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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. 

Federal ballast energy regulations took effect Nov. 14, 2014, and they primarily affect the availability of T12 electronic, sign and residential-only ballasts.


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.

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.

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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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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CBD Extended to 2013
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The Energy Policy Act of 2005 created the Commercial Buildings Deduction (CBD), an incentive consisting of an accelerated tax deduction rewarding investment in energy-efficient interior lighting; heating, ventilating and air conditioning/hot water systems; and building envelope.

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Talk to DALI
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Internet protocol (IP), the hottest trend in integrated building systems, is attracting interest because any computer with an Internet connection can talk to any building system that runs a digital addressable IP network.

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Lighting Through the Ages
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Starting around age 40, a person’s ability to see gradually diminishes. Statistics estimate one of the 78 million U.S. baby boomers turns 60 every seven seconds. These statistics verify the projection that half the U.S. population will be older than 65 by 2032.

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