Green light, go!
The Wall Street Journal Share
Compact fluorescent bulbs and the light-emitting diode variety have improved dramatically recently and are only getting better. You no longer have to choose between energy efficiency and warm, beautiful light that makes everything in a room look as nature intended. The best eco-friendly bulbs can be pricey. But spending an extra $10 or even $70 on a light bulb that renders colors pleasantly is a worthwhile investment — especially since these bulbs last such a long time. More
NAILD LC Prep Course — register today
Are you thinking of taking the LC Exam? Need to brush up? NAILD has the answer for you! NAILD is pleased to once again offer an intensive study course for those anticipating sitting for the November 2012 NCQLP LC Exam. This course will be held at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., April 20-22 before the start of NAILD's national conference. More
Digital LED driver technology eliminates harmful flicker
EETimes via The Cutting Edge Share
With LEDs gaining traction in replacing incandescent bulbs, a downside of LED-based concepts is gaining visibility as well: There are concerns that the flicker associated with LED lamps might cause health problems — even epileptic seizures can be triggered by this phenomenon. IEEE experiments suggest U.S.-based LED driver company iWatt claims that its technology avoids these problems. Two factors cause LED lamps to flicker. More
Only 3 weeks til the NAILD Conference!
Don't delay — Make your hotel reservation and conference registration today!
Membership is necessary to join the celebration at NAILD's 35th Annual Conference, Tradeshow and OCC April 22-25 in West Palm Beach, Fla. The few days of the year that you all look forward to most are quickly approaching. Register and check out the conference page on the NAILD website for speaker information, schedule and more.
Toronto workshop examines benefits of smart lighting
LEDs Magazine Share
Solid-state lighting technologies present an opportunity to significantly reduce energy consumption but also fundamentally change the way users deploy, monitor and control lighting systems. The Solid State Lighting Network, an SSL initiative designed to provide a Canadian focal point for SSL researchers, manufacturers and industry participants, hosted a workshop entitled "Smart Sustainable Lighting" at the University of Toronto. The event brought together more than 100 specialists from the research and industrial communities who are working on a full-system shift towards smart lighting. More
SolarCity launches loan program for energy efficiency upgrades
Los Angeles Times Share
Owners who want to make their homes more energy efficient but can't pay for improvements up front have a new option: The Home Energy Loan program from SolarCity. This allows homeowners to finance energy efficiency upgrades through 10-, three- or one-year loans, the last of which comes with no interest. More
Say goodbye to T12 fluorescent lamps
In July, U.S. lighting manufacturers will cease production of many T12 lamps in order to comply with Department of Energy regulations. First announced in 2010, the DOE planned to phase out magnetic ballasts used in T12 lamps in favor of more energy efficient T8 and T5 lamps. Currently, the federal government uses financial incentives as a motivating factor for commercial lighting retrofits. More
You are invited to become a part of NAILD for a day
Join the celebration by becoming part of NAILD for a day. Please join us April 23 for a complimentary day at our Annual Conference. Arrive at the PGA Grand National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., for breakfast with the NAILD board of directors, a welcome from NAILD President Pete Gray, a general session and an additional track session — finish up your day with NAILD in enough time to get back to the office. More
US Energy Secretary Chu launches 'Apps for Energy' challenge
U.S. Department of Energy Share
As part of the Obama Administration's efforts to help consumers save money by saving energy, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu launched the Department's first-ever "Apps for Energy" competition. "Apps for Energy" will challenge innovative software developers to build new apps — for mobile phones, computers, tablets, software programs and more — that utilize data from major utility companies to help consumers and businesses use less energy and save money. More
How to capitalize on your lack of focus
Conventional wisdom tells us that a focused organization is a nimble organization. Lack of focus can be a core competency. Here are six principles to encourage innovative thinking, lots of experimentation and an entrepreneurial spirit. More
7 elements of a healthy and vibrant business culture
American Express OPEN Forum Share
The idea of culture is a hot topic in business these days, but the actual concept of culture can be tough to pinpoint or define. However, like so many things that are hard to describe, you know it when you see it. Many small businesses don't give the idea of culture much thought, particularly early on, but every business has a culture. It may be strong or weak, positive or negative, or just plain hard to spot, but it's like a form of internal brand in a way. More