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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. 

Occupancy sensors automatically save energy by reducing lighting after a space is vacated. After more than 10 years of tightening commercial building energy codes, they are a staple in new construction projects.

Dimmable lighting control has seen limited application in commercial buildings. However, due to two primary factors, adoption has grown.

Outdoor settings are good demonstration sites to compare lighting choices. This parking lot originally featured metal halide fixtures. (Shown here)

Be it for selection, verification or refinement, a light-emitting diode (LED) lighting installation demonstration is a useful step in ensuring your choices meet the customer’s desires, needs and requirements. While LEDs are ubiquitous in today’s marketplace, they are constantly advancing.

For the ease light-emitting diodes (LEDs) can offer in providing an effective, low-draw and energy-efficient lighting solution, the considerations to their use are many. The best service you can provide is a bit of mythbusting regarding true LED end-of-life.

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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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Showdown on Level Ground

After Jeff McCullough's talk at Intertech’s LEDs October 2007 conference, an audience member declared that McCullough’s employer, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is “taming the Wild West” and suggested that he wear a cowboy hat.


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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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