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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. 

When attending large conventions such as Lightfair International (LFI), attendees expect to see industry experts with decades of experience. It is less expected to meet a college junior, as 2017 LFI attendees did in Philadelphia in May.

In commercial building applications, dimming either is used to support visual needs (usually in response to manual input) or to save energy (usually in response to automatic input).

In the Age of Wi-Fi, even lamps have become part of the growing internet of things (IoT). According to “Navigant Research Leaderboard Report: Residential Connected Lighting,” companies that make IoT-friendly lamps are getting smarter, too, and the market is growing.

The ASHRAE/IES 90.1 energy standard provides legal jurisdictions with a model commercial building energy code. The 2013 version is the national energy reference standard recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Control Tweaks

The many advantages of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for general illumination have outweighed their limitations, except when it comes to dimming.


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Quality Assurance

The LED revolution continues to promise many lighting benefits, such as compact size, energy efficiency, long service life with long mean time between failures, no mercury disposal, a resistance to shock and vibration, and no radiated heat or UV output.


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The Value Proposition

It’s not often that an electrical contractor has the opportunity to sell a product line that saves a customer time, money and energy; promotes green sustainability; and reduces the load on the nation’s power grid. But that’s what industry observers say LED lighting sources can do.


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Part of the Solution

Lighting fixtures are built around a given light source. In the case of LEDs, this task is more complex because LEDs are sensitive to heat and require special means to transfer it away.


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The End of the Incandescent Era

Light-emitting diode (LED) technology enables the lighting industry to reimagine the lighting fixture in bold new ways.


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Look, Ma! No Wires!

Wireless radio frequency (RF) lighting controls, popularized for use in higher end residential applications, are emerging as a viable alternative to hardwired controls in commercial building spaces.


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LEDs: Promise and Progress

Lighting evolves based on need. Incandescent made way for brighter fluorescent. Fluorescent made room for solid-state lighting (SSL). The next big idea may be light-emitting diodes (LEDs). While they are an SSL source, LEDs are new to general lighting applications.


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