response to the march 2006 issue:
Architectural Lighting is always good, but the March issue was exceptional. With the new national EPAct 2005, based on ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1 (energy conservation for other than low-rise residential buildings), upgrading to energy-efficient illumination to comply with the mandates will be in great demand, if only to benefit from the financial incentives. If all the available lighting tools were employed where suitable, it would make it easier and more affordable for designers to create sophisticated effects within the mandates for both new and existing structures.
It is for this reason that I wonder why, in the fascinating projects related, no one chose glass fiber optics where it could do a better job than conventional products. This technology has been used abroad for decades, leaving the United States considered backward by its foreign colleagues.
Gersil N. Kay, Conservation Lighting Int'l, Philadelphia