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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. 

Occupancy sensors automatically save energy by reducing lighting after a space is vacated. After more than 10 years of tightening commercial building energy codes, they are a staple in new construction projects.

Looking beyond the apps


In the not-too-distant future, 
a time may come when electrical contractors will entertain their grandchildren with tales of lighting fixtures that existed for the sole purpose of illumination.

While the light-emitting diode (LED) has gotten a lot of attention in recent years, another revolution has quietly developed in the background: intelligent (digital) lighting control. The future of lighting is solid-state, and it will be highly controlled.


Dimmable lighting control has seen limited application in commercial buildings. However, due to two primary factors, adoption has grown.

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DOE Proposes Efficiency Standard for Light Bulbs

On Feb. 12, the Department of Energy (DOE) proposed an efficiency standard for general service lamps, marking the next step in an ongoing process that started with the passage of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) in 2007.


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Illumigeddon

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.



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GE's Bright Stik, which it bills as a CFL replacement
GE to Phase Out CFLs in Light of New Energy Star Specs

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.


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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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What's Trendy In Lighting

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).


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An Outside Shot: Trends in outdoor and landscape lighting

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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