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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. 

Traditionally, commercial electrical systems are based on alternating current (AC). The utility grid delivers AC power, which the building distributes. Low-voltage devices include a rectifier that converts AC to direct current (DC), with associated electrical losses.


When attending large conventions such as Lightfair International (LFI), attendees expect to see industry experts with decades of experience. It is less expected to meet a college junior, as 2017 LFI attendees did in Philadelphia in May.

In commercial building applications, dimming either is used to support visual needs (usually in response to manual input) or to save energy (usually in response to automatic input).

In the Age of Wi-Fi, even lamps have become part of the growing internet of things (IoT). According to “Navigant Research Leaderboard Report: Residential Connected Lighting,” companies that make IoT-friendly lamps are getting smarter, too, and the market is growing.

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Storing up Efficiency: Warehouse Lighting

Once again, with the price of everything going through the roof, politicians, consumers and the media have (justifiably) moved energy conservation to the forefront. To its credit, the lighting industry continues a pattern of forging ahead with the development of energy-saving lamps and fixtures.


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In the Limelight

“All the world's a stage,” Shakespeare once wrote, “and all the men and women merely players.” But if there is no light on the stage, is the actor really there? In Shakespeare’s day, lighting was measured in candlepower.


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The Next Great Add-On

While firmly an option in the luxury home market, residential lighting controls are expanding into a broader home-owner landscape.


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Can LEDs Take on T8?

There currently is a push to replace linear fluorescent T8 and T12 lamps with linear light-emitting diode (LED) replacement lamps, but are LEDs ready to take on this workhorse in general lighting?


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Cooking up Efficient Lighting

“In hospitality and restaurant projects and bars, the lighting is key,” said Robert Fagnant, LEED AP, lighting designer, Randall Lamb Associates, La Mesa, Calif. “It’s what attracts people to places at night.


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A New Technology in a Familiar Package

In recent years, the lighting market has seen new general lighting products, introduced for niche applications, become mainstream.


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Pass the Torch

Incandescent reflector lamps. fluorescent magnetic, mercury vapor and probe-start metal halide ballasts—they’ve had a good run, but now it’s time to gracefully retire them. Their competitors are simply too efficient.


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