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Acuity Brands sheds lumens on energy savings

BY Ken Clark

Increased energy savings is the slogan for Lithonia Lighting’s P Series LED Downlighting Moducles from Acuity Brands.

The P Series LED Downlighting Modules have a bar-setting efficacy of 70 lumens per watt, which is more than 86% more efficient than incandescent luminaires. They are designed for general-purpose lighting in residential and light commercial applications.

“The flexibility of the P Series modules is unlike any other LED downlighting module in its category,” said Michael Bruce, Lithonia Lighting Value Stream Manager, Residential Downlighting. “Equipped with our patent-pending driver technology, the fixture turns on instantly just like incandescent, and more than 60 P Series modules can connect to a single 600W dimmer — trumping the eight units capable from a traditional LED downlight. This is a huge advantage in light commercial applications.”

P Series LED Downlighting Modules use advanced Center2Edge technology to dim seamlessly from full illumination, creating the look and feel of a single-point source. Center2Edge technology triggers the module’s LED board to act like an incandescent point source while dimming, the company said.

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Retailing in 2013 and beyond: The conference

BY Ken Clark

The Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) hosts a day-long series of presentations in Chicago Oct. 17, including the economic backdrop of home improvement. 

On the agenda of the HIRI conference at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza is a presentation titled: “The U.S. Economic Backdrop for Home Improvement,” to be presented by Joshua Rosenbaum, managing director of global industrial group for UBS. The presentation carries the subhead: “Two steps forward, one step back … or is it one step forward, one step back?” 

The presentation will examine the signs of improvement in the U.S. housing market and the concerns that cloud a recovery, including the uncertainty in European financial markets. The presentation, one of seven on tap in Chicago, will address the hottest issues facing the economy and the industry from a Wall Street perspective. 

Other presentations include: "Technology Forcing Change In Home Improvement Retailing" and "Home Improvement Retailing 2013 and Beyond: Seizing Opportunities in a Transforming Market."

 

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Jamie Dimon at Home Depot? It might have been

BY Ken Clark

If he didn’t become CEO of Bank One in 2000, banking executive Jamie Dimon might have taken the top spot at Home Depot, according to a profile of Dimon in Vanity Fair

The Dimon profile in the current issue of Vanity Fair reports how the banking executive toured a store in Yonkers, N.Y., as negotiations between him and the retailer were getting serious. According to the article, the banker enjoyed the activity and the interaction throughout the store.

The job eventually went to Frank Blake, who has earned praise for his handling of the turnaround of the giant retailer and for his commitment to improved customer-service standards.

Today, Jamie Dimon is CEO of JP Morgan Chase.

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