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Lighting and controls is a huge, constantly changing, dynamic market. The ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR lighting editorial listed below keeps current on technological innovations from LEDs, controls, and design to innovations in efficiency by traditional lighting formats. 

Solid-state lighting, such as light-emitting diode (LED) technology, promises significant short-term opportunities, notably in the retrofit market. However, many industry stakeholders are concerned about long-term risks LEDs present as they continue to gain acceptance.


GE's Bright Stik, which it bills as a CFL replacement

Today, GE posted a satirical break-up letter addressed to the compact fluorescent lamp (CFL). The company is moving the focus of its consumer lighting business to the light-emitting diode (LED) lamp.

Multifunctional sensors, networked wireless controls accessible from mobile devices, and, yes, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are trends that picked up steam this year. These interconnected technologies will be transformational for the electrical contractor (EC).

While street lighting improves traffic safety by enabling pedestrians and motorists to see each other, it also contributes to aesthetics. Landscape lighting enhances security and accents special features to create a unique atmosphere for outdoor events.

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The 24-hour lighting scheme demonstration room at the Lighting Research Center provides cycled electric lighting. Shown here are cool, high light levels during the day.
Feel the Light

Light doesn’t only serve as the basis of vision. It can influence behavior and how people feel. Further, light plays an important role in human health.


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An All-Organic Diode

The organic light-emitting diode (OLED) continues to develop alongside the light-emitting diode (LED). This light source’s intriguing capabilities position it as a strong potential alternative to LEDs for certain applications.



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Viable Options: LED T8 Lamps

With an estimated 1–2 billion fluorescent sockets installed in commercial, industrial, institutional and retail applications across North America, the market for T8 technology remains strong, though new LED T8 replacements are giving traditional fluorescent technology a run for the money.


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The DOE As Lighting and Energy Ally

A number of cities have embraced light-emitting diodes (LEDs) as an efficient street lighting technology. Making the transition is not a simple endeavor, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Gateway Demonstration program helps them evaluate the technology.


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Grow Light

High-value specialty crops, such as fruits, vegetables and ornamentals, account for a tiny percentage of U.S. farmland but yield about 40 percent of farmland revenues. In many regions, these crops are grown in shielded environments, such as greenhouses.


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The Meaning Of Lighting

Mark S. Rea, Ph.D., professor and director of the Lighting Research Center at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, believes the lighting industry has a problem. Solving it first requires an admission that it exists.



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More Than Photons: Advanced Lighting Controls

Thanks to advanced lighting controls, various industries view lighting as an important element in energy-efficient design. It is a business-intelligence platform that combines sensors and systems in a way that provides excellent illumination and energy savings.


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