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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. 

A decade ago, lighting products using LEDs were just breaking into the broad commercial market for limited applications and, at times, considerable expense.

Old McDonald may have a farm, but these days you don’t have to leave the city to find it. Urban agriculture is bringing farm-to-table in the purest sense to metropolitan customers while rewriting crop yields and farming resiliency.

At the 2017 Strategies in Light conference, Dan Ryan of Acuity Brands Lighting examined lighting disruption posed by LED technology and the internet of things (IoT).

The lighting industry continues to explore the potential for lighting solutions to benefit and optimize human health. Studies indicate light has physiological effects that go beyond vision.

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One for the Road: Roadway Lighting

Roughly 70 million U.S. street and roadway lighting fixtures—estimated to be a $200–300 million market—represent big business for electrical contractors, especially as this application increasingly converts to light-emitting diode (LED) technology.


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Energy Codes Light the Way

A large majority of commercial building energy codes in the United States are based on either the ASHRAE/IES 90.1 energy standard or the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) model code. Both feature increasingly stringent requirements for lighting controls.


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The Next Step In Efficient Lighting

Federal ballast energy regulations took effect Nov. 14, 2014, and they primarily affect the availability of T12 electronic, sign and residential-only ballasts.



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As efficacy, longevity and cost continue to improve, solid-state lighting will become increasingly prevalent. Falling costs have already placed LED solutions at a tipping point for upgrades in several applications in existing buildings, such as in this all-LED retrofit of a Walgreens in Buffalo Grove, Ill.
Lighting for Tomorrow

It’s an exciting time to be in the lighting industry. Today, lighting systems can alter spaces without physically changing them, revitalize urban areas, facilitate interaction and community, communicate information, make spaces more interactive, and affect well being.


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Lighting Regulations

In February 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced new energy-efficiency standards for ballasts sold as part of new metal-halide luminaires, which are commonly used for illumination in parking lots, roadways, warehouses, big-box retail and floodlighting. Compliance is required by Feb.


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Putting Linear LEDs To The Test

Over the past two years, light-emitting diode (LED) luminaires have begun competing effectively against the fluorescent troffer as performance increases and costs decrease.


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Lighting 101: Lighting control strategies

Lighting controls are devices and systems that regulate the output of lamps and luminaires. They either turn the lights on and off using a switch or adjust light output using a dimmer.


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