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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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The Home Lighting Control Alliance(HLCA), a new organization dedicated to raising awareness of lighting control systems among consumers, homebuilders and the professional trades, recently formed.

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Lighting options for roadways, tunnels and bridges New technologies in tunnel, bridge and roadway lighting continue to surface, while existing high-intensity discharge (HID) and fluorescent technologies generate mixed reviews from lighting experts. Glare control is critical.

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Illumination options for warehouses and light industrial facilities  In the United States, the market for industrial-type lighting products used in new construction has been estimated at up to $1 billion for 2006, and future growth in warehouse construction is projected to be around 10 percent, acc

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  Philips Lighting Company was recognized on November 1 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the first company in the U.S. to launch a company-wide effort towards meeting the EPA’s National Partnership for Environmental Priorities (NPEP) waste minimization standards.

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THE ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR IS PART OF A TEAM in retail lighting design. The objective is to get the job completed on time and within budget. Retail stores have one main goal—selling product. A store’s lighting design has become an increasingly important element in accomplishing that objective.

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