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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. 

Traditionally, commercial electrical systems are based on alternating current (AC). The utility grid delivers AC power, which the building distributes. Low-voltage devices include a rectifier that converts AC to direct current (DC), with associated electrical losses.


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.

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Replacing the driver

Out With The Old: Replacing LED Drivers


The majority of LED lighting products use an electronic driver that functions similarly to a fluorescent ballast. The driver converts incoming alternating current (AC) to direct current (DC) and drives this current to the LEDs.



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The Shape of Things to Come: Trends in 
Luminaire Design

For a long time, the lighting industry relied on conventional, legacy light sources and traditional designs. Recent advancements in LED technology, however, have changed the face of the industry in terms of the form and function of luminaires.


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Fighting Flicker

Flicker in light sources is an old problem made new again in the LED age. Its effects range from annoying to debilitating, and solving it can be challenging. Even defining flicker is difficult.


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Fluorescent tubes remain a popular lighting choice in offices and are more amenable to dimming with controllable ballasts.
Holding Their Own: Linear Fluorescents Adapt to Today's Lighting Needs

LED marketing can give the impression that digital lighting has left other lighting sources in the dust. Not quite. Linear fluorescents are a case in point. While LEDs have their own merits in light quality, energy draw and controllability, so do many of today’s fluorescents.


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The New Player: TLEDs Gain Market Acceptance

As a digital replacement for their fluorescent counterparts, linear or tubular LEDs (TLEDs) are winning favor.


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New Calls to 'Get the LED Out'

Recently, LED lights have been touted as the technology that would catapult the nation's lighting program into the future, but there is now growing concern over the potential negative impact of LED lights on human sleep patterns and nocturnal animal health and behavior.


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Business And Government Embrace Outdoor Lighting Upgrades


As local government and business owners look for ways to improve efficiency and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, outdoor lighting has become one of the most practical ways for them to reach their goals.



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