Welcome to a Light Read
We are proud to launch a Light Read — NAILD's electronic news brief, which will be sent every Wednesday via e-mail. This publication will feature the latest in industry news, association articles, technical and product updates, and useful business tips. (Be sure to place the sender on your safe senders list — you won't want to miss an issue.)
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It's a great marriage — energy and lighting
Schaedler Yesco Distribution Share
There hasn't been as much research and development in lighting technology since Edison invented the light bulb. What we are selling today will be obsolete in five to 10 years, which ultimately will send us out to upgrade the same customers who recently installed T8 lighting. Lighting upgrades are now perpetual. "Energy savings" and "lighting" are synonymous and commonly referred to as the lowest hanging fruit, but is used to help support other energy conservation measures in industrial and commercial accounts. More
California implements new light bulb laws
LEDs Magazine Share
A new federal law introduced Jan. 1 in California sets standards for the energy efficiency of incandescent light bulbs sold in the state. While the rest of country will adopt this standard on Jan. 1, 2012, California was given authority to implement the national standards one year earlier. It is estimated that this will avoid the sale of 10.5 million inefficient 100-watt bulbs in 2011, which would cost consumers $35.6 million in higher electricity bills, according to the California Energy Commission. More
EPA revises cleanup tips for broken CFL bulbs
USA Today Share
The EPA has revised its guidelines for mercury-containing compact fluorescent light bulbs. CFLs contain a small amount of mercury in the glass tubing and when it breaks, "some of the mercury is released as vapor and may pose potential health risks," the EPA said in announcing the guidelines. Accompanying its revised tips, the EPA includes a report by an independent science committee that indicates the tiny amount of vaporized mercury from a single broken bulb is within the safe range for adults. More
Ceiling lights in Minnesota send coded Internet data
The Associated Press via Yahoo! News Share
Flickering ceiling lights are usually a nuisance, but in city offices in St. Cloud, Minn., they will actually be a pathway to the Internet. The lights will transmit data to specially equipped computers on desks below by flickering faster than the eye can see. Ultimately, the technique could ease wireless congestion by opening up new expressways for short-range communications. The system puts clusters of LEDs in a standard-sized light fixture. More
IKEA turns off old-style light bulbs
IKEA has stopped selling incandescent light bulbs in its U.S. home furnishing stores. The Swedish-based company said that it is the first retailer to completely pull the plug on the bulbs, after phasing out incandescent lights beginning in August. IKEA's move to no longer stock or sell the traditional light bulbs comes ahead of a government-mandated phase-out of the incandescents from 2012 to 2014. IKEA will instead offer fluorescent bulbs, as well as LED, halogen and solar-powered lamps. More
Employers expect health reform to raise costs
Business Insurance Share
Already facing burgeoning health care plan costs, employers say the health care reform law will increase them even more, according to a recent survey. An overwhelming majority of employers — 74 percent — said they expect the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to increase group plan costs beyond what they would have been had the legislation not passed, according to the survey, which was conducted by the Midwest Business Group on Health. More
Tax law changes will delay start of filing season for some taxpayers
Journal of Accountancy Share
The IRS is warning taxpayers that it will not accept certain 2010 individual tax returns until mid- or late February due to tax law changes recently enacted by Congress. Taxpayers affected include all those who itemize deductions on Schedule A, as well as those who take certain recently extended deductions. The change affecting the most taxpayers will be the fact that Form 1040, Schedule A, will have to be updated to reflect the extension of the state and local general sales tax deduction. The delays will affect taxpayers whether they e-file or file on paper. More