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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. 

Lighting technology has become smarter and easier to integrate wirelessly with other systems. The vanguard of lighting technology, LEDs are brighter, cooler, cost efficient and sustainable with a lower carbon footprint.

Over the last seven years, the LED Streetlight Replacement Program in Los Angeles has swapped more than 80 percent of the city’s 215,000 streetlight fixtures with LED units. To date, energy usage has lowered by 63 percent, saving the city approximately $9 million per year in energy costs.

While more cities and towns are making the move to LED streetlights, Anchorage, Alaska, is going even further.

Knowing how light plays and today’s LED capabilities helped designers and contractors achieve a stand-alone space, the Blossom Cocktail lounge at the MGM National Harbor casino.

From high-definition panels to vibrant pinpoint light, from deep, true color to interactivity and animation, LED lighting is becoming the go-to option to create theatrics, mood and spectacle.

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Cracking Down on Codes

A new national energy standard took effect on Dec. 30, 2010. On that day, all states had to certify to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that they had a commercial building energy code in place at least as stringent as ASHRAE/IES 90.1 2004 or justify why they could not comply.


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Know Your Options

Energy standards implemented by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Energy Policy Act of 2005 largely eliminated the manufacture and importation of fluorescent T12 magnetic ballasts in 2010, and new DOE standards will eliminate many popular 4- and 8-foot T12 lamps in 2012.


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Sorry to BUG You

Lighting ordinances enacted across the United States in recent years have sought to reduce light pollution, such as skyglow, which is light emitted into the sky that obscures a view of the stars, and light trespass, which is light emitted onto neighboring properties.


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New Title 24 Residential Lighting Design Guide Released

The California Lighting Technology Center at the University of California, Davis, has released a supplemental publication to the 2008 Residential Compliance Manual.


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Guiding Lighting

Electrical contractors have seen the bright lights of opportunity borne by involvement in lighting specification and installation.


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Survey Reveals Awareness of Incandescent Lamp Phase-Out Growing

Public awareness of the federal phase-out of incandescent lamps is growing, according to the third annual Sylvania Socket Survey. Thirty-six percent of Americans reported that they are aware of the phase-out—up 10 percent from 2009.


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Walls That Save Energy

Because surfaces and objects in typical spaces reflect light, they can play a part in lighting efficiency as extensions of the lighting system. By controlling room surface reflectances, light levels can be improved, creating opportunities to save energy.


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