Craig DiLouie

Lighting Columnist

Craig DiLouie, a lighting industry journalist, analyst and marketing consultant, is principal of ZING Communications. He can be reached at www.zinginc.com.

Articles by Craig DiLouie

February 2015
The light-emitting diode (LED) offers energy savings, lower maintenance requirements and other advantages compared to incandescent sources. However, many LED products perform poorly with existing dimmer controls.
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January 2015
Lighting plays a critical role in retail spaces. It can attract customer attention; display merchandise in a compelling way; affect customer experience; and communicate brand, quality and price point. 
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December 2014
A large majority of commercial building energy codes in the United States are based on either the ASHRAE/IES 90.1 energy standard or the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) model code. Both feature increasingly stringent requirements for lighting controls. READ MORE
December 2014
As energy-saving automatic lighting controls become more popular for retrofit options in existing buildings, electrical contractors may find themselves in a position of estimating energy savings to justify owner investment.
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November 2014
Federal ballast energy regulations took effect Nov. 14, 2014, and they primarily affect the availability of T12 electronic, sign and residential-only ballasts.
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October 2014
In February 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced new energy-efficiency standards for ballasts sold as part of new metal-halide luminaires, which are commonly used for illumination in parking lots, roadways, warehouses, big-box retail and floodlighting. Compliance is required by Feb. 10, 2017, and will affect availability of 50–1,000-watt (W) luminaires.
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  • As efficacy, longevity and cost continue to improve, solid-state lighting will become increasingly prevalent. Falling costs have already placed LED solutions at a tipping point for upgrades in several applications in existing buildings, such as in this all-LED retrofit of a Walgreens in Buffalo Grove, Ill.
October 2014
It’s an exciting time to be in the lighting industry. Today, lighting systems can alter spaces without physically changing them, revitalize urban areas, facilitate interaction and community, communicate information, make spaces more interactive, and affect well being. READ MORE
September 2014
Over the past two years, light-emitting diode (LED) luminaires have begun competing effectively against the fluorescent troffer as performance increases and costs decrease. With nearly 1 billion fluorescent luminaires installed in the United States, according to the Department of Energy (DOE), this is a big opportunity.
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September 2014
Lighting controls are devices and systems that regulate the output of lamps and luminaires. They either turn the lights on and off using a switch or adjust light output using a dimmer. Growing demands for energy savings and flexibility to support visual needs have given lighting control much greater prominence. READ MORE

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