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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. 

GE's Bright Stik, which it bills as a CFL replacement

Today, GE posted a satirical break-up letter addressed to the compact fluorescent lamp (CFL). The company is moving the focus of its consumer lighting business to the light-emitting diode (LED) lamp.

Solid-state lighting, such as light-emitting diode (LED) technology, promises significant short-term opportunities, notably in the retrofit market. However, many industry stakeholders are concerned about long-term risks LEDs present as they continue to gain acceptance.


Multifunctional sensors, networked wireless controls accessible from mobile devices, and, yes, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are trends that picked up steam this year. These interconnected technologies will be transformational for the electrical contractor (EC).

While street lighting improves traffic safety by enabling pedestrians and motorists to see each other, it also contributes to aesthetics. Landscape lighting enhances security and accents special features to create a unique atmosphere for outdoor events.

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Standing by for Standards

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Harvest Time

The green movement has gone mainstream, and facility owners expect green and energy-efficiency initiatives to be applied to new construction.


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Is the Bulb Being Banned

The Energy Independence And Security Act of 2007 created higher efficiency standards targeting today’s 40–100W incandescent and halogen general-service lamps.


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Lighting the Way to Better Health
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According to Health Facilities Management, new options for hospital lighting control systems are readily available, and one option that lets patients dim lights in the entire room or at the bedside involves the installation of standard dimming ballasts.


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Green Lighting

It wasn't too long ago that being green in sports was synonymous with being a rookie. Recently, “green” has taken a 180-degree turn toward visionary. Today, it is the universal definition of sustainable high-performance products that use energy--efficient materials to support measurable results.


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Staying on Schedule

Lighting maintenance can play a part in a lighting upgrade project in three ways. First, proper maintenance can increase average light levels, potentially increasing energy savings in a retrofit.


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Lighting Paves Pathways

The recent national energy bill banning incandescent bulbs by 2014 has mandated energy-efficient residential lighting. Before introducing the latest lighting devices, electrical contractors (ECs) need to survey homeowners’ needs and lifestyles.


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