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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. 

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.


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.

The organic light-emitting diode (OLED) continues to develop alongside the light-emitting diode (LED). This light source’s intriguing capabilities position it as a strong potential alternative to LEDs for certain applications.


With an estimated 1–2 billion fluorescent sockets installed in commercial, industrial, institutional and retail applications across North America, the market for T8 technology remains strong, though new LED T8 replacements are giving traditional fluorescent technology a run for the money.

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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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Watching Closely

Hindering adoption of advanced lighting control strategies is the idea of whether these strategies work together in combination as advertised to produce consistent energy savings and worker satisfaction, thereby justifying a higher initial cost.


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The Illumination Debate

High-bay applications—such as factories, warehouses, big box stores and gyms—continue to be the hottest lighting retrofit markets.


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The Great Space Case

The functional and artistic aspects of lighting spaces continue to reach new levels of sophistication.


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Healthcare Lighting Creates Opportunities

In many areas of the United States—especially Arizona and Florida—healthcare has become the leading industry. This trend will balloon as 78 million baby boomers move into their retirement years. Developing healthcare lighting expertise can have handsome payoffs for electrical contractors.


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Attention Getters and Trend Setters

First impressions are everything in the hospitality industry, and lighting is a big part of those impressions. “That can make or break an ambience,” said Doreen Le May Madden, owner and principle designer of Lux Lighting Design, Belmont, Mass.


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No Wires Required: Lighting Controls

Wireless lighting controls are finding their own niche, especially in institutional and educational settings, because of the many advantages they offer.


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