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What’s Coming in the 2019 Title 24 Update?

What’s Coming in the 2019 Title 24 Update?

The California Energy Commission's Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24, Part 6) have continued to evolve since 1978. Statewide, over the past 40 years, Title 24 standards have not only helped save energy, but they've also saved Californians billions of...

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Glass as a Material is Light

Glass as a Material is Light

I work with light on a daily basis through my extraordinary career as a glassblower and luminaire designer and fabricator. I am honored to be part of the 3,500-year lineage of makers of glass. Manipulating glass in its molten form is liquid light. At its working...

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Lightbulbs, Luminaires, and Lifetime

Lightbulbs, Luminaires, and Lifetime

The last decade or so has seen the emergence and dominance of LED technology in lighting. From the beginning, I was always curious about three things: the strange, at times bizarre focus on product lifetimes; the need to rebuild the electrical infrastructure rather...

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Lighting and Walkable Communities

Lighting and Walkable Communities

Street lighting has traditionally been installed as a matter of security, in order to prevent accidents and crime. In ancient Rome, a class of slaves called lanternarius kept oil lamps glowing around private residences. Their blazing lanterns were private protection...

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Lighting Control Systems Starting to Open Up

Lighting Control Systems Starting to Open Up

What was once a very proprietary, closed world for control and communication, commercial and industrial lighting systems are now on the cusp of joining the rest of the core building automation market by offering interfaces to standard open-system lighting...

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The Music of the LEDs

The Music of the LEDs

We owe our very existence to light. Not just the visible part, but the entire electromagnetic spectrum from radio waves to gamma rays. These waves transmit energy and information about our surroundings to our bodies through our eyes. In the case of the visible...

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Oculus Helps Local Students to RISE

Oculus Helps Local Students to RISE

Last year, Oculus Light Studio came upon the opportunity to work with a local Civil Engineering and Architecture high school class – and we jumped at the chance. We were first contacted by DaVinci Science High School teacher Andrew McGregor, who asked us...

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The Illumitunity Convergence

The Illumitunity Convergence

I recently spoke at LightShow West with Chris Brown on the primary topic of interest in the lighting industry – the future. Lighting seems to be permanently "disrupted" and we're abidingly anxious about it. This talk was meant to say: "OK things are in...

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Light WELL

Light WELL

WELL certification is essentially LEED for healthy built environments for people. Similar to LEED, WELL has a points-based rating system and ranked grades of achievement (Platinum, Gold, Silver). Designers can become accredited WELL professionals (WELL APs) to...

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Outcome-Based Code Compliance: Hope or Hype?

Outcome-Based Code Compliance: Hope or Hype?

The prescriptive-based and performance-based energy codes currently in use in the U.S. have a fatal flaw: neither compliance method measures actual building energy usage and performance over time. Prescriptive compliance is exceedingly complex, relying on a myriad of...

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