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. 

High-value specialty crops, such as fruits, vegetables and ornamentals, account for a tiny percentage of U.S. farmland but yield about 40 percent of farmland revenues. In many regions, these crops are grown in shielded environments, such as greenhouses.

The electrical design in this conference room includes suspended decorative specialty fluorescent lights and LED downlights, automated shading tied to a Lutron lighting control system, large screen monitors, and a conference table wired with microphones.

The office of tomorrow is an energy-efficient space designed for employee health and productivity, and today’s office is looking more like its future self every day. Lighting plays a key role.

Mark S. Rea, Ph.D., professor and director of the Lighting Research Center at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, believes the lighting industry has a problem. Solving it first requires an admission that it exists.

Thanks to advanced lighting controls, various industries view lighting as an important element in energy-efficient design. It is a business-intelligence platform that combines sensors and systems in a way that provides excellent illumination and energy savings.

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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.

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.

GE Announces Winners of 25th Annual GE Edison Awards

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.

Can Lighting Deliver?

Electrical contractors don't like to brag, but they are enjoying a -significant and growing influence in lighting decisions.

Lighting Lessons

I was planning to continue writing my IBS columns on how to integrate the various building technologies, but my visit to this year’s LightCongress in New York exposed me to so many good ideas that I just have to talk about them. I’ll get back to my plan next month.

Standing by for Standards

ASHRAE STANDARD 90.1 Energy-Efficient Design of New Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings establishes minimum standards for designing energy-efficient buildings.