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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. 

It wasn’t long ago that light-emitting diodes (LEDs) were used primarily in very specific applications, such as indicator lights and exit signs. The deployment of white LEDs for general illumination applications always seemed in sight but out of reach.

In November 2014, ASHRAE published ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings, Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings.

Last year, the International Code Council published the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), a model energy code that states and other jurisdictions can use in whole or part as their energy code. Today, many states base their commercial building energy code on the IECC.


Cree LED lighting helps create an inviting environment in the parking structure of Presence Saint Francis hospital in Evanston, Ill. The hospital benefits from the energy efficiency of the multilevel sensor in the VG Series LED luminaires, which lowers output from 100 percent to 25 percent after seven minutes of no occupancy detection.

With tens of thousands of parking garage structures containing hundreds of millions of spaces to accommodate the nation’s 135 million-plus registered passenger cars, the U.S. parking garage sector is a robust market that accounts for significant real estate in cities and towns nationwide.

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