2905, 2020

 A Growing Demand for Networked Controls

The National Association of Lighting Management Companies (NALMCO) has always had a mutually beneficial relationship with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) for over 20 years. The two organizations have worked together as part of the IES Lighting Maintenance Committee, coming up with valuable guidelines that touch on lighting maintenance. Following advancements in lighting control technology, NALMCO has launched a new certification that recognizes expertise in this sector. Previously, professionals in lighting control technology did not have certification specific to their trade, hence the Certified Lighting Controls Professional (CLCP) is a fresh break from the past. The knowledge gained from this [...]

1404, 2020

Responding To the Needs of Lighting Designers

In December 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy invited the top lighting designers and specifiers to a roundtable with a view of finding out how they approach different projects, and what products they would like manufacturers to focus on. The agency also sought to know if the professionals would appreciate a generalized lighting database that would be reviewed by independent parties in the mold of the DOE’s own LED Lighting Facts. That last point was arguably the most important and suffice to say, the invited designers and specifiers did not disappoint. From that roundtable emerged a groundbreaking online platform that [...]

1603, 2020

Making Backlighting and Coves Shine

If you are a lighting designer, being involved in a project team has both positive and negative propositions. On the positive side, you will have a say when key architectural decisions are being made. The negative side is that this “power” carries a higher level of responsibility, such as having to explain all the stuff requested by the architect to the client.  While many people love the idea of backlighting, coves and slots, only a few appreciate the fact that there are lots of work that goes into creating these concepts. According to Mr. Denison Schweppe, founder and MD of [...]

1902, 2020

Prioritizing Safety

The increasing adoption of LEDs in recent years has undoubtedly brought us closer to realizing the goal of lower lighting power densities in commercial buildings. Be that as it may, there are still several health and safety issues that need to be addressed. One of the most pertinent issues that have come to light is the impact of lighting on our circadian rhythms, which was a major topic of discussion at the Lightfair International Conference. Another contentious issue that was likewise needed to be discussed is the prevalence of fall-related deaths, which have been attributed to the reduction of field [...]

1501, 2020

Lighting Comfort and Color in Work Spaces

According to professor Mark Rea of the Lighting Research Center, color is just but a pigment of our imagination. In essence, the perception of color is subjective, and varies from person to person. Despite the introduction of color-tuned TLEDs (which can be customized to meet different user specifications), it is still difficult to provide lighting comfort that satisfies everyone. This is because we all perceive objects differently and react differently even to the same object when viewed under different light conditions. One of the most important components of light perception is the retina, which is the part of the eye [...]