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. 

Wi-Fi is not the only means of transmitting data these days. Another unique method you may not have heard of is visible light communication (VLC). 

In late 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy’s(DOE) Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium (MSSLC) published the results of a survey of entities across the United States that operate public street and area lighting.

In June, The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released the full public use files from the 2012 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS). This survey provides a massive amount of data describing the national stock of commercial buildings. How many healthcare buildings are in the South?

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently issued new energy standards for general-service fluorescent lamps, and the standards go into effect Jan. 26, 2018. The new rules are likely to primarily affect availability of standard 4-foot, 32-watt (W) T8 lamps and some reduced-wattage T8 lamps.

More on Lighting

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

When installing recessed fixtures, carefully consider the location of the units. The presence of combustible materials surrounding the luminaire is very important, and recessed lights can act as chimneys for heat loss and moisture transfer into attic spaces.

Companies Face the Lighting Race
by Staff |

According to Forbes, Boston-based Philips Color Kinetics and other firms are in a race to create technologies and appliances that do a better job of converting electricity to light, since the passage of the Energy Independence Act in December 2007 ensures the eventual obsolescence of traditional inc

Retiring the Light

Building owners interested in entertaining a lighting upgrade proposal often are interested in an energy-saving retrofit, but they may actually need a redesign that saves energy and improves lighting quality.

Are You Ready?

Although the construction market is down, manufacturers are going full steam, developing new labor-saving lighting technologies.

Safeguarding Against Shattering

Metal halide lamps occasionally fail "non-passively" at end of life, which may cause hot quartz elements to be ejected from the light fixture, presenting a fire risk.

Landscape Lighting

Residential landscape lighting design is a rapidly growing business that is transforming the way people think about the space surrounding their homes. No longer is landscaping limited to one neatly trimmed hedge, one manicured lawn, and one glaring flood light on the garage.

Hubbel Joins LCA
by Staff |

The Lighting Controls Association (LCA), a consortium of lighting control manufacturers dedicated to educating the public about lighting control design and technology, announced that Hubbell Building Automation Inc. (HBA) has joined as a new member.