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The Lighting Pattern Book for Homes. Written by Russell P. Leslie and Kathryn M. Conway and published by the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, this resource gives you all the information you need to choose the correct type of lighting for any application (see Lighting Makeovers: The Best Is Not Always the Brightest). All categories of lamps, luminaires, and controls are described in detail, including their energy usage, lifetime, cost, availability, and best applications. Diagrams show the patterns of light cast by different options in sample living rooms, bathrooms, dining rooms, kitchens, and bedrooms. Instead of just throwing numbers at you, this book addresses the aesthetic and practical aspects of lighting design. Architects, facility managers, utility lighting conservation program managers, electricians, builders, remodelers, and, of course, residents should read this 225-page book. It's the best guide around for anyone who is concerned about appropriate, efficient, and aesthetically pleasing use of lighting in homes. Single copies are $50, orders of 10-99 copies are $40 each, and 100 or more copies are $30 each. Prices include handling and shipping via first-class mail. Contact: Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180-3590. Tel: (518)276--8716; Fax: (518)276-2999.
Specifier Reports. Through the National Lighting Product Information Program, the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has published a series of Specifier Reports. Each report covers a particular lighting technology in detail, while providing manufacturer-specific performance data. The reports supplement the Guide to Performance Evaluation of Efficient Lighting Products, published by the Lighting Research Center in 1991. Thus far, the Specifier Reports series has covered electronic ballasts, exit signs, fluorescent lighting power reducers, occupancy sensors, and screwbase compact fluorescent lamps. Contact: Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180-3590. Tel: (518)276-8716; Fax: (518)276-2999.
IAEEL Newsletter. Published four times a year by the International Association for Energy-Efficient Lighting, this illuminating newsletter covers energy-efficient lighting systems around the world. For a limited time, the newsletter is available free. Contact IAEEL, c/o NUTEK, S-11687, Stockholm, Sweden. Tel: 46-8-681 9571 ; Fax: 46--8-681-9585.
Let there Be CFLs. It's really a catalog, but the Real Goods Book of Light provides an informative and easy-to-understand question and answer introduction to compact fluorescent lamps, before it launches into the product descriptions. It also offers a clever Quick Reference Chart that provides at-a-glance information about which products are appropriate for which applications. The life-size cutouts of popular CFLs help customers size before they buy. Available for $5 from Real Goods, one of the better known mail-order companies supplying efficiency technologies to consumers. Contact: Real Goods, 966 Mazzoni Street, Ukiah, CA 95482-3471. Tel: (800)762-7235 or (707)468-9292; Fax: (707)468-9486.
The National Lighting Bureau. Whether you are performing lighting-system audits in homes, planning lighting for safety and security, or designing supermarket lighting, the National Lighting Bureau offers a wide array of publications for the task. Established in 1976, the bureau is an information source that aims to create more awareness of, and appreciation for, good lighting. Bureau guides are prepared using nontechnical language and illustrations. For a publications list, contact: the National Lighting Bureau, 2101 L. Street, N.W., Suite 300, Washington, DC 20037. Tel: (202)457-8437; Fax: (202)457-8411.
Advanced Lighting Guidelines. The California Energy Commission has published a series of 12 Application Guidelines covering a range of lighting technologies. Together, these guidelines comprise the Handbook on Advanced Lighting Guidelines. Topics covered are lighting design practice, computer-aided lighting design, luminaires and lighting systems, energy-efficient fluorescent ballasts, lamps (compact fluorescent, tungsten-halogen, metal halide and HPS lamps), and lighting controls (daylighting and lumen maintenance, occupancy sensors, time-scheduling systems and retrofit control technologies). The Electric Power Research Institute and the Department of Energy helped develop the handbook, and each section is packed full of information. This 1993 publication is an update and extension of the 1990 Advanced Lighting Guidelines. Order (Publication 400-93-014) from the California Energy Commission Publications Office, 1516 Ninth Street, MS--13, Sacramento, CA 95814-5512. Tel: (916)654-5200.
Lighting Design Lab Newsletter. This is a quarterly newsletter with lots of good solid news on lighting technologies, resources, and events. If you're in the Seattle area, you can attend regular classes, workshops, and forums on specific and timely lighting topics. The lab is operated by Seattle City Light. Contact: Lighting Design Lab, 400 East Pine Street, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98122. Tel: (206)325-9711; Fax: (206)329-9532.
Lighting Options for Homes. Published by Bonneville Power Administration in 1991. It presents residential lighting options clearly, with illustrations and the information you need to differentiate between different lamps, including characteristics of specific models of full size and compact fluorescents, and contains a good section on room-by-room lighting tips. Contact: Bonneville Power Administration Public Information Center, P.O. Box 3621, Portland, OR 97208-3621. Tel: (800)622-4520 or (503)230-3478; Fax: (503)230-4550.
Lighting Regulation in the United States. A 46-page booklet on everything you ever wanted to know about lighting regulation, published by the Lighting Research Center. It describes the performance and component methods of lighting regulation, discusses how model codes are adopted, and a state-by-state lighting regulation survey. To help you find the people who can answer questions, a several-page list of state contacts is included. Available from the Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180-3590. Tel: (518)276-8716; Fax: (518)276-2999.
Getting Real about Lighting. Find out what's happening with the Northwest Residential Efficient Appliances and Lighting (REAL) Group with this quarterly newsletter. The group is a consortium of public and private utilities on the West Coast that work together on programs for appliance and lighting efficiency. To receive NW REAL Group News, contact Andrew Gordon, Editor, Washington State Energy Office, 925 Plum Street, SE, Building 4, Olympia, WA 98504-3165. Tel: (206)956-2046; Fax: (800)342-6427.
New Research on Consumer Lighting Preferences. When they were Macro Consulting, this Mountain View, CA firm prepared the infamous EPRI report, Perceptions of Compact Fluorescent Lamps in the Residential Market. They have since changed their name (to Energy Strategy Reports) and taken their quest for information about the consumer lighting market one step further (see Putting Energy-Efficient Lighting in Its Place). Their latest report, EnergyStrategyReportsVolume 1, #1: Residential Lighting, presents fresh research and some piquant analysis. Contact Energy Strategy Reports, 2581 Leghorn Street, Mountain View, CA 94043, (415)940-7790; Fax (415)964-9949.
Lighting Source Directory. The Building Design Assistance Center has compiled a directory in 1993 of U.S. companies who provide energy-efficient lighting products. A Guide to Energy-Efficient Building Products: Lighting Products has current information on sources of energy-efficient lighting technologies for architects, engineers and other building professionals. The listings are mostly for commercial products, but many are applicable to residential buildings as well. BDAC is compiling similar source guides for Daylighting Products and Lighting/Energy Controls, in addition to several other energy-efficient building products. Order a copy of the guide for $5.00 from FSEC, 300 State Road 401, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920. Tel: (407)783--0300, ext. 136; Fax: (407)783-2571.
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