Ah, the end of the year. Time for reflection, resolutions, and recaps. 2011 was a busy year for lighting news…
EISA 2007 took center stage this year, as the phaseout of traditional incandescent light bulbs approached and the political scene got heated. We published a week-long series explaining the legislation and how it will affect you:
- Truth & Lies: The Incandescent Phase Out, Part 1
- The Fine Print, Explained: The Incandescent Phase Out, Part 2
- Inclusions & Exceptions: The Incandescent Phase Out, Part 3
- Replacement Contenders: The Incandescent Phase Out, Part 4
- The Expected Impact: The Incandescent Phase Out, Part 5
Rare earth elements frequently made the headlines in lighting news, as the Chinese government’s export restrictions began to affect the cost of fluorescent lighting. Recently, the New York Times reported supply was finally beginning to catch up with demand.
Philips Lighting won the L Prize, successfully designing a 60-watt equivalent LED that consumes just 10 watts of energy and lasts more than 25,000 hours!
A fascinating term called Li-Fi was introduced at a TEDGlobal conference. Li-Fi is light-based data transmission technology, and it may very well replace Wi-Fi in the near future.
The “Lighting Facts” label made its debut, officially out-dating the use of watts as a measure of light output. Although the FTC pushed back the deadline for manufacturers to incorporate the new labels in light bulb packaging, the development of the “Lighting Facts” label marked an important step toward consumer education on energy efficient lighting.
Researchers took a closer look at lighting in schools with the Philips SchoolVision lighting system, which demonstrated lighting changes have a measurable affect on levels of attention and concentration among children.
Of course, we can’t forget about the Easy Bake Oven. Did you know those mini-desserts were heated by a 100-watt incandescent light bulb? Hasbro launched a brand-new version of the toy in the fall: They knew even the Easy Bake wouldn’t be excluded from EISA 2007.
Here’s looking forward to what’s in store for 2012!