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. 

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.

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.

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.

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Highlighting Treasures

The evolution of new lamp technology and fixture design gives homeowners many options for designing with light. The right lamp, fixture and position are all it takes to achieve a dramatic lighting effect in the home.

Ready for Prime Time

We had to transpose an entire airport runway in downtown Cleveland into a track for a night race,” said Gary Laidman, vice president of Doan/Pyramid Electric Company, of Bedford Heights, Ohio. “And there was no overhead lighting.

Better Warehouse Lighting

In addition to the slack economy, warehouse managers must juggle other issues: worker safety, the environment and increased corporate responsibility. Managers are turning toward lighting to reduce operating costs, as well as improve safety, the work environment, productivity and quality.

Rockin' Retail Lighting

Hollywood may be the only place where “the look” is more important than it is in retail lighting. Out front or indoors, there are several new technologies available to provide splashy yet economical lighting for stores and businesses.

The Latest in LEDs

The Latest in LEDs According to Permlight in Tustin, Calif., the portion of the illumination market that currently uses light-emitting diodes (LEDs) as its main light source is now $8 to $10 billion.

The Fast Road to Better Lighting

Two emerging street lighting stars in the night sky are not quite ready for prime time. However, the LED (light-emitting diode) and the triple-tube compact fluorescent lamp show promise and contractors should be aware of them.

Outdoor Security Lighting Heats Up

Some bright ideas improve nighttime safety