Lighting

 

 

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. 

As energy-saving automatic lighting controls become more popular for retrofit options in existing buildings, electrical contractors may find themselves in a position of estimating energy savings to justify owner investment.


Roughly 70 million U.S. street and roadway lighting fixtures—estimated to be a $200–300 million market—represent big business for electrical contractors, especially as this application increasingly converts to light-emitting diode (LED) technology.

A large majority of commercial building energy codes in the United States are based on either the ASHRAE/IES 90.1 energy standard or the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) model code. Both feature increasingly stringent requirements for lighting controls.

Federal ballast energy regulations took effect Nov. 14, 2014, and they primarily affect the availability of T12 electronic, sign and residential-only ballasts.


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New Outdoor Lighting
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Quality of light and end-user safety are driving forces behind a trend to retrofit or install whiter lighting. Popular lighting choices include pulse-start metal halide lamps, ceramic metal halide lamps, and electrode-less induction lighting.

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New Trends Emerge in Tunnel and Roadway Lighting
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When it comes to tunnel and roadway lighting, all technologies are not created equal. In fact, researchers have discovered two emerging trends to illustrate this point.

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Motion Sensors Apply throughout the Home
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Over the years, motion sensor lighting has taken on many roles. At one point, they were used solely for security purposes. As people began to realize that different lighting levels help conserve energy, this became more of the focus.

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Pulse-start Metal Halide Is Future of HID Lighting
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Pulse-start metal halide ballast and lamp systems bring a wealth of benefits to users of high-intensity discharge (HID) lighting. Prior to the development of pulse-start systems, metal halide lighting delivered white light at the cost of operational inefficiencies.

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Understanding Today's Lighting Needs and Trends
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Knowing and enforcing electrical codes isn’t the only way to assist your customers when beginning a residential project.

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Minimizing Light Trespass--Comparing Fixtures
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(Please refer to pages 78-82 of Electrical Contractor magazine for the graphs, which Ian Lewin refers to in his lighting column).

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Compact Fluorescent Downlights Produce Full-size Benefits
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The common cry heard these days from electrical contractors is, “We need to save energy costs.” With the blackouts in California, the increase in fuel prices, and the incentive for reduced energy usage, it is time to revisit the advantages of compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) in downlighting applicat

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