Can Retail Stores Survive?

This is a question that has been on many minds over the last few years as e-commerce - and now COVID-19 - brought thousands of retail stores to their knees. And it is not just your local stores that have been affected. Macy's has announced the looming closure of 100 of its 650 stores while [...]

By |2021-05-17T19:14:15-07:00May 13th, 2021|Commercial Lighting, Lighting Design|Comments Off on Can Retail Stores Survive?

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

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 [...]

By |2020-04-14T18:50:48-07:00April 14th, 2020|Lighting Design|Comments Off on Responding To the Needs of Lighting Designers

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

The Light To The Rescue

In the words of the great Dale Carnegie, the need to feel wanted is the most superior of human needs. Indeed, wanting to feel wanted is a key human motivator and drives most of us to find our purpose. In a couple of our conferences a few years ago, we listened to David DiLaura present [...]

By |2019-11-12T16:00:24-08:00November 10th, 2019|Commercial Lighting, Lighting Design|Comments Off on The Light To The Rescue

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. [...]

By |2019-07-16T23:31:14-07:00July 16th, 2019|Commercial Lighting, Lighting Design, Residential Lighting|Comments Off on Lighting Technologies and the Perception of Color

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 [...]

By |2019-06-13T21:12:10-07:00June 13th, 2019|Lighting Design|Comments Off on What a Smart City May Look Like
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