Signed: Phase One Trade Deal

Last week, President Donald Trump and China’s Vice-Premier Liu He formally signed the Phase One trade deal, easing the recent friction.

List 3 Tariff Exclusions

The American Lighting Association (ALA) is tracking all lighting-related tariff exclusions granted from List 3.

DOE Issues Final Process Rule

Also last week, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced it had completed its work updating the so-called Process Rule.

More List 3 Exclusion Requests Granted

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) continues to process the exclusion requests submitted for List 3.

Title 24: 2019 Residential Lighting Changes

The requirements for JA-8 high-efficacy remain largely unchanged. However, there are some items worth noting. 

Title 20 Sales Ban

Last month, the California Energy Commission (CEC) voted to ignore federal preemption and expand the definition for general service lamps (GSL). Thus, beginning Jan. 1, 2020, it will be against the law in California to sell nearly all GSLs with an efficacy of less than 45 lumens per watt (lpw).

List 3 Exclusion Process

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) is working through the plethora of exclusion requests submitted for List 3. Several ALA members participated in the process and are still awaiting a final decision.

List 4b Tariffs

As we close out 2019, there is still much uncertainty about what will happen with List 4b. Currently slated to take effect this coming Sunday, Dec. 15, List 4b will add an additional 15-percent duty on covered goods coming from China. Ceiling fans and finished good LEDs are included on List 4b.

Tariff Update

Late last week, the USTR issued a statement that exclusion requests for products on List 4A will be accepted, beginning Oct. 31. Requests must be submitted using USTR’s Exclusions Process Portal.

Industry Honors Life and Career of Rick Wiedemer in Lighting Hall of Fame Induction

Rick Wiedemer of Hinkley Lighting was posthumously inducted into the 2019 Lighting Hall of Fame during the ALA Annual Conference in Phoenix, Ariz., on the evening of Sept. 17.

2019 Pillar of the Industry Award Winners Recognized at ALA Conference

The 2019 Pillar of the Industry award winners were honored during the ALA Annual Conference in Phoenix, Ariz., the afternoon of Monday, Sept. 16.

New Lutron Commercial Experience Center Showcases Bold Approach to Lighting Control, New Technology

For almost six decades, Lutron Electronics has been a leader in the lighting control industry. Now, as Lutron celebrates its new Commercial Experience Center in Manhattan, the company is once again bringing bold ideas and a fresh vitality to lighting and design.

Engineering & Technology Report

A summary of ALA's current technical activities. 

2019 Engineering Committee Meeting Minutes and Notes

Meeting minutes and notes for the 2019 ALA Engineering Committee Meeting.

Tariff Update: Changes Coming to Lists 1, 2 and 3 & List 3 Exclusion Process

Today, the USTR released President Trump’s latest directives regarding the Section 301 Lists 1, 2 and 3 ($250 billion worth of goods). The official notice should be published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

Tariff Update: Changes Coming to List 4

On Friday, the USTR will publish President Trump’s latest directives regarding the List 4 tariffs in the Federal Register.

List 3 Tariff Alert

Today, President Trump escalated his trade war with China, amending the current tariff schedule.

Navigating the Alphabet Soup of UPPs, MAPs, and other Veritical Price Restraints:  A Primer for the Lighting Industr
USTR Delays Tariffs on Ceiling Fans and LEDs

Earlier today, the USTR announced the next steps of implementing the additional 10 percent tariff on goods coming from China worth $300 billion, also known as List 4.

University of Oregon Publishes White Paper on Light, Views, and the Workplace Experience

Today, the University of Oregon published a new white paper, “The Impact of Lighting and Views in the Workplace of the Future.”