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. 

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.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently issued three reports that provide a snapshot of several light-emitting diode (LED) lighting markets and estimate potential energy savings for full adoption.


Why lighting professionals matter


Lighting upgrades have long been recognized as one of the easiest, most cost-effective ways to cut a building’s energy use. Efficiency requirements are making some of these projects a necessity, as, for example, replacement T12 fluorescent lamps disappear from the market.

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