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Market Intelligence for Lighting Developers

September 2020

DS: Big thanks to LEDs Magazine for publishing my article about the serious problems with emergency TLEDs.

What is the Missing Link With Emergency TLEDs?
Source: / David Shiller

In a guest blog, David Shiller points out a key safety listing missing from market-available TLEDs for emergency lighting, and explains how installers can ensure that a tube retrofit complies with UL 924.
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Seeking to be Acquired?
Source: Lighting Solution Development

Is your lighting manufacturing company interested in being acquired? I may be able to connect you with a prospective partner or suggest other options.

Contact me for a free consultation at .

DS: Lightshow West and LED Specifier Summit out of business.

Bankrupt:  LightShow West & LED Specifier Summit

On Monday, September 21, Exponation, the Atlanta-based company that produces multiple trade shows and conferences, including LightShow West and LED Specifier Summit, filed for bankruptcy in Georgia Northern Bankruptcy Court.  

The Denver LED Specifier Summit planned for April 2021 is canceled.  The very popular bi-annual LightShow West trade show scheduled for September 2021 is canceled.
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DS: “Keep an eye on nearby schools,fast-food chains and grocery stores. A microgrid may be coming to your neighborhood.”

This article highlights the latest trends in microgrids for small-to-medium-size buildings (i.e. microgrid-as-a-service and renewables). Has your company considered offering DC fixtures for DC microgrids?

What Schneider Electric’s Recent Move Reveals about the Microgrid Market
Source: / Elisa Wood

To understand the movement of the microgrid industry, its instructive to watch it’s large players, particularly, right now, Schneider Electric. The company has been navigating the industry’s tributaries for the last five years and seems to be signaling it sees an ocean ahead.
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DS: Here's a concise look at legacy lamp bans by state. States with current restrictions include: CA, NV, VT, and WA. CO also has pending restrictions.

A State by State Look at Light Bulb Bans
Source: / Scott Anderson

2020 is a big year for the lighting industry. Several states are making a big shift towards more energy efficient products. At the center of the change: a debate around incandescent, halogen, and even fluorescent light bulbs.
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DS: International experts want a lighting design that replaces horizontal workplane focus with ambient illuminance using circadian lighting.  

Lighting: We’re Doing It All Wrong, Say Experts

We're designing lighting for buildings all wrong, say four of the world’s leading experts. 

The scientists – New Zealand’s Christopher Cuttle, the UK’s Peter Boyce and Peter Raynham and Ireland’s Kevin Kelly – want us to tear up the existing standards, guidance and procedures and start again.  
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DS: DiLouie hosts an interesting interview about low-pass filtered far UV-C. Acuity is adopting the Ushio platform.

Acuity’s Gary Trott on Filtered Far UV-C Disinfection
Source: / Craig DiLouie

I had the pleasure of interviewing Gary Trott, Vice President – Technology Commercialization, Acuity Brands Lighting, about filtered far UV-C disinfection for an article I wrote for the December issue of Electrical Contractor. Acuity has entered a strategic partnership deal with Ushio to incorporate filtered far UV-C modules into select general lighting luminaires, which will be available in late 2020. 
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DS: A new white paper from CABA. 

Power-over-Ethernet: Basics 2020 (IS-2020-126)
Source: (Continental Automated Buildings Association)

This CABA White Paper describes the fundamentals of Power over Ethernet (PoE), with explanations on the technology’s current state and the applicable codes and standards. With PoE, it is conceptually straightforward to make building data available to building occupants through mobile devices, and to enable their input to control decisions. This is just one advantage promising to deliver behavioral and organizational productivity benefits based on occupant well-being. This document is available in the CABA White Papers section of the website and in the CABA Research Library (IS-2020-126).
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DS: IES releases new Life Cycle Cost/Benefit Analysis (LCCBA) standard.  

IES Releases New Standard on Economic Analysis of Lighting

The Illuminating Enegineering Society of North America (IES) recently published a new document, titled Recommended Practice for the Economic Analysis of Lighting, which gives a” framework for the lighting practitioner involved in making important economic decisions relative to lighting.” 
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DS: DiLouie- on the latest trends in connected lighting.

What’s New in Connected Lighting
Source: / Craig DiLouie

Three leading lighting brands say demand for connected lighting is solidly increasing in both indoor and outdoor markets, driven by simplified energy code compliance and value-added features such as data and location services. 
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DS: USCB researchers create phosphor-free white LEDs for efficient, polarized light. 

Phosphor-free White LEDs for More Efficient Backlight Applications Developed by UCSB
Source: / Yining Chen

A new LED manufacture method which does not require phosphor to make white semipolar LED was published by a research team of UCSB with Shuji Nakamura, Nobel winner and LED pioneer, as a co-author. The result was published in Optics Express.
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Congrats to our Client eLumigen
Source: Lighting Solution Development

Big congratulations to our client, eLumigen, for their inclusion in the 2020 IES Progress Report.  The company was recognized for their LED High-CRI, Class 1, Div 2 luminaire.

This is eLumigen's fifth award/recognition this year. Remarkable!  
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DS: CEE develops an Integrated Home Initiative. 

Delivering to New Value Streams: Evolving Programs Goals to Support an Integrated Home
Source: CEE/Alice Rosenberg, Senior Program Manager

View Powerpoint Presentation here.


DS: Australian company files IP suits against Hubbell and three others.

Hubbell and 3 Others Hit with Patent Lawsuits

Hubbell Incorporated is being sued by Kortek Industries for allegedly violating four of the company’s patents relating to automated wireless power and lighting control...If it feels like there’s been a spike in intellectual property claims throughout the lighting industry, that is just a microcosm of what is happening in all industries in recent months. 
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