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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. 

Solid-state lighting, such as light-emitting diode (LED) technology, promises significant short-term opportunities, notably in the retrofit market. However, many industry stakeholders are concerned about long-term risks LEDs present as they continue to gain acceptance.


GE's Bright Stik, which it bills as a CFL replacement

Today, GE posted a satirical break-up letter addressed to the compact fluorescent lamp (CFL). The company is moving the focus of its consumer lighting business to the light-emitting diode (LED) lamp.

Multifunctional sensors, networked wireless controls accessible from mobile devices, and, yes, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are trends that picked up steam this year. These interconnected technologies will be transformational for the electrical contractor (EC).

While street lighting improves traffic safety by enabling pedestrians and motorists to see each other, it also contributes to aesthetics. Landscape lighting enhances security and accents special features to create a unique atmosphere for outdoor events.

More on Lighting

 
Energy Codes Light the Way

A large majority of commercial building energy codes in the United States are based on either the ASHRAE/IES 90.1 energy standard or the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) model code. Both feature increasingly stringent requirements for lighting controls.


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The Next Step In Efficient Lighting

Federal ballast energy regulations took effect Nov. 14, 2014, and they primarily affect the availability of T12 electronic, sign and residential-only ballasts.



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Lighting Regulations

In February 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced new energy-efficiency standards for ballasts sold as part of new metal-halide luminaires, which are commonly used for illumination in parking lots, roadways, warehouses, big-box retail and floodlighting. Compliance is required by Feb.


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As efficacy, longevity and cost continue to improve, solid-state lighting will become increasingly prevalent. Falling costs have already placed LED solutions at a tipping point for upgrades in several applications in existing buildings, such as in this all-LED retrofit of a Walgreens in Buffalo Grove, Ill.
Lighting for Tomorrow

It’s an exciting time to be in the lighting industry. Today, lighting systems can alter spaces without physically changing them, revitalize urban areas, facilitate interaction and community, communicate information, make spaces more interactive, and affect well being.


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Putting Linear LEDs To The Test

Over the past two years, light-emitting diode (LED) luminaires have begun competing effectively against the fluorescent troffer as performance increases and costs decrease.


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Lighting 101: Lighting control strategies

Lighting controls are devices and systems that regulate the output of lamps and luminaires. They either turn the lights on and off using a switch or adjust light output using a dimmer.


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When Everyone Has Gone Home: Exterior lighting control guidelines


ASHRAE/IES 90.1 2010, the national energy reference standard, requires building exterior lighting to be turned off and/or reduced when not in use.


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