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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.


Category: Lighting/Daylighting


New Fluorescent Lamp Rules to Shake Up T8 Category

Lighting Management & Maintenance (LM&M), Aug 2105, by Craig Delouie. (Scroll to page 24.)

"In January 2015, DOE announced new energy standards for general-service fluorescent lamps, which will take effect January 26, 2018. The new rules strengthen energy standards for 4-ft. T8 linear and 2-ft. T8 U-bend, while both strengthening and expanding covered wattages for 4-ft. T5 and T5HO linear lamps. Eight-foot lamps did not see any change."

The Utopic Promise of the 'Internet of Things'

Architectural SSL, Aug. 2015, by Kevin Willmorth.

"Buildings demand solid foundations, but where structural foundations need hard earth, upcoming interactive controls need reliable communication."

The Lowly Lightbulb Outshines Solar and Wind on U.S. Power Grids

Bloomberg Business, Aug. 14, 2015, by Naureen Malik.

"Utility and power grid managers in the U.S. are learning that the best way to cut carbon emissions and improve efficiency is the easiest: Just change your lightbulbs."

Right Light: How to Recommission and Revitalize Lighting Control Systems

Building Operating Management, July 2015, by Desiree Hanford.

Article in 3-parts:
Part 1: How to Recommission and Revitalize Lighting Control Systems
Part 2: Knowing the Types of Lighting Control Systems and How Often Recommissioning Is Needed
Part 3: At Peace Institute in Washington, D.C. , Complex Lighting Controls Get an Ongoing Commissioning

Why Your High-Efficiency-Lighting May Not Be Very Efficient At All

National Lighting Bureau News, July 14, 2015.

"Silver Spring, MD: Imagine, if you will, the world’s most efficient lighting system; a system so efficient that it provides all the lighting needed by a 100-person workforce for  the fantastically small sum of just $100 per year; that’s $1 per person per year. Can a lighting system be any more efficient than that? Yes, it can, says National Lighting Bureau Chair James M. “Jim” Yorgey, P.E., LC, CTS: “While having a highly efficient lighting system is important, it’s even more important – from a bottom-line point of view – that the lighting system contribute to the enhanced efficiency of other systems that are affected by lighting, human systems in particular.”

Perspectives on Lighting Retrofits

Business Energy, June 2015, by Carol Brzozowski.{}

"Improved efficiency and safety, lowered costs and maintenance."

Case Study: From Darkness to Light: Engaging Employees to Save

High Performing Buildings, Summer 2015, by Scott Bowman and Carey Nagle.

"Moving from a cave-like warehouse to an environment filled with daylight represented a dramatic shift for employees of the Iowa Utilities Board and Office of Consumer Advocate (IUB/OCA). Employees jumped on board with the energy-efficiency efforts, giving up comforts such as individual coffee makers, and opening and closing windows as needed to operate the natural ventilation system. An integrated design that maximizes passive strategies provides significant energy savings, but employee cooperation, especially involving plug load reduction, has proven key to reaching and maintaining performance goals. "

The Business of Lighting [LED Decision Making]

Architectural SSL, June 2015, by Vilma Barr. -- scroll to page 23 of the digital article.

"What drives the decision to adopt LED? Is it pure energy savings? Is it cost? Is it novelty? We asked a number of people what their or their client's thinking was in context of places where LED has been embraced. The answers are quite surprising."

LED Renovations and Retrofits: Evaluating Codes and Costs

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, May 2015, by Michael J. Mar and Robbie Chung.

"Clients are asking lighting designers to help them save on energy costs, and replacing fluorescent, HID, or other lights with LEDs is in high demand. Here’s a look at the codes and guidelines that define LED use, including ASHRAE Standard 90.1, California Title 24, Dept. of Energy, and IECC."

High School LEEDership

Engineered Systems, May 2015, by Jeffrey Seewald and Corinne Wichser.

"Spurred by student initiative, this Minnesota magnet school has become the host for a unique collaboration focused on auditing and improving its mechanical and environmental performance. See how the partnership has gotten off to a solid start in conducting what is far from your average extra credit assignment."
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