Lighting Research

We catch up with Mariana Figueiro, Ph.D, Director of the new Mt. Sinai Light & Health Research Center, to learn more about the exciting plans and priorities.

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