Lightfair 2009: A busier second day

The rain stopped and the number of attendees seemed to increase measurably. I have to say that I don’t recall a Lightfair that was so “full” of new products and technology advances, virtually all of it involving LEDs. With all of these companies working so hard to bring products to market, the end-user cost has to become more affordable, soon.
   Two of several things that stood out in this year’s show:

  • The Emerge Alliance, San Ramon, CA, An open industry association of several companies focused on “promoting the rapid adoption of safe, low-voltage DC power distribution and use in commercial building interiors.” In other words, it’s a group of companies that is working to put together an open-source system/technology that uses the metal skeleton of drop ceilings to deliver safe, low-voltage DC power in commercial buildings. To tap into this power, several light fixtures and other devices are being developed that mount on the ceiling “rails” and deliver light, sound, and whatever else they come up with. Commercial Building Products/Building Power will be doing much more about this alliance in the near future.
  • The Greengate and Ilumin lighting control and energy monitoring systems from Cooper Controls, Peachtree City, GA, look to be impressive products that will help just about any commercial building monitor, control, and reduce energy used by  light fixtures. While both products are impressive and appear to be easy to set up and use, what puts them over the top is the new Venergy user interface. Venergy is a Web-based program that provides “real-time power-metering information, captured directly by the lighting control system.” Venergy will be available in the third quarter of 2009.

Watch the pages of Commercial Building Products, Building Power, and this blog in the coming days/weeks to learn more about these and other energy-saving products introduced at Lightfair.

The week in New York wasn’t all work. The best meal, and a standout one at that, was at the West Bank Cafe, 407 W. 42nd St., 212-695-6909, within easy walking distance of the Javits Center. The pan-seared scallops and raspberry sorbet were outstanding.—Gary L. Parr

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