Lighting

 

 

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. 

Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

Right now, a pack of six standard 60 watt incandescent light bulbs will cost you about $15 on Amazon. If you want something a bit more special (say bulbs connected to Thomas Edison) it’s going to cost you—a lot.

The Town of Hempstead, just east of New York City, has a population of almost 800,000, and the town's government is tasked with installing, maintaining, and replacing 50,000 street lights.

As local government and business owners look for ways to improve efficiency and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, outdoor lighting has become one of the most practical ways for them to reach their goals.


LED streetlights have the potential to reduce energy consumption by about 50 percent compared to traditional high-pressure sodium lights. According to a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) survey of governments and utilities, 62 percent of respondents reported using LED sources in their streetlighting.

More on Lighting

 
Living up to the Legend

Here’s a light source with the potential to reduce the nation’s energy costs by 6–7 percent, to reimagine the light fixture as a highly compact and dynamic element, to keep 2 to 4 tons of mercury out of landfills and incinerators each year, and to give building owners lighting that doesn’t require


READ MORE
 
How Low Can You Go?

In 1972, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) recommended a light level of 70 foot-candles (fc) for typical tasks in open offices, which was typically provided by magnetic-ballasted F40T12 2-by-4 troffers, creating a lighting power density (LPD) as high as 5.5W per square f


READ MORE
 
Teach Me How

Enrollment in public elementary and secondary schools rose 24 percent between 1985 and 2006, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. In 2006, nearly 50 million students were using more than 385,000 school buildings.


READ MORE
 
Are You Afraid of the Dark?

The U.S. Government originated security lighting during World War II. Since then, terrorism incidents, growing crime rates and energy-reduction mandates have been increasing the lighting industry’s sophistication.


READ MORE
 
GE Announces Winners of 25th Annual GE Edison Awards
by Staff |

GE Consumer & industrial presented the 2007 GE Edison Award to Enrique Peiniger and Jean Sundin of Office for Visual Interac-tion Inc. (OVI), based in New York, for lighting the U.S. Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va. Lighting the memorial was a highly technical challenge.


READ MORE
 
The Age of Enlightenment

Terry McGowan has an interesting way of presenting a historical perspective to current advancements in the lighting world. In his view, we are beginning another age of light.


READ MORE
 
Can Lighting Deliver?

Electrical contractors don't like to brag, but they are enjoying a -significant and growing influence in lighting decisions.


READ MORE

Pages