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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 June, The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released the full public use files from the 2012 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS). This survey provides a massive amount of data describing the national stock of commercial buildings. How many healthcare buildings are in the South?

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently issued new energy standards for general-service fluorescent lamps, and the standards go into effect Jan. 26, 2018. The new rules are likely to primarily affect availability of standard 4-foot, 32-watt (W) T8 lamps and some reduced-wattage T8 lamps.

In November 2014, ASHRAE published ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings, Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings.

It wasn’t long ago that light-emitting diodes (LEDs) were used primarily in very specific applications, such as indicator lights and exit signs. The deployment of white LEDs for general illumination applications always seemed in sight but out of reach.

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Energy Codes Light the Way
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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
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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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Lighting Regulations
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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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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
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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 101: Lighting control strategies
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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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Putting Linear LEDs To The Test
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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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When Everyone Has Gone Home: Exterior lighting control guidelines

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ASHRAE/IES 90.1 2010, the national energy reference standard, requires building exterior lighting to be turned off and/or reduced when not in use.

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