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. 

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.

As energy-saving automatic lighting controls become more popular for retrofit options in existing buildings, electrical contractors may find themselves in a position of estimating energy savings to justify owner investment.


Roughly 70 million U.S. street and roadway lighting fixtures—estimated to be a $200–300 million market—represent big business for electrical contractors, especially as this application increasingly converts to light-emitting diode (LED) technology.

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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Study Documents Mercury Vapor Emission
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Results of a recent study conducted by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, suggest that most containers used for storage and transportation of used fluorescent lamps to recycling centers do not provide necessary levels of protection against

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Lutron Opens Fourth Experience Showroom in Manhattan
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Lighting control manufacturer Lutron Electronics opened its Experience Showroom in the heart of midtown Manhattan. The new, 1,800 square-foot Experience Showroom is located on the ground floor of the Decoration & Design (D&D) Building.

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Weighing In
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After the Energy Independence and Security Act became law in late 2007, threatening an end to 40–100 watt general-service incandescent lamps, a consumer backlash began building against compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).

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LED Lighting Helps Kroger Slash Costs
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The Ameren Illinios utilities announced the successful completion of Act On Energy, a pilot high-efficiency lighting project that sharply cut energy consumption in the frozen-food reach-in cases and refrigerated dairy and beverage cases at a Kroger store in Peoria, Ill.

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Nearly There: Screw-In LEDs
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The stakes are high. According to U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) estimates, nearly 1 billion 60W A19 lamps will be installed in the United States by 2010. America is calling for a super-efficient lamp and has pinned its hopes on solid-state lighting.

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What's In a Name?
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In recent years, ballast manufacturers have begun marketing a premium fluorescent ballast called a “high-efficiency ballast” for operation of 4-foot T8 lamps. A high-efficiency ballast provides the same level of light output as a standard electronic ballast but does it with 2-–5 fewer watts.

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Missed Opportunities
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Energy management systems (EMS) provide automatic control of electrical loads—most commonly heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and sometimes lighting.

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