Pat Woods

Freelance Writer

Pat Woods writes for many consumer and trade publications. She can be reached at patwoods123@hotmail.com".

Articles by Pat Woods

September 2007
LEDs have been on the market long enough for electrical contractors (ECs) to know the major selling points: energy efficiency and longer life expectancy, thus reducing both energy consumption and maintenance costs.  But there are more selling points. READ MORE
June 2007
Elite homebuyers want the latest monitoring technology READ MORE
March 2007
Skyrocketing energy costs mandate learning new technologies and products: The energy crisis and resulting legislation have forced changes in lamps, ballasts and optics as well as in project design; energy-use limits are increasingly restrictive with each update to standards from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), International Energy Conservati READ MORE
March 2007
Skyrocketing energy costs mandate learning new technologies and products: The energy crisis and resulting legislation have forced changes in lamps, ballasts and optics as well as in project design; energy-use limits are increasingly restrictive with each update to standards from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), International Energy Conservati READ MORE
November 2006
Lighting options for roadways, tunnels and bridges New technologies in tunnel, bridge and roadway lighting continue to surface, while existing high-intensity discharge (HID) and fluorescent technologies generate mixed reviews from lighting experts. Glare control is critical. More emphasis is placed on color temperature because of its effect on nighttime driving. READ MORE
June 2006
Lighting controls are essential in modern commercial structures. As technology has advanced, owners and operators have looked for sophisticated, yet easy-to-operate systems. The newest energy codes require manual overrides in every space, astronomic time clocks with calendar, reduced after-hours site lighting and more. READ MORE
March 2006
Fueled by a hot real estate market, residential lighting manufacturers are creating products that integrate design and function at the onset. Although custom homes comprise 17 percent of all new homes, they account for almost 30 percent of all expenditures for building products. Custom buyers pay record sums for lavish homes they view as reflections of their good taste and lifestyles. READ MORE
April 2005
Freeway congestion, 60-hour work weeks, urban gridlock and family obligations have driven the work-and-play-at-home trend. Buyers want everything from home offices with high-speed Internet to home fitness rooms with the latest exercise gizmos and equipment. Today's high-end homebuyers also want to entertain and be entertained in style at home. READ MORE
March 2005
To enhance lighting inside the big industral box, developers are hiring high-profile architects to design these warehouses and factories with a luxury look. Skylights, glass curtain walls, ornamental awnings and lush landscaping-for warehouses? Yes, it's happening from New York to California. READ MORE

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