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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. 

Internet of Things

At the 2017 Strategies in Light conference, Robert F. Karlicek, Jr., spoke about creative destruction in the lighting industry brought on by LED technology and the internet of things (IoT).

Networked lighting controls are intelligent and programmable systems in which devices communicate to enact control strategies.

OLEDs, such as Pixelligent's, have a carbon-based semiconductor layer that emits light when electricity is applied by adjacent electrodes. - Courtesy of Pixelligent

A new light is appearing. Organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) stand where LEDs stood about 10 years ago—promising but expensive. But, as LEDs demonstrated, rapid advances can lower cost and speed up adoption. That’s the expectation for OLED lighting.

Lighting technology continues to expand with new products and systems that will benefit commercial and residential markets. Lighting has become smarter and easier to integrate with other systems in homes, buildings and facilities around the world.

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Lighting Design 101

Lighting design begins with identifying the lighting needs for the space and then deciding what surfaces you want to light and at what intensities. Once you make these decisions, you can begin selecting equipment.


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Work Lights

A high-quality lighting solution for office workers could be to use suspended direct/indirect lighting with fixtures mounted over workstations and a downlight component of the fixture that is individually dimmable by the user.


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Incandescent Misconception

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 created new efficiency standards for 40–100-watt (W) incandescent general-service lamps, along with an uproar. As of Jan. 1, 2012, 100W lamps must be 30 percent more efficient, or they will be prohibited from manufacture or import. Jan.


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The Dim State of Affairs

Dimming offers greater flexibility for lighting systems, providing users with more control over their lighting conditions to support visual needs and enabling energy management strategies that can reduce energy costs.


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GOP Fails to Flip Switch on Lighting 'Ban' Repeal

The House of Representatives voted on a repeal of the so-called “bulb ban” on July 12, 2011, but failed to reach its needed two-thirds majority, concluding with 233 members in favor of the repeal and 193 against it.


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High-Intensity Workouts

As with other types of lighting, energy codes and legislation are influencing high-intensity discharge (HID) lighting—high-pressure sodium (HPS), metal halide (MH), and mercury vapor—in this era of regulated efficiency.


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LEDs: Their Future is (Really) Bright!

Debate continues about whether LEDs have the output in lumens, the color consistency and the price point to replace traditional incandescent, halogen and fluorescent lamps in high brightness and general illumination applications. Is it finally time to end the discussion?


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