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Past as Prologue: What’s Ahead for Solid-State Lighting?

Past as Prologue: What’s Ahead for Solid-State Lighting?

By James Brodrick, U.S. Department of Energy Over the last decade, solid-state lighting (SSL) has evolved from a novelty to a viable option for most general lighting applications. Back in 2005 some likened the lighting market to the Wild West—not only because early SSL products didn’t match the performance of the technologies they were intended to replace but also because…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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