21 Feb

The European Ban on Halogen Light Bulbs


If you don’t actively stay up-to-date with developments in the lighting industry or international news, you may have missed the recent ban on halogen lighting in Europe. On September 1st, 2018, the use of halogen light bulbs was banned by the European Union. All halogen light bulbs are now prohibited and will be substituted with environmentally-conservative, energy-efficient light-emitting diode technology and compact fluorescent bulbs.

09 Dec

The Necessity for Observatory-Friendly LEDs and SSLs


In October 2018, the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Street and Area Lighting Conference (SALC) convened in Orlando, Florida, to discuss the most recent developments in lighting solutions and energy efficiency. In contrast to previous SALC’s, this conference emphasized the challenges LEDs face when trying to simultaneously provide safe environments, meet the expectations of constituents, and remain observatory-friendly. Below is a summary of the event and a few thoughts from ourselves here at CWES.