LEDs is seeking daylight harvesting projects

Feb. 18, 2022
Have a compelling project story that involves both daylight harvesting and LED lighting? Submit projects for an upcoming feature.

Editorial director Wanda Lau and I are hard at work on content planning for upcoming issues of LEDs Magazine — including some fresh looks at projects.

Contrary to the title of our publication, we recognize that LEDs are not the sole source of energy-efficient illumination in buildings! We’re seeking compelling contributions from you in the audience, focused specifically on daylight harvesting, to round out a feature article.

The DesignLights Consortium defines daylight harvesting as “[t]he capability to automatically affect the operation of lighting or other equipment based on the amount of daylight and/or ambient light present in a space, area, or exterior environment.”

We’re clearly talking about a complex implementation of sensors, software programming, and luminaires with consideration to the space occupancy patterns, task plane illumination, glare mitigation, and the ability to respond to changing light levels (and vacancy) around the clock. It seems challenging but extremely intriguing. I imagine it’s no simple task to deliver an appropriate combination of solid-state lighting (SSL) and controls technology that works as intended to balance task illumination and visual comfort in spaces that receive natural light. I don’t pretend to know all the ways in which this can go wrong, but tell us how it can go right. We want to know how energy consumption was impacted, how clients/users of the space responded to the outcome, what kind of building certifications were you able to achieve, payback, and so on.

If you’ve been involved in a successful project, share it with us and we’ll consider it for this editorial coverage. Please contact me for details on submissions no later than March 2. Keep in mind that submission of materials does not guarantee publication. But we are looking forward to spotlighting how natural and electric light are working in harmony across a variety of building scenarios — commercial offices, industrial facilities, healthcare, education, municipal and government buildings, you name it.

CARRIE MEADOWS is managing editor of LEDs Magazine, with 20 years’ experience in business-to-business publishing across technology markets including solid-state technology manufacturing, fiberoptic communications, machine vision, lasers and photonics, and LEDs and lighting.

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About the Author

Carrie Meadows | Editor-in-Chief, LEDs Magazine

Carrie Meadows has more than 20 years of experience in the publishing and media industry. She worked with the PennWell Technology Group for more than 17 years, having been part of the editorial staff at Solid State Technology, Microlithography World, Lightwave, Portable Design, CleanRooms, Laser Focus World, and Vision Systems Design before the group was acquired by current parent company Endeavor Business Media.

Meadows has received finalist recognition for LEDs Magazine in the FOLIO Eddie Awards, and has volunteered as a judge on several B2B editorial awards committees. She received a BA in English literature from Saint Anselm College, and earned thesis honors in the college's Geisel Library. Without the patience to sit down and write a book of her own, she has gladly undertaken the role of editor for the writings of friends and family.

Meadows enjoys living in the beautiful but sometimes unpredictable four seasons of the New England region, volunteering with an animal shelter, reading (of course), and walking with friends and extended "dog family" in her spare time.