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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. 

Internet of Things

At the 2017 Strategies in Light conference, Robert F. Karlicek, Jr., spoke about creative destruction in the lighting industry brought on by LED technology and the internet of things (IoT).

Networked lighting controls are intelligent and programmable systems in which devices communicate to enact control strategies.

OLEDs, such as Pixelligent's, have a carbon-based semiconductor layer that emits light when electricity is applied by adjacent electrodes. - Courtesy of Pixelligent

A new light is appearing. Organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) stand where LEDs stood about 10 years ago—promising but expensive. But, as LEDs demonstrated, rapid advances can lower cost and speed up adoption. That’s the expectation for OLED lighting.

Lighting technology continues to expand with new products and systems that will benefit commercial and residential markets. Lighting has become smarter and easier to integrate with other systems in homes, buildings and facilities around the world.

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The Green Light

The interest in and, in some cases, the mandated requirement of implementing sustainable building practices is becoming a worldwide phenomenon.


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Lighting on Display

Since the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum Bilbao opened in the Spanish city in 1997, crowds of tourists have flocked there. Most say they come to see the museum, hailed as the most important structure of its time. And many stay to shop and eat, generating millions in revenue for the town.


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LED: The Hype and the Reality

Noted for their efficiency and flexibility, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are often billed as the second coming in the evolution of lighting. An exciting work-in-progress may be a better descriptor.


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Take Control

Commercial building owners wishing to add low-voltage control wiring to their existing space for the installation of smart lighting controls used to be severely handicapped by architectural, technological and economical logistics.


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Walk Toward the Light

The green design—good for the environment in that it makes buildings more sustainable—can be bad for lighting, as designers are incentivized to chase points that may require sacrifices to design. For lighting, it can be especially risky.


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Photosensors

Daylight harvesting’s value proposition is fairly simple: as daylight levels increase in a space, electric lighting levels can be automatically reduced to maintain a target task lighting level and save energy.


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A New Sheriff in Town

Light-emitting Diode (LED) replacement lamps, including omnidirectional, directional and decorative lamps, are now proliferating the market.


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