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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. 

Landscape lighting is one of the most artistic lighting design disciplines. Its primary purpose is ambience—to make nighttime spaces aesthetic and inviting. On a more practical level, it can extend the usable hours of a site, facilitate wayfinding, improve safety and provide a sense of security.


With schools and healthcare facilities struggling to balance rising costs with ever-tightening budgets, energy-efficient lighting upgrades can be an easy and effective way to improve a facility’s lighting quality and performance while significantly reducing operating costs.

Craig Bernecker, Ph.D., director, Lighting Education Institute and professor at Parsons The New School for Design, recently gave a talk as part of the ongoing Philips Lighting University series of webinars.

Don’t leave savings on the table


When commissioning a high-performance building, one element of lighting control is sometimes left out: the daylight harvesting system. It’s assumed such systems will work right out of the box after some simple calibration. Working is one thing, but working optimally is another.

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Bright Lights, Big Profits
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LEDs have been on the market long enough for electrical contractors (ECs) to know the major selling points: energy efficiency and longer life expectancy, thus reducing both energy consumption and maintenance costs.  But there are more selling points.

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Thinking Outside the House
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Like its counterpart inside the house, the role of exterior residential lighting is growing and becoming more sophisticated. Many people are no longer content with the traditional lamp post or utilitarian wall-mounted fixture by the front door.

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Intelligent LEDs Installed in World's Tallest Tower
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Color Kinetics Incorporated’s LED lighting technology will light the Canada’s National (CN) Tower in Toronto, the world’s tallest freestanding tower. The installation was unveiled to the public in a lighting ceremony that began at sunset on June 28, 2007.

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Light Loads 2007
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The election of 2006 may have prompted a renewed interest in energy efficiency. It actually started with the Energy Policy Act of 2005, in which tax incentives were provided, and standards for a number of specific lighting technologies were set.

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Opportunities in Lighting Get on board with new lamp possibilities
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It’s impossible to ignore the quantum leaps in lamp and fixture technology. For your customers’ sake, you shouldn’t. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) are not new to the market, but continue to be refined.

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White and Shiny
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LED developments lead to higher usage:

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The Future Is Light
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Skyrocketing energy costs mandate learning new technologies and products: The energy crisis and resulting legislation have forced changes in lamps, ballasts and optics as well as in project design; energy-use limits are increasingly restrictive with each update to standards from the American Societ

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