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. 

As performance increases and costs decline, light-emitting diode (LED) lighting is poised to become the predominant light source in the United States. Meanwhile, adoption of integrated advanced lighting controls continues to grow.


When people think of the low-carbon economy and the multiple technologies in place that are fueling the growth of green, it is likely that most of them would point to wind and solar as the two most significant and influential drivers of the trend.

Over the past 10 to 15 years, commercial building energy codes have increasingly mandated automatic lighting controls.

All light sources must be maintained; as lighting controls become more sophisticated, they also must be maintained. Responsible lighting design should include maintenance to preserve design integrity.

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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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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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Shedding Light on Commercial Projects

With 40-hour-plus work weeks the norm and no signs of that trend reversing, seeing well in the office at any time of day or night is necessary to get the job done. Illumination in the office can mean a combination of different types of light, artificial and natural.


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For All the World to See

Athletes might say that when it comes to stadium lighting, they just want to be able to see the ball in play; most spectators probably feel the same. Having clean, well-planned lighting has been, and still is, the primary concern of stadium and ballpark owners.


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