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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. 

Landscape lighting is one of the most artistic lighting design disciplines. Its primary purpose is ambience—to make nighttime spaces aesthetic and inviting. On a more practical level, it can extend the usable hours of a site, facilitate wayfinding, improve safety and provide a sense of security.


With schools and healthcare facilities struggling to balance rising costs with ever-tightening budgets, energy-efficient lighting upgrades can be an easy and effective way to improve a facility’s lighting quality and performance while significantly reducing operating costs.

Craig Bernecker, Ph.D., director, Lighting Education Institute and professor at Parsons The New School for Design, recently gave a talk as part of the ongoing Philips Lighting University series of webinars.

Don’t leave savings on the table


When commissioning a high-performance building, one element of lighting control is sometimes left out: the daylight harvesting system. It’s assumed such systems will work right out of the box after some simple calibration. Working is one thing, but working optimally is another.

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The Latest in LEDs
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The Latest in LEDs According to Permlight in Tustin, Calif., the portion of the illumination market that currently uses light-emitting diodes (LEDs) as its main light source is now $8 to $10 billion.

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The Fast Road to Better Lighting
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Two emerging street lighting stars in the night sky are not quite ready for prime time. However, the LED (light-emitting diode) and the triple-tube compact fluorescent lamp show promise and contractors should be aware of them.

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Outdoor Security Lighting Heats Up
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Some bright ideas improve nighttime safety

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Under the Lights
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You can call it progress or a restrictive economy, but there is one trend in stadium lighting that keeps contractors on their toes. Stadiums are being built faster than they ever have been, and any renovations happen in a fraction of the time they used to.

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Smarter Ballast Technology
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Fluorescent ballasts are the “engine” of the lighting systems, and are designed to provide the proper electrical voltage to begin the lighting sequence, to regulate the electrical current flowing through the lamp to stabilize the light output, and to supply the correct voltage required for proper l

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Oh Say, Can You See?
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A closer look at fiber optic lighting

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Emergency Lighting Trends
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Since the 1940s, national and local codes and standards have directed and mandated the use of emergency lighting in commercial buildings, industrial facilities and public spaces to protect people from injury or loss of life by fire, smoke or panic.

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