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. 

In May 2016, the DesignLights Consortium (DLC) released Networked Lighting Controls System Specification V1.01. By the end of June, the DLC published a Qualified Products List (QPL) for networked controls. This may have a profound impact on demand for networked controls in existing buildings.

Most parking garages are drab cubes of gray concrete; people don’t usually expect them to add much to a cityscape. However, the City of Fort Wayne, Ind., had different ideas when building the Skyline Garage.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star program recognizes and promotes products that satisfy a high performance standard while saving energy. Created in 1992, the voluntary labeling program now covers a broad range of products, including lamps and residential luminaires.

Prefabricated lighting is an increasingly popular strategy in today’s competitive construction and upgrade market. It can help save electrical contractors (ECs) time and money in the field while offering greater control over the product and installation process.

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Cracking Down on Codes

A new national energy standard took effect on Dec. 30, 2010. On that day, all states had to certify to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that they had a commercial building energy code in place at least as stringent as ASHRAE/IES 90.1 2004 or justify why they could not comply.

New Title 24 Residential Lighting Design Guide Released

The California Lighting Technology Center at the University of California, Davis, has released a supplemental publication to the 2008 Residential Compliance Manual.

Guiding Lighting

Electrical contractors have seen the bright lights of opportunity borne by involvement in lighting specification and installation.

Know Your Options

Energy standards implemented by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Energy Policy Act of 2005 largely eliminated the manufacture and importation of fluorescent T12 magnetic ballasts in 2010, and new DOE standards will eliminate many popular 4- and 8-foot T12 lamps in 2012.

Sorry to BUG You

Lighting ordinances enacted across the United States in recent years have sought to reduce light pollution, such as skyglow, which is light emitted into the sky that obscures a view of the stars, and light trespass, which is light emitted onto neighboring properties.

Survey Reveals Awareness of Incandescent Lamp Phase-Out Growing

Public awareness of the federal phase-out of incandescent lamps is growing, according to the third annual Sylvania Socket Survey. Thirty-six percent of Americans reported that they are aware of the phase-out—up 10 percent from 2009.

Walls That Save Energy

Because surfaces and objects in typical spaces reflect light, they can play a part in lighting efficiency as extensions of the lighting system. By controlling room surface reflectances, light levels can be improved, creating opportunities to save energy.