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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. 

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.


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.

Over the past 10 to 15 years, commercial building energy codes have increasingly mandated automatic lighting controls.

All light sources must be maintained; as lighting controls become more sophisticated, they also must be maintained. Responsible lighting design should include maintenance to preserve design integrity.

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Lighting Shrinks

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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Paying Attention: Lighting Trends

It’s a little like the chicken and the egg when you ask who sets lighting trends. Is it the manufacturer or the lighting designer? In truth, it’s likely both. Keeping up on how each pushes the needle can help electrical contractors maintain or enhance value with customers.


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Crystal Ball

As the LED revolution continues to proliferate with new lighting solutions that compete with conventional lighting, some novel technologies haven’t gotten as much attention.


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LEDs Take Center Stage

The opportunity in the LED retrofit market is enormous, and the missteps made in rushing other energy-efficient lighting to market (e.g., the compact fluorescent lamp) are less likely to slow market growth this time around.


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