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Understanding U.S. Energy Regulations and Standards: Key Updates for 2024

Energy regulations are crucial for reducing consumption and setting mandatory requirements for new buildings and renovations. Major U.S. standards like Title 24 of California’s regulations, the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), and ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1 serve as the basis for state codes. While the IECC covers both residential and commercial buildings, ASHRAE focuses solely on…

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Balancing Energy Efficiency and Light Pollution in Outdoor Lighting

Overview A DesignLights Consortium (DLC) study advocates incentivizing LUNA-qualified outdoor products that reduce light pollution and save energy. These luminaires meet DLC’s standards for efficacy and quality. The study shows that using LUNA products in outdoor retrofits, like a high school parking lot and a main street in Fort Collins, Colorado, results in greater energy…

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Quality of Light Matters – Here’s WhyThe Importance of Light Quality in the Age of LEDs

Summary DLC Educational Series Remember the old jokes about how many (insert stereotype here) does it take to screw in a light bulb? The premise was that lights were so easy to install, that anyone could do it. Fast forward to today after an explosion of LED technology and market transformation. There are many reasons…

Dissecting the Residential Lighting Trends Indicated by DOE’s Latest Report
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Dissecting the Residential Lighting Trends Indicated by DOE’s Latest Report

Lighting is always the first place energy experts point to when it comes to reducing electricity usage, but as the DOE’s recently released 2020 U.S. Lighting Market Characterization (LMC) of its Solid-State Lighting (SSL) Program indicates, lighting only accounts for 14% of the nation’s total electricity consumption. (Air conditioning/heating, water heaters, appliances, washers/dryers, refrigerators, and…

Pharos and Lutron Extended Collaboration Leads to More Integrated Solutions

Lighting control specialist Pharos Architectural Controls and Lutron Electronics have expanded their joint integration capabilities. Pharos has been working with Lutron to provide integration of Pharos Designer systems with Lutron commercial systems, using Pharos flexible IO modules. The Pharos systems now support integration with Athena; Lutron’s flagship control offering for commercial installations. The Designer range…

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Casambi Is Ready for the Salvador Series

In an industry-first move, Casambi’s Salvador Series, a compact yet powerful matchbox-sized module, transcends traditional lighting control by enabling seamless integration of DALI, EnOcean, and Casambi Bluetooth Low Energy-based devices. This breakthrough allows for the creation of hybrid networks that blend the reliability of wired DALI systems with the flexibility and innovation of Casambi’s wireless,…

Kevin Wallace of EGLO North America, Seasoned EGLO Lighting Expert, Returns to Set Up the Organization for Growth

Eglo North America is Merging As Eglo North America merges, Kevin Wallace has returned to EGLO North America as Executive Vice President, Chief Sales Officer. Kevin has 32 years of experience in the lighting industry, previously spending ten of those years with EGLO Canada. Since the recent merger of United States and Canada, as EGLO NA, the team…

USTR’s Review of Section 301 Tariffs Feared to Have Negative Impact on the Lighting Industry
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USTR’s Review of Section 301 Tariffs Feared to Have Negative Impact on the Lighting Industry

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) recently released its four-year review of the Section 301 tariffs on products coming from China — and it’s not necessarily great news for the lighting industry. Those hoping that President Biden would reverse the tariffs that were put into place during the Trump Administration were disappointed…

Authentic Design Collection Named Exclusive Distributor for TOOY
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Authentic Design Collection Named Exclusive Distributor for TOOY

Based in New Jersey with offices in Chicago, Authentic Design Collection is the brainchild of lighting veteran Blair Hutkin, who utilizes his expertise, industry knowledge, and relationships with premium European lighting manufacturers to make a curated selection of lighting and furniture accessible to designers and specifiers in North America. Among the brands exclusively distributed by…

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Submissions Now Open for the Beacon Awards Presented by DLFNY

June 3rd, 2024 Honoring Outstanding Achievements in Lighting Design in 2024 The Designers Lighting Forum of New York (DLFNY) is excited to announce the opening of submissions for the inaugural Beacon Awards, honoring exceptional achievements in lighting design. Submissions are open from Monday, June 3, 2024, until September 4, 2024. The awards ceremony will be…

Current Welcomes Shannon Thomas as New VP of Marketing and Drew Roberts as Regional VP of Sales for the Southeast Region

Current Welcomes Shannon Thomas as New VP of Marketing and Drew Roberts as Regional VP of Sales for the Southeast Region

June 3rd, 2024 Current is pleased to announce the appointment of Shannon Thomas as the new Vice President of Marketing and Drew Roberts as the Regional Vice President of Sales for the Southeast Region, both effective June 3rd. Shannon Thomas brings a wealth of expertise and a visionary approach to help drive the company’s strategic…

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Shaping the Future of Commercial Lighting in the United States

Trends that Reflect Broader Industry Movements Towards Sustainability, Energy Efficiency, And Technological Integration Following the publication of the 2020 U.S. Lighting Market Characterization report and a summary in our previous issue, we looked closely at what characterizes the commercial lighting market. The report offers a detailed analysis of the commercial lighting market, emphasizing significant trends,…

Modernize Your Lighting: The Best LED Solutions from DLC’s Qualified Products Lists

May 30, 2024 Summary The DesignLights Consortium’s (DLC) Qualified Products Lists (QPLs) make selecting energy-efficient commercial lighting simple. Facility managers aiming to save energy, qualify for rebates, and ensure occupant comfort can trust the DLC’s extensive, verified lists of high-quality lighting products. The DLC’s Solid-State Lighting (LED) QPL, the largest in the world, includes products…