Craig DiLouie

Lighting Columnist

Craig DiLouie is a journalist and educator specializing in the lighting industry. Learn more at ZINGinc.com and LightNOWblog.com.​

Articles by Craig DiLouie

July 2016
Over the past 10 to 15 years, commercial building energy codes have increasingly mandated automatic lighting controls. This period saw the rapid development of these controls, necessitating training for electrical contractors to ensure proper setup and installation for fully functioning control systems. READ MORE
July 2016
All light sources must be maintained; as lighting controls become more sophisticated, they also must be maintained. Responsible lighting design should include maintenance to preserve design integrity. In terms of sustainability, whether the lighting goal is visual comfort, highlighting merchandise, energy savings or anything else, maintenance is where the rubber meets the road.
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  • The IIoT
 extends the utility of advanced lighting and control systems with additional sensing that can produce data and transform business.
June 2016
The World Wide Web connects 10 billion devices and counting into a global network. Any network-enabled device can establish a link to the internet, raising the potential to join building systems appliances and more.
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June 2016
Color-tunable light-emitting diode (LED) lighting has unlocked enormous potential in lighting design, creating new applications. LED lighting offers the ability to not only adjust light source color appearance (correlated color temperature, or CCT) but also its color rendering properties (color rendering index, or CRI).
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May 2016
Occupancy sensors automatically save energy by reducing lighting after a space is vacated. After more than 10 years of tightening commercial building energy codes, they are a staple in new construction projects. The rapid development of radio-frequency (RF) wireless occupancy sensors is making them more economically attractive for existing construction, too. READ MORE
April 2016
While the light-emitting diode (LED) has gotten a lot of attention in recent years, another revolution has quietly developed in the background: intelligent (digital) lighting control. The future of lighting is solid-state, and it will be highly controlled.
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April 2016
Dimmable lighting control has seen limited application in commercial buildings. However, due to two primary factors, adoption has grown. First, commercial building energy codes that require daylight harvesting have increased demand for lighting that could respond transparently in regularly occupied spaces. READ MORE
March 2016
In December 2015, President Obama signed a new tax bill into law, extending the Commercial Buildings Tax Deduction (CBTD, or Section 179D of the tax code) for two years, while raising the bar for efficiency. Created by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the CBTD offers a financial incentive to encourage investment in energy-efficient building systems and envelopes.
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Wireless connectivity—combined with intelligence embedded in lamps and luminaires—enables programmability and accessibility from anywhere using everyday devices.
March 2016
The 2008 housing-market crash ended the home construction boom. A steady recovery began in 2012, and it continues today, bolstering the U.S. economy. Historically, residential construction averages 5 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.
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