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Get Smart About a Better Building Occupant Experience

Get Smart About a Better Building Occupant Experience

This piece was originally published in the November/December 2019 issue of electroindustry. Pekka Hakkarainen Pekka Hakkarainen is Vice President of Government and Industry Relations at Lutron Electronics Company Inc. The relationship between commercial property developers and their tenants is evolving. Across the country, there is a growing trend toward building systems that create more value for real estate developers, building owners, property managers, and occupants alike. All Read more […]

ENDNOTES FROM THE PRESIDENT | Kevin J. Cosgriff

ENDNOTES FROM THE PRESIDENT | Kevin J. Cosgriff

This piece was originally published in the July/August 2019 issue of electroindustry. Chances are you are reading this indoors. We spend almost our entire lives in buildings. Whether at home at work, learning in school, or recuperating at a hospital, buildings are integral to our lives. Consequently, NEMA and electrical manufacturers are working to make sure we are safe, healthy, and productive in those buildings. Here is a snapshot of some of the important work at NEMA to improve building performance: Improving…

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Regional Energy Initiatives Multiply

Regional Energy Initiatives Multiply

This piece was originally published in the July/August 2019 issue of electroindustry. Brian Marchionini, NEMA Senior Program Manager, speaks at the Power Africa Clean Energy Standards Program workshop on energy storage in South Africa in February. For the Western Hemisphere, the Administration launched the America Crece energy initiative in 2018 (“crece” is Spanish for “it grows”). Led by the Treasury Department but involving six additional agencies, the initiative promotes economic Read more […]

The Numbers Don’t Lie: Energy Use and Power Plant Emissions Attributable to Lighting Have Declined and Will Continue to do so

The Numbers Don’t Lie: Energy Use and Power Plant Emissions Attributable to Lighting Have Declined and Will Continue to do so

Clark R. Silcox, General Counsel, NEMA The Department of Energy’s recent proposal to correct a prior legal error during a lightbulb rulemaking has recently sparked a discussion about our Nation’s future progress toward reducing electricity use and a connection to power plant emissions.   A recent article republished online by Scientific American speculated that proposed energy efficiency rules for light bulbs could slow emissions reductions.   As if to highlight the potential threat from Read more […]

NEMA Weighs In on RoHS LED Exemption

NEMA Weighs In on RoHS LED Exemption

This piece was originally published in the May 2017 issue of electroindustry. Mark Kohorst, Senior Manager, Environment, Health & Safety, NEMA Solid-state lighting (SSL) products, especially light-emitting diode (LED) lamps, are at the core of energy efficiency gains across all sectors of the economy. Manufacturers are at the threshold of another promising advance: quantum dot (QD) LEDs for use in retrofit lamps, LED modules, and various luminaires. QDs provide very high efficiency, Read more […]

Energy Efficiency Equals Jobs for Our Future

Energy Efficiency Equals Jobs for Our Future

This piece was originally published in the April 2017 issue of electroindustry. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) Without question, the American economy and our workforce are evolving. Technology is changing at lightning speed, and competition is becoming increasingly global. To keep up with these changes, American workers are constantly seeking new education, certifications, and opportunities to advance. For many, this evolution sometimes creates uncertainty and anxiety, but I believe it also Read more […]

Intelligent Energy: How the Industrial Internet Is Making Lighting Systems Smart

Intelligent Energy: How the Industrial Internet Is Making Lighting Systems Smart

This piece was originally published in the February 2017 issue of electroindustry. Joseph Howley, Manager, Industry Relations, Current, powered by GE It wasn’t long ago that the Internet of Things (IoT) completely changed the consumer technology landscape. From phones and televisions to appliances and light bulbs, everyday products are suddenly “smart” and helping people complete tasks, find information, and interact more efficiently–accurately and in real time. Now, the same is Read more […]

Lighting Design Reflects Unique Culture of State-of-the-Art San Francisco Office

Lighting Design Reflects Unique Culture of State-of-the-Art San Francisco Office

This piece was originally published in the February 2017 issue of electroindustry. In designing the interior of its new San Francisco office, Perkins+Will, a global leader in architecture and design, did not get every single item on its wish list. As so often happens, external factors tamed early expectations. You would never know that when touring the office today. A visitor is easily wowed by the gracious, sunlit space, with its open plan, high-performance features, and striking Read more […]

Lighting Standards Keep Up with a Changing Industry

Lighting Standards Keep Up with a Changing Industry

This piece was originally published in the February 2017 issue of electroindustry. Karen Willis, Senior Lighting Program Manager, NEMA  ASC C136 Develops New Standards for Changing Industry As the outdoor lighting industry continues its rapid acceptance of light-emitting diode (LED) luminaires, utilities, municipalities, and other end users see enormous potential. New technologies have expanded the use capabilities from distinct on/off schedules to dimming abilities, remote control of Read more […]

Keeping Our Foot on the Efficacy Accelerator

Keeping Our Foot on the Efficacy Accelerator

This piece was originally published in the February 2017 issue of electroindustry. James Brodrick, U.S. Department of Energy Although the impressive efficacy gains made by light-emitting diodes (LED) products over the last few years fall well short of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) ultimate targets, they’ve already surpassed the limits of conventional lighting in nearly all applications—which might prompt some people to say “good enough” and question the value of further Read more […]