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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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Evaluating Efficiency

The current focus on saving energy is accelerating demand for luminaires, or lighting fixtures, designed to achieve a high level of energy efficiency.


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Oh, There You Are

When it comes to a facility’s physical security, lighting is often used as a preventive or corrective measure against intrusions or other criminal activity. It can, however, be counterproductive.


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Editors' Pick
Transforming the Lighting Landscape

Some industry observers have predicted that solid-state lighting technology (SSL) will satisfy most lighting applications by the end of the decade. One particular SSL technology on the cusp of commercialization has the potential to be transformational: the organic light-emitting diode (OLED).


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Editors' Pick
Let There Be Lighting...

Decisions on the appropriate lighting source are more pervasive than most of us realize. One could trace lighting design even as far back as the Bible, where in Genesis, Chapter I, God declares, “Let there be light.”


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Study Suggests LEDs May Not Be So Eco-Friendly

Christmas light enthusiasts have always known not to drop what they are hanging. A broken bulb can spoil everything. Now they have another reason to be careful. Despite its growing popularity as a green lighting alternative, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) may not be as eco-friendly as advertised.


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Energy Code for Lighting Retrofits

The creators of the ASHRAE/IES 90.1 energy standard set an aggressive goal for the 2010 version, published in November 2010: 30 percent energy savings over the 2004 version. According to a detailed analysis conducted by the Department of Energy, they hit it.


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Report: Solid State and Other Efficient Lighting Systems on the Rise
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According to a new market research report, “Solid State and Other Energy Efficient Lighting Systems, Application and Market Trends (2010–2015),” published by MarketsAndMarkets.com, the total global solid-state and other energy-efficient lighting systems market is expected to be worth $53.5 billion b


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