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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. 

Light-emitting diode tube lights, or TLEDs, are gaining recognition of their own in residential and commercial buildings.


In October, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced plans to “transform” New York City’s bridges and tunnels “for the 21st Century.” The plan has four goals: reduce congestion, combat emerging security threats, increase flood resiliency and promote energy conservation.


In its latest LED energy savings forecast, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) predicts LED lighting will represent 30 percent of the installed lighting base within five years and 59 percent by 2025.


Major lighting trends—including LED, intelligent lighting controls, the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), power over ethernet (PoE), energy codes, and light and health—are creating new opportunities and challenges for electrical contractors.

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Missed Opportunities

Energy management systems (EMS) provide automatic control of electrical loads—most commonly heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and sometimes lighting.


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CBD Extended to 2013

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 created the Commercial Buildings Deduction (CBD), an incentive consisting of an accelerated tax deduction rewarding investment in energy-efficient interior lighting; heating, ventilating and air conditioning/hot water systems; and building envelope.


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Talk to DALI

Internet protocol (IP), the hottest trend in integrated building systems, is attracting interest because any computer with an Internet connection can talk to any building system that runs a digital addressable IP network.


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Lighting Through the Ages

Starting around age 40, a person’s ability to see gradually diminishes. Statistics estimate one of the 78 million U.S. baby boomers turns 60 every seven seconds. These statistics verify the projection that half the U.S. population will be older than 65 by 2032.


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Out of Sight, Out of Mind

When installing recessed fixtures, carefully consider the location of the units. The presence of combustible materials surrounding the luminaire is very important, and recessed lights can act as chimneys for heat loss and moisture transfer into attic spaces.


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Companies Face the Lighting Race

According to Forbes, Boston-based Philips Color Kinetics and other firms are in a race to create technologies and appliances that do a better job of converting electricity to light, since the passage of the Energy Independence Act in December 2007 ensures the eventual obsolescence of traditional inc


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Retiring the Light

Building owners interested in entertaining a lighting upgrade proposal often are interested in an energy-saving retrofit, but they may actually need a redesign that saves energy and improves lighting quality.


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