1507, 2020

Following Advancements in Lighting Control Technology

The National Association of Lighting Maintenance Companies (NALMCO), in partnership with the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), oversees and certifies lighting maintenance companies operating within the US. The two organizations form the Joint IES Lighting Maintenance Committee, a body that creates lighting industry standards, including RP-35-15 and the new Certified Lighting Controls Professional (CLCP) certificate.  CLCP certification recognizes expertise in the control, design, and application of networked lighting control systems. A CLCP certified lighting technician acquires comprehensive knowledge in two core aspects of advanced networked intelligent lighting, namely: Troubleshooting, repair, and maintenance of miniature onboard electronics used in achieving precise and [...]

1506, 2020

Conserving Energy Levels

Energy conservation, especially in regards to lighting, can be analogically explained using the example of a highway bridge. Basically, it is more practical and economical to lower the river or sea below a giant bridge as opposed to raising the bridge itself.  Similarly, when you need to reduce a lighting load, you ideally target, and adjust both the visual task size and contrast. To effectively measure these parameters, we use the Relative Visual Performance (RVP) index. According to the index, the RVP reading shoots up with an increase in contrast, no matter how slight.  Further, when dealing with 10-point types, [...]

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 [...]

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