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Lighting or illumination is the deliberate use of light to achieve a practical or aesthetic effect. Lighting includes the use of both artificial light sources like lamps and light fixtures, as well as natural illumination by capturing daylight. Daylighting (using windows, skylights, or light shelves) is sometimes used as the main source of light during daytime in buildings. This can save energy in place of using artificial lighting, which represents a major component of energy consumption in buildings. Proper lighting can enhance task performance, improve the appearance of an area, or have positive psychological effects on occupants.

How to Select an Energy Consultant

How to Select an Energy Consultant

The energy industry is complex, competitive, and constantly changing. Operational efficiency and cost savings are common goals, but often, changing markets and conditions lead to confusion. Facility managers aren’t always able to stay abreast of the latest technology and alternative energy solutions, such as renewables, battery storage, or the development

EVERLINE® LED T5HO Tubes Expands Linear LED Upgrade Options

EVERLINE® LED T5HO Tubes Expands Linear LED Upgrade Options

Universal Lighting Technologies, Inc., a global leader in lighting and a member of the Panasonic Group, is expanding its linear LED options with EVERLINE® T5HO LED Tubes. Installers who are focused on light levels or energy savings can choose from two available power levels – 25.5W and 22.5W – as

Guest Commentary: Energy Management Beyond HVAC

Guest Commentary: Energy Management Beyond HVAC

The good news in energy management is that many of the challenges in effectively monitoring and controlling HVAC systems have been overcome. Many buildings—both new construction and retrofits—use efficient heating and cooling systems that are optimized with building automation systems (BAS). Plus, under the latest building codes, building envelopes are

Financing Solar and Energy Storage in Schools

Financing Solar and Energy Storage in Schools

Jason Coughlin, a solar analyst at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, was coauthor of a 2011 report, “Solar Schools Assessment and Implementation Project: Financing Options for Solar Installations on K–12 Schools.”

“Schools have continued to install solar using power purchase agreements (PPAs) and the trend is to continue seeing third-party installations,” says Coughlin.

Retrofitting for Efficiency

Retrofitting for Efficiency

Lighting can be an easy route to cost and energy savings. Reducing the amount of wattage used correspondingly reduces your utility bill. Maintenance costs can also be decreased with the installation of efficient lighting.

“Retrofits come and go with the cost of energy,” observes Bill O’Connell, technical sales manager for Ledvance

Energy Consultant Checklist

Energy Consultant Checklist

The energy industry is complex, competitive, and constantly changing. Operational efficiency and cost savings are common goals, but often, changing markets and conditions lead to confusion. Facility managers aren’t always able to stay abreast of the latest technology and alternative energy solutions, such as renewables, battery storage, or the development

Energy Management Systems

To exemplify the evolving nature of energy management systems, Greg Turner, vice president for Honeywell Business Solutions, recalls a recent conversation in which a hospital facilities manager spoke of how he’d have to come up with budget figures once a year that would either be accepted or rejected.

“Now I get calls almost

Douglas Lighting Controls Unveils Dialog Room Controller 2

Douglas Lighting Controls Unveils Dialog Room Controller 2

Douglas Lighting Controls, a member of the Panasonic family of companies, has introduced the Dialog® Room Controller 2 for light and receptacle control of offices, classrooms, and other defined spaces. The stand-alone system is factory configured with wall station switches, occupancy and daylight sensors that connect to the controller through

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