AS many of you know the acceptance of solid state lighting is on the rise.
Across the nation(s) the lighting retrofit market is growing by leaps & bounds.
Prior to the sale of these billions of LED luminaires the "lighting application " will
be examined usually by average folks sometimes that will be custodians, sometimes
building managers or shop owners . Often the lights used in a facility were decided on
decades back with the only thought given to lighting is the current cost of replacement lamps.
There is out there a great opportunity out there for analytical energy pros to bolster
their list of talents and capabilities by becoming Lighting surveyors and Auditors.
Speaking as one - we have the ability to coach a building owners with a relevant strategy.-
switching lighting tech is something these folks WILL do within the next 2/4 years
There is a growing demand due to the tremendous growth in LED retrofits- ,maybe
some of you guys will want to consider the current "need" within the subset.
I can't speak about the sales of blower doors these days but I did just recently read
about great growth in the sales of premium quality light meters . There's probably
a reason behind that !
Do you expect the price of LED lights to drop significantly in the next few years? That's what I'm holding out for.. Currently CFL is the "king of the castle" since current LED's don't use much less energy yet cost 4X as much. I have seen LED displays going up at the big box stores, selection has increased considerably...
I do expect a price reduction in All areas of solid state lighting. As for your attribution of CFL s being the
king of the castle : that's not what statistics would indicate- Cfl use peaked at around 20% use with
incandescents comprising nearly 78% of lamps sold ( year after year last 5 years) LED luminiare use is
predicted to be 80% in 2020 up from 1% now- The dynamic is in favor of logical 21st century lighting not
outdated glass & gas lamps. As for selection it has been getting better - I try not to make big box sales the
benchmark indicator. The better quality products are still more typically found at a lighting - electrical supply
places- the ownership at these places usually do a better job in picking product lines, they tend to have more
acumen and understanding and are great outlets- Critical for the larger institutional buyers and intermediate
type commercial buyers- these are the types of places that can read/ intrepret LM-79s - the big boxes have
apron wearing product providers- I don't want to denigrate them let's call 'em under informed about the products
they sell. I have yet to have a conversation with a big box lighting guy who could "truly discern luminiare quality"
Maybe the sales staff I've spoken with were the exception -but I've spoke to dozens in several stores ...
The big boxes have the price point thing- somewhat meaningful - until you see the comparitive quality thats
available. There are alot of great LED luminiares available but there are alot of under performers -
Due diligence will get you the best products, it's up to individual buyers to become knowlegable and buy the
best products as needed- based on application , budget and one's ability to accept that LED luminiares keep
evolving - the ones that I would deem to be the best have are 2017 model year lamps - and have the
performance characteristics of at least the 2015 model year stuff- Sadly whats out there is alot of redone-
slightly improved 2009 model year type stuff- Its like there are millions of imminent VCR sales - is that a good
thing, thats the problem with buying SSL in these transitional years !
Hi, Dennis. As usual, you whet my appetite, but I want more concrete details! Where can I learn about how to get trained as a lighting auditor? We had one here in my town, but he moved away, leaving an opportunity. Thanks in advance for the info.
Hi, It's been a while since we've talked. The training is a variable thing
for lighting auditors- The certifications that are conducive as a prequieste
would be to be either LC ( thru the NCQLP) or being certified thru the ALA
as a CLEP - or Edmunds College in Washington st area- or at Rensalear Polytechnic
in NY state- They have certifications as well!
As for the acumen level needed for most current work if one can do a thorough survey
that person could do a "Lighting audit" in essence
a Certfied energy auditor with the right tools can get the job done- I believe that
Johnson controls, Honeywell etc in the biz of lighting controls have there own
accredidation programs. - Like I indicated, many of the billions of sockets will be
going to LED lighting soon - There is a definite need for people to assess and evaluate
what products are right for those specific applications.