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The Pitfalls of LED Linear Tubes and Smart Lighting Systems

The Pitfalls of LED Linear Tubes and Smart Lighting Systems

At first glance, retrofitting an existing fluorescent fixture with an LED Linear tube seems like an appealing option. You achieve some of the energy savings associated with LEDs without having to purchase and install a new fixture. The popularity be ...

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Moving from Oil lamps to LEDs: Right-Sizing your Lighting Program to your Market

Moving from Oil lamps to LEDs: Right-Sizing your Lighting Program to your Market

As a lighting consultant for DNV GL I am frequently asked “what is the next big thing after LED?” While this is a worthy question, it is disconnected from the reality of the current lighting market. A 2015 study by the Department of Energy found ...

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To deem or not to deem? That is the (valid) question.

To deem or not to deem? That is the (valid) question.

During the annual program planning and design phase, energy efficiency utility incentive program implementation teams have to consider how to balance risk and reward when determining whether measures should be custom or prescriptive. A utility and a ...

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Is the CFL era over? Rapid changes in the Residential Lighting Market

Since early 2012, when the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) began to have an impact on the presence of traditional incandescent general purpose lamps in retail stores, the residential lighting market has undergone rapid changes. Before the ...

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Achieving big savings: takeaways from ACEEE’s recent report

ACEEE recently wrote a great paper titled “Big Savers: Experiences and Recent History of Program Administrators Achieving High Levels of Electric Savings.”  While the report is substantial, I highly recommend reading it if you have the time.  I ...

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Linear tube LED's and impact on advanced control opportunities

Linear tube LEDs, such as those intended as direct replacements of 4-ft T8 or T12 fluorescent tubes, have gained significant popularity as a “low-cost shortcut” to upgrading to solid state lighting (SSL). Certainly it is attractive to keep the ex ...

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Is your energy efficiency program up to speed? Keeping pace with the lighting technology (r)evolution

Is your energy efficiency program up to speed? Keeping pace with the lighting technology (r)evolution

This author no longer works for DNV GL. When analyzing the makeup of energy efficiency programs throughout the country, it is not surprising that the majority of the energy saved has come from lighting measures.  Whether it’s from retrofitting ...

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How will Title 24 affect energy efficiency programs moving forward?

This author no longer works for DNV GL. On July 1, 2014, California’s Energy Commission dropped a regulatory bomb on the energy efficiency industry. Its name is Title 24, a set of aggressive building standards that aims to reduce energy usage by ...

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Evaluating upstream programs – Putting the consumer first

Upstream programs put consumers first. They are completely centered on giving consumers incentives to make more energy-efficient choices. Unlike other types of efficiency programs, everyone is eligible to take advantage of the program. The standard a ...

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