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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 continues to expand with new products and systems that will benefit commercial and residential markets. Lighting has become smarter and easier to integrate with other systems in homes, buildings and facilities around the world.

Networked lighting controls are intelligent and programmable systems in which devices communicate to enact control strategies.

OLEDs, such as Pixelligent's, have a carbon-based semiconductor layer that emits light when electricity is applied by adjacent electrodes. - Courtesy of Pixelligent

A new light is appearing. Organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) stand where LEDs stood about 10 years ago—promising but expensive. But, as LEDs demonstrated, rapid advances can lower cost and speed up adoption. That’s the expectation for OLED lighting.

High-intensity discharge (HID) lamps, notably metal halide and high-pressure sodium, are widely installed in industrial, retail, and other applications. In recent years, the LED revolution has produced retrofit options promising up to 50 percent energy savings and long service life.

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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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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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Becoming a Lighting Trends Authority

What’s the secret to keeping up on the latest in residential lighting upgrades? Just ask the neighborhood remodeler, note the ubiquitous variations of new products at a trade show, or chat with your supplier.


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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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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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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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