When’s the last time you walked into your living room and got excited about your light fixtures? Really? Never? Well, then you’ve clearly never been to a lighting convention before! I had no idea what I was in for. Picture a massive room the size of a football field, covered in intricate booths that showed off the newest lighting technology using an array of colorful, vibrant displays that left my eyes sparkling (and gave me sore feet from trying to visit each and every station, an almost impossible feat…almost). Continue reading
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Incandescent. CLF. LED. By now, many of us are getting a grip on these technologies (and if not, visit some of NEEP’s resources). But what about OLED? Or Graphene? Now these are new. I recently spent 3 days at LightFair International (LFI) 2013, the “world’s largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference” at Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Convention Center. At this event, approximately 23,000 lighting professionals gathered to talk shop, share innovative products and technologies, and marvel at how quickly the lighting industry has evolved. Conversation after conversation—with manufacturers, designers, efficiency program administrators—demonstrated the disbelief at how quickly LED technology had advanced! The lighting industry has known for years that LED technology would become a major lighting player, but the rapid trajectory LED’s are following is unprecedented. At LFI 2013, many of the vendors had moved beyond simply displaying LED technologies and shifted to control technology, such as motion sensors and dimmers. These controls enable LEDs, an innately efficient technology, to become even more proficient and specialized. Continue reading
NEEP’s DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) project has announced the opening of registration for the 2013 DLC Stakeholder Meeting which will be held on July 22-25 in Chicago!
Anticipation for this conference has been high since the inaugural DLC Stakeholder Meeting was held in Atlanta, GA last year. This year, the DLC team has been working hard to make the experience as, if not more, beneficial and interesting to solid state lighting (SSL) players. “Forward-looking” and “cutting edge” have been a theme throughout this year’s planning process for the event and the team is confident that attendees will not be disappointed.
The world of consumer electronics is vast and complex. There are devices that we think about every day, such as our computers, televisions, or (for some) game consoles. Then there are the electronics that we tend to forget, such as that cable box that’s always on, or the router providing password-protected wi-fi to our homes 24/7. Or what about that desktop that’s been gathering dust at your home or office? When was the last time you checked to make sure that the monitor was actually turned off?
The Northeast Retail Products Initiative, facilitated by NEEP, in conjunction with its sponsoring utility and energy efficiency program administrators, has been awarded the coveted 2013 ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence –ENERGY STAR’s highest honor.
According to NEEP’s Northeast Residential Lighting Strategy (RLS) Update, energy savings from efficient lighting continues to be the most cost effective measure for efficiency programs. In order to expand upon the savings from efficiency programs, ratepayer funded programs require robust support. The RLS update serves as a supplemental document to NEEP’s original 2012 Northeast RLS with current information, and not as a replacement. Continue reading
We here at NEEP are ecstatic to be recognized by Association of Energy Service Professionals (AESP) for Outstanding Achievement in Energy Program Design Implementation for our DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) project. AESP, is a national organization dedicated to improving the delivery and implementation of energy efficiency, and has been a leader in collaborating with partners in the energy industry to recognize energy efficiency programs that truly transform the market. NEEP’s Jon Linn, Commercial Programs Manager, was at AESP’s annual conference to accept the award. Continue reading
The saying, “you only have one chance to make a first impression” has never been so true than for the CFL. When the highly efficient light bulb was first introduced into the market two decades ago, even the most die-hard energy efficiency experts would agree the technology was probably not ready for prime time. The light output was low and the bulbs took a long time to “warm up”. Those first versions of CFL bulbs left the market frustrated. Since then, through many upgrades to the CFL bulb, the market still holds a grudge. Many are not willing to admit that the CFL of today is a completely new generation of technology that far surpasses the bulb of yesteryear. Continue reading
“The value of gathering a variety of DLC stakeholders in one place to engage in constructive and candid dialog can’t be overstated.” – Dan Mellinger, Efficiency Vermont
The first DesignLights Consortium® (DLC) Stakeholder Meeting in Atlanta, GA was a huge success and brought together professionals from all over the lighting industry. Through informal, educational sessions, context panels, break-out sessions, and structured networking, DLC was able to and make new connections and offer unique perspectives and opportunities to build mutual understanding among all stakeholders. Continue reading