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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. 

High-intensity discharge (HID) lamps, notably metal halide and high-pressure sodium, are widely installed in industrial, retail, and other applications. In recent years, the LED revolution has produced retrofit options promising up to 50 percent energy savings and long service life.

Traditionally, commercial electrical systems are based on alternating current (AC). The utility grid delivers AC power, which the building distributes. Low-voltage devices include a rectifier that converts AC to direct current (DC), with associated electrical losses.


When attending large conventions such as Lightfair International (LFI), attendees expect to see industry experts with decades of experience. It is less expected to meet a college junior, as 2017 LFI attendees did in Philadelphia in May.

In commercial building applications, dimming either is used to support visual needs (usually in response to manual input) or to save energy (usually in response to automatic input).

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Cree LED lighting helps create an inviting environment in the parking structure of Presence Saint Francis hospital in Evanston, Ill. The hospital benefits from the energy efficiency of the multilevel sensor in the VG Series LED luminaires, which lowers output from 100 percent to 25 percent after seven minutes of no occupancy detection.
A Walk in the Park: LEDs in Parking Garages

With tens of thousands of parking garage structures containing hundreds of millions of spaces to accommodate the nation’s 135 million-plus registered passenger cars, the U.S. parking garage sector is a robust market that accounts for significant real estate in cities and towns nationwide.


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Juno Lighting Group’s Aculux LED precision recessed luminaire maintains color temperature through a range of dimming levels.
Awaiting Take-Off: LED Lighting

A lighting revolution is just beginning, and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are leading the way. By the Department of Energy’s (DOE) most recent count in May 2013, LEDs represented less than 4 percent of overall installed lighting in the United States.


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In the Driver's Seat: LED Drivers

The LED driver acts as a power supply for LED modules, regulating output voltage or current for the light source. It transforms and conditions incoming power (typically AC, but it may be DC) and drives the current to the LEDs.


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Safety Check: Lighting retrofits


According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in 2010, more than 75 percent of lighting systems installed in the commercial building sector were fluorescent, with the majority installed in recessed troffer luminaires.


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State-of-the-Art Snapshot: LEDs

In 2014, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics to a group of scientists for their 1990s invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs), which enabled LEDs to generate white light.


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Day And Night

Daylight may enter a building by way of toplighting (e.g., skylight) or sidelighting (e.g., window) apertures. Good design enables diffuse daylight to serve as a primary source of general illumination while avoiding glare and heat gain. 



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General lighting in a living room should fill the space with a subtle warm glow to make it feel inviting and comfortable. The general lighting can be a visual element to personalize the space, such as a chandelier, or blend in with the architecture, such as recessed downlights.
The Light Within

Residential interior lighting is as much art as science. A good residential lighting design is functional and comfortable, blends with the architecture and decor, and helps the owner personalize their home. The result is experienced as work, leisure, living, showcase, castle and sanctuary.



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