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Fed Survey Finds Economy Facing Supply Chain, Other Drags

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Coalition Calls for Global Ban of Fluorescent Lighting

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A new report recently released by the Clean Lighting Coalition highlights the environmental and health risks posed when fluorescent lamps break, especially to vulnerable populations. The report provides concrete steps government, industry, consumers, and others, like childcare providers, can take to accelerate the transition to LED lighting, which is mercury-free, more energy-efficient, more cost-effective, and widely available.

To mitigate the risks posed by mercury, the Coalition is calling on the Biden Administration to support the global phase-out of fluorescent lighting by 2025 at the upcoming meeting of the United Nation’s Minamata Convention on Mercury in March 2022. Furthermore, the Coalition notes that phasing out fluorescent lighting aligns with the Administration’s Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad issued earlier this year.

“Fluorescent lamps have been tolerated for decades because they were considered the most energy-efficient option,” said Alicia Culver, Executive Director of the Responsible Purchasing Network and co-author of the report. “But this is no longer the case: LEDs are twice as energy efficient as fluorescent lamps, last 2-3 times longer, and they don’t contain mercury.”

The report details:

  • Health risks to those exposed to mercury, especially populations that are more vulnerable, such as pregnant people and their unborn babies, infants and young children, communities of color, and those living in low-income neighborhoods
  • Health risks to workers exposed to mercury when lamps break during the manufacturing, installation, recycling, and disposal of fluorescent lamps
  • Environmental hazards posed by the release of mercury in fluorescent lighting
  • Benefits of transitioning to LED lighting, now considered the most cost-effective and reliable lighting option in the U.S. marketplace

“We know that mercury exposure, especially in early life, can lead to irreversible deficits in verbal skills, reduced attention span and motor control, and lower IQ,” said Michael T. Bender, director of the Mercury Policy Project and one of the report authors. “However, these exposure risks are avoidable by replacing fluorescents with LEDs.”

The report recommends steps that government entities, businesses, and consumers can take to accelerate the transition to LEDs. For example, it recommends state and local governments:

  • Adopt and enforce mercury reduction laws to phase out fluorescents. For example, Vermont law bans sales of mercury-containing lamps unless the manufacturer has demonstrated that no comparably performing alternative nonmercury energy-efficient lamp is available at a comparable cost.
  • Update guidance, including on websites, to highlight the hazards of mercury in fluorescent lighting and the advantages of LEDs including reduced risk, better energy efficiency, longer product life, and significant cost savings.
  • Adopt new lighting specifications that prohibit vendors from offering fluorescent lamps, fixtures and ballasts on their state supply contracts. Maryland and Minnesota are already using this approach to eliminate many fluorescent lighting products from their contracts.
  • Develop contracts for environmentally preferable lighting equipment that offer a wide array of LED lighting products at discounted prices. New York State and the City of San Francisco have lighting contracts that feature LEDs.

The report also highlights guidelines from the US EPA regarding strict protocols that should be taken when cleaning up broken fluorescent lamps.

“There is no safe level of mercury exposure and following US EPA guidelines in cleaning up a broken lamp is not easy,” says Coalition Deputy Director Ana Maria Carreño. “Most people, for example, either don’t know about or find it difficult to follow the proper procedures. Yet, with the tremendous advances in LED technology during the past decade, there’s no reason to continue using fluorescent lighting.”

Mercury is highly toxic to humans, which is why the World Health Organization lists it among the top 10 chemicals or groups of chemicals of major public health concern.

“The U.S. has been a global leader on many fronts,” said Michael Scholand of the Coalition and one of the world’s leading experts on lighting policy and technology. “But when it comes to taking action on fluorescent lighting, the U.S. lags behind some African countries and the European Union, which have already taken steps to phase out mercury-based lighting.”

Mercury in Fluorescent Lighting: Unnecessary Health Risks and Actionable Solutions” was published by the Clean Lighting Coalition in partnership with the Mercury Policy Project and the Responsible Purchasing Network. The report was co-published by the following groups: Vermont Public Interest Research Group, Healthy Babies Bright Futures, Eco-Healthy Child Care, the Children’s Environmental Health Network, Clean Water Action and Ecology Center.

The Coalition is encouraging consumers, businesses, and others to sign a pledge to support the global transition to clean and efficient lighting, and to end the manufacture, export and import of mercury-containing fluorescent lighting in the United States by 2025. To learn more, visit https://cleanlightingcoalition.org/advocates-pledge.

NLB Announces Tesla Award Winners

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — The National Lighting Bureau (NLB) announces winners of its Second Annual Tesla Awards. Ten Tesla Awards were given this year for the following projects:

  • Confidential Client Office TI – Stantec
  • Deloitte HQ Link Bridges –Equation Lighting Design
  • 25 E Washington Lobby – Schuler Shook
  • Penthouse – LS Group
  • Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist – MORLIGHTS
  • Rockefeller Capital Management – Fisher Marantz Stone
  • Confidential Aerospace Defense Corporation – Fisher Marantz Stone
  • Princeton University Firestone Library – Fisher Marantz Stone
  • BGI Castel Headquarters – Marco Stignani Lighting Design
  • CME Group—Schuler Shook

Staying true to its mission, the NLB created the Tesla Awards to honor lighting projects that provide High-Benefit Lighting®, or lighting that promotes human performance, health, safety, commerce and the reduction in light pollution. Not only do the winning projects showcase the value of lighting, but they also demonstrate the best practices in lighting design, and the importance of collaboration.

The awards are to be presented Friday, October 29 at LightFair at 11:30 a.m. in the Special Events Area (booth 1474.)

In addition, at a separate date, the judges will conduct a deep dive interview allowing the designers to describe the jobs in detail.

Mary Beth Gotti, Telsa Committee Chair, stated, “We realize that while many are reviewing their plans to attend LightFair, we will be conducting a live awards presentation and abiding by all safety protocols.” NLB Chair, Howard Lewis said, “This year we are very excited to honor the Tesla Awardees in person at LightFair as well as learn the details of these award-winning projects in an online format.  This hybrid format is truly the best way to showcase these beautiful jobs.”

Tickets are free, but please sign up at:  https://teslaawards.eventbrite.com

The Bureau provides its services to the public free of charge, thanks to the generous funding of the organization’s sponsors which include individuals, professional societies, trade associations, labor unions, manufacturers, and agencies of the U.S. government, including:

Obtain more information about the Bureau by contacting its staff at info@nlb.org or visiting its website (https://www.nlb.org/), where information about sponsorship also is available.

NLB Announces Tesla Awards Winners

BRENTWOOD, TN, October 19, 2021—The National Lighting Bureau (NLB) announces winners of its Second Annual Tesla Awards. Ten Tesla Awards were given this year for the following projects:

  • Confidential Client Office TI – Stantec
  • Deloitte HQ Link Bridges –Equation Lighting Design
  • 25 E Washington Lobby – Schuler Shook
  • Penthouse – LS Group
  • Seventeenth Church of Christ, Scientist – MORLIGHTS
  • Rockefeller Capital Management – Fisher Marantz Stone
  • Confidential Aerospace Defense Corporation – Fisher Marantz Stone
  • Princeton University Firestone Library – Fisher Marantz Stone
  • BGI Castel Headquarters – Marco Stignani Lighting Design
  • CME Group—Schuler Shook

Staying true to its mission, the NLB created the Tesla Awards to honor lighting projects that provide High-Benefit Lighting®, or lighting that promotes human performance, health, safety, commerce and the reduction in light pollution. Not only do the winning projects showcase the value of lighting, but they also demonstrate the best practices in lighting design, and the importance of collaboration.

The awards are to be presented Friday, October 29 at LightFair at 11:30 a.m. in the Special Events Area (booth 1474.)

In addition, at a separate date, the judges will conduct a deep dive interview allowing the designers to describe the jobs in detail.

Mary Beth Gotti, Telsa Committee Chair, stated, “We realize that while many are reviewing their plans to attend LightFair, we will be conducting a live awards presentation and abiding by all safety protocols.” NLB Chair, Howard Lewis said, “This year we are very excited to honor the Tesla Awardees in person at LightFair as well as learn the details of these award-winning projects in an online format.  This hybrid format is truly the best way to showcase these beautiful jobs.”

Tickets are free, but please sign up at:  https://teslaawards.eventbrite.com

The Bureau provides its services to the public free of charge, thanks to the generous funding of the organization’s sponsors which include individuals, professional societies, trade associations, labor unions, manufacturers, and agencies of the U.S. government, including:

Obtain more information about the Bureau by contacting its staff at info@nlb.org or visiting its website (https://www.nlb.org/), where information about sponsorship also is available.

Luminii Acquires Two British Lighting Manufacturers

Niles, Ill.—Oct. 19, 2021Luminii, a Chicago-based manufacturer of industry-leading specification-grade architectural LED lighting systems, today announced the acquisition of two British lighting manufacturers Precision Lighting and Remote Controlled Lighting (RCL). Precision Lighting and RCL are sister companies under common ownership and management that produce individually unique product lines. Bringing both brands into the Luminii fold allows the collective companies to broaden their global reach into new territories while enabling Luminii to further innovate by engineering new LED lighting technologies and products that service commercial and residential markets.

“The mutual benefits of this dual acquisition are far-reaching. With the addition of Precision Lighting and Remote Controlled Lighting, we are well-positioned to immediately expand our product offerings across geographies, including the U.S., where we are already well-established,” said Jeff Parker, CEO of Luminii and lighting industry visionary. “The company is concentrating heavily on engineering efforts in the miniaturization space, as evident from our STENOS launch earlier this year. With Precision Lighting’s micro-lighting products and systems, we can now offer a broader range of micro-LED solutions to our customers while also expanding opportunities globally to introduce Luminii’s flagship products in major hubs including London, Europe, and the Far East. RCL also brings an entirely new category of remote-control lighting solutions, opening doors to be specified into applications we historically were previously unable to support.”

Precision Lighting and RCL, both under the leadership of the companies’ Managing Director Alex Ruston, also add new opportunities to Luminii’s client base with a customer portfolio including notables such as the Natural History Museum (London), V&A Museum (London), Museum of Liverpool (Liverpool), Hard Rock Café (Florence, Italy), Ugg® (London), Daniel Crouch Rare Books (London and New York City), Christie’s Auction House (London), Dubai Opera House (Dubai), Louis Vuitton (Tokyo), Mercedes-Benz Showroom (Berlin, Germany), and a host of one-of-a-kind projects in world-renowned locations.

“We are delighted and can’t imagine a better partner to accelerate our growth worldwide,” Ruston said. “Luminii’s track record and complimentary product strategy felt naturally aligned to ours, making this an easy decision for our team. With our distinctive product innovation in the micro-LED and remote lighting category, and Luminii’s linear expertise, we feel we have an amazing opportunity to multiply our joint innovation in the lighting space. The U.S. has been a vastly untapped market for both Precision Lighting and RCL. This strategic company advancement with Luminii helps us further diversify our customer base, expedites our product visibility in the U.S., and gives us the momentum we need to bring our world-class products to new markets.”