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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. 

An interesting phrase comes up frequently in the rapidly evolving streetlight market: “real estate.” Most of us see a streetlight as a utilitarian lighting fixture, but manufacturers, utilities and city managers see a business opportunity enabled by a vast network of powered, connected devices.

Lighting controls save energy by turning off or reducing lighting when it's not needed. The smarter the control and the more flexible the light source, the greater precision in delivering maximum energy savings. Because LED lighting is instant-on and easily controllable, outdoor lighting control now offers higher energy cost savings through flexibility.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), about 160 million lamps operated in the building exterior, parking area and roadway lighting markets in 2010. Building exterior made up 39 percent of these lamps, parking 33 percent and roadway 28 percent.


Over the last seven years, the LED Streetlight Replacement Program in Los Angeles has swapped more than 80 percent of the city’s 215,000 streetlight fixtures with LED units. To date, energy usage has lowered by 63 percent, saving the city approximately $9 million per year in energy costs.

While more cities and towns are making the move to LED streetlights, Anchorage, Alaska, is going even further.

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