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

September 2012
Lighting choices can affect how we perceive spaces, even the colors of objects and surfaces. As a result, lamp color characteristics are a critical factor in a wide range of spaces, from high-end retail, where merchandise must be presented as vibrant and in its true colors, to offices, where good lighting renders faces naturally and facilitates interaction. READ MORE
August 2012
Rebates and incentives offered by electric utilities and regional energy-efficiency organizations are currently enjoying a major upswing, providing a significant resource that can reduce the cost of investing in energy-efficient lighting. Rebates are offered as part of least-cost resource planning. READ MORE
July 2012
On Nov. 14, 2011, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced new fluorescent lamp ballast efficiency standards that take effect Nov. 14, 2014, and affect seven product classes. These regulations cover T8, T5 and T12 ballasts, including ballasts designed for nonresidential and previously exempted residential use. They also cover previously exempted outdoor sign and T12 dimming ballasts. READ MORE
June 2012
On July 14, 2012, Department of Energy (DOE) standards covering many popular incandescent reflector lamps will take effect, eliminating a majority of lamps from the market in favor of more efficient, higher cost alternatives. READ MORE
May 2012
Stairwell lighting is typically operated continuously at full output in nonresidential buildings even though these spaces are only intermittently used. In recent years, lighting manufacturers have begun offering a solution that can reduce energy costs while providing satisfactory levels of illumination for emergency egress. These lighting fixtures adjust light levels based on occupancy. READ MORE
April 2012
By Oct. 18, 2013, all states in the United States must put in place a commercial building energy code at least as stringent as the ASHRAE/IES 90.1 2010 energy standard, according to a Department of Energy (DOE) ruling on Oct. 19, 2011. READ MORE
March 2012
The Model Lighting Ordinance (MLO), produced jointly by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), provides a template for municipalities seeking to develop standards for responsible outdoor lighting. READ MORE
February 2012
While experimenting with high-frequency current, inventor Nikola Tesla developed an electrodeless lamp, but the concept remained largely unexplored for the next century (except as a novelty lamp in the 1980s). The first practical electrodeless lamp appeared a short time later, and the technology continues to gain in popularity today due to its energy and maintenance advantages. READ MORE
January 2012
By now, the electrical industry is well aware that national energy standards have eliminated the manufacture and import of fluorescent magnetic ballasts for 4- and 8-foot standard and energy-saving T12 lamps, with few exceptions. On July 14, 2012, Department of Energy (DOE) rules regulating general-service fluorescent lamps will go into effect, eliminating many popular models. READ MORE

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