New York Times Green Inc. column– Changing efficiency standards for light bulbs in Europe and elsewhere raise questions about the quality of CFLs and other alternatives to incandescents. Commentary from CLTC Director Michael Siminovitch sheds light on the manufacturing and market launch of CFLs.
New York Times – Irritation seems to be rising as more consumers try compact fluorescent lamps which now occupy 11 percent of the nation's eligible sockets, with 330 million lamps sold every year. Consumers are posting vociferous complaints on the Internet after trying the lamps and finding them lacking. In California, where CFLs have been heavily encouraged, utilities have concluded that they will not be able to persuade a majority of consumers to switch until compact fluorescents get better. That is prompting them to develop specifications for a better lamp.
Lighting Controls Association – The Lighting Controls Association (LCA) is pleased to announce that its popular Education Express online education system now supports lighting controls training and certification conducted by the California Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program (CALCTP).
LD+A – California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) has continued research over the past year to develop and commercialize a next-generation daylight harvesting system with automatic commissioning and increased reliability through the use of two photo sensors. CLTC is working with Wal-Mart to demonstrate the product protytype in a retail store and with Watt Stopper/Legrand to commercialize the system.
Electrical Contractor Magazine – Lighting standards already exist for performing tasks such as reading, threading a needle, cooking and grooming. However, older adults need much more light than the standards currently call for. This has strong implications when planning to light kitchens, bathrooms, clothes closets, entrances and stairways.
Cooper – Cooper Lighting, a division of Cooper Industries, Ltd. announces that its Halo LED recessed downlight is the first in the industry to meet stringent ENERGY STAR requirements for solid state lighting (SSL) luminaires. ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping consumers and organizations save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices.
WattStopper – Watt Stopper/Legrand has introduced a self-calibrating daylighting controller that reduces time-consuming installation and setup. The LS-102 Daylighting Controller provides closed loop, single zone, on/off switching of most types of lighting in response to daylight contributions.
Arrow Electronics – Arrow Electronics, Inc. and key suppliers of lighting components will sponsor the LED Luminaire Design Competition with the California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) at the University of California, Davis. Students will design, develop and prototype a fully working LED-based lighting fixture (light-emitting diode) using a development kit of products provided by Arrow and its suppliers, including Magtech Industries, OPTEK Technology OSRAM Opto Semiconductors and Tyco Electronics.