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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. 

Traditionally, commercial electrical systems are based on alternating current (AC). The utility grid delivers AC power, which the building distributes. Low-voltage devices include a rectifier that converts AC to direct current (DC), with associated electrical losses.


When attending large conventions such as Lightfair International (LFI), attendees expect to see industry experts with decades of experience. It is less expected to meet a college junior, as 2017 LFI attendees did in Philadelphia in May.

In commercial building applications, dimming either is used to support visual needs (usually in response to manual input) or to save energy (usually in response to automatic input).

In the Age of Wi-Fi, even lamps have become part of the growing internet of things (IoT). According to “Navigant Research Leaderboard Report: Residential Connected Lighting,” companies that make IoT-friendly lamps are getting smarter, too, and the market is growing.

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Introduction to Lighting Design

In a perfect world, a lighting manufacturer would respond to interest in one of their products by assuming the cost of installing samples in an exact mockup of the actual space being designed.


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Knowing What's Best

Tight credit and weak demand for new facilities pushed private nonresidential spending into a deep slide in 2009, while public construction got a boost from federal stimulus money.


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Dim and Dimmer

Satisfying peak demand can be very expensive for utilities, which pass this cost onto their customers in the form of time-variable pricing or demand charges. Utilities, therefore, share a common interest with their customers to reduce peak demand.


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Lighting Design Techniques

The presence of light is rarely noted unless there is a perceived lack of it (dim atmosphere or shadows) or a perceived excess (glare). Like air, light is invisible and yet is everywhere in the visual environment, as we cannot see without it.


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Winners Announced in Next Generation Luminaires Design Competition
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Winners of the second annual Next Generation Luminaires Awards were announced February 11, 2010, at the Strategies in Light Conference in Santa Clara, Calif. Sponsored by the U.S.


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LED Quality Advocates

“CFLs in America: Lessons Learned on the Way to Market,” published by the Department of Energy (DOE), concludes that technical and quality problems with early compact fluorescents snowballed into major obstacles to acceptance by consumers and retailers.


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Age-Old Debate: Analog or Digital?

Digital control entails using digital communication architecture to network intelligent lighting control devices. It enables more economical integration of multiple control strategies, while being flexible and capable of generating feedback.


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