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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. 

Internet of Things

At the 2017 Strategies in Light conference, Robert F. Karlicek, Jr., spoke about creative destruction in the lighting industry brought on by LED technology and the internet of things (IoT).

Networked lighting controls are intelligent and programmable systems in which devices communicate to enact control strategies.

OLEDs, such as Pixelligent's, have a carbon-based semiconductor layer that emits light when electricity is applied by adjacent electrodes. - Courtesy of Pixelligent

A new light is appearing. Organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) stand where LEDs stood about 10 years ago—promising but expensive. But, as LEDs demonstrated, rapid advances can lower cost and speed up adoption. That’s the expectation for OLED lighting.

Lighting technology continues to expand with new products and systems that will benefit commercial and residential markets. Lighting has become smarter and easier to integrate with other systems in homes, buildings and facilities around the world.

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Retrofit or Replace? Tubular LEDs

According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), more than 360 million troffers (named for a cross between trough and coffer) provide general lighting in commercial building interiors.


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LED Streetlight Technology Taking Over Los Angeles


Over the last seven years, the LED Streetlight Replacement Program in Los Angeles has swapped more than 80 percent of the city’s 215,000 streetlight fixtures with LED units. To date, energy usage has lowered by 63 percent, saving the city approximately $9 million per year in energy costs.


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Anchorage Goes All-In On New LED Technology


While more cities and towns are making the move to LED streetlights, Anchorage, Alaska, is going even further.


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Let Us Entertain You: LEDs Impress With Fantastic Displays

From high-definition panels to vibrant pinpoint light, from deep, true color to interactivity and animation, LED lighting is becoming the go-to option to create theatrics, mood and spectacle.


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Laying Down The Law: Lighting Legislation on Energy Efficiency


Milestones in January and February raised the bar on energy efficiency in the lighting industry. In January, Energy Star Lamps V2.0 took effect, and it was predicted to significantly influence lamps promoted by utility lighting rebate programs.


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Taking It to the Streets: Smart Cities, LEDs and Streetlights

An interesting phrase comes up frequently in the rapidly evolving streetlight market: “real estate.” Most of us see a streetlight as a utilitarian lighting fixture, but manufacturers, utilities and city managers see a business opportunity enabled by a vast network of powered, connected devices.


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