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. 

High-value specialty crops, such as fruits, vegetables and ornamentals, account for a tiny percentage of U.S. farmland but yield about 40 percent of farmland revenues. In many regions, these crops are grown in shielded environments, such as greenhouses.

The electrical design in this conference room includes suspended decorative specialty fluorescent lights and LED downlights, automated shading tied to a Lutron lighting control system, large screen monitors, and a conference table wired with microphones.

The office of tomorrow is an energy-efficient space designed for employee health and productivity, and today’s office is looking more like its future self every day. Lighting plays a key role.

Mark S. Rea, Ph.D., professor and director of the Lighting Research Center at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, believes the lighting industry has a problem. Solving it first requires an admission that it exists.

Thanks to advanced lighting controls, various industries view lighting as an important element in energy-efficient design. It is a business-intelligence platform that combines sensors and systems in a way that provides excellent illumination and energy savings.

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Lighting Controls for Code Compliance

Energy codes provide a minimum standard for new construction of commercial buildings.

By Necessity

In recent years, interior retail lighting has become as scientific as product selection and point-of-purchase displays, and stringent energy codes are leading manufacturers back into the laboratory to meet the challenges.

Storing up Efficiency: Warehouse Lighting

Once again, with the price of everything going through the roof, politicians, consumers and the media have (justifiably) moved energy conservation to the forefront. To its credit, the lighting industry continues a pattern of forging ahead with the development of energy-saving lamps and fixtures.

In the Limelight

“All the world's a stage,” Shakespeare once wrote, “and all the men and women merely players.” But if there is no light on the stage, is the actor really there? In Shakespeare’s day, lighting was measured in candlepower.

The Next Great Add-On

While firmly an option in the luxury home market, residential lighting controls are expanding into a broader home-owner landscape.

Can LEDs Take on T8?

There currently is a push to replace linear fluorescent T8 and T12 lamps with linear light-emitting diode (LED) replacement lamps, but are LEDs ready to take on this workhorse in general lighting?

Cooking up Efficient Lighting

“In hospitality and restaurant projects and bars, the lighting is key,” said Robert Fagnant, LEED AP, lighting designer, Randall Lamb Associates, La Mesa, Calif. “It’s what attracts people to places at night.