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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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Sylvania Socket Survey Shows Greater Understanding and Awareness
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The fifth annual Sylvania Socket Survey from Osram Sylvania finds that consumers are adjusting to new legislation and energy-efficient lighting options, with about half saying that they plan to switch to new lighting technologies.


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21st Century Lighting

By most accounts, the light-emitting diode (LED) revolution is well underway, even though LEDs still remain a small fraction of today’s total lighting market.


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Light It And Forget About It?

In any lighting system, lamps and auxiliary electrical devices fail and must be replaced. Dirt and dust accumulates on fixture surfaces and should be cleaned. System problems must be corrected, and lighting controls should be adjusted as space conditions change.



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Putting SSL Sales Under The Light

It’s hard to imagine anyone in the electrical industry seriously questioning the fact that light-emitting diode (LED) technology and solid-state lighting (SSL) are becoming the light source choice of the future.


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LEDs' New Standard: Zhaga Consortium

Specifiers enjoy a choice of brands and components to provide optimal solutions for their applications. Owners can replace components for maintenance or upgrade purposes while retaining the hardware.


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Growing Pains: LEDs

Among other matters with light-emitting diodes (LEDs), reliability has been an issue, according to Nate Conant, president of W.B. Walton Electric in Beaumont, Calif.


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No Place Like Home: LED Lighting

With 115 million households in America— more than twice as many as there were 50 years ago, according to the U.S. Census Bureau—the demand for residential lighting and controls has both grown and evolved to appeal to a savvier, more high-tech, and more energy-conscious consumer.


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