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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. 

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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Ceremony Lights up National Mall
by Staff |

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, the National Park Service and the Trust for the National Mall hosted a ceremony on Jan. 30, 2012, to celebrate the installation of energy-efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs) on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.


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Editors' Pick
Out of the Darkness: Residential Lighting Controls

“If you’re not in the room, why are the lights on?” my mom used to ask. These days, numerous initiatives, regulations and codes echo her sentiments. Who can argue with Mom? The call is being made not just to save on the family’s electric bill but also that of the city, state and nation.


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Light Responsibly

The Model Lighting Ordinance (MLO), produced jointly by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), provides a template for municipalities seeking to develop standards for responsible outdoor lighting.


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Electrodeless Lighting

While experimenting with high-frequency current, inventor Nikola Tesla developed an electrodeless lamp, but the concept remained largely unexplored for the next century (except as a novelty lamp in the 1980s).


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LED Street Smarts

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have been appearing in traffic signals and vehicle headlights for years and are poised to affect another source of light we use to navigate our cities and towns.


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Going Into Effect

Welcome to 2012, the year lighting efficiency takes center stage. From federal regulations to emerging standards affecting bulbs, lighting systems and controls, the next 12 months and beyond will present electrical contractors and their customers with change and choice.


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Lighting the Way Forward

By now, the electrical industry is well aware that national energy standards have eliminated the manufacture and import of fluorescent magnetic ballasts for 4- and 8-foot standard and energy-saving T12 lamps, with few exceptions.


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