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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. 

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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Most construction jobs don’t involve interactions with grizzly bears or mating moose. Most don’t involve calling twice daily for a snow plow. Most don’t involve maneuvering a 40-foot lift around the floor of a 100-year-old hotel to install feature lighting.

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.

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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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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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Dimming Demand: Lighting Control in Demand Response

The average commercial building electric bill often features a consumption and demand component. The consumption component reflects the amount of electric energy (kilowatt-hours) used, and the demand component shows the maximum demand (kilowatts) during the billing period.



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