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Lighting: The Key to the Intelligent City

Lighting: The Key to the Intelligent City

By Joseph Howley, Manager—Industry Relations, Current, powered by GE Cities around the world are exploring a new kind of intelligence that will transform the way we live, work, and interact. It may sound like the opening line of a futuristic movie, but this is a statement of today’s actuality. Our physical and digital worlds are more interconnected than ever, and that connectivity is powering the transformation of metropolitan areas around the globe. “Smart cities” are no longer Read more [...]
Should It Take a Disaster to Make a Change?

Should It Take a Disaster to Make a Change?

By Tony Campbell, Director of Brand Management, Dual-Lite It often takes a tragedy or the loss of life before significant changes occur in our society. Unfortunately, and in the same fashion, the development and evolution of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Life Safety Code® is attributable to some of this nation’s largest tragedies in terms of loss of life. Fires, Explosions, and Natural Disasters Building fires have played a significant role in the creation and Read more [...]
OLEDs: The Other Solid-State Lighting Technology

OLEDs: The Other Solid-State Lighting Technology

By Peter Y. Ngai, PE, LC, FIES, Vice President of OLED Lighting, Acuity Brands Lighting The solid-state lighting market is presently dominated by inorganic light-emitting diodes (LEDs). LEDs have high efficacy and long lifespans and have nearly reached cost parity with traditional forms of lighting. A relatively new technology has recently entered the commercial sector, though, which has the potential to expand lighting applications in many of the target lighting markets. Invented in the late Read more [...]
Make Safe Lighting a Fixture of the Home

Make Safe Lighting a Fixture of the Home

By Julie Chavanne, Communications Director, ESFI Light switches are critical connection points and serve as the first line of control for our electrical use. Over time, these connections can become loose, creating potential hazards, and light fixtures and lamps can have dark consequences if they aren’t used correctly. The Electrical Safety Foundation International breaks down the safety tips that are critical to maintaining a safe and well-lit home:  Light Switches Check that all Read more [...]
Shedding Light on Advanced LED Sport Lighting Technology

Shedding Light on Advanced LED Sport Lighting Technology

By Joe Casper, Chief Technology Officer, Eaton’s Ephesus Lighting Business Sports broadcasting has come a long way since its early days. Super Bowl I—then called the AFL-NFL Championship Game—aired in 1967. Compare the way that at-home broadcast looked to what the LED sports lighting technology for the 2015 Super Bowl XLIX at the University of Phoenix stadium delivered, and the difference is like night and day. Many things are different. Today’s LED sports lighting technology—from Read more [...]
Electrical Manufacturers Oppose California Energy Commission Specifications for LED Bulbs

Electrical Manufacturers Oppose California Energy Commission Specifications for LED Bulbs

By Alex Boesenberg, NEMA Regulatory Affairs Manager The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) called on the California Energy Commission (CEC) today to ensure that California consumers have access to the most efficient and cost-effective LED bulbs currently on the market. A regulatory proposal under consideration at the CEC would compel California residents to buy more costly, less energy-efficient LED bulbs for their homes than consumers in other states without countervailing Read more [...]
Saving Money & New Incandescent Light Bulbs

Saving Money & New Incandescent Light Bulbs

Over the last 2 years, consumers have experienced a significant increase in the number and variety of energy efficient options available to light their homes and businesses.   Starting January 1, 2014, new federal energy efficiency requirements come into force that will result in a further 28% improvement for the standard 60 and 40 watt incandescent bulbs.  These energy efficient incandescent bulbs will only use 43 and 29 watts, respectively, while providing the same level of Read more [...]
Moving Forward on Minerals

Moving Forward on Minerals

Yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives passed, for the second year in a row, a bill to streamline federal laws to facilitate projects to extract critical minerals from the Earth's crust. What makes these minerals critical, you ask? Many minerals, including but not limited to so-called "rare earth elements", are critical inputs for NEMA member companies. For many of these inputs, U.S. manufacturers are dependent on uncertain sources outside the U.S. The National Strategic Read more [...]
Helping the Bottom Line

Helping the Bottom Line

Somewhat behind the scenes, the House and Senate are in the middle of a process to determine how to cut costs for U.S. manufacturers without significantly denting U.S. government revenues: the construction of a Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB). From time to time Congress considers proposals to temporarily suspend application of U.S. import duties on specific types of equipment, components and industrial inputs which may not be available from domestic suppliers. The intent is to give a tariff break Read more [...]
Light Bulb Amendment puts U.S. Jobs at Risk

Light Bulb Amendment puts U.S. Jobs at Risk

Yesterday NEMA sent the below letter to every member in the U.S. House of Representatives.   Support US Jobs and Oppose Burgess Amendment on Light Bulbs Dr. Burgess (R-TX) has announced he will be offering an amendment that has the impact of threatening U.S. manufacturing jobs.  The National Electrical          Manufacturers Association (NEMA) strongly opposes the Burgess amendment and urges you to vote against it.  The amendment Read more [...]