Recently, we came across an article that noted that the FTC Lighting Facts label would be getting an extended deadline before becoming a must-have on all medium screw based light bulbs.  While true (the FTC label will now be enforced beginning January 2012), the article unfortunately included a picture of the DOE’s Lighting Facts label as its image reference.  To clear up any confusion that the two lighting facts labels may be causing, we’re including a breakdown of each and why they are being used.

The FTC will be enforcing that their Lighting Facts label be included on packaging of all medium screw based light bulbs (or the Edison based bulbs as we also like to call them).  This label will include on the front of packages, the brightness shown in lumens and the estimated annual energy cost.

And, on the backs of the packaging, you will now see the following  label, which also includes the expected life, appearance, energy use and whether the lamp contains mercury. The new label will also require that the lumen output be directly printed onto the base of the bulb.

The purpose of the FTC’S Lighting Facts label is to assist people in saving money by selecting the most efficient bulb for their needs, and to begin using lumens rather than watts as the “brightness” source.  Something to keep in mind is this label does not require testing to show the information that is included.

The U.S. Department of Energy, created a Lighting Facts label to assure and improve the quality of solid state lighting products. Participating in the program (as we do) is voluntary, and the label includes performance results from actual test data. We’ve mentioned it before, but it looks like this and can already be found on packaging…

For now, it’s a possibility that you will see both labels included on bulbs that you purchase. However, the DOE will not encourage the use of its label on packaging once the FTC label is required on January 1, 2012.

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We are happy to announce that recently, Kandy Kernes, was named Vice President of OEM Sales at Lighting Science Group. Kandy,  a seasoned lighting veteran has been in the industry for over 18 years.  In this time she has worked on both the agency and manufacturer side for Lightolier, Visa and Acuity Brands before making her way to Lighting Science Group three years ago.  Kandy recently relocated to Florida. “I feel blessed to be part of the LSG team.  I appreciate the opportunities they have given me and know that we are just at the beginning of this incredible ride!”

When asked how she was settling in to the Florida life Kandy said “Are you kidding, I live and work on an island.  My home is 5 minutes from the office, 7 if I ride my bike! The beach is 10 feet away from my back door, what’s not to love?”

Not only is Kandy, Lighting Science Group’s first female VP, but she also serves on the IES Progress Committee, and is our representative with the IALD – LIRC and NEMA.  Congratulations Kandy!

Lightfair literature available for download!

We had four pieces of literature available at Lightfair 2011 in Philadelphia :

Lighting Science Group Lightfair 2011 Product Brochure

Advanced Projects Group Brochure

Definity Lamp Brochure

C2D LowBay Brochure

Lightfair International 2011 began today and we’re having a wonderful time displaying our product line.  Today, from our Future Lab, visitors had the chance to see some of the amazing things our scientists and engineers have been developing such as wirelessly controlled intelligent lighting that was recently shown at the Google I/O 2011 Conference, a 500 lumen MR16, an A19 that gets 104 lumens/watt using quantum dot technology, the A19 60 watt equiv. bulb that will be submitted for the U.S. DOE’s L-Prize, an active cooling MEMS A19 bulb, an active optics lighting product that reduces shadowing & a photosynthetic active radian plant growth light. For continued updates, check our Facebook page.

The Meaning of Light: An Illumination written by Fred Maxik & Greg Horn was recently released on Amazon.com.  The first completed and published book by Fred was a huge accomplishment, and he currently has two other books in the works (one to be focused on sustainable light case studies and the other to be a textbook).  With the help of co-author, Greg Horn, Fred was able to bring his thoughts about light and its meaning into words on the page.  Written as both informative and educational, Fred hopes that readers will view the book as an awakener to what differences can be made with lighting in the future for the environmental, economical and social good. In speaking with Fred, he feels that it’s time to break the mold in conventional lighting, but that it’s also important to assist in educating everyone.  Here’s a brief glimpse from the book, “The LED revolution is to lighting what the printing press was to literacy, radically redefining what is possible.” The book can be purchased here, and we will also have a handful as giveaways at Lightfair 2011.

Here at LSG, we believe it is important to educate users on the lighting technologies that we continue to develop.  As we often participate in the Department of Energy’s Solid State Lighting conferences, we thought now would also be a great time to begin giving demonstrations about some of the products that we currently have available to everyone. Lighting Science Group will be showcasing our line of LED lamps available under Home Depot’s EcoSmart line at the Home Depot in San Mateo, California this weekend. Educational material as well as demonstrations will be presented on the differences between LEDs, CFLs and incandescent lamps. If you are in the area, be sure to stop by to ask questions and learn more about the EcoSmart LED lamps.  The event will be on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1st from 10:00am to 2:00pm both days, and giveaways will be handed out throughout the event. We look forward to seeing everyone there.

Fred Maxik, CTO of Lighting Science Group

A couple of days ago, we were able to sit LSGs Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Fred Maxik, down for just enough time to ask him the question we keep hearing that others would like to know the answer to…

What is the future of Solid State Lighting?

“It is enormous and to some degree unknowable,” said Fred Maxik, Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Lighting Science Group. “The example I always refer to is the original digital audio deck, whereas now we have MP3 players.” “Think about having a street light fixture that weighs 20 pounds versus 10 years from now where it may weigh 4 ounces.”

For more information on how Lighting Science Group incorporates new technology and design into projects, visit the installations page here.

Jose Sierra, the new Vice President of Customer Satisfaction for Lighting Science Group, has lived in Florida for 22 years. Him and his wife Ligia have a beautiful nine-year-old daughter named Liannie. His personal interests include boxing, tennis and 5k races.

“I came to work at Lighting Science Group to be a part of this energetic team,” said Jose. “LSG is on the cutting-edge of breakthrough technology, and everyone who works here knows it and is excited to be a part of it.”

For more information on Jose’s new position, read the full press release here.

Lighting Science Group Corporation today notified the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that it has developed with Light Prescriptions Innovators, LLC (LPI) a highly efficient, high output and low cost 60-watt replacement LED bulb, and will submit it for testing to win the Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prize (L Prize) competition. The bulb design is based on patented and patent-pending technologies developed by both companies.

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 established the L Prize to promote the development of a highly efficient, high quality LED replacements for the traditional 60-watt light bulb—the most widely used light bulb in America. Incandescent lights are wasteful and energy-hungry—DOE estimated that lighting accounted for 25% of all electric energy use in the U.S. in 2009—offering a rapid and practical path for significant energy savings from LED lighting.

The L-Prize criteria seemed futuristic when first announced, requiring a light bulb that works in current sockets and gets six times the energy efficiency (measured in lumens of light produced per watt of electricity used) of an incandescent and almost double the efficiency of a compact florescent lamp, while meeting other high standards for color rendering, life, quality, cost and availability.

“This bulb is yet another example of how Lighting Science Group is revolutionizing the science of light to produce state-of-the-art LED products that deliver on the promise of LED technology and further it’s widespread adoption, right here in America,” said Fred Maxik, founder and chief technology officer of Lighting Science Group.  “We are confident that our LED bulb developed in partnership with LPI meets or exceeds all of the criteria for the L Prize, making it a strong contender to win the competition, but we also believe that developing this product will further accelerate the transformation of the lighting industry to highly efficient LED technology.”

“This LED bulb will help accelerate America’s shift away from inefficient, dated lighting products to innovative, high-performance products,” said Roberto Alvarez, chief executive officer and president of LPI. “We applaud the U.S. government for challenging the industry through this contest to develop affordable and ultra-efficient LED bulbs that meet real-world user demands.”

In addition to a significant cash prize, the first manufacturer to fully meet the competition’s requirements will also be in consideration for federal purchasing agreements, utility programs and other incentives. However, the stakes are much higher than that. Energy efficiency means cost savings for the consumer, but on a national scale it also means less reliance on imported fossil fuels, greater national energy security, reduced pollution, and more innovation-driven clean-tech American jobs. According to DOE, an LED replacement for the approximately 425 million 60-watt incandescent bulbs sold each year could save 34 terawatt-hours of electricity in one year, enough to power the lights of 17.4 million U.S. households and avoid 5.6 million metric tons of carbon emissions annually.

For the full press release, please visit here.

Simon Property Group has retrofitted 25,000 lamps in carts in kiosks in 29 malls with energy-efficient LED MR16 lamps from Lighting Science Group. Usually, these kiosks use 13 35 watt halogen reflector lamps. Simon replaced these with 6 watt Lighting Science Group lamps.

By the end of 2010, Simon’s carts were able to save in energy consumption an average cost a year $194,753 and $56,912 in average maintenance/bulb replacement cost per year. The total yearly cost saved is $251,665.

For more information on Simon Malls, visit http://www.simon.com/.

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