Intelligent lighting systems are being widely touted as the future of the lighting industry. With the proliferation of lighting fixtures such as LEDs and others in the market, the smart lighting industry is set to dominate a plethora of applications ranging from commercial to outdoor applications, according to a new industry report.
According to the report, Smart Lighting Market Research Report – Forecast to 2021 from Market Research Future, the global market for Smart Lighting is expected to reach up to $59.973 billion by the end of 2021 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of ~19-21%.
The major factors contributing to the growth of the Smart Lighting market are driven by continuously declining average selling price of LED lamps and the influx of smart apps, the internet of things and remote access and lighting controls.
In terms of components, sensors such as proximity sensors had the largest share in the global Smart Lighting market, and it is expected to grow at the highest CAGR among all the projects considered in the study.
Winter is right around the corner and when the snow starts accumulating and the temperature starts to fall, the season of ice, snow and cold can turn a workplace into a survival of the fittest.
If you or your employees work in the field or in any location where winter weather presents safety concerns, you may wish to take some precautions. Steiner Electric and some of its vendors can help. A Winter Workplace Safety Counter Day has been scheduled to run at our Rockford branch on Oct. 31, from 11am-1pm.
The event will bring vendors of personal protection equipment, heating technology, lighting and lighting controls. Because equipment can also be at risk, technology on display will showcase portable testing equipment that can capture test data and have the information delivered to anyplace around the world.
Winter-related slips and falls, frostbite, hypothermia and more can result in time off work, temporary employee costs, overtime for existing employees, and increased insurance costs.
When it comes to personal protection, the head, ears and noses are among the extremities that get cold the fastest and must be protected.
Protective Industrial Products (PIP) will showcase a selection of gloves, head gear, and liners that helps protect workers. Headware includes 2-layer cotton models with mouthpiece, insulated ear barriers, and which have been FR (flame resistant) treated. They come in mid lengths and shoulder lengths.
For its gloves and sleeves, PIP uses Dyneema® and DuPont® advanced fibers as well as other proprietary engineered yarn blends and coatings to meet ANSI and EN standards. Breathable cut resistant gloves allow for dexterous work with wires and other components. Some versions can be used for dry and light-oil applications, and offer good grip and excellent abrasion resistance.
PIP will also feature air-activated hand warmers. The Heat Pack Mini Hand Warmers, which uses oxidation from the interaction of iron powder, activated carbon and water when it is exposed to air, provides 8 hours of warmth. It can be activated and reach full temperature in 2-5 minutes. Heating can be suspended at any time by resealing the inserts in an airtight container.
Frozen pipes can be an aggravating experience for maintenance workers no matter the location.
The self-regulating heating cables automatically adjusts its power output to compensate for temperature changes. According to a Pentair video explaining the process, a protective core surrounds two parallel conductors. As the ambient temperature drops, the core contracts microscopically and the number of electrical paths increase and generates heat. Conversely, as the temperatures increases, the core expands and the number of paths decrease.
Pentair will showcase its Raychem QuickNet and Nuheat floor-heating systems. These products are for installation under tile, granite, marble, stone, laminate and engineered wood flooring.
Also on display is the T2Red electric underfloor heating cable that the company says is ideal for temperature sensitive floors such as wood, laminate as well as for natural stone, and ceramic tiles. The self regulating cable can be cut-to-length on site, and can be overlapped or narrow spaced without danger of overheating, the company says.
Illuminating in the cold weather
Cold weather can also play havoc with lighting, especially fluorescent and high-intensity discharge (HID) lighting.
On display in Rockford will be a series of lamps and ballasts that work well in the cold. In addition to the lamps, some of the latest in lighting-control technology will be on display.
For those looking to replace lighting technology that works well in outdoor cold temperatures, then LED might be the answer as they tend to work better in this environment. Cold weather helps the LED stay cool.
RAB will display wall packs and area lighting. Models on display include the RAB HPS Wall Packs for wide light distribution that feature a die-formed aluminum reflector and a prismatic polycarbonate refractor. Metal halide RAB Wall Packs feature symmetrical light patterns to maximize lighting distances between fixtures, while the prismatic optics minimize glare. For security and energy efficiency, RAB will showcase CFL motion controlled Wall Packs that are fully adjustable for 24-hour operation and feature custom applications.
In low-temperature environments such as refrigerated areas, fluorescent lamps can experience adverse performance problems such as “fluttering,” reduced light output and difficulty starting by a traditional ballast.
Cold weather ballasts from Philips can start the fluorescent lamps at temperatures expected to be below 50°F. Cold weather electronic and magnetic ballasts can be specified for lamps that can start them at temperatures as low as -20°F.
Philips will also be showcasing some of its vast range of LED products.
Maintaining machines in the field
Since its 2014 introduction, Fluke Corp.’s Connect technology has won awards from trade show judges, such as the AHR Expo, and from many trade magazine award competitions (EDN, Control Engineering).
The technology allows data collected from a growing number of the company’s handheld instruments such as its multimeters, infrared thermometers, and AC/DC current meters, to be shared via Smartphones to anywhere in the world.
Fluke Connect Assets is a cloud-based wireless system of software and test tools that gives maintenance managers a comprehensive view of all critical equipment — including baseline, historical, and current test tool measurement data, current status, and past inspection data — enabling them to set up and sustain a preventive maintenance or condition-based maintenance system easily with minimal investment.
Contractors have many reasons to install LED lighting and related control technologies into their customer’s homes and businesses. In addition to the increased energy efficiency, cost savings, better lighting control, and other advanced capabilities afforded them by these products, contractors can also win some great prizes in a sweepstakes.
Lutron Electronics Co. is sponsoring the Drive Your Business with Lutron sweepstakes in which contractors can win a new pickup truck, the Ford 150 XLT, plus $10,000 in cash, along with other great weekly prizes.
To be eligible, contractors must purchase $150 of qualifying Lutron products or $100 of Lutron in-wall sensors. Entrants must be professionally employed by, or own, a company whose primary business is electrical installation and/or repair. Complete rules, including ways to enter without purchase, are available at lutron.com/driveyourbusiness.
Lutron offers a wide variety of lighting control products from which contractors can choose. These include products that utilize Lutron’s C•L dimmer technology, as well as in-wall sensors such as the Maestro line.
C•L dimmers are used in numerous models and are available in a range of styles and colors. The dimmers are designed and UL listed for controlling a broad range of dimmable compact fluorescent (CFLs) and LED lamps. They alleviate the traditional challenges of dimming LEDs such as light drop out, lights that do not turn on, and lamps that flicker or turn off unexpectedly as a result of voltage fluctuation.
The dimmers feature Lutron’s HED Technology that uses dimming circuitry the company says was designed for compatibility with most high-efficacy lamps. With HED Technology, the dimmers can dim a mixed load of light sources (i.e. LED and halogen or CFL and LED bulbs) on the same circuit.
Lutron’s in-wall sensors includes the Maestro line of products. These sensors automatically turn lights on when someone enters a room and turns the lights off when the person leaves.
To accomplish this, Lutron incorporates several different types of sensor technology. This includes passive infrared (PIR) technology that detects temperature changes when someone enters a room. The company also utilizes ultrasonic technology that senses when someone is in a room by bouncing ultrasonic waves off objects in a space and measuring the frequency shift, i.e. the changes between the emitted and reflected sound waves.
In addition, Lutron’s products can also be outfitted with both PIR and ultrasonic technologies in Dual-Technology products. Both technologies within the sensor must detect someone in a room to turn the lights on, but only one of the technologies needs to continually sense the person for the lights to stay on. Dual-technology sensors are self-adaptive meaning that the sensors will automatically adjust sensitivity and timing of light levels.
Lutron’s XCT technology recognizes the difference between fine motion, like reading a book, and background noise. Lutron offers PIR sensors with XCT technology, as well as dual-technology (PIR and ultrasonic) sensors with XCT technology.
In-wall sensor products include a Maestro Passive infrared vacancy sensor that automatically control the lights in an area and a Lutron Maestro Occupancy-Sensing Switch with occupancy/vacancy sensor that works with up to nine companion switches. The sensing switch combines a Maestro switch with a passive infrared occupancy or vacancy sensor. The sensor detects the heat from occupants moving within an area to determine if the space is occupied. Based on the feedback from the sensor, the occupancy sensing switch will adjust the load accordingly.
With the purchases of these or other Lutron products, contractors will be eligible to win:
Are you getting the most money back on your investment in LED lamps, fixtures and other energy efficient products? If you buy your lighting products from ComEd-approved distributor Steiner Electric, you can receive rebates on your lighting purchases.
Steiner participates in two programs with ComEd to garner the greatest amount of savings for our customers. These rebates can provide significant financial incentives for the installation of energy-efficient products. Best yet, Steiner handles all of the paperwork.
The Standard Program
The ComEd Standard Program is a program designed for nonresidential applications such as for commercial and industrial uses. The products covered include new fixtures and other approved energy efficiency products. To be eligible, every project needs to be pre-approved before the customer purchases and installs the material.
Steiner handles all of the paperwork. After the project is complete, a final application is submitted and the customer receives a rebate check about 4 weeks later.
Examples of applications that are eligible for these discounts, includes: relighting a warehousing facility from 400W metal halide (MH) to LED lighting or changing out a parking lot from HID to LED.
Another option for garnering additional rebates is by reducing wattage while still using the same technology. For instance, if a customer wants to change out its warehouse lighting with a 200W LED replacement fixture, but a second, equally viable option is to utilize a 175W fixture, the second option can increase the amount of rebate. Even though the application is the same, the rebate is determined using a formula that factors in the amount of wattage saved.
Essentially, the more energy you save, the higher the rebate.
Program 2, Instant Discounts
Another program administered by Steiner Electric allows you to get your rebates immediately at the time of purchase, without any pre-approval process. Previously known as ComEd Business Instant Lighting Discounts (BILD) Program, ComEd has simplified that name, rebranding the program as “Instant Discounts.”
How instant? Come to any of the Will Call counters at one of Steiner’s 9 convenient locations, purchase an energy efficient product from the Qualified Product List, and immediately get your rebate taken off the top of your invoice.
The program offers incentives to purchase high-efficiency lamps, exit signs and other energy efficiencyproducts. Instead of a pre-approval process, Steiner Electric takes the rebate off the price of the material at the time of sale. On every applicable invoice, a line item is included stating the ComEd rebate. The objective of the program is to provide an incentive to customers to use more energy efficient products; for example, using (100) 4-ft LED lamps instead of 32W T8 lamps.”
To help you better understand the available lighting incentives, contact your local Steiner lighting consultant by calling 1-800-STEINER (783-4637) or visit one of Steiner Electric’s 9 convenient locations and we will help you sort out your lighting needs. Steiner’s lighting experts can help determine the most appropriate lighting technology for a job, and help ensure that you receive the most bang for your lighting buck.
The U.S. LED market is flooded with a variety of products that can vastly differ in terms of quality and cost, and purchasing LEDs based solely on price could be a bad idea with long-term consequences. At an upcoming seminar at Steiner Electric, learn how some LEDs do not have the same color consistency, light output or cost effectiveness as would other higher-cost, higher-quality LED lamps.
According to the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), the U.S. market is being bombarded with low-cost LED luminaires that “produce blobs of light rather than [offering] precise optical control.”
Naomi Miller, an award-winning lighting consultant and researcher, will explore optical control and LED light quality at a May 24 IES seminar to be held at Steiner Electric in Elk Grove Village. The presentation is titled: Does Anyone Care about Luminaire Light Distribution?
The talk will examine where and when light distribution matters, and how it affects visual comfort and visibility, not to mention visual composition, for indoor and outdoor applications. It will also address glare metrics, and how the distribution of luminance across the luminaire itself may affect the glare response, even though that is not included in the glare formulae.
Miller is a researcher at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory after spending 10 years as the principal designer for Naomi Miler Lighting Design in Troy, NY, where she won more than 30 architectural lighting design awards for projects ranging from churches to university science buildings, boutique hotels, supermarkets and parking lots. She is the author of numerous papers on lighting, chaired the Illuminating Engineering Society’s (IESNA) Quality of the Visual Environment committee for 8 years and was a principal member of the writing team for the IES’s Light + Design: A Guide to Designing Quality Lighting for People and Buildings. She is a Fellow of the IESNA and Fellow of the IALD.
The event will take place at: Steiner Electric (Training Center) 1275 Touhy Avenue Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Lighting is no longer just a device to light up the night. As Steiner’s experienced lighting consultants and application engineers advise, it can increase productivity, improve a person’s mood and health, help monitor machinery, promote communication and more.
These concepts were clearly highlighted in a recent Banner Engineering newsletter, in which the company discusses “Four Ways Lighting Solutions Support Lean Manufacturing in the Pharmaceutical Industry.” The paper explores how the “right kind of industrial lighting can help increase efficiency and reduce material waste while ensuring product quality and compliance with FDA regulations.” In each case, the right lighting is available for purchase from Steiner Electric.
In its first example, Banner looks at how the uniform illumination of LED lights, as compared to the flicker of fluorescent bulbs caused by intensity changes, allows an inspector to detect minute particulates reliably and efficiency.
In example 2, pick-to-light sensors are used in a kitting assembly application. As the kit assembler takes a part in sequence a beam is broken. The controller then determines if the correct component was selected and if it was selected in the correct order.
Indicator lights can be used to streamline communication in a pharma factory. As described in example 3, they can be used to indicate environmental status such as temperature and humidity. Green indicates the room is within normal limits. Red means a potentially out-of-control situation. A more typical example would be when assistance is needed on a machine, perhaps one that is operating unattended. Green means the machine is performing with-in specification, yellow is a warning that it is approaching upper or lower control limits, and red indicates the machine is out of specification.
Lastly, Banner Engineering looks at how wirelessly connected lights enable overall equipment effectiveness. Tower lights equipped with wireless communication capabilities display a visual indication of an event for immediate action; plus, they can transmit wireless alerts to operators outside of the visual range.
For assistance with general lighting inquiries or more specific project needs please contact us or call 1-800-STEINER (783-4673) to speak with an experienced Steiner lighting application engineer.
June 30th is Social Media Day. In honor of the special occasion we will reflect on some interesting and successful social campaigns being implemented across popular social channels by three different brands. The following campaigns provide great examples of effective uses of social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube) any company can beneficially emulate to drive customer engagement.
Carhartt has campaigns across Facebook and Twitter that allow interactivity for fans and followers – for example, hashtag contests like #OutWorkThemAll encourage users to share photos of themselves working on tough projects while wearing Carhartt gear.
Carhartt engineers consistency across Twitter and Facebook, with many similar campaign attributes being utilized in both networks. Hashtag campaigns like #OutWorkThemAll thrive cross-network, sharing photos of customers and products, providing Carhartt with a cost-effective grassroots promotional product campaign.
Carhartt also actively posts several videos and playlists on YouTube – one of which is the helpful “Do-It-Yourself” series of videos. These instructional videos provide customers with an easy guide of how to use products or how to complete tasks. They help answer customers’ questions giving Carhartt a practical extension to their customer service operations.
Kohler too promotes their individual campaigns across multiple social media networks. For instance, the #HurricaneStrong campaign is run across Twitter and Facebook. This hashtag campaign is dedicated to preparing for power outages caused by Hurricane storms.
Kohler also tweets about timely events, tying into their brand. For instance, how they partnered with another company to help with the Flint Water Crisis. An organization or brand that posts content in relation to current events allows followers on social media to see real-world examples of how brands can affect or have a positive impact in responding to a current crisis.
Kohler additionally provides up-to-date information on details from trade shows and other events that they attend. This allows users to find an event they may be interested in attending to learn more about industry-related topics pertinent to their business.
Kohler further has an active YouTube channel used to showcase their products and technology. From videos on the manufacturing of Kohler Generators to the importance of backup power generators for both homes and businesses, there are several reasons for users to view the Kohler YouTube channel.
Audiences can find value in Kohler videos for a multitude of reasons – perhaps they want to see a step-by-step guided process or learn how to undertake a task. Some videos can help teach processes, while other videos may show future technology and upcoming product releases, providing sneak previews of next generation innovations.
Photos of Philips lights and lamps used for illuminating the exterior of buildings around the world are displayed on Twitter. Philips’ Twitter account shares colorful lighting photos that showcase the latest innovations from the lighting industry. Philips also shares articles from magazines, promoting stories that feature Philips products and services. Sharing these publications gives Philips positive recognition from third-party trusted sources.
Philips Lighting’s Facebook page contains contests, such as a chance to win Philips and Star Wars lights by simply telling them what makes your child a Star Wars fan. Philips also shares images of LED lights in use, such as in the Amsterdam Arena. Similar to Kohler, Philips utilizes current events to advantageously position their brand.
With several videos, from “How To” demonstrations to featured products, there are numerous choices available for viewing on the Philips YouTube channel. The “How To” videos provide guidance, while the featured products showcase the range of innovative products that Philips Lighting offers.
As a worldwide company Philips also localizes their videos by translating them into several languages catering to the copious local markets they serve, which means you’ll find many Philips videos offered in multiple languages.
Philips additionally shares invitations for seminars and webinars through LinkedIn, encouraging more participation from readers and followers. The free seminars offer pertinent information on relevant and timely industry topics providing continuing education on practical applications of the latest trends.
Posting a variety of useful and timely content on social media networks – from current event related information on community outreach initiatives – to featuring new products – to event invitations – to contests – provides information that is helpful and engaging to your target audience. Having customers continually return to engage with your brand underscores the importance of utilizing social media to capture mindshare that ultimately leads to market share.
Additionally, another benefit of being active on social media is interaction – not only with customers but with other companies that are also present and active on social media. This allows for the potential of cross-promoting each other to audiences, sharing to each customer base, as well as creating the opportunity for building a working relationship between the two (or more) interacting companies.
There are countless strategies and uses for social media that any company can benefit in, but even simply being active and maintaining a presence online (answering customer feedback or questions) is advantageous to any brand. In this digital age, more customers and prospective customers flock to the internet to learn more about a company, or to just find a brand for their particular interest or need, therefore it is absolutely essential to be ready and represented online.
Now that the weather is warming up, it is the ideal time to upgrade to the latest energy-saving outdoor lighting technology. With the upcoming autumn season comes reduced sunlight. Because of this, street lights are on overtime throughout the fall and winter seasons.
Cities should start inspecting or optimizing their lighting before the fall hits. While maintaining and changing lamps, it’s the perfect time to assess new lighting system options. For instance, poles may need to be replaced as well as fixtures to more energy efficient LEDs.
Energy Efficient Lighting Reduces Carbon Footprint
Many local streetlights today have fixtures that are about 25 years old and may perhaps be in dire need of an upgrade that can save cities money through the installation of more energy efficient lighting systems. More and more people are moving into cities, continuing the ever-increasing growth of urban areas across the country. This population boom causes a city’s carbon footprint to rapidly grow along with it. Switching from High Pressure Sodium or Metal Halide to LED lighting solutions can help mitigate the production of environmentally harmful carbon byproducts brought about by exponential population expansion.
As cities continue to develop they will be required to provide long-term livability solutions through infrastructural changes. LED lighting is the next evolutionary technology for cities to adopt moving into the future. Many cities, including Chicago, already have started plans on installing LED lighting systems.
Over 25 million streetlights in the US consume 40% of cities’ electricity use, equal to 2 million households each year with CO2 emissions equal to 2.6 million cars. Changing all US outdoor lighting to LEDs could prevent the emission of as much as 90 million metric tons of CO2.
Why LED Lighting Systems
Why is LED Lighting so attractive? LEDs have significantly decreased operating costs and simultaneously increased the lifespan and efficiency ofthe fixture. Making lighting more energy efficient is known as lighting retrofitting. Although switching to LED lighting alone can result in 50-70% energy savings, it is not sufficient enough to meet global targets for savings and sustainability.
Adaptive and inter-operable lighting is essential to bring cost and performance improvements to a next level of significance. Enabling LEDs to dynamically change lighting levels in response to local conditions can generate total system energy savings of up to 80%. These responsive or “Intelligent” sensor lighting systems allow for lighting to be activated only by motion, saving money and improving efficiency.
Physics is fun. Sure, it’s complex, full of formulas and jargon, but it’s important to know that without an understanding of quantum mechanics, we might still be at the mercy of the dark in the night. Quantum physics endeavors to explain the motion of things at the smallest of scales. No one has ever even seen an electron. Yet, experiments in quantum physics bear fruit. It explains how everyday objects function, objects that we usually take for granted, such as the technologies we use to light up our homes and communities. Continue reading “The Difference Between HID and LED”
A lighting retrofit can significantly impact any household, business, or municipality budget. In fact, many major retrofit projects pay for themselves in less than five years. That’s because older ballasts gulp energy in order to power bulbs that channel most of that energy into unwanted heat. All those heat sources mean your HVAC system has to work harder to cool the air in the summer months. Continue reading “When it’s Time to Retrofit Your Lighting”