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Commercial Lighting Tax Deduction Info Online

2007 is the last year, under the current provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, that commercial building owners will be able to take advantage of a tax deduction for expenditures to boost energy efficiency.

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Commercial Lighting Tax Deduction Info Online

2007 is the last year, under the current provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, that commercial building owners will be able to take advantage of a tax deduction for expenditures to boost energy efficiency.

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Lime Energy Completes Energy Efficiency Lighting Retrofit Project at McDonald Packaging

A comprehensive energy efficient lighting retrofit project by Lime Energy at a large packaging materials warehouse and office in Santa Ana (Orange County), California, resulted in a 24 percent reduction in power consumption.

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A Look at Lighting

The lighting market has evolved over the past few years as the green movement continues to encourage facilities to become sustainable. Common trends today include reduced energy consumption, increased workplace safety, increased visual acuity, increased work productivity, and a positive return on investment.

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Lighting the key to energy saving

A global switch to efficient lighting systems would trim the world's electricity bill by nearly one-tenth. That is the conclusion of a study from the International Energy Agency (IEA), which it says is the first global survey of lighting uses and costs.

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EPAct Deductions Brighten Return on Lighting Upgrades

By all accounts, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct) got off to a slow start. Along with many other provisions, the much-hyped law provides tax incentives to encourage more energy-efficient buildings. But there were delays in promulgating the Internal Revenue Service regulations to implement the law. And itΓÇÖs taken a while for facility executives to understand the complex legislation.

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Efficient Lighting and Distributed Energy Technologies

Current lighting technologies are expected to benefit from incremental improvements over the next 20 years, and two areas of research (hybrid solar lighting and solid state lighting) should be able to deliver even greater savings, according to research from the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.

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Lighting the Future

An analysis of the lighting industry shows a significant shift from the use of incandescent bulbs to fluorescent bulbs. Incandescent bulbs use more fossil fuel energy, cost more and are less effective than fluorescent bulbs, which produce more lumens. Usage of fluorescent bulbs, however, is not entirely without risk because they contain mercury, a chemical compound that can have debilitating effects on humans upon prolonged exposure.

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AEE Survey: Lighting Technology Top Priority

Nearly one-half of respondents to a new survey by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) say that new lighting technologies are the top priority for their facilities. About 42 percent of the 410 AEE members surveyed report interest in the technology, more than double the priority level for the next most-cited technology - metering equipment, with 20 percent.

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A Scientific Look at Fluorescent Lamps

You see fluorescent lighting everywhere these days -- in offices, stores, warehouses, street corners... You'll even find fluorescent lamps in peoples' homes. But even though they're all around us, these devices are a total mystery to most people. Just what is going on inside those white tubes?

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Australia to Change Lightbulbs to Curb Warming

CANBERRA -- Australia will be the world's first country to ban incandescent lightbulbs in a bid to curb Greenhouse gas emissions, with the government saying on Tuesday they would be phased out within three years.

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Lighting Upgrades Aren't a Flip of the Switch

The promises of energy savings and better lighting are strong motivators for facility executives to undertake an upgrade. Too often, though, inattention at various stages of the upgrade process keeps benefits from being realized.

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Facilities See Bottom-Line Benefits From Environmental Efforts, Reports EPA

September 18, 2006 - The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that 48 facilities have seen real benefits in their bottom line from going above and beyond environmental regulatory requirements. These organizations are continuing to go the extra mile by renewing their membership commitments through the EPA's National Environmental Performance Track program.

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Lighting Upgrade Maximizes Energy Use

Seeking out the best lighting options to serve the needs of one of its manufacturing buildings has resulted in lower energy costs for Baxter Healthcare Corporation.

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Hybrid Lighting Technology Gaining Momentum

With 25 hybrid solar lighting systems scheduled to be installed by the end of 2006, the forecast is looking sunny for a technology developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

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Hybrid Lighting Technology Shows Potential for Energy Efficiency and Savings

A newly-developed hybrid lighting technology pioneered by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) could save facilities thousands of dollars annually in lighting costs, according to ORNL.

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Ballasts Can Renew Lighting's Shine

The latest electronic ballasts are efficient and flexible, allowing facility executives to do more with lighting systems

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Light Pollution v. Trespass

An awareness of the consequences of night lighting is growing among lighting specifiers. Communities are drafting ordinances designed to control skyglow and unwanted light across property lines. The issues are called light pollution and light trespass, and they can be easily confused.

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Environmental Impact of Efficient Lighting

Saving lighting energy means more than just a reduction in your building's operating costs. It also means reducing your impact on the planet. Here are some of the ways lighting improvements reduce the load on the environment.

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Ballast Bullets

Ballasts are not sexy. They are, however, crucial to the success of the luminaires and lighting systems that require them. We've written about ballasts in the past, but from the inquiries we get, it seems time to briefly revisit this topic.

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Energy Policy Act of 2005 Sets New Ballast Efficiency Standards

While new fluorescent ballast efficiency rules went into effect earlier this year, another batch of rules have just been passed that will affect lighting systems starting in 2009. This time, the efficacy standards have been set high enough that the vast majority of magnetic ballasts-including ballasts operating energy-saving T12 lamps-will no longer comply.

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Lighting's Impact on Human Health Studied

"New discoveries about lighting and human health--its impact on breast cancer and Alzheimer's, for example--make us predict that the way we light our offices, homes, and factories will be subject to massive change", says John P. Bachner, communications director of the National Lighting Bureau, a not-for-profit information resource funded by private industry, professional societies, trade associations, and agencies of the federal government.

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Big savings - Great lighting!

A few months ago, Stephanie Seyk. Snohomish County Facilities Project Lead and Scott Gibson of PUD Energy Services, approached the LDL to help with a retrofit for their South County Local Office in Lynnwood, WA.

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Use The RIGHT Lamp!

A common lighting misconception is that if a lamp (aka 'lightbulb') will fit in a socket, it will work properly. We get a steady stream of calls from building operators who have discovered how dangerous that assumption can be.

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Buying fluorescent lamps

Few things are less thrilling than shopping for light bulbs (aka lamps). But today some less-than-scrupulous companies are selling fluorescent lamps using less than completely forthright claims.

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High perfomance T-8s.

"Super", "Premium", "Enhanced", "High- Lumen" T8's. What are they? Who makes them? Should you use them, and most importantly what should you call them?

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Energy Efficient Lighting Project Saves 4.6 Million Kilowatt Hours

Suwanee Sports Academy (SSA), a world-class, multi-sport facility dedicated to sports development, has received Orion's Environmental Stewardship Award for an energy-efficient lighting project in their seven-court basketball and volleyball facility.

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I Hate Fluorescent!

As a lighting consultant I often hear people say, "I hate fluorescent". Many of us think of cold, institutional spaces when we think of fluorescent (FL) lighting. This is because of…

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High/Low-Bay Applications: Fluorescent or Metal Halide?

Indoor spaces with high ceilings, such as factories, warehouses, big box retail stores, gymnasiums and all-purpose rooms are most often lighted by high-intensity discharge (HID) lighting systems.

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Should I Turn Off Fluorescent Lighting When Leaving A Room?

Short Answer: Turn them off if you will be gone for more than about 15-20 minutes (for details keep reading).

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Lighting Research Center: Are Super T-8s Really Super?

A group of energy-efficient fluorescents have been dubbed "super T-8s." The name implies something special. The Lighting Research Center recently covered whether they're really so super in a "LIVE! From the LRC" teleseminar.

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OG&E Research Shows Lighting System Saves Energy

Oklahoma Gas & Electric Services recently released initial results of 20% energy savings during an ongoing research project on a lighting system developed by RS Services, Inc. The parent company of RS Services, Inc. is Host America Corporation.

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Electronics Recycling Update

By streamlining the management of cathode ray tubes (CRTs), the Environmental Protection Agency is making it easier to collect and recycle CRTs. Safely recycling CRTs saves energy and conserves resources, allows the recovered lead to be reused in other ways, and reduces the amount of lead in landfills.

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