Research, Commercialization & Govt Organizations – SSL Design

U.S. Navy Awards Orion $1.9 Million in New LED Retrofit Contracts

Orion Energy Systems (Orion Lighting) of Manitowoc, Wisconsin USA, reported that the U.S. Navy awarded the company $1.9 million in new contracts. Under the terms of the contracts, Orion will retrofit two naval bases with its newest LED lighting systems, compliant with the U.S. “Trade Agreements Act” and the “Buy …

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DOE Releases CALiPER Snapshot Report About Industrial LED Luminaires

The U.S. Department of Energy CALiPER program has published a new Snapshot Report on LED industrial luminaires. The industrial LED luminaires listed in the DOE lighting facts database were found to be higher in efficacy than their incumbent counterparts. In fact, about 23% of the industrial luminaires listed among LED Lighting …

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DOE Publishes Gateway Demonstration Evaluating the Long Term Benefits of Indoor LED Lighting Installations

The U.S. Department of Energy published a Gateway field demonstration of the long-term performance LED lights used in particular applications. The study evaluated four LED lighting installations. In addition to wanting LED lighting for improved energy efficiency, some of the installations were motivated by other potential benefits including improved lighting …

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New NGL Competition to Focus on Connected Lighting Systems; Renamed NGLS

NGLS -Next Generation Luminaire Systems competion

This year, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Next Generation Luminaires (NGL) competition will focus on solid state lighting systems with controls, not just the luminaires. Hence, the DOE now calls the competition the Next Generation Luminaire Systems (NGLS) competition. The new NGLS will include multiple competitions and will have a tighter focus on …

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DOE Snapshot Reveals Compelling Case for Fluorescent Replacement

The U.S. Department of Energy released its 2016 CALiPER Snapshot of LED-based troffers including luminaires and retrofit kits. The CALiPER Snapshot report found the efficacy of LED troffer luminaires and retrofit kits that were voluntarily submitted to be listed with the Lighting Facts database to be notably higher than that …

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Senior Health and Color Tuneable Lighting; An Important and Mostly Overlooked Gateway Demo of 2016

A small DoE Gateway demonstration that came out at the end of August 2016 looked at health effects of color temperature tuning and light exposure. The color temperature tuning was meant to mimic sunlight and sunset conditions at the ACC Care Center in Sacremento, California. The study compared patient health …

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LG LED Tube Light Fixtures with External Drivers Meet DOE’s External Power Supply Standard

LG reports that its new LED ballasted tube lighting fixtures with external drivers are among the first on the market that meet the U.S. Department of Energy’s stringent new external power supply standards that took effect this year. Even some prominent LED lighting companies have had safety issues with LED …

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Massachusetts Offers $11.4 Million to Help its Cities and Towns Convert to LED Streetlights

The state administration under Governor Charley Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito of Massachusetts announced $11.4 million in grant funding to help Massachusetts cities and convert traditional streetlights to LEDs. Governor Baker recently signed an Executive Order that outlines a comprehensive approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and safeguarding residents, cities, …

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DOE Announces SBIR/STTR Funding Opportunity; SSL Related to IoT, Health, Circadian Rhythms, and Productivity Mentioned as Potential Topics

The US Department of Energy (DOE) issued funding opportunity for the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs.The funding opportunity announcement (FOA) published on November 28, 2016, is for fiscal Year 2017 Phase I, Release 2 for SBIR and STTR Programs. Under the DE-FOA-0001619 funding …

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DOE Releases Gateway Snapshot of Outdoor Area Luminaires

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a new Snapshot report on LED-based outdoor area lighting. The report covers area/roadway luminaires, parking garage luminaires, and canopy luminaires. Notably, outdoor area lighting has been important in the transition to solid-state lighting, and it is a major contributor to nationwide energy …

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