Lighting

 

 

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. 

Craig Bernecker, Ph.D., director, Lighting Education Institute and professor at Parsons The New School for Design, recently gave a talk as part of the ongoing Philips Lighting University series of webinars.

Don’t leave savings on the table


When commissioning a high-performance building, one element of lighting control is sometimes left out: the daylight harvesting system. It’s assumed such systems will work right out of the box after some simple calibration. Working is one thing, but working optimally is another.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently issued three reports that provide a snapshot of several light-emitting diode (LED) lighting markets and estimate potential energy savings for full adoption.


At the Greenbuild conference in November 2013, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released the fourth generation of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system.

More on Lighting

 
Hard Numbers: Responsive Lighting
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Estimating lighting control energy savings is challenging, as actual savings depend on application characteristics, such as occupant behavior, building design, site orientation, daylight apertures, interior reflectances, device settings and level of commissioning.

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Acuity Brands' Aera recessed luminaires have three control functions to manage the white ambient light independently.
The Right Light: Color Tuning
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While light makes sight, lighting shapes perception, particularly in regard to color in the things we see. This is because visible white light is made of colors. For us to see an object as a certain color, that color must be present in both the light and the object.


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Consumer Preference
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Retailers are considering upgrading to directional light-emitting diode (LED) replacement lamps; however, lacking relevant education, they are making these decisions primarily based on initial cost and payback, according to a survey of retailers conducted by Pacific Gas & Electric and the Califo

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Buy Organic
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While Light-emitting diode (LED) general lighting continues to rapidly develop and transform the lighting industry, the organic LED light source, or OLED, offers equally dramatic possibilities. Let’s look at the current status of this remarkable technology.


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Code Green
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In March 2012, the International Code Council (ICC) announced the availability of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), a new model code for constructing and remodeling buildings to a higher sustainability standard.

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Cash For Watts
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About $2 billion was budgeted for industrial/commercial energy efficiency programs such as utility rebates in 2010, according to the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE).

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No Strings Attached
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Due to the proliferation of tough commercial building energy codes and green construction, automatic energy-saving lighting control devices and systems are now common in new buildings.


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