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. 

Wi-Fi is not the only means of transmitting data these days. Another unique method you may not have heard of is visible light communication (VLC). 

In late 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy’s(DOE) Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium (MSSLC) published the results of a survey of entities across the United States that operate public street and area lighting.

In June, The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released the full public use files from the 2012 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS). This survey provides a massive amount of data describing the national stock of commercial buildings. How many healthcare buildings are in the South?

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently issued new energy standards for general-service fluorescent lamps, and the standards go into effect Jan. 26, 2018. The new rules are likely to primarily affect availability of standard 4-foot, 32-watt (W) T8 lamps and some reduced-wattage T8 lamps.

More on Lighting

Learning at Light Speed

Lighting technology is speeding forward, and electrical contractors looking to profit from the lucrative lighting design market are challenged to keep up.

Living up to the Legend

Here’s a light source with the potential to reduce the nation’s energy costs by 6–7 percent, to reimagine the light fixture as a highly compact and dynamic element, to keep 2 to 4 tons of mercury out of landfills and incinerators each year, and to give building owners lighting that doesn’t require

How Low Can You Go?

In 1972, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) recommended a light level of 70 foot-candles (fc) for typical tasks in open offices, which was typically provided by magnetic-ballasted F40T12 2-by-4 troffers, creating a lighting power density (LPD) as high as 5.5W per square f

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

The U.S. Government originated security lighting during World War II. Since then, terrorism incidents, growing crime rates and energy-reduction mandates have been increasing the lighting industry’s sophistication.

Teach Me How

Enrollment in public elementary and secondary schools rose 24 percent between 1985 and 2006, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. In 2006, nearly 50 million students were using more than 385,000 school buildings.

GE Announces Winners of 25th Annual GE Edison Awards
by Staff |

GE Consumer & industrial presented the 2007 GE Edison Award to Enrique Peiniger and Jean Sundin of Office for Visual Interac-tion Inc. (OVI), based in New York, for lighting the U.S. Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va. Lighting the memorial was a highly technical challenge.

The Age of Enlightenment

Terry McGowan has an interesting way of presenting a historical perspective to current advancements in the lighting world. In his view, we are beginning another age of light.