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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. 

It wasn’t long ago that light-emitting diodes (LEDs) were used primarily in very specific applications, such as indicator lights and exit signs. The deployment of white LEDs for general illumination applications always seemed in sight but out of reach.

In November 2014, ASHRAE published ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings, Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings.

Last year, the International Code Council published the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), a model energy code that states and other jurisdictions can use in whole or part as their energy code. Today, many states base their commercial building energy code on the IECC.


In 2014, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics to a group of scientists for their 1990s invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs), which enabled LEDs to generate white light.

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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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The LEED View: Sustainable Lighting
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In Turner Construction's 2008 Green Building Market Barometer survey of 754 commercial real estate executives, a significant percentage of respondents view green buildings as having lower operating costs and higher building values, rent requirements, occupancy rates and overall return on investment

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Incandescent Lamps Optimized With Lasers
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A powerful laser can turn incandescent lamps into power-sippers, said optics researchers at the University of Rochester.

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NEMA's Research Confirms Need to Raise Awareness About Lighting
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The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has released market research results that illuminate America’s need for information about energy and cost saving through modern lighting systems.

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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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