Lighting

 

 

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.

More on Lighting

 
LEDs: Their Future is (Really) Bright!

Debate continues about whether LEDs have the output in lumens, the color consistency and the price point to replace traditional incandescent, halogen and fluorescent lamps in high brightness and general illumination applications. Is it finally time to end the discussion?


READ MORE
 
Control Tweaks

The many advantages of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for general illumination have outweighed their limitations, except when it comes to dimming.


READ MORE
 
Quality Assurance

The LED revolution continues to promise many lighting benefits, such as compact size, energy efficiency, long service life with long mean time between failures, no mercury disposal, a resistance to shock and vibration, and no radiated heat or UV output.


READ MORE
 
The Value Proposition

It’s not often that an electrical contractor has the opportunity to sell a product line that saves a customer time, money and energy; promotes green sustainability; and reduces the load on the nation’s power grid. But that’s what industry observers say LED lighting sources can do.


READ MORE
 
Part of the Solution

Lighting fixtures are built around a given light source. In the case of LEDs, this task is more complex because LEDs are sensitive to heat and require special means to transfer it away.


READ MORE
 
The End of the Incandescent Era

Light-emitting diode (LED) technology enables the lighting industry to reimagine the lighting fixture in bold new ways.


READ MORE
 
Look, Ma! No Wires!

Wireless radio frequency (RF) lighting controls, popularized for use in higher end residential applications, are emerging as a viable alternative to hardwired controls in commercial building spaces.


READ MORE

Pages