Commercial Lighting

Terminology For Lighting Control Systems

Through the years, many attendees of industry trade shows and conferences were no doubt left confused by the complex terminology used by various manufacturers to describe their offerings. And the more exhibitor booths one went to, the less they understood whatever was being said.  But really, how can such a simple concept like lighting control systems [...]

Driving Safely On Our Streets

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that for the first time ever, the use of drugs contributed to a larger percentage of the 40,000+ fatalities that occur annually on our roads compared to alcohol. This has led to concerns that, as more states continue to legalize recreational marijuana, we will see more drivers [...]

By |2020-12-17T13:25:34-08:00December 17th, 2020|Commercial Lighting, Lighting Design|Comments Off on Driving Safely On Our Streets

The Drawbacks to Daylight

The energy-saving goals that we have achieved so far using LEDs for interior lighting are very impressive and commendable. Our lighting loads have now been reduced to 0.5w per square ft, which means there isn’t much light left to be saved. Nevertheless, the daylight and lighting expert James Benya of Benya Burnett Consultancy has just [...]

By |2020-11-12T17:45:15-08:00November 12th, 2020|Commercial Lighting, Lighting Design|Comments Off on The Drawbacks to Daylight

Quantity over Quality of Illumination

In recent years, we have become so focused on reducing our lighting load with the help of the highly effective LEDs, such that quantity has taken center stage over quality. When it comes to street lighting, for instance, the IES recommends five different types of lighting distribution which are designed for different applications.  A “Type [...]

By |2020-10-19T16:18:56-07:00October 19th, 2020|Commercial Lighting, Lighting Design|Comments Off on Quantity over Quality of Illumination

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 [...]

By |2020-07-15T23:29:49-07:00July 15th, 2020|Commercial Lighting, Lighting Design|Comments Off on Following Advancements in Lighting Control Technology

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 [...]

By |2020-06-15T14:00:04-07:00June 15th, 2020|Commercial Lighting, Lighting Design, Residential Lighting|Comments Off on Conserving Energy Levels

 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, [...]

By |2020-05-29T00:46:02-07:00May 29th, 2020|Commercial Lighting, Lighting Design, Residential Lighting|Comments Off on  A Growing Demand for Networked Controls

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 [...]

By |2020-03-16T22:16:38-07:00March 16th, 2020|Back Lighting, Commercial Lighting, Lighting Design|Comments Off on Making Backlighting and Coves Shine

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 [...]

By |2020-03-05T23:25:25-08:00February 19th, 2020|Commercial Lighting|Comments Off on Prioritizing Safety

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 [...]

By |2020-01-15T15:00:42-08:00January 15th, 2020|Commercial Lighting, Lighting Design|Comments Off on Lighting Comfort and Color in Work Spaces
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