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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. 

Color tuning is often used for purely aesthetic purposes—creating lighting “scenes” or particular atmospheres. However, research suggests it could find a new home in healthcare facilities.

As demand for LED lighting and controls increases, the lighting world is becoming more complex, which raises demand for expertise to produce good lighting solutions. Unlike other professions, lighting designers do not require state licensure.

A suitable application for tunable white lighting is in classrooms. The system used in the room shown above offers four settings. In “calm” mode, the lights are set at a standard intensity level and warm shade of white light, oriented toward calming an excited class.

The color appearance of light sources can have a major impact on how people perceive spaces. In high-end retail, hospitality and similar applications, color temperature choice is a critical design decision.

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.

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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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Under Control: Outdoor LED Lighting

 Fixture by fixture, lighting in American cities is transitioning from the traditional metal halide domain to light-emitting diodes (LEDs), not only on city streets, but also in landscaping and commercial building settings.


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Getting It Right

daylight harvesting control systems have become a common feature in green buildings, and with ASHRAE/IES 90.1 2010 now the baseline energy design standard, it also is expected to become a staple in mainstream construction. 



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Brightening the Big Box

“Warehouse lighting projects are always financially driven,” said Brandon North, 
service manager, Commonwealth Electric Co., an electrical contractor with offices in Nebraska, Iowa and Arizona.


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A Whole New Ballgame

ASHRAE/IES 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, was developed as a model commercial building energy code that jurisdictions can adopt in whole or in part.


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