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NATIONAL REPORT—Earlier this summer hand dryer maker Dyson Inc. released an e-mail linking to a video that demonstrates how one of its competitor’s hand dryers can potentially blow washroom air containing bacteria, viruses and even fecal matter onto your hands. Of its competitor’s hand dryer, the video said, “It sucks in the dirty air and blows it straight onto your hands so you think your hands are clean…but are they?” Other Dyson videos focusing on two other competing hand dryers make similar claims—that the two dryers just redistribute dirty air. Whether true or not, what the videos show is how much more complicated and confusing a hand dryer buying decision has gotten in recent years. In this highly competitive space there are many different types of hand dryers from which to choose—“eco” models, ones with sophisticated filters, “hands in” dryers that require emptying of water, ones touting anti-bacterial coatings, and even ones with LEDs incorporated into the design.
MORRIS PLAINS, N.J.—Honeywell announced that one of its new insulating materials was given the top 2015 innovation award by a leading industry group. Solstice Liquid Blowing Agent (LBA), a critical material used in energy-efficient polyurethane foam insulation, was named the winner of the 2015 Polyurethane Innovation Award by the American Chemistry Council’s Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI).
NATIONAL REPORT—Light has been around as long as the human race. First came fire—primitive, serving a dual purpose of heating and illumination. Fire, as a technology, was around for thousands of years. Relatively recently, roughly a hundred or so years ago, incandescent light was invented. This light source remains in use today and is a relatively simple process—passing an electrical current through a resistor, which creates both light, and heat. In the last 60 or so years, newer technologies have appeared—fluorescent, low and high-pressure sodium, metal halide, compact florescent. While these are significantly more efficient light sources than fire or incandescent (as measured by their ability to convert energy primarily into light), they pale in comparison to the last 18 months of development of solid-state light sources, such as LED. Solid-state lighting at its core is a basic machine—a power-transformer converts high voltage alternative current to low voltage direct current and a solid-state semiconductor, typically an LED, becomes excited and creates light.
LOS ANGELES—Acclaim Lighting, a leader in advanced lighting technology, introduces Flex Tube SE, a side emitting, outdoor-rated, flexible LED tube for virtually any exterior lighting application. Flex Tube SE features a UV-coated, saltwater-resistant, flexible silicone jacket that can bend to a diameter as little as 4.8 inches and can be cut to a length every 4 inches for customized lighting applications. It is IP68-rated and submersible to 3 feet.
PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y.—JESCO Lighting Group, 17-year multinational manufacturer and marketer of contemporary high-design, exclusively energy-saving lighting fixtures—a pioneer in popularizing very low-watt, ultra longlife LED light sources—has completed a major move and expansion of the company. The announcement was made by Richard Kurtz, President, CEO and a principal of JESCO Lighting Group.
DAVIE, FLA.—AirRevive announces the completion of a hotel guestroom fan coil unit refurbishment project at the Newark Liberty International Airport Marriott, a fixture at Newark Airport since 1983.
SANTA MONICA, CALIF.—Shore Hotel recently installed an AquaRecycle Laundry Water Recycle System, which will reduce carbon emissions and its laundry water usage by 80 percent. The new system will allow the hotel to reclaim and reuse its laundry wastewater, conserving precious resources all while offering its guests premium eco-conscious accommodations.
CARY, N.C.—Civilight North America announces the appointment of Ulysses Rosario as North East Regional Sales Manager. Rosario will service distributors, specifiers and lighting professionals from Ohio, West Virginia and Maryland, up through Maine, and in eastern Canada from Toronto to Nova Scotia.
DURHAM, N.C.—Cree, Inc. introduces new KR8 and LR6 LED downlights, designed to deliver better lighting performance and better value for new and existing commercial spaces. The new KR8 downlight expands the KR Series by adding Cree’s first eight-inch downlight, and features Cree WaveMax Technology and Cree TrueWhite Technology. This combination brings even more light through optical efficiency, precise beam control and long product life to higher ceiling applications.
ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes WET-TECH as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. WET-TECH develops, designs, manufactures, installs and services energy and water saving EnviroSaver II ozone equipment. The company’s equipment is presently installed on tunnel washers as well as conventional washer/extractor equipment. WET-TECH’s specially designed small bubble ozone infusion provides a high quality wash while maintaining savings in fuel energy, electrical energy, water, sewage and chemical costs.
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