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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. 

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.

The ASHRAE/IES 90.1 energy standard provides legal jurisdictions with a model commercial building energy code. The 2013 version is the national energy reference standard recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Organic LED (OLED) is a solid-state lighting technology with strong potential for architectural lighting. The LED is a compact, directional point source. Shielding prevents glare, while heat sinking removes internal heat. In contrast, OLED is a flat (less than 1/8-inch thick), diffuse area source.

Human perception of colors in their environment is dependent on light. As electric light sources have varying spectral emissions, the electrical industry relies on metrics to report, evaluate and predict how colors will appear under different light sources.

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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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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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Lighting on Display

Since the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum Bilbao opened in the Spanish city in 1997, crowds of tourists have flocked there. Most say they come to see the museum, hailed as the most important structure of its time. And many stay to shop and eat, generating millions in revenue for the town.


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LED: The Hype and the Reality

Noted for their efficiency and flexibility, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are often billed as the second coming in the evolution of lighting. An exciting work-in-progress may be a better descriptor.


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