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61 minutes | 8 days ago
Episode 189: #170 - Mark Rea Incorporates UV Into the Psyche
Professor Mark Rea is getting ready to move from the Lighting Research Center to the Light and Health Research Center at Mt Sinai, but before that he joins us to discuss his latest report on UV disinfection products (read that here: https://www.lrc.rpi.edu/programs/nlpip/publicationDetails.asp?id=949&type=2 ). He goes into detail about wavelengths, devices, safety tolerances, application issues, concerns about breeding superbugs, the value of not saying the word radiation too loud, and other engineering and measurement questions. We as an industry will be talking more and more about health and wellness, and that comes with preventing illness as much as does with improving circadian rhythms.
71 minutes | 15 days ago
Episode 188: #169 - It Might...It Might Not
Al Uszynski returns to the podcast to discuss the 11.5 Predictions for 2021 article that ran on his site, Inside.Lighting. Spinning off from those predictions we discussed: ● Dark skies ● Dynamic lighting in the workplace ● The speed of economic recovery ● Adoption rates for human-centric lighting ● How our industries adapt to social changes ● Collaboration at a distance ● The future of trade shows ● Where the DLC goes from here ● How the channels of business are shifting Plus, a little fun at the expense of social media’s past, and Greg and Michael’s misadventures in China.
61 minutes | 18 days ago
Episode 187: Dark Sky Special Part Six: Finding Balance
Ron Gibbons is the director for the Center for Infrastructure-based Safety Systems and an associate professor at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and here is to discuss his work and experience in the dark. As a Canadian, he grew up with outsized access to dark spaces, sharing stories about being so far from any light source he hit a tree in front of his face. Now, as a researcher he is very happy to be spread across any number of field studies, ranging from his two miles of test road on campus to comparing roadside-grown soybeans to other soybeans. What he has learned, when it comes to light at night, we all need to put health first, health is more than absence of illness it is about promoting wellbeing for all affected. When we put up a light we all need to balance the needs of everyone and everything under that light. The episode also discusses the idea of lighting crosswalks the same we light a stage, the lack of maximum limits in lighting regulations, building awareness before and after policy changes go into effect, the controversial position of banning all those RGB lighting rigs on bridges, and building enough design knowledge in the lighting industry to be helpful in making nights darker.
53 minutes | 22 days ago
Episode 186: #168 - The Lighting Herd
2020 was a hard one for all of us, but to help us to look at the future is The Edison Report’s Randy Reid is here to help us look into 2021. Beginning with his Director’s Notepad piece, we go discussed: ● Changes in business travel, the lack of networking online, ● The power of virtual education options, ● Randy’s Man(crush) of the Year, ● The blast of price increases coming at us in the next quarter, ● Pushing back on China not just as policy but as a social movement, ● The future of UV and hygiene theatre ● Mergers, acquisitions, support measures and corporate zombification, ● Randy’s new video news project, Thank you all for listening to us, we hope you’ll join us in for the rest of what 2021 brings.
45 minutes | a month ago
Episode 185: #167 - Controls, Evangelized
We welcome our first ever electrician on to the show, George Filtsos was there at the beginning of Daintree and has been working to push controls into more projects through all of the booms and busts in that field. We discussed how dimming is an unknown factor in improving the lifespan of LEDs, his refusal to take the quick turn and burn retrofit contracts, the nuts and bolts of wireless controls, sales technique and the layers of complexity involved in his work.
41 minutes | a month ago
Episode 184: #166 - The Technical Prophet
Gabe Arnold joins us from the Pacific Northwest National Labs after his recent work in DC lighting and PoE systems. But before we can that get to that we had to bring up his past at the DesignLights Consortium in the early days of the qualified products list, he explains why utilities needed the DLC’s help, where lighting dorks missed out on their rationale and some hindsight about the rush for high lumens for few watts. But when it comes to DC power, it’s not going to replace the grid, but as we add more solar panels and energy storage it will become more common to see some systems on run on Direct Current just to avoid adding more inverters than we need. We suspect this will really take off once LiFi gets added to the ix as well, but even Gabe, tech prophet that is, won’t guarantee that one.
45 minutes | a month ago
Episode 182: #165 - Planting Seeds and Climbing Ladders
How do you keep a company running for 150 years? CN Robinson has been in distribution since before electric light bulbs existed, first in seeds and then ladders and other equipment. Executive VP and Director of Sales Peter Gray is here to explain how he keeps looking forward and finding new ways to keep his business vital. He’s not planning on going back into horticulture, but he is adding more project business, bringing back some electrical supply and adding new people to his team. Peter is a former President of NAILD and a former board member for NCQLP, and he shares his experiences in professional development and networking, and how that time helps him keep his staff more and more engaged and educated in their field.
69 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 181: Dark Sky Special Part Four: Night Matters
Sibylle Schroer is an ecologist from IGB, and joined us to discuss the role the increasing amounts of light at night plays in the experience of human and non-human wildlife. We discussed citizen science and the need for multidisciplinary approaches in the field as well as the barriers in perceived security and legislation. What emerges in the conversation is a need for night studies, not just late economics, but a genuine understanding of the purpose for each light turned on outside at night. We can create something that helps shift workers, respects wildlife, and is useful for safety needs. Change happens faster than you think, we can come to better understanding of exterior lighting and create systems that make more sense.
67 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 180: #164 - Building Better Buildings
This episode features the return of the UL's Adam Lilien and the introduction of the GSA’s Bryan Steverson as they discuss creating better workspaces with light. The GSA has partnered with the Lighting Research Center and the UL over the past five years on different human-centric lighting projects. Our conversation ranges from reconsidering the importance of horizontal luminance, what we know for sure about improving people’s experience indoors, adapting existing fluorescent systems and issues related to UV-C disinfection tech.
62 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 179: Dark Sky Special Part Three: Inducing Non-Visibility
The International Dark Sky Association’s Technical Director joined us to discuss the mechanics of dark sky-friendly projects. Start from tasks; most outdoor lighting is based on pathfinding, not offering reading lamps to the general public; while color temperature has become a focus point, the direction is still the real issue when discussing skyglow issues; and he’s not with the Dark Ground Society, you can create beautiful and useful lighting systems everywhere and still respect your neighbours. We discussed the process of designing a lighting system, where distributors can fit into that conscientiously, the entanglements surrounding ordinance enforcement, awareness-building as spreading a curse, and fighting back against daytime design habits.
43 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 178: #163 - Make it Foolproof and Failsafe
Aleddra’s VP of Sales and Marketing, Dr. Matthew Maa is here to talk about being different in the Disinfection technology business right now. He tells us what separates PECO tech from UV-based options. Aleddra uses PECO and UV-A and UV-C in different cases because not all applications are the same. We discuss the current market for disinfection, different types of applications and what we really need from these technologies. We also brought up the idea of selling some quick hygiene theater versus actually creating proper long-term solutions. One seems like a smart play for quick learners in the industry, but it looks like Johnny-Come-Lately and his snake oil consultant will be going after both. We do discuss safety surrounding UV lighting, and what happens to all these lamps and fixtures in five years when airborne viruses aren’t at top-of-mind.
55 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 177: Dark Sky Special Part Two: A Dose of Awe
In the second part of our special dark sky series we are joined by Paul Bogard, author of The End of Night and What if Night. Our discussion opened with our sense of safety - it’s easy to think that more light makes us safer, but glare makes it harder to see and without other meaningful changes related to security increasing light levels is more about having done something than done something effective. Darkness can be a place for contemplation if you let it in. Jane and Paul discuss their evening rituals, moon watching habits and how taking a moment with the outside can be much more beneficial than we really think. We also discuss light on its own as a communications medium, hate on Vegas, the hubris of controlling nature, and the broadening implications of good sleep and good health. Paul explains that he doesn’t want us all back in the stone age, but does want to see buildings that are genuinely beautiful, part of that is building awareness through appearing on podcasts but by approaching regulators well-weaponed with knowledge. Find Paul’s Books here: http://www.paul-bogard.com/
43 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 176: #162 - The Sauce and The Sizzle
Christina Calaway of Spark Media is a real old school lighting dork, which means our conversation begins with pulsed-start metal halides and other semi-forgotten lamp and fixture features. Before this turns into another scrub session, we transition to her current job in the industry: freelance marketing specifically catering to the lighting industry. The marketing departments of lighting vendors and manufacturing have always had a power over language that comes from having to convince people that lights had value beyond being on or off. As LED adoption is evening out that gift for wording needs to be paired with controls and other features if you want to see success. We share our misadventures in copywriting, tips on working on social media, and the meaning behind web metrics. We close out on the power of a good spec sheet and why you should sit on your own complaint line from time to time.
36 minutes | 2 months ago
Dark Sky Special Part One: Lost in Brightness
The IDA and NAILD have not only signed a memorandum of joint understanding, but will be working together for the next five years on joint efforts for darker, better nights. LS Evolve will have a module on the technical aspects and best practices of dark sky-friendly outlighting, but for now Michael Colligan and Jane Slade will be hosting a series of special releases on the moral, psychological, and physiological reasons to pursue dark sky lighting projects. In this first part, we discuss how brightness is bad for the human lifestyle, how to appreciate darkness indoors, how light at night changes wildlife, as well as the heritage and connections we have to the night sky. Light pollution is the easiest thing to solve, and everyone can benefit from it. Tune in for the next few weeks as we explore the power of darkness.
60 minutes | 2 months ago
#161 - Seeing Red
Alp Durmus is a Lighting scientist and assistant professor of architectural engineering at Penn State. He came on the show to discuss his research in optimization of lamp color; reducing light use by aiming for the most reflectivity of the object you’re lighting. We care more about seeing things than we care about energy use, the idea of saving power and making things look better is an appealing one, but are his methods too complicated to apply in the field? Aside from our own struggles to make the most of IES TM-30, we discuss provoking reactions with light alone, the role of marketing, why quality means something different to each of the different professions in lighting, and the ethics of manipulating people with lighting systems.
65 minutes | 3 months ago
#160 - Everything is Dependent on Light
Dr Jacob Liberman is here to explain the nature of light and consciousness to Michael and Greg. He starts with the idea that seeing is more than just vision before explaining his background overcoming his astigmatism, his work as an optometrist, and growth in spiritual self-reflection. The conversation stray fairly far from the nuts and bolts of lighting and more into the relationship between humans, light and darkness and how that can motivate us to design and build better lighting systems. You can find more of Jacob’s work, including his books at https://www.jacobliberman.org/
57 minutes | 3 months ago
#159 - Non-Compliance is the Only Way
Nigel Harvey is the Chief Executive at Recolight, a lamp recycler in the UK. We wanted to know how effective extended producer responsibility programs really are and whether or not they’ve hit a limit on the number of compliant operators. We weigh the pros and cons of enforcement and persuasion when it comes to recycling, and the strategies that come into play on both sides. Aside from the business of recycling Nigel likes to take moral stands. Online marketplaces are letting some groups sell lamps without buying into the UK’s scheme for ensuring bulbs get disposed of properly; at this point we need to call on laws that force responsibility onto platform holders. Similarly, Nigel has been arrested twice at Extinction Rebellion protests in London, as much as we try to mitigate carbon and build things better, demand is for carbon is only going up - he’s sick of it and felt he needed to make a stand, his morals are trumping his obedience to the law. We also talk politics and the nature of leadership, and the time scales both work at being wrong for the problems we face.
40 minutes | 3 months ago
#158 - Everything is Mitigation
Adrià Huguet-Ferran is CTO of Kumux, a software company that allows you to optimize almost any LED lightsource for color-tuning. The goal is for more human-centric or circadian-friendly systems, but Michael and Greg think his company’s process needs to be reduced to a one-button solution. That may not be so simple as we bring cultural and geographical biases and individual preferences to lighting systems all the time, forcing color and intensity to follow the clock is an uphill battle for some end-users. Beyond that, Adrià teaches an online course on energy efficiency and he describes his teaching process. Also, we advocate for more buttons, and offer the two goals that must be hit to save our current existence.
34 minutes | 3 months ago
#157 - Building Comfort and Confidence with UV-C
Tom Boyle, of GE Current, a Daintree Company joins Michael and Greg for this week’s episode. After clarifying what a Chief Technical Officer is responsible for, he shares his perspective on twenty years of change in the lighting industry, and Daintree’s renewed focus on LED and controls he gets into his company’s entry into UV-C Disinfection. We discussed the various options that are emerging for UV-C and how it should be deployed as a layer in a range of cleaning solutions. Tom brought up the idea of building up people’s comfort levels as we spend more time indoors and how he goes about clearing up confusion for end-consumers. Michael offers the idea of a certification or a rating for UV products, while Greg considers the value of hygiene theatre and signaling cleanliness. Adding disinfection feels like an economic necessity but the market is expanding faster than testing can keep up with it and having a GE logo on a spec sheet makes selling this a whole lot easier in a number of ways.
37 minutes | 3 months ago
#156 - Re-Enchanting the Night
Human-centric light is a selfish idea. Jane Slade is an expert in how anthropogenic light at night is harming all wildlife to some degree. In this rebroadcast of our live stream from last year’s IES Annual Conference she shares her work with Michael and Greg. We keep learning new things about the damage ALAN does, whether that’s sending dung beetles walking in circles or slowing down the motion of free radicals in the air, but the solution is always the same: turn off the lights, then tell other people to do the same, pretending otherwise will just make it all worse. She also explains why some of the security value of light is an illusion, the role controls and smart systems can play, pushing conservation past the photogenic animals, and the trouble with scientific conclusions are getting less obvious to the average person.
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