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American Lighting Association: Three Basic Types Of Lighting
American Lighting Association guide explains the three basic types of lighting. Ambient, task, and accent systems each serve a different purpose in overall lighting solutions.

ECN: Introduction To Solid State Lighting
Electronic Component News magazine provides an introduction to solid state lighting including design issues and the global regulatory landscape.

Light Search: Online Guides To Lighting
Light Search Light Guide Series provides basic information about lighting concepts, design, technology and policy issues.

Lowel EDU: Glossary Of Lighting Terms
Lowel EDU offers listing and explanation of terms used in the lighting industry.

NRCan: Lighting Reference Guide
Natural Resources Canada online lighting guide provides lighting technology information for people involved in purchasing, designing and implementing lighting systems, such as project managers, purchasers, building maintenance personnel, contractors and plant engineers. It describes different technologies available, performance, applications, and worksheets to help calculate life cycles and paybacks on investments. (PDF)

US DOE: Lighting Principles & Terms
US Department of Energy describes the basics of lighting principles and terms to help you choose the best energy-efficient lighting options for your home.
Education & Training

BCIT: Course On High Efficiency Lighting Economics & Maintenance
BCIT course introduces participants to economics of lighting. It includes maximizing return on investment, the simple payback period, various retrofit and redesign options and maintenance programs with scheduling. Opportunities for proceeding with a lighting upgrade are examined. Overview of programs available for financial assistance, businesses involving lighting upgrade work and case studies.

IES BC: Industry Courses On Lighting
BC Section of Illuminating Engineering Society offers several levels of lighting education.
Industry Information

Lightfair: International Lighting Show In US
Lightfair is North America's largest annual architectural and commercial lighting trade show and conference. It offers a comprehensive and diverse range of applications, high-end design and modern cutting-edge technology. It brings leading international and domestic architectural, design, engineering and lighting professionals together with exhibitors from around the world.

MCEE: Canadian HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical & Lighting Expo
MCEE is eastern Canada's largest plumbing, HVACR, hydronic, electrical and lighting industry expo.
Industry Sectors

BCEA: BC Electrical Association
BC Electrical Association, the trade association for the electrical & lighting industry in BC offers education & training, trade shows, networking, newsletters, industry news, and links to more information. If you want information on electrical or lighting systems and products they would be the ones to contact.

IALD: International Association of Lighting Designers
International Association of Lighting Designers is an international organization that strives to set the global standard for lighting design excellence by promoting advancement and recognition of professional lighting designers.

IES: Illuminating Engineering Society
Illuminating Engineering Society, the recognized technical authority on illumination, communicates information on all aspects of good lighting practice to its members, to the lighting community, and to consumers, through a variety of programs, publications, and services.

NCQLP: Search For Certified Lighting Professionals
National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions offers online search for certified lighting professionals throughout North America.

NLB: National Lighting Bureau
National Lighting Bureau is a not-for-profit organization founded to educate lighting decision-makers about the benefits of High-Benefit Lighting.
Information Sources

ALG: Advanced Lighting Guidelines
Advanced Lighting Guidelines is an online resource for energy efficient lighting design, technologies and applications. Membership required.

ePanorama: Links To Information On Lighting
ePanorama offers links to a wide range of information on lighting products and procedures.

HGTV Remodels: Lighting Tips For Every Room
HGTV Remodels provides information, resources, and tips for residential lighting systems.

IES: Books & Publications For Lighting Industry
Illuminating Engineering Society offers books and publications for the lighting industry.

Lighting.com: Resource Site For Lighting Professionals
Lighting.com site features the latest in lighting technology, products and industry news, including a newsletter, discussion forums, archives, and links to many other resources.

NKBA: New Kitchen & Bath Lighting Book
The National Kitchen & Bath Association has announced the release of a brand new volume in its Professional Resource Library Kitchen & Bath Lighting: Concepts, Design, Light.

NLB: Resource Site On Lighting
National Lighting Bureau provides articles, library, FAQs, and links to resources on lighting.

US DOE: Resources For Selecting Energy Efficient Lighting
US Department of Energy offers information and resources on selecting lighting and controls to use energy more efficiently.
Issues & Performance

Building America: High Efficacy Lighting
Building America Solution Center describes types, issues and considerations for selecting energy efficient lighting.

CLTC: California Online Lighting Guides
California Lighting Technology Center online guides were developed to help navigate the lighting requirements in their Building Energy Efficiency Standards.

EcoBuilding Pulse: Greener & Energy Efficient Lighting
EcoBuilding Pulse article provides an overview of current energy efficient lighting trends and products for the green building market.

EIA: Residential Lighting Use & Potential Savings
US Energy Information Administration study shows the overwhelming majority of lights in residential households are incandescent, the least energy efficient of all light types. The total U.S. household energy that would be saved by replacing all incandescent bulbs used 4 or more hours per day would be 31.7 billion kilowatthours (kWh) annually, or 35 percent of all electricity used for residential lighting. (PDF)

GBA: Paving the Way for Efficient Light Bulb in Every Socket
Green Building Advisor describes how a 13-year transition to more efficient bulbs will save US consumers more than $10 billion a year.

Green Energy Futures: Green Lighting Basics
Green Energy Futures describes LEDs, CFLs and light multiplying fixtures.

Home Energy Pros: Lighting Audits As Subset Of Energy Audits
Home Energy Pros discusses the possibility that everyone would benefit from having a lighting audit done as part of an overall energy audit.

IRC: Energy Efficient Lighting Enhances Employee Well-Being
Canadian Institute for Research in Construction paper reports a field investigation into behavioural effects of an energy-saving lighting retrofit. The results show that workstation-specific direct-indirect lighting with individual control is perceived as being more comfortable than recessed parabolic-louvered luminaires. (PDF)

NRCan: Energy Efficient Lighting
Natural Resources Canada provides information on varous types of lighting, applications, and energy efficiency.

NRCan: Energy Star Technical Specifications For Lighting Products
Natural Resources Canada describes Energy Star technical specifications for lighting products, including lighting fixtures, compact fluorescent lamps, decorative light strings, LED luminaires, and LED lamps-integral. Select the product from the Lighting Products section half-way down the page.

NREL: Efficient Lighting Strategies
US National Renewable Energy Laboratory fact sheet gives a good overview of design and different products that can save watts and bucks, if energy efficiency is a priority. (PDF)

Power Smart: Tips For Energy Efficient Lighting
BC Hydro Power Smart provides tips for effective and energy efficient lighting products, systems, and operation.
Procedures

BC Hydro: Tips For Lighting Your Living & Dining Rooms
BC Hydro article offers tips for lighting design in living & dining rooms.

BC LightRecycle: BC Lighting Product Recycling Program
BC LightRecycle is a non-profit program to recycle lighting products in British Columbia. Since 2010, LightRecycle has accepted residential-use fluorescent lights at collection sites across the province. Beginning October 1, 2012, the program will accept all lighting products for recycling without charge, including all types of lights (bulbs and tubes), ballasts and lighting fixtures used in residential, institutional, commercial and industrial applications.

Builder Magazine: New Lighting Design Ideas
Builder Magazine article offers ideas from three lighting designers on the brightest ways to illuminate your homes.

Don Klipstein: Troubleshooting Tips On Lighting
Don Klipstein site is full of tips and tricks for troubleshooting light bulbs, fixtures and lamps. Some of this info might help homeowners to fix their own problem.

GBA: 10 Rules Of Energy Efficient Lighting
Green Building Advisor says although most homes are poorly lit, they still use too much energy for lighting. Follow these rules to brighten up your home while lowering your energy bills.

GE: Online Calculators For Lighting Design & Energy Costs
GE offers online lighting calculators including Simple Energy Estimator, Lighting Layout Estimator, Dimming System Watts Estimator, Simple Life-Cycle Cost Estimator, Fixture Replacement Estimator, and Cost of Waiting Estimator.

HGTV Remodels: 10 Ideas For Landscape Lighting Design
HGTV Remodels provides design tips for choosing a landscape lighting system for your yard and outdoor areas.

IBACOS: High Performance Lighting Guide
IBACOS online High Performance Lighting Guide provides energy-conscious builders with information on high performance lighting background and terminology, and how to implement it in the new homes they build. (PDF)

JLC: Designing Balanced Lighting
Journal of Light Construction article written for builders and renovators suggests ways of designing different light sources for each room, including pictures with examples. (PDF) Free Registration Required

Light Search: Understanding Light & Colour Metrics
Lightsearch article explains the colour appearance of different light sources, and gives you some selection tips.

NLB: Lighting Options For Your Home
National Lighting Bureau online guide Lighting Options for Your Home helps you figure out which of the many high-efficiency, low-cost lighting alternatives to use.

NRC: Quality Lighting Contributes To Organizational Effectiveness
Canadian National Research Council study shows that quality lighting is indirectly related to fewer health problems, higher job satisfaction and organizational commitment, as well as lower staff turnover.

Tech Hive: Optimize Your Home Lighting Design Based On Color Temperature
Tech Hive says as you think about which type of lighting to use in your home, you should consider how you can use color temperature to optimize your environment.

US DOE: High Performance Residential Lighting
US Department of Energy guideline High Performance Residential Lighting offers methods to greatly reduce lighting energy use through the application of high quality fluorescent and light emitting diode (LED) technologies. High performance lighting strategies may be applied through the range of builder-installed lighting, from the simplest code compliance level to built-in lighting for each room of the house including exterior lighting. (PDF)

US DOE: Measurement & Verification Plan For Lighting Retrofit Projects
US Department of Energy report Standard Measurement and Verification Plan for Lighting Retrofit Projects for Buildings and Building Sites provides a framework for standard measurement and verification (M&V) of lighting retrofit and replacement projects. It was developed to provide site owners, contractors, and other involved organizations with the essential elements of a robust M&V plan for lighting projects. (PDF)

US DOE: Online Lighting Project Evaluator
US Department of Energy online Lighting Project Evaluator (formerly known as the Energy Estimate portion of the Commercial Lighting Solutions webtool) allows you to estimate the energy savings of a new lighting system against a specified energy code. This tool can also compare proposed lighting upgrades to your existing conditions. Just sign in and create an Energy Estimate to get instant feedback.
Product Supply

Construct Connect: Directory Of Lighting Products
Construct Connect has a good listing of lighting product manufacturers, if looking for a supplier of a particular product.

Eco Building: 7 Eco-Friendly Luminaires
Eco Building describes seven eco-friendly luminaires that address the illumination requirements of applications ranging from expansive, open-plan offices to small apartments, including a sleek task lamp with integrated motion and daylight sensors, LED downlights, and a biodegradable composite that can be molded into design pieces such as lampshades.

Lighting For Tomorrow: Annual Winners Of Lighting Products Competition
Lighting for Tomorrow describes the winners of their annual Awards for solid state lighting and controls.

NRCan: Energy Savings Calculator For Lighting Products
Natural Resources Canada calculator enables Canadian home-owners and tenants to understand the environmental and economic benefits of upgrading to more energy efficient light sources. It models all incandescent lighting in a home and compares it to energy savings that would be realised from upgrading to more energy-efficient options such as halogen, CFLs, and LEDs. Free registration required.

Topbulb: Find Online Any Lightbulb Anytime
Topbulb site claims to be the place to find any light bulb anytime. If one needs to find a really weird light bulb, rather than running all over town check it out.
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