Lighting

 

 

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. 

Landscape lighting is one of the most artistic lighting design disciplines. Its primary purpose is ambience—to make nighttime spaces aesthetic and inviting. On a more practical level, it can extend the usable hours of a site, facilitate wayfinding, improve safety and provide a sense of security.


With schools and healthcare facilities struggling to balance rising costs with ever-tightening budgets, energy-efficient lighting upgrades can be an easy and effective way to improve a facility’s lighting quality and performance while significantly reducing operating costs.

Craig Bernecker, Ph.D., director, Lighting Education Institute and professor at Parsons The New School for Design, recently gave a talk as part of the ongoing Philips Lighting University series of webinars.

Don’t leave savings on the table


When commissioning a high-performance building, one element of lighting control is sometimes left out: the daylight harvesting system. It’s assumed such systems will work right out of the box after some simple calibration. Working is one thing, but working optimally is another.

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Introducing ASHRAE/IES 90.1 2013
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ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1 provides states and other jurisdictions a model commercial building energy code.

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Recessed Housing Basics
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Recessed housings have come a long way since their initial introduction into the marketplace. Today, more electrical contractors are using low voltage housings to provide task lighting and are including further accents with a full range of trims.

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The Quality Standard
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In late 2012, the California Energy Commission (CEC) published a voluntary specification recognizing quality light-emitting diode (LED) lamps intended to replace screwbase incandescent lamps in luminaires.

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Linear LED lighting is finding its way into classroom settings and offices.
Totally Tubular: Linear LEDs
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With an urgent demand for energy efficiency, lighting continues to stake its claim as a solution. T8 and T5 fluorescents—both important evolutions in improved lamps and ballasts—have been landmark offerings. 
Now lighting installers have a new option: linear LEDs.


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An easy workflow delivers informative rendered results for an exterior site in AGi32
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Lighting Design Software UnwrAPPed
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From simple apps for mobile devices that store product data, to more sophisticated, computer-based software programs that calculate photometrics (the measurement of light as perceived by the human eye), a wide range of products are available in the lighting industry to assist electrical contractors

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Studies increasingly show effective lighting promotes worker productivity and satisfaction.
Lighting Shrinks
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Lighting strategies to optimize worker performance are alive and well. 
In fact, the correlation between lighting and human performance is now better understood than ever, and the knowledge is influencing manufacturers, lighting designers and savvy installers. The office is the latest subject.


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Farewell, 60W
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On Jan. 1, 2014, the next phase of incandescent lamp regulations in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 went into effect. This phase prohibits the manufacture and import of 40–60-watt (W) incandescent, general-service lamps that do not meet certain energy-efficiency criteria.

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