Pat Woods

Freelance Writer

Pat Woods writes for many consumer and trade publications. She can be reached at".

Articles by Pat Woods

December 2009
This year brought sparse positive economic news, as soaring energy costs drove steep price increases and the mortgage meltdown stalled residential construction and later commercial construction with the credit crunch. READ MORE
March 2009
With the green movement going full steam ahead, homeowners expect energy efficiency in both new construction and remodels. Baby boomers and subsequent generations demand energy-saving solutions that shrink utility bills and are easy to install and maintain. New technologies READ MORE
March 2009
Starting around age 40, a person’s ability to see gradually diminishes. Statistics estimate one of the 78 million U.S. baby boomers turns 60 every seven seconds. These statistics verify the projection that half the U.S. population will be older than 65 by 2032. And, according the AARP, 90 percent of baby boomers want to continue living in their own homes as they age. READ MORE
January 2009
Although the construction market is down, manufacturers are going full steam, developing new labor-saving lighting technologies. Savvy electrical contractors can broaden their capabilities during the slump by expanding their new technological knowledge and embracing economic and ecological advantages over traditional lighting sources. READ MORE
October 2008
Lighting technology is speeding forward, and electrical contractors looking to profit from the lucrative lighting design market are challenged to keep up. READ MORE
August 2008
The U.S. Government originated security lighting during World War II. Since then, terrorism incidents, growing crime rates and energy-reduction mandates have been increasing the lighting industry’s sophistication. READ MORE
June 2008
The green movement has gone mainstream, and facility owners expect green and energy-efficiency initiatives to be applied to new construction. With large amounts of energy being expended to light buildings, it stands to reason that natural lighting could be harvested and directed inward, illuminating while cutting costs. READ MORE
March 2008
The recent national energy bill banning incandescent bulbs by 2014 has mandated energy-efficient residential lighting. Before introducing the latest lighting devices, electrical contractors (ECs) need to survey homeowners’ needs and lifestyles. READ MORE
December 2007
In many areas of the United States—especially Arizona and Florida—healthcare has become the leading industry. This trend will balloon as 78 million baby boomers move into their retirement years. Developing healthcare lighting expertise can have handsome payoffs for electrical contractors. READ MORE