May 19, 2023   

5 Things to Know:  Week Ending May 20

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Lights are reportedly "wreaking havoc" at Wrigley Field.  Plus, the passing of a lighting executive.


Here's a roundup of some of the week's happenings curated to help lighting people stay informed.    


1.  New Wrigley Field LED Sportslighting is “Wreaking Havoc”

As  reported in March, the three oldest, active Major League Baseball ballparks are each operating under new LED sportslighting for the 2023 season.  Yardbarker reports that the Chicago Cubs have quickly found a problem with the newly installed Musco Lighting LED lights at Wrigley Field. They are reportedly just too bright.

According to the report, it is a problem that's impacting both the fans and the players on the field. The complaint from the fan side of things is that the lights are so bright that it makes the stands feel increasingly darker by comparison. It is a minor issue and not one that has really been brought up much. The bigger issue is for the players, especially those in the corner outfield spots who reportedly keep losing fly balls in the lights.


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Related:  Last week, captured footage of Musco Lighting's new Fenway Park installation:

Very loosely related: Right field fan pleases the crowd with his second of six shoe beer chugs at Fenway Park Friday night, under new Musco Lighting LEDs.




2.  Tempo’s Terrence Walsh

Terrence-Walsh-.jpgFormer Tempo Industries President & CEO Terrence Walsh passed away Saturday, May 13, 2023, after a brief illness. He was 76 years old.



3.  ANSI issues new, niche outdoor lighting standard

The American National Standards Institute(ANSI) has issued a new standard, ANSI C136.43-2023 for Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment— Side-Mounted Solid State Security Luminaires

This Standard covers dimensional, maintenance, and electrical features that permit the interchange of similar style side-mounted solid state (e.g., LED) security luminaires having the same light distribution classification or type used in roadway or area lighting equipment. Luminaires covered by this Standard are traditionally known as a security light, dusk to dawn, NEMA heads, open bottom, etcetera.

Luminaires covered by this standard provide two latch lugs to allow the installation and removal of refractors or reflectors utilizing latches.  This latch lug provision is in addition to any factory installed refractor or reflector provision.


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4.  Supply chain volatility drops

Supply Chain Quarterly reports that global supply chain capacity was underutilized in April for first time since June 2020, as companies de-stock inventory.  GEP's Global Supply Chain Volatility Index reveals impact of 10 months of subdued demand, inventory de-stocking and high interest rates.

"After months of companies aggressively destocking, there is now excess capacity in the world's supply chains, providing buyers with greater leverage to extract favorable prices and terms for the second half of 2023 and into 2024. The good news is that companies' demand for components and raw materials, while subdued, is holding steady, indicating that central banks are, at least for now, successfully engineering a measured slowdown," Volker Roelofsen, vice president, supply chain consulting, GEP, said in a release.




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5.  DOE Announces $7.75 Million Investment in HBCUs to Support STEM Workforce

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Clean Energy Education Prize, a competition that will help HBCU institutions develop programming to strengthen the participation of K-12 and community college students in science, technology, engineering, and technology (STEM) fields.

The Department of Energy HBCU Clean Energy Education Prize is open to all 100+ HBCU institutions across the United States and schools are eligible to compete in one or both prize tracks.


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