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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. 

In its latest LED energy savings forecast, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) predicts LED lighting will represent 30 percent of the installed lighting base within five years and 59 percent by 2025.


Major lighting trends—including LED, intelligent lighting controls, the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), power over ethernet (PoE), energy codes, and light and health—are creating new opportunities and challenges for electrical contractors.

Crops, of course, have always relied on three things from nature: soil, water, and sunlight. If executives at AeroFarms have their way, though, the future of crop growing will be mesh cloth, small amounts of water, and LED lights.

Color tuning opens a world of opportunities in lighting design, proving itself useful in a seemingly endless supply of applications—designing lighting “scenes” for special occasions, creating different atmospheres for a hotel versus a hospital or shifting the color temperature of the light in the ro

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Farewell, 60W

On Jan. 1, 2014, the next phase of incandescent lamp regulations in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 went into effect. This phase prohibits the manufacture and import of 40–60-watt (W) incandescent, general-service lamps that do not meet certain energy-efficiency criteria.


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Lighting Design Software UnwrAPPed

From simple apps for mobile devices that store product data, to more sophisticated, computer-based software programs that calculate photometrics (the measurement of light as perceived by the human eye), a wide range of products are available in the lighting industry to assist electrical contractors


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Studies increasingly show effective lighting promotes worker productivity and satisfaction.
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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LED illumination is adding drama to corporate campuses.
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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