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

April 2009
In recent years, ballast manufacturers have begun marketing a premium fluorescent ballast called a “high-efficiency ballast” for operation of 4-foot T8 lamps. A high-efficiency ballast provides the same level of light output as a standard electronic ballast but does it with 2-–5 fewer watts. For a cost adder of about 10-–20 percent, the ballast can add energy savings of up to 7 percent. READ MORE
April 2009
Energy management systems (EMS) provide automatic control of electrical loads—most commonly heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and sometimes lighting. Building automation systems (BAS) include the energy management functionality of an EMS along with nonenergy-related loads, such as security and fire safety. READ MORE
March 2009
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 created the Commercial Buildings Deduction (CBD), an incentive consisting of an accelerated tax deduction rewarding investment in energy-efficient interior lighting; heating, ventilating and air conditioning/hot water systems; and building envelope. READ MORE
February 2009
Building owners interested in entertaining a lighting upgrade proposal often are interested in an energy-saving retrofit, but they may actually need a redesign that saves energy and improves lighting quality. READ MORE
January 2009
Metal halide lamps occasionally fail "non-passively" at end of life, which may cause hot quartz elements to be ejected from the light fixture, presenting a fire risk. READ MORE
December 2008
Energy codes provide a minimum standard for new construction of commercial buildings. Your local code may be a unique one developed by the state or municipality, such as California’s Title 24, or may be based on a version of ASHRAE 90.1 (1999, 2001, 2004, 2007) or the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) (2001, 2003, 2006) standards. READ MORE
December 2008
There currently is a push to replace linear fluorescent T8 and T12 lamps with linear light-emitting diode (LED) replacement lamps, but are LEDs ready to take on this workhorse in general lighting? The evidence suggests no, not yet anyway, except perhaps in some specialty applications, such as refrigerated display cases. READ MORE
November 2008
In recent years, the lighting market has seen new general lighting products, introduced for niche applications, become mainstream. As a result, it is increasingly important for electrical contractors to understand the basics of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to successfully work with this rapidly growing lighting technology. READ MORE
November 2008
Incandescent reflector lamps. fluorescent magnetic, mercury vapor and probe-start metal halide ballasts—they’ve had a good run, but now it’s time to gracefully retire them. Their competitors are simply too efficient. READ MORE

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