NAILD’s Lighting News Brief 3/1/2021

NAILD has gathered all the news you may have missed in the lighting world for the past week. Take a look at their news brief below…

The Lighting Industry News Brief is a news commentary series from Scott Wachter, Producer of Get a Grip on Lighting offering thoughts and opinions on the week’s events and announcements.

Strategies in Light: Registration Now Open for In-Person Event

Strategies in Light has opened registration for their in-person conference August 24-26, 2021, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.


The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the world to rethink how we are interacting – and we are responding. Strategies in Light 2021 will feature a new layered virtual component in conjunction with the live event to provide attendees and exhibitors with an online, interactive way to participate in the event. Attendees will have access to some of the content we will be presenting at the show pre, during, and post-show.


Strategies in Light is going back to its original home in Santa Clara, California, where the show started over 20 years ago. The heartland of Silicon Valley, Santa Clara is the global epicenter for high technology, innovation, venture capital, and start-ups, providing an ideal venue for Strategies in Light’s unique program.

DLC Announces Delisting of Non-Compliant Products

MEDFORD, MA – Continuing a push to maximize the efficacy of commercial lighting while promoting advances in the quality of light, the DesignLights Consortium has issued a reminder that products that have not been updated to comply with newer solid-state lighting performance standards will be removed from the DLC’s Qualified Products List (QPL) on February 28.

The DLC previously postponed the original delisting date of December 31, 2020 (announced with the release of its V5.0 Solid-State Lighting (SSL) Technical Requirements last February) in consideration of market disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. After the new delisting date of February 28, the DLC will allow products non-compliant with SSL V5.0 to remain searchable using the “Show De-Listed Products” filter on its SSL QPL search page.

“Based on lighting science and stakeholder input, the V5.0 Solid-State Lighting Technical Requirements – as well as V5.1, which takes full effect later in 2021– assign greater weight to aspects of commercial LED lighting that improve user satisfaction and comfort,” DLC Executive Director and CEO Christina Halfpenny said. “Through these new requirements, the DLC is driving solutions for people and the environment by optimizing the benefits of quality of light and controls while staying focused on energy efficiency.”

Version 5.0 of the SSL Technical Requirements increases the efficacy requirements for QPL-listed products consistent with the pace of technology, without compromising the quality of light. V5.0 includes new dimming requirements for all DLC Premium products– a change designed to increase energy savings by providing a gateway to controls utilization and improved user satisfaction.

The DLC adopted the V5.0 requirements amid recent technology advances and market shifts. As the LED market has matured over the past decade, a drive to reduce production costs in the face of mounting competition tended to sideline the importance of product quality aspects.

By requiring dimming capability for Premium Products on the DLC’s SSL QPL, V5.0 also points the LED market in a more controls-friendly direction. Since LEDs installed now may operate for a decade or more, strengthening controllability requirements (such as dimming and integral controls for daylight and occupancy) at the time of installation locks in potential energy and cost savings for years to come.

Full SSL Technical Requirements V5.0 (and V5.1) details are explained in a previously-recorded DLC webinar.

Acuity Brands Announces New President of Acuity Lighting

Acuity BrandsAtlantaAcuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI; “Company”) today announced Trevor S. Palmer was appointed President of the Company’s lighting and lighting controls business (ABL). Effective March 1, 2021, Trevor assumes responsibility for driving innovation across the Company’s lighting and lighting controls products, growing market share, and executing the digital transformation of the business. Trevor has over 27 years of experience in the building technology industry and recently served as Senior Vice President of Acuity Brands’ Digital Lighting Networks business.

“Trevor has successfully led and grown our lighting controls business, a key driver for our future,” said Neil M. Ashe, Chairman, President, and CEO of Acuity Brands. “Trevor is a proven leader with an outstanding reputation for driving performance and for cultivating strong relationships within our Independent Sales Network. I’m excited to have him in this expanded role as he executes on our vision to transform and grow our business.”

Richard K. Reece will take on the combined role of Executive Vice President of the Company and Vice Chairman of ABL. In this role, he will continue to partner with Neil on corporate and business development activities and he will work with Trevor to deepen Acuity Brands agency engagement across our Independent Sales Network and to ensure a smooth transition of our ABL business.

Get A Grip On Lighting: The Four-Year Project

There are customers who want to do their lighting retrofit projects one section at a time, mainly because they want to control their spending. But what ends up happening is disjointed lighting with old, yellow, fluorescent lighting mixing with new, LED white light. What is the best way to get these projects done at one time?

Greg Ehrich, LC is the former President of the National Association of Innovative Lighting Distributors (NAILD) and owner of Premier Lighting, a progressive lighting distributorship.

Michael Colligan is an entrepreneur and inventor. He’s a subject matter expert in commercial and industrial lighting supply, lighting retrofits, and finding recycling streams for hard-to-recycle waste.

The Get A Grip On Lighting podcast on lightED is sponsored by Keystone Technologies.

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5 Things to Know Today

Here are the top stories from the Associated Press for Monday, March 1.


Scammers may have stolen billions in unemployment since the pandemic began.


The governor says he will cooperate with the sexual harassment investigation against him.


Alleged victims say the abuse at the New Hampshire center went on for decades.


The International Space Station will have solar panels delivered later this year.


Teams in both Arizona and Florida are allowing a small percentage of fans to watch the games.

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Atkore Buys FRE Composites

Littelfuse Launches Building Automation Microsite

The new site helps customers quickly find the right solutions for their applications.

ABB Recognized as a Globally Leading Innovative Corporation

Clarivate Top 100 Global Innovator lists ABB for the fifth time in ten years as a top global innovation leader.

Kaman Reports 2020 4Q and Full Year Results

Kaman’s net sales were down 22.1% versus the fourth quarter in the prior year.