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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. 

In February 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced new energy-efficiency standards for ballasts sold as part of new metal-halide luminaires, which are commonly used for illumination in parking lots, roadways, warehouses, big-box retail and floodlighting. Compliance is required by Feb.

As efficacy, longevity and cost continue to improve, solid-state lighting will become increasingly prevalent. Falling costs have already placed LED solutions at a tipping point for upgrades in several applications in existing buildings, such as in this all-LED retrofit of a Walgreens in Buffalo Grove, Ill.

It’s an exciting time to be in the lighting industry. Today, lighting systems can alter spaces without physically changing them, revitalize urban areas, facilitate interaction and community, communicate information, make spaces more interactive, and affect well being.

Over the past two years, light-emitting diode (LED) luminaires have begun competing effectively against the fluorescent troffer as performance increases and costs decrease.

Lighting controls are devices and systems that regulate the output of lamps and luminaires. They either turn the lights on and off using a switch or adjust light output using a dimmer.

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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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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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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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Green Lights for Kitchens and Baths
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  Fluorescents, pendants, LEDs and Title 24 create options for contractors:

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Subtle Glow
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  Recessed lighting gains popularity

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