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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. 

Crops, of course, have always relied on three things from nature: soil, water, and sunlight. If executives at AeroFarms have their way, though, the future of crop growing will be mesh cloth, small amounts of water, and LED lights.

Replacing the driver


The majority of LED lighting products use an electronic driver that functions similarly to a fluorescent ballast. The driver converts incoming alternating current (AC) to direct current (DC) and drives this current to the LEDs.


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For a long time, the lighting industry relied on conventional, legacy light sources and traditional designs. Recent advancements in LED technology, however, have changed the face of the industry in terms of the form and function of luminaires.

Flicker in light sources is an old problem made new again in the LED age. Its effects range from annoying to debilitating, and solving it can be challenging. Even defining flicker is difficult.

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Networked Controls

In May 2016, the DesignLights Consortium (DLC) released Networked Lighting Controls System Specification V1.01. By the end of June, the DLC published a Qualified Products List (QPL) for networked controls. This may have a profound impact on demand for networked controls in existing buildings.


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EPA Calls On All Americans to Change Out Inefficient Bulbs

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has christened the fourth Tuesday of every October as national Energy Star Day. This year, the agency marked the holiday by issuing a call-to-action to change out inefficient light bulbs with Energy Star certified bulbs.


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Garage's LED Facade Brightens Fort Wayne


Most parking garages are drab cubes of gray concrete; people don’t usually expect them to add much to a cityscape. However, the City of Fort Wayne, Ind., had different ideas when building the Skyline Garage.


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Lamps 2.0: New Energy Star Requirements


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star program recognizes and promotes products that satisfy a high performance standard while saving energy. Created in 1992, the voluntary labeling program now covers a broad range of products, including lamps and residential luminaires.



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Strategic Assembly: Prefab Lighting

Prefabricated lighting is an increasingly popular strategy in today’s competitive construction and upgrade market. It can help save electrical contractors (ECs) time and money in the field while offering greater control over the product and installation process.


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The Real Low-Carbon Economy 'Disruptor'

When people think of the low-carbon economy and the multiple technologies in place that are fueling the growth of green, it is likely that most of them would point to wind and solar as the two most significant and influential drivers of the trend.


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Challenging LED

As performance increases and costs decline, light-emitting diode (LED) lighting is poised to become the predominant light source in the United States. Meanwhile, adoption of integrated advanced lighting controls continues to grow.



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