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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. 

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

 
Take Control

Commercial building owners wishing to add low-voltage control wiring to their existing space for the installation of smart lighting controls used to be severely handicapped by architectural, technological and economical logistics.


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Walk Toward the Light

The green design—good for the environment in that it makes buildings more sustainable—can be bad for lighting, as designers are incentivized to chase points that may require sacrifices to design. For lighting, it can be especially risky.


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Location, Location, Location

In part 1 of this two-part series on photosensors, I described the major characteristics of photosensors and ended with a problem: suppose we have a classroom in which we want to begin dimming the row of fluorescent lighting fixtures adjacent to a series of windows when daylight levels reach 150 pe


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Photosensors

Daylight harvesting’s value proposition is fairly simple: as daylight levels increase in a space, electric lighting levels can be automatically reduced to maintain a target task lighting level and save energy.


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A New Sheriff in Town

Light-emitting Diode (LED) replacement lamps, including omnidirectional, directional and decorative lamps, are now proliferating the market.


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Rest in Peace

Once a venerable workhorse in commercial lighting, the fluorescent magnetic T12 ballast is now considered a dinosaur. All but extinct in new construction, there are still millions of these ballasts installed in commercial buildings throughout the United States.


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Beyond DALI

According to a report on www.researchandmarkets.com, the emerging global lighting technologies market is expected to be worth $109.2 billion by 2014 and is growing at an estimated compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.1 percent from 2009 to 2014.


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