510, 2019

A Breakthrough in Battery Storage

Most of the electricity we use in our homes, schools and offices are transmitted via the grid. However, grid power is not convenient to all, and some owners of large housing complexes, institutions, and malls prefer to generate their own power via an on-site microgrid.  While most people prefer renewable power sources, the truth is that they are not always reliable. For one, the sun only shines for a few hours per day, and the wind isn't always blowing throughout the day. Consequently, people who have renewable power facilities often find themselves depending on their local grid or lithium-ion batteries, [...]

1309, 2019

What’s New in Energy Conservation & Safety

According to various satellite images, there is an increased night sky glow in most developing areas. The light mainly arises from bright signage, new buildings, and LED-lit roads - which sends both direct and indirect (reflected) light to the sky. The situation It's so bad that in New York, there are plans to force owners of non-residential buildings to declare (through signage) how much they have reduced their energy loads. Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Power and Reducing Loads Over the years, photovoltaic (PV) solar panels have become cheaper and more efficient to a point where the output per square foot is [...]

2108, 2019

A Look at Software for Lighting Control Systems

Following various advancements in technology, smart buildings are rapidly becoming the standard, particularly in the commercial sector. One notable IoT solution that is seemingly becoming a mainstay in most commercial buildings is lighting control systems. These systems offer flexibility, increased energy efficiency, improved safety, and enhanced convenience. Nevertheless, these systems cannot work effectively without appropriate software programs. Fundamentally, software plays a crucial role in commissioning, operating, and analyzing lighting control systems. Therefore, it is important for manufacturers to make software that is robust, portable, and easy to work with.  Operational intent and commissioning Software comes in handy in designating control [...]

1607, 2019

Lighting Technologies and the Perception of Color

Lighting Technologies and the Perception of Color and Comfort Does too much light increase discomfort to your eyes? Do you strain when trying to work in low-lit spaces? Basically, the human eye functions optimally under ambient lighting, as it permits proper perception of color and light. Good lighting is necessary in improving visibility and comfort. In fact, reduced visibility may lead to accidents, whereas, too much light may lead to eye damage and discomfort. In order to overcome these lighting challenges, color-tuned LEDs or TLEDs are often chosen as the ideal light-controlling solution. What are TLEDs? TLEDs denotes a new [...]

1306, 2019

What a Smart City May Look Like

What does the smart city of the future look like? Implementing smart tech in everything from led streetlights to smart garbage and recycling receptacles, data monitoring, and more may make cities safer and more efficient. Perhaps new implementations will be able to even generate power for the city through solar power panels. The cities of the future may well be able to channel a lot of the sun and make it into energy instead of costing the city-- and the taxpayer-- precious money! But cities are about the people that live within them instead of converting the sun into cash [...]