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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. 

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.

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.

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.

Over the past two years, light-emitting diode (LED) luminaires have begun competing effectively against the fluorescent troffer as performance increases and costs decrease.

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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Bilevel Switching
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Bilevel switching, in which alternate rows, fixtures or lamps are separately circuited and independently controlled, has been demonstrated in one study to produce 22 percent energy savings in private offices.

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White LED Control
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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) predicts that solid-state lighting will achieve efficacies as high as 160 lumens per watt and provide most of our general lighting needs within the next 20 years, thereby reducing the nation’s energy costs by 6–7 percent.

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Between 1984 and 2003, the percentage of people directly using a computer at work more than doubled to nearly 57 percent. The widespread adoption of computers not only changed office environments but also best practices in lighting and, by extension, office lighting technology.

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Guiding Light
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The International Code Council (ICC) develops model codes regulating construction of residential and commercial buildings, one of which is the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Most states have a commercial or residential energy code that is based on some version of the IECC.

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Waiting for the Green Light
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While the dominant theme at ISC West was going digital and networking, the 2009 Lightfair International was all about going green—how smart use of lighting can make big reductions in energy consumption.

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Lighting Designers in Texas Experience Near-Miss
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Texas almost passed legislation at the end of May that, according to the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), would have made the lighting design field in Texas extinct.

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Peace Bridge Crosses Efficiency Gap
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Proving that city landmarks and structures don’t need to go dark to be energy conscious, the Peace Bridge in Buffalo, N.Y./Fort Erie, Ontario, has undergone an energy-conscious transformation made possible by light-emitting diode (LED) technology.

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