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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. 

Occupancy sensors automatically save energy by reducing lighting after a space is vacated. After more than 10 years of tightening commercial building energy codes, they are a staple in new construction projects.

Looking beyond the apps


In the not-too-distant future, 
a time may come when electrical contractors will entertain their grandchildren with tales of lighting fixtures that existed for the sole purpose of illumination.

While the light-emitting diode (LED) has gotten a lot of attention in recent years, another revolution has quietly developed in the background: intelligent (digital) lighting control. The future of lighting is solid-state, and it will be highly controlled.


Dimmable lighting control has seen limited application in commercial buildings. However, due to two primary factors, adoption has grown.

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Study Documents Mercury Vapor Emission
by Staff |

Results of a recent study conducted by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, suggest that most containers used for storage and transportation of used fluorescent lamps to recycling centers do not provide necessary levels of protection against


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Lutron Opens Fourth Experience Showroom in Manhattan
by Staff |

Lighting control manufacturer Lutron Electronics opened its Experience Showroom in the heart of midtown Manhattan. The new, 1,800 square-foot Experience Showroom is located on the ground floor of the Decoration & Design (D&D) Building.


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Weighing In

After the Energy Independence and Security Act became law in late 2007, threatening an end to 40–100 watt general-service incandescent lamps, a consumer backlash began building against compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).


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LED Lighting Helps Kroger Slash Costs
by Staff |

The Ameren Illinios utilities announced the successful completion of Act On Energy, a pilot high-efficiency lighting project that sharply cut energy consumption in the frozen-food reach-in cases and refrigerated dairy and beverage cases at a Kroger store in Peoria, Ill.


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Nearly There: Screw-In LEDs

The stakes are high. According to U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) estimates, nearly 1 billion 60W A19 lamps will be installed in the United States by 2010. America is calling for a super-efficient lamp and has pinned its hopes on solid-state lighting.


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What's In a Name?

In recent years, ballast manufacturers have begun marketing a premium fluorescent ballast called a “high-efficiency ballast” for operation of 4-foot T8 lamps. A high-efficiency ballast provides the same level of light output as a standard electronic ballast but does it with 2-–5 fewer watts.


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Missed Opportunities

Energy management systems (EMS) provide automatic control of electrical loads—most commonly heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and sometimes lighting.


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