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. 

High-value specialty crops, such as fruits, vegetables and ornamentals, account for a tiny percentage of U.S. farmland but yield about 40 percent of farmland revenues. In many regions, these crops are grown in shielded environments, such as greenhouses.

The electrical design in this conference room includes suspended decorative specialty fluorescent lights and LED downlights, automated shading tied to a Lutron lighting control system, large screen monitors, and a conference table wired with microphones.

The office of tomorrow is an energy-efficient space designed for employee health and productivity, and today’s office is looking more like its future self every day. Lighting plays a key role.

Mark S. Rea, Ph.D., professor and director of the Lighting Research Center at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, believes the lighting industry has a problem. Solving it first requires an admission that it exists.

Thanks to advanced lighting controls, various industries view lighting as an important element in energy-efficient design. It is a business-intelligence platform that combines sensors and systems in a way that provides excellent illumination and energy savings.

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Under the Lights

You can call it progress or a restrictive economy, but there is one trend in stadium lighting that keeps contractors on their toes. Stadiums are being built faster than they ever have been, and any renovations happen in a fraction of the time they used to.

Smarter Ballast Technology

Fluorescent ballasts are the “engine” of the lighting systems, and are designed to provide the proper electrical voltage to begin the lighting sequence, to regulate the electrical current flowing through the lamp to stabilize the light output, and to supply the correct voltage required for proper l

Emergency Lighting Trends

Since the 1940s, national and local codes and standards have directed and mandated the use of emergency lighting in commercial buildings, industrial facilities and public spaces to protect people from injury or loss of life by fire, smoke or panic.

Savings and Improved Lighting for Businesses

With a stalling economy and rising utility costs, saving money has become the most common objective of business owners. For electrical contractors, that equates to a shifted focus on upgrading existing electrical systems rather than on new construction.

Landscape Lighting Trends - Water Features, Low Voltage, Smaller Fixtures, LEDs Light Up Landscape Scenes

Landscape lighting has caught on. Water features are more popular than ever, not only at tony resorts, casinos and theme parks, but also at upscale malls, hotels and private homes. Lighted water features are a profitable arena for contractors in both commercial and residential markets.

Trends in Lighting Controls

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

Outdoor Lighting

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.