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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

Lighting/Daylighting


A Nanophotonic Comeback for Incandescent Bulbs?

MIT News, Jan. 11, 2016, by David L. Chandler.
http://news.mit.edu/2016/nanophotonic-incandescent-light-bulbs-0111

"Traditional light bulbs, thought to be well on their way to oblivion, may receive a reprieve thanks to a technological breakthrough."

National Lighting Bureau Cybersecurity Panel

National Lighting Bureau (NLB), Dec. 7, 2015.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-K0zDqVdUA

"The National Lighting Bureau Panel discussion on cybersecurity. This panel features Mark Lien, Jim Yorgey, Marty Riesberg, and Randy Reid." Focuses on the security vulnerability of "smart" lighting fixtures.

The Value of In-House Lighting Audits

Buildings, Oct. 2015, by Janelle Penny.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/19418/title/the-value-of-in-house-lighting-audits.aspx?topic=394

"Lighting is one of the easiest places to cut energy use in many facilities, but finding the right place to start a retrofit or relamping project can be a real hurdle. That’s where a lighting audit comes in. It may be time-consuming, but identifying the biggest energy hogs and dealing with them first will pay dividends in the form of cost savings that you can use to finance future efficiency projects. Ensure your audit’s success by starting off on the right foot."

Building Internet of Things: Emerging Tools for Green Buildings

Building Operating Management, Oct. 2015, by Robert Knight.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/green/article/Value-of-Internet-of-Things-to-Green-Buildings--16217

An article in 4-parts: Exploring the promise and challenge of the Building Internet of Things for facilities.
1) Value of Internet of Things to Green Buildings
2) IoT Lighting Controls Taking the Lead in Efficient, Green Applications
3) Complexity of Commercial Buildings a Challenge to IoT Applications
4) Big Future Predicted for IoT, but a Simple Definition Is Elusive

Lighting and the Energy Codes

Consulting-Specifying Engineer, Oct. 2015, by Kenneth L. Lovorn.
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/lighting-and-the-energy-codes/494b201472d868627c7e63920bdde3d3.html

"Engineers have many resources when designing energy-efficient lighting in nonresidential buildings. Lighting designers do not have to sacrifice quality or reduce lighting levels just to meet energy codes."

LEDs: Keeping It Cool with Innovative Heat Sink Designs

Architectural Lighting, Sep/Oct. 2015, by Timothy A. Schuler.
http://www.archlighting.com/technology/keeping-it-cool-with-innovative-heat-sink-designs_o

"Advancements in thermal management promise the most efficient generation of LEDs yet."

Ford in Europe Factories Save Enough Energy to Power Oxford for a Year

Automotive World, Oct. 15, 2015.
https://www.automotiveworld.com/news-releases/ford-europe-factories-save-enough-energy-power-oxford-year/

"Ford in Europe is on course to achieve a reduction in energy usage of 25 per cent from 2011 to 2016 per vehicle produced, following investments of €23 million specifically targeting energy waste."

DOE Releases Street Lighting Report

Architectural SSL, Oct. 19, 2015.
http://architecturalssl.com/sslinteractive/art_detail.php?cid=1&aid=471

"The U.S. Dept. of Energy has released a GATEWAY report on the experiences of the City of Portland, OR, in converting its street lighting from high-pressure sodium to LED. Such large-scale conversions are rarely simple matters, and the Portland Bureau of Transportation was an early investigator of LED street lighting and one of the first public agencies to join DOE's Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium, so learning how the city addressed the challenges it encountered can be especially helpful to other cities that are implementing or considering their own lighting transitions."

8 Considerations for Advanced Lighting Controls

Buildings, Sep. 2015, by Janelle Penny.
http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/19302/title/8-considerations-for-advanced-lighting-controls.aspx

"Could you stand to save one-third of your lighting system’s energy consumption? Savings greater than 30% are possible with advanced lighting controls, according to a new report on wireless advanced lighting control systems by the General Services Administration (GSA). In fact, GSA’s assessments of two federal buildings in northern California achieved 54% energy savings by retrofitting advanced controls in a building with fluorescent lamps that had dimmable ballasts; another building implemented controls with new LED fixtures and saved a staggering 78%."

New Fluorescent Lamp Rules to Shake Up T8 Category

Lighting Management & Maintenance (LM&M), Aug 2105, by Craig Delouie. (Scroll to page 24.)
http://www.flipsnack.com/57DFFEEC5A8/lmm-augsut2015-fdpl48f8x.html

"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."

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