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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. 

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Right now, a pack of six standard 60 watt incandescent light bulbs will cost you about $15 on Amazon. If you want something a bit more special (say bulbs connected to Thomas Edison) it’s going to cost you—a lot.

The Town of Hempstead, just east of New York City, has a population of almost 800,000, and the town's government is tasked with installing, maintaining, and replacing 50,000 street lights.

As local government and business owners look for ways to improve efficiency and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, outdoor lighting has become one of the most practical ways for them to reach their goals.


LED streetlights have the potential to reduce energy consumption by about 50 percent compared to traditional high-pressure sodium lights. According to a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) survey of governments and utilities, 62 percent of respondents reported using LED sources in their streetlighting.

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Coming Soon: Teaching old lighting systems new tricks

In the not-too-distant future, 
a time may come when electrical contractors will entertain their grandchildren with tales of lighting fixtures that existed for the sole purpose of illumination.


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Illumination With A Brain: Intelligent lighting control

While the light-emitting diode (LED) has gotten a lot of attention in recent years, another revolution has quietly developed in the background: intelligent (digital) lighting control. The future of lighting is solid-state, and it will be highly controlled.



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Getting In Tune: Task-tuning brings light to recommended levels


Dimmable lighting control has seen limited application in commercial buildings. However, due to two primary factors, adoption has grown.


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Outdoor settings are good demonstration sites to compare lighting choices. This parking lot originally featured metal halide fixtures. (Shown here)
Getting it Right: The value of on-site LED lighting demos

Be it for selection, verification or refinement, a light-emitting diode (LED) lighting installation demonstration is a useful step in ensuring your choices meet the customer’s desires, needs and requirements. While LEDs are ubiquitous in today’s marketplace, they are constantly advancing.


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Calculating LED Life

For the ease light-emitting diodes (LEDs) can offer in providing an effective, low-draw and energy-efficient lighting solution, the considerations to their use are many. The best service you can provide is a bit of mythbusting regarding true LED end-of-life.


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The Bright Lights Of LED

The market for light-emitting diode (LED) products and technology is more attractive than ever because of energy-conservation concerns and lower maintenance costs. Until now the cost wasn’t attractive enough for broad appeal. 



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Wireless connectivity—combined with intelligence embedded in lamps and luminaires—enables programmability and accessibility from anywhere using everyday devices.
Where the Light Is: Home Lighting Trends

The 2008 housing-market crash ended the home construction boom. A steady recovery began in 2012, and it continues today, bolstering the U.S. economy. Historically, residential construction averages 5 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.



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