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. 

The light-emitting diode (LED) offers energy savings, lower maintenance requirements and other advantages compared to incandescent sources. However, many LED products perform poorly with existing dimmer controls.


Simply stated, the Sistine Chapel is a really big room with many remarkable paintings, but there are many stories behind the hall and its art.


Lighting plays a critical role in retail spaces. It can attract customer attention; display merchandise in a compelling way; affect customer experience; and communicate brand, quality and price point. 


As energy-saving automatic lighting controls become more popular for retrofit options in existing buildings, electrical contractors may find themselves in a position of estimating energy savings to justify owner investment.


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LEDs Take Center Stage
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The opportunity in the LED retrofit market is enormous, and the missteps made in rushing other energy-efficient lighting to market (e.g., the compact fluorescent lamp) are less likely to slow market growth this time around.

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Under Control: Outdoor LED Lighting
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 Fixture by fixture, lighting in American cities is transitioning from the traditional metal halide domain to light-emitting diodes (LEDs), not only on city streets, but also in landscaping and commercial building settings.

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Getting It Right
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daylight harvesting control systems have become a common feature in green buildings, and with ASHRAE/IES 90.1 2010 now the baseline energy design standard, it also is expected to become a staple in mainstream construction. 


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Brightening the Big Box
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“Warehouse lighting projects are always financially driven,” said Brandon North, 
service manager, Commonwealth Electric Co., an electrical contractor with offices in Nebraska, Iowa and Arizona.

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A Whole New Ballgame
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ASHRAE/IES 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, was developed as a model commercial building energy code that jurisdictions can adopt in whole or in part.

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Dimming Demand: Lighting Control in Demand Response
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The average commercial building electric bill often features a consumption and demand component. The consumption component reflects the amount of electric energy (kilowatt-hours) used, and the demand component shows the maximum demand (kilowatts) during the billing period.


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