The Rise of TLEDs

The Department of Energy estimates there are 360 million fluorescent troffers installed across the US, but market data show that shipments of linear fluorescent lamps have been tanking since 2014. Tubular LEDs (TLEDs) are taking over. Like other LED...

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These 10 Designers Won’t Miss #2017LSW

WestCoast Lighting Insider interviewed 10 regional architecture and design professionals about the opportunities they're looking for at LightShow West 2017. One and all are seeking updates on lighting technologies that are undergoing one revolution on top...

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New Summit at LightShow West to Focus on Controls

In the age of smart buildings, intelligent systems and smart homes, the central element is a control system that performs one or more functions to increase the flexibility of systems used, including lighting. With such an emphasis placed on functionality...

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Three West Coast Lighting Designers: Up and Coming

Three California lighting designers made this year's "40 Under 40" list of the most talented young people working in the field today. These rising stars were named as the result of a global search, which recognized 20 men and...

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The ABCs of T-LEDs

Capital and labor costs can vary widely in retrofits using tubular LEDs (TLEDs), which makes crunching the payback numbers difficult. Yes, the TLED itself is more energy efficient than a fluorescent lamp, but multiple configurations each have tradeoffs...

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DLC Networked Lighting Controls Spec Gaining Traction

With a second iteration – now including exterior lighting controls – due out in June, the DesignLights Consortium's Networked Lighting Controls (NLC) Technical Requirements specification is gathering momentum with manufacturers and utilities. Serving as a resource for...

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Enchanted at Descanso Gardens: That Instagrammable Moment

Winter light shows have evolved from creative displays of twinkling Christmas lights and carolers to upscale, kinetic artist installations and everything in between. These short-term attractions constitute a lucrative use of public gardens during their winter slow...

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IoT Lighting: Not Your Typical Value Propositions

The intersection of LED lighting and the Internet of Things is driving the lighting industry into new realms of building and IT services. Because lighting is ubiquitous in the built environment and it brings electrical power into all those spaces, lighting systems...

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Ann Kale Making Her Mark on Historic Santa Barbara

When Ann Kale moved her lighting design business to her hometown of Santa Barbara, CA, in 2003, she knew she'd have to carve out a market where none existed. Her broad experience across residential and commercial applications – particularly historic renovations –...

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Yes, You Can Expect LED Lighting Maintenance Issues

Some customers are finding out their "It lasts forever!" LED lighting system, doesn't just sound too good to be true. LED lumen depreciation is commonly expected, but is not the be-all and end-all of luminaire lifetime. There are just too many electronic systems to...

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Erdman’s Vocabulary Defines Sprawling JustFab HQ

This, the third office space that eSquared has lighted for this particular client, presented outsized challenges – and long-awaited opportunities – for Principal Erin Edman and Senior Lighting Designer Landon Roberts. At 14 ft, the open, coffered ceilings at the new...

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Ganging Up on Decorative Pendants

Ganged pendants are one of the hottest trends in decorative lighting. And today's LED sources lend themselves to hardwired, multipoint designs: modern or contemporary; transitional or industrial. "The trend has been coming and coming," according to Randall Whitehead,...

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Neon Still Sizzles

Reports on the death of neon have been somewhat exaggerated. LEDs did finish off the use of neon in interior and exterior architectural lighting, but neon tube bending shops survive here and there. Neon's vibrancy and sizzle make older signs worth preserving, and the...

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Retailers Pulling for LEDs with Specialty Spectra

Following the quest for LEDs that mimic halogen in every positive way, the retail lighting industry is starting to miss a few things. Brick-and-mortar retailers – with their intense awareness of how lighting impacts product appearance and therefore sales – find...

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