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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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Trends in Lighting Controls
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Building owners and facility managers are becoming increasingly aware of the cost savings and reduced energy consumption benefits of lighting control technology, including occupancy sensors that are most effective where there is constant traffic, timed switches based on elapsed time or programmed ac

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Outdoor Lighting
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Compact fluorescent lamps are gaining sway in the marketplace for outdoor lighting as alternatives to incandescent or HID lamps. While specifiers still look to HID lamps for street and area lighting, CFLs are growing in popularity in various niches for outdoor use.

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Lighting Technology Looks Bright
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Harry Truman once said that the way to get a mule's attention "is to hit him between the eyeballs with a two by four." It may come to that if we are going to get the public's attention about new technology in the residential lighting industry.

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Emergency Lighting Standards Tighten
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With tighter regulations and a greater need for emergency lighting in commercial buildings, product developers are continually focusing on ways to make exit and emergency lights more energy efficient and easier to self-diagnose.

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The Light Side of the Web
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Let’s say there was a place you could go to get the latest information on lighting, including hard-to-find items and maybe even some decent prices.

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Lamp Life Innovation
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More than $640 million could be saved annually nationwide if only a small percentage of businesses updated their lighting to more energy-efficient systems.

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Shining the Spotlight on Light Trespass
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Electrical contractors have many tools to address and overcome the obstacle of light trespass that accompanies many construction projects.

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