Philips Lighting Questions Proper Light-Level Standards for Office Workers

iifphilipsnews031815Philips Lighting has issued a challenge to the regulatory bodies that specify light levels for various commercial-workplace scenarios to reconsider specifications given the broad age range in the workforce. In office scenarios, for instance, Philips said the 500-lx (50-fc) level that’s typically specified for office task lighting is insufficient for workers of age 45 and above. Moreover, Philips has released a widget using Facebook that allows office workers to test the light level in their own office setting. Continue reading

Top 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Holiday Lights

Graphic by Sarah Gerrity, Energy Department

Graphic by Sarah Gerrity, Energy Department

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Noribachi Completes Lighting Retrofit for TSA

TSANoribachi completed one of the largest LED retrofit projects of an existing building in the US for the 29-year-old Transportation Security Administration (TSA) headquarters.

The TSA project was a three-year, four-phase project focused on its 550,000-sq-foot building and parking garage. Continue reading

GE Lighting’s Albeo Lights Boston University Athletic Center with LED High Bays

GE Lighting has announced an LED retrofit project at the Boston University (BU) Track and Tennis Center on the Boston, MA campus. GE’s Albeo brand supplied ABHX Series solid-state lighting (SSL) products along with integrated control capability to deliver energy and maintenance savings and a more pleasing environment for athletes and spectators.

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LED Lighting and Controls Save London School EUR 25,000 Annually

The Business Academy Bexley, a public school in London, has been upgraded with 8point3 LED lighting and Lutron adaptive wireless controls. The school reduced its lighting energy costs by 60%, which resulted in an annual savings of EUR 25,000 ($34,860). A seven-year financing scheme allowed zero upfront cost for the project.

Using 8point3 LED fixtures and Lutron’s controllers, sensors, and drivers, the artificial light in the Academy is automatically balanced against the natural light streaming through the windows. (Photo courtesy of 8point3 LED)

Using 8point3 LED fixtures and Lutron’s controllers, sensors, and drivers, the artificial light in the Academy is automatically balanced against the natural light streaming through the windows. (Photo courtesy of 8point3 LED)

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Business Loves LED Lighting; Consumers are Catching Up

Wherever you go these days, you see businesses switching their lighting systems from old-fashioned incandescent or harsh fluorescent to bright and shiny new LEDs. The local supermarket, the office where you work, the train station, restaurant or department store—all of these businesses are seeing the benefits of this rapidly developing technology. The light produced by LED bulbs is brighter and warmer and more focused than ever before, and business owners love the savings to their energy bills. But what about consumers?

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Businesses, especially retail, are moving to LED lighting. In Japan, market penetration is over 50 percent and expected to hit 90 percent. Consumers are slower to embrace the technology, balking at the high cost of a bulb. But that is changing.

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Outdoor Lighting: DOE Funds More SSL, MaxLite Post-Top LEDs, Cree and Projects

The US Department of Energy (DOE) will enable LED street light upgrades in five metropolitan areas under the new High-Performance Outdoor Lighting Accelerator program announced by President Obama. In outdoor products, Cree has combined a customized LED and unique optics in an area-lighting fixture while MaxLite has announced new solid-state lighting (SSL) retrofit kits for post-top fixtures. Moving to projects, Cambridge, MA and Honolulu, HI have announced major street-light upgrade plans with the former having already begun deployment. Continue reading

Oakland Will Upgrade 30,000 Street Lights With GE LED Fixtures

GE Lighting has announced that the city of Oakland, California is in the process of retrofitting 30,000 street lights with GE Evolve LED Roadway Scalable Cobrahead fixtures. The city is converting high-pressure sodium (HPS) lights that range from 70–400W along the breadth of the city’s roadways with the GE product family that offers models that can deliver a variety of lumen packages, as the scalable name implies.

BEFORE: Oakland street lighting with HPS lights.

BEFORE: Oakland street lighting with HPS lights.

AFTER: Oakland street lighting with GE Evolve LED Roadway Scalable Cobrahead fixtures.

AFTER: Oakland street lighting with GE Evolve LED Roadway Scalable Cobrahead fixtures.

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“Canvas” of LED Light Helps Children Heal at Birmingham Hospital

Birmingham Children’s Hospital recently opened its new state-of-the-art kidney wing, and the star of the show was the new Imagination Light Canvas, created with lighting equipment by Philips Electronics. The canvas was part of The King’s Fund’s “Enhancing the Healing Environment” program. This program was developed with the thinking that a better hospital environment would help patients to feel better throughout the healing process and even get better faster.

The Imagination Light Canvas by Philips Electronics for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital: a perfect example of how lighting can “improve well-being and uplift people’s spirits” according to a Philips spokesman.

The Imagination Light Canvas by Philips Electronics for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital: a perfect example of how lighting can “improve well-being and uplift people’s spirits” according to a Philips spokesman.

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LED For Safer Homes

A dark house can not only be spooky, but also dangerous. It is easy to make poor judgment calls, like missing steps, running into objects, and the dreaded toilet bowl tumble— when you sit on a seat that has been left up. Fortunately, there are many LED lighting solutions that can make your home a safer and less frightening place when the lights are out.

Each step in the stairway lights up with LED motion-sensor lights as person ascends or descends, then goes off again, in this German installation.

Each step in the stairway lights up with LED motion-sensor lights as person ascends or descends, then goes off again, in this German installation.

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