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 May 2016, the DesignLights Consortium (DLC) released Networked Lighting Controls System Specification V1.01. By the end of June, the DLC published a Qualified Products List (QPL) for networked controls. This may have a profound impact on demand for networked controls in existing buildings.

Most parking garages are drab cubes of gray concrete; people don’t usually expect them to add much to a cityscape. However, the City of Fort Wayne, Ind., had different ideas when building the Skyline Garage.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star program recognizes and promotes products that satisfy a high performance standard while saving energy. Created in 1992, the voluntary labeling program now covers a broad range of products, including lamps and residential luminaires.

Prefabricated lighting is an increasingly popular strategy in today’s competitive construction and upgrade market. It can help save electrical contractors (ECs) time and money in the field while offering greater control over the product and installation process.

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Finding the Right Template: Lighting

Earlier this year, the US Department of Energy (DOE) launched Commercial Lighting Solutions, an interactive Web tool that provides lighting templates, supported by construction documents, that can help commercial building owners achieve desirable lighting quality while improving lighting efficiency

DTE Discounts Give Green Light to Energy-Efficient Bulbs

DTE Energy is helping Detroit Edison customers make their homes more energy efficient with discounts of up to 50 percent on compact-fluorescent lamps (CFLs). The specially priced bulbs are available now through DTE Energy at several area retailers for as little as 99 cents apiece.

Bilevel Switching

Bilevel switching, in which alternate rows, fixtures or lamps are separately circuited and independently controlled, has been demonstrated in one study to produce 22 percent energy savings in private offices.

White LED Control

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) predicts that solid-state lighting will achieve efficacies as high as 160 lumens per watt and provide most of our general lighting needs within the next 20 years, thereby reducing the nation’s energy costs by 6–7 percent.

A Good Energy Story

Between 1984 and 2003, the percentage of people directly using a computer at work more than doubled to nearly 57 percent. The widespread adoption of computers not only changed office environments but also best practices in lighting and, by extension, office lighting technology.

Waiting for the Green Light

While the dominant theme at ISC West was going digital and networking, the 2009 Lightfair International was all about going green—how smart use of lighting can make big reductions in energy consumption.

Lighting Designers in Texas Experience Near-Miss
by Staff |

Texas almost passed legislation at the end of May that, according to the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), would have made the lighting design field in Texas extinct.