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Thorn and Paradox Engineering Contribute to DOLL Lighting Lab
SSL Design News Staff

September 30, 2014...The global lighting company Thorn has selected Swiss technology company Paradox Engineering SA as a trusted smart lighting partner for the Danish Outdoor Lighting Lab (DOLL) in Copenhagen. As part of an agreement with Doll, Thorn will exhibit and install its technology at the Living Lab where it is displaying its streetlight platform based on its LED luminaires integrated with Paradox Engineering’s PE.AMI network solution.

The city of Copenhagen launched a large-scale pilot project featuring smart LED lights, stretching for about 9 km along the roads in an industrial area of the Copenhagen suburb. The project hopes to saving money and cutting carbon emissions, The smart LED lights will be in an industrial area of the Copenhagen suburb Albertslund covering about 1.5 square kilometers.

DOLL’s Living Lab invited manufacturers and suppliers to set up and test outdoor lighting solutions at DOLL’s Living Lab on a 1:1 scale on 9.2 kilometers of road and pathways in Hersted Industrial Park in the city of Albertslund. Hundreds of lights have been installed so far in Albertslund. Citizens will take part in an experiment that examines future cities should use street lighting.

Several suppliers including Thorn and Paradox Engineering will teach citizens more about intelligent lighting solutions. DOLL’s Living Lab will be unveiled in Copenhagen on September 4th, 2014.At DOLL’s Living Lab, Paradox Engineering and Thorn plan to showcase their respective smart technologies.

Thorn’s LED lighting infrastructure will be integrated with Paradox Engineering’s PE.AMI smart lighting management platform. This IPv6/6LoWPAN Internet of Things ready PE.AMI solution will allow each luminaire to become a network object to be monitored, managed and controlled through alarm, on/off, and dimming management functions that further increase Thorn’s LED luminaire energy efficiency. Fully secure PE.AMI functions include status monitoring and temperature control, as well as managing external input units such as motion or other sensors.

Paradox Engineering’s PE.AMI and Thorn’s LEDs solutions are designed to address energy saving concerns and improve liveability, sustainability and the city’s economy. Thorn selected Paradox Engineering’s urban wireless sensor network technology PE.AMI, which accommodates Smart Lighting but also adds smart urban services in the same integrated network such as Smart Parking, Smart Metering, public Wi-Fi as the one DOLL is equipped with, and many more. PE.AMI network technology was preferred for its flexibility and security, its full compliance to open standard protocols, and its ability to seamlessly integrate multiple applications in one integrated network infrastructure.

“The combination of Thorn lighting technologies with PE.AMI will show citizens in Copenhagen how an integrated, truly Smart City platform can seamlessly improve their everyday experience by granting greater quality of living and sustainability, tasting the Internet of Things paradigm through easy and robust urban services,” said Gianni Minetti, president and CEO of Paradox Engineering. “After sharing our Smart City vision with a number of municipalities and partners, the collaboration with Thorn is a significant milestone for Paradox Engineering as it further endorses our approach."

“The full interoperability granted by Paradox Engineering’s solutions is nowadays a key feature for most cities, since they are looking for smarter ways to manage multiple services across a single integrated platform. Paradox Engineering is a partner to complement Thorn’s lighting solutions,” added Michael Ferm, Marketing & Business Director Nordic at Thorn Lighting. “Together, we are ready to offer a truly future proof lighting and multi-application infrastructure, which enables a smart and connected urban experience for citizens and businesses.”

The Oxane L in one of the Thorn LED street lights that is showcased in the DOLL exhibition The Oxane L is a major road lantern. The highly efficient, Oxane L is available in two light distributions and has ratings from 43W (3700lm) to 173W (13300lm), covering lighting classes up to ME1. Oxane L has a luminaire efficacy up to 86 lm/W ( and optical efficacy up to 111 lm/W), with a neutral white 4000K colour temperature and CRI of 70. In addition to employing the latest LED technology, Oxane L offers standalone dimming, remote and minicell monitoring capabilities to facilitate comprehensive control and optimize energy consumption.

PE.AMI from Paradox Engineering is an ultra-low power IPv6/6LoWPAN full mesh hybrid wireless and PLC network platform designed for the Internet of Things and specifically conceived to support multiple Smart City applications such as lighting management, parking management, advanced meter reading, traffic signal management, solid waste management and many more. These services might be deployed at once or in the future, so to support Cities’ needs.

PE.AMI is based on open standards and grants full interoperability and independence of any proprietary protocol and technology. It is also fully compatible with any field devices (luminaires, meters, sensors, etc.) and applications. Paradox Engineering says that PE.AMI offers unlimited network extension, and ensures a future proof choice to Smart Cities, and no kind of lock in.

PE.AMI uniquely integrates narrowband and broadband networks and also supports data hungry applications such as public WiFi and video surveillance. So, besides enabling smart lighting, it can connect to DOLL’s WiFi infrastructure that Cisco operates, providing a fully integrated and multi-application platform.

ForceField Energy's American Lighting Subsidiary Awarded $1 Million Contract
SSL Design News Staff

September 30, 2014...ForceField Energy Inc. announced that its wholly owned subsidiary American Lighting signed an LED lighting retrofit contract to supply and install LED lighting products and solutions for the San Diego Community College District. American Lighting will retrofit six different campus locations as well as their Administration Building. The contract has an estimated value of $1.0 million and is expected to be completed by December 31, 2014.

Under the agreement, American Lighting will supply exterior and interior LED lighting solutions and products. The lighting solutions and products will be part of a full range of utility services and energy related capital improvement projects that the San Diego Community College District is implementing under their Proposition 39 allocation(s).

The California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Prop. 39) allocates projected revenue to California's General Fund and the Clean Energy Job Creation Fund for five fiscal years, beginning with fiscal year 2013-14. Prop 39 allocates revenue to local education agencies to support energy efficiency and alternative energy projects, along with related improvements and repairs that contribute to reduced operating costs and improved health and safety conditions in public schools.

"American Lighting's strong reputation for providing the highest quality LED lighting products and solutions across diverse customer and facility types, makes them an ideal partner for this project," stated Richard ST Julien ForceField's executive chairman and president of its LED Division. "As we leverage the strength of American Lighting and the breadth of our capabilities across the company, we are confident we can drive additional opportunities in North America which we believe will deliver strong revenue growth and profitably over the coming years."

"We are proud to have been selected to support the implementation of this multi-location energy improvement project for the San Diego Community College District," stated Neil Miller, American Lighting's CEO. "This is one of many potential projects which are being driven by Prop 39, a forward thinking initiative by the State of California to support energy efficiency and alternative energy projects in schools and local educational agencies throughout the state. We believe there will be many additional projects we can participate in as a result of this initiative."

Ford Invests in New LED Lighting at Manufacturing Plants Globally
SSL Design News Staff

September 30, 2014...Ford Motor Company, which is headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, has started installing LED lighting at its manufacturing facilities around the world. The new lights, valued at more than $25 million are expected to improve lighting quality as well as save energy and money.

The 25,000 new LED fixtures from Dialight will replace traditional fluorescent and high-intensity discharge lights. Ford expects the lights to reduce its energy use for light at manufacturing facilities by 56 million kilowatt-hours annually, a 70 percent reduction in lighting energy consumption compared to traditional lighting. This is enough to power more than 6,000 average-sized homes per year. The company expects to reduce its annual energy costs by approximately $7 million.

The LED lighting has a 15-year life expectancy. So, the need for maintenance will diminish. Fluorescent and HID fixtures require re-lamping in as little as two years. Ford notes that the technology provides a brighter work area, better uniformity and improved color perception, resulting in a better quality of light for plant employees.

"We are extremely pleased to install this leading-edge technology in our manufacturing facilities worldwide,” said John Fleming, executive vice president, Global Manufacturing and Labor Affairs. “This is a long term investment in our future that highlights our aggressive approach to lead in environmental improvements and achieve operating efficiencies.”

Ford is well on its way to meeting its goal of reducing by 25 its energy use per vehicle produced at its facilities by 2016. The company has achieved a 20 percent energy efficiency already, according to George Andraos, director of energy and sustainability at Ford Land. The switch to LED lighting helps to ensure Ford will meet its target.

“Moving to LED gives us impressive efficiency improvement,” said Andraos. “Ford worked closely with its scientists and suppliers to investigate and closely follow the rapid development of LED lighting. In 2013, we selected Dialight, a leading LED industrial fixture manufacturer with a global footprint, to develop light fixtures that meet Ford’s global needs.”

Late last month, work began at its Dearborn Truck Plant to replace worn and outdated overhead lighting. The LED replacement program will continue through the year at 17 other Ford manufacturing facilities globally, including Livonia Transmission Plant in Livonia, Michigan; Dearborn Stamping Plant; Essex Engine in Windsor, Ontario; Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville, Kentucky; Oakville Assembly in Oakville, Ontario; and Dagenham Engine Plant in Dagenham, England.

“Ford has a deep commitment to the environment,” said Donna Inch, chairman and CEO of Ford Land. “By creating outstanding products, investing in the facilities where our employees work, and using such technology as LED lighting, we are helping to promote a sustainable future.”

Victoria Theatre Association wins Rebate for Energy Efficiency Upgrades from Dayton Power & Light Company
SSL Design News Staff

September 26, 2014...Dayton Power & Light Company (DP&L), a subsidiary of The AES Corporation awarded Victoria Theatre Association an energy efficiency rebate of $67,650. The rebate was for lighting upgrades in The Arts Garage. The Victoria Theatre Association replaced 445 lighting fixtures with energy LED fixtures over the summer. The fixtures are expected to save 519,387 kilowatt hours of energy and about $41,000 annually. In addition to the fixtures, more than 230 motion sensors were installed to turn off unnecessary lighting based on occupancy. Victoria Theatre Association says it is already saving on its electric bills.

In a separate announcement, the Dayton Power and Light Company Foundation (DP&L Foundation) reported that it has become Victoria Theatre Association’s official energy sponsor. On Tuesday, September 23, DP&L President and CEO Derek A. Porter will present Victoria Theatre Association officials with an energy efficiency rebate of $67,650 for an extensive lighting upgrade in the Arts Garage.

“DP&L’s mission is to keep the lights on for our residents, and to ensure that the cultural life of our community shines brightly for many years,” Porter said. “Like many of our employees who are involved in theater, music or arts programs in their communities, I am passionate about organizations like the Victoria Theatre Association because of the significant value they bring to our lives.”

“We welcome DP&L Foundation as our official energy sponsor,” says President and CEO of Victoria Theatre Association and The Arts Center Foundation, Ken Neufeld. “The DP&L rebate program has meant huge savings for us and as a downtown business that consumes a lot of energy, anything we can do to be more efficient and keep expenses down is important. All proceeds from the garage operations help offset the cost of running the Victoria Theatre, the Benjamin and Marion Schuster Performing Arts Center, and the Metropolitan Arts Center. This revenue helps us offer the best possible rates on rent and services that we provide to our resident companies like the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance and the Human Race Theatre Company and our many other arts partners.”

Installation at Boston City Hall for Music Festival Uses Robe Lighting BMFL Spots
SSL Design News Staff

September 25, 2014...Lighting designer Preston Hoffman of Pulse Lighting employed twelve of Robe’s new BMFL Spot luminaires in an installation at Boston City Hall. The installation transformed the city hall into a vibrant backdrop for the Boston Calling Music Festival. Crash Line Products commissioned Hoffman, who was renowned as a rock ‘n’ roll lighting designer for the occasion. The Festival’s two main stages stood in front of the City Hall Plaza in front of the City Hall building at 90 degrees to one another.

Hoffman began to use Robe about two years ago after encountering their fixtures in a festival in Germany, and now uses Robe products for many of his larger projects. Music Festival project was Hoffman’s first chance to illuminate a landmark in his home city of Boston.

Hoffman reached out to vendors including Ted Goodspeed of Boston-based East Coast Lighting & Production Services (ECLPS). Goodspeed knew that Robe was planning to launch a new luminaire aimed at long throw applications and suggested that Hoffman try the BMFL.

“I could see from several angles that moving lights were the way to go with this one,” said Hoffman. The large concrete constructed City Hall, with cantilevered upper stories, was built in 1968 as part of a major urban redevelopment plan.

“The BMFL Spot with its 1700 Watt light source and multi-functionality sounded extremely interesting,” Hoffman explained.

The 12 x BMFL Spots were double hung on a truss between two centrally located towers in the City Hall Plaza, throwing at least 100 metres onto the face of the building. Hoffman created a selection of different looks ranging from texturing to crisp multi-colored gobo combinations, and subtle, and rippling animations to simple single hues. Hoffman noted that the BMFL Spots were highly effective even when when using multiple effects, or when place in the darker saturates like red, green and blue.

“Patterns were vital to the project. The gobo selection was nice and ideal for both projected and aerial effects.” He commented that using the “Amazing” dual graphics wheel he could edge-blend the projected images – almost as if they were a wide-screen video artwork - right across the full surface area. Other features impressed him including the speed of the 5 – 55 degree zoom.

First, Hoffman mixed a base color palette, and then he started experimenting with gobo looks and overlays in addition to using the Macros to create stunning effects.

The BMFL Spots also caught the eye of several guest LDs who lit bands performing at the Festival, and asked constantly about the light sources, with many thinking the effects were created by large-format projectors. He was also very excited to be the first lighting designer in the U.S. to use BMFL Spots on an architectural installation.

University of Phoenix Stadium Installs Ephesus LED Sports Lighting
SSL Design News Staff

September 23, 2014...University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona has installed LED stadium lights from Ephesus Lighting, Inc. According to Amy Casper, CEO of the Ephesus of Syracuse, the facility will be the first NFL venue to illuminate the football field surface exclusively with LED lighting. The 63,400-seat stadium with its retractable roof and field, is expandable to seat 72,200 fans. The Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority (AZSTA) owns the stadium and Global Spectrum operates it.

University of Phoenix Stadium serves as the Arizona Cardinals’ home field. It also is the site of the Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Eve 2014, the Pro Bowl on January 25, 2015, and the Super Bowl on February 1, 2015. The Cardinals hosted the San Francisco 49ers in the first game under the new lights on September 21st.

“We are excited that so many sports and entertainment venues have seen the light and made the switch to LED lighting over the past two years,” said Mike Lorenz, president of Ephesus Lighting. “The feedback from fans, players and broadcasters at venues all across North America who are using our LED sports lighting reinforces that LED is the premier lighting solution for sports and entertainment venues.”

Ephesus points out that each of its LED light is significantly brighter than the previously installed metal halide lights. Ephesus notes that its LED lighting also provides more uniform light creating a better stage for players and both fans in the stadium and those watching on television.

“The capabilities of LED technology have changed the way we view sports lighting,” said Joe Casper, Founder and CTO of Ephesus Lighting. “This was a great opportunity to showcase our innovative lighting technology in a venue known as a leader in introducing new ideas to the sports marketplace.”

The University of Phoenix Stadium replaced more than 780 metal halide fixtures with just 312 Ephesus Stadium fixtures. The new lights will use just 310,000 watts of energy, which is about 75 percent less than the 1.24 million watts that powered the metal halide system. In addition to energy savings from the lighting, the system also reduces the load on the air conditioning system because it creates less heat than the metal halide fixtures.

LED lights can be turned on and off instantly as opposed to the required 20-minute warm-up period for the metal halide lights. Ephesus notes that the instant on/off feature also allows facility operators to create light shows for fans.

“We are excited about replacing our metal halide fixtures with state-of-the-art Ephesus LED lighting fixture,” said Peter Sullivan, general manager and regional vice president for Global Spectrum at University of Phoenix Stadium. “As the host venue for the 2015 Super Bowl, we look forward to demonstrating the benefits of LED technology to a global audience.”

“We selected Ephesus after careful consideration of all the other available options. We are confident that their solution will improve lighting for the athletes, fans and broadcasters, all while reducing energy consumption and eliminating conventional sports lighting maintenance expense,” said Sullivan.

Osram Presents First OLED Application for Car Interiors
LIGHTimes News Staff

September 16, 2014...Osram has launched an OLED-based reading lamp for car interiors, reportedly the first OLED product ever for car interiors. The OLED Reading Light from Osram with matt aluminum housing provides a warm and uniform light. "With the launch of the Osram OLED Reading Light in the fall we are once again providing evidence of our technological leadership and powers of innovation in the automotive lighting sector," said Hans-Joachim Schwabe, CEO of the Osram Specialty Lighting Business Unit.

Osram notes that an OLED’s homogeneous light neither casts shadows nor dazzles (blinds a person temporarily), making OLED technology ideal for applications requiring eye focus for a long time. The OLED’s color temperature of 3300 kelvin is very warm, and it has continuously variable brightness. According to Osram, the OLED Reading Light has been optimized for use in a car and can be recharged via a USB cable. An indicator at the USB port shows the status of the battery charge. A clip allows it to be easily attached to the sun visor for example.

The OLED reading light comes with a five-year guarantee and will be available from fall 2014 in a limited edition at www.shopyourlight.com, among other places.

Hilton Minneapolis Saves Energy with Lunera Lighting
SSL Design News Staff

September 9, 2014...Lunera® Lighting, Inc., released a hotel case study which demonstrated the positive impact of the company's Helen Lamp in the hospitality industry. Lunera says its Helen Lamp, which produces beautiful, quality light, saves 50-70 percent on energy, while reducing lamp maintenance cycles five-fold.

The Hilton Minneapolis wanted an easy-to-install lighting solution that would raise guest experience, lower energy usage, and reduce maintenance costs. While a custom-made guest corridor fixture was previously designed for use with a Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL). However, the quality of light was not as beautiful as the Hilton Minneapolis had hoped. Lunera says that its Helen Lamp was ideal for the lighting application.

"Every day, we challenge ourselves to push the envelope of guest experience. The clean, bright, quality light from the Helen Lamp met that challenge and has been a big hit with our guests and employees," Dennis P. Cavner lead engineer, Hilton Minneapolis.

The Helen Lamp also replaced CFLs in the property's 850 guest room entry foyers. In total, the Helen Lamp replaced 2,350 CFLs, which immediately lowering the hotel's lighting energy bills by more than 50 percent. A long 50,000-hour lamp life is five times that of a CFL.

The Helen Lamp replaces 2- and 4-pin CFLs. Each Helen Lamp consumes 13 watts and provides 900 lumens at 2700K to 4000K and 84 CRI. The lamp employs the company's BallastLED technology, which allows use with existing fixtures and ballasts.

Replacing the 2,350 32-watt CFLs with the 13-watt Helen Lamps translated to over 16,000 annually in energy cost savings for the hotel.

"The hospitality industry was one of the first markets to aggressively engage the Helen Lamp," said Tom Quinn, Lunera vice president of sales and marketing. "Too often when businesses make a sustainable choice, they give up something in return. In the case of the Helen Lamp, the product far exceeds the performance of the incumbent CFL lighting technology and does so while improving business performance and environmental impact. This is what draws hoteliers to the Helen Lamp."

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