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. 

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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Illuminating The Big Picture: LEDs

In the April 2012 issue of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR, we challenged the presumption that light-emitting diode (LED) lighting is maintenance-free.


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Solid Contender: HID Lighting

A mature technology that has successfully supported a broad range of indoor and outdoor lighting applications for well over the last half-century, high-intensity discharge (HID) continues to prove its worth in a wide variety of professional and residential venues.


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Post-Occupancy Evaluations

In the lighting field, one often hears the gospel of lighting quality. We are told lighting quality should not be sacrificed for energy savings. Lighting quality, after all, ensures people are satisfied with the visual environment.


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Post-Occupancy Evaluations

The Energy-Efficient Commercial Buildings Tax Deduction (CBTD) was created by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to encourage investment in energy-efficient interior lighting, HVAC/hot water systems and the building envelope.



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What's New in HID?

Following a major technological shift from mercury vapor to metal halide in the past decade or so, high-intensity discharge (HID) product innovation is focused on this source type, specifically pulse-start systems.


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Editors' Pick
Saving Dollars & Energy

Joel Spira, who founded Lutron Electronics Co. in 1961, invented the first solid-state dimmer in 1959. For decades after, dimmers were largely used to control the aesthetic environment. Only in recent years has dimming become an important part of the energy costs saving debate.


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Selling Points: Lighting Retrofits

The lighting retrofit was one of the first services that electrical contractors (ECs) entering the energy services’ market offered their customers.


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