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. 

Wi-Fi is not the only means of transmitting data these days. Another unique method you may not have heard of is visible light communication (VLC). 

In late 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy’s(DOE) Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium (MSSLC) published the results of a survey of entities across the United States that operate public street and area lighting.

In June, The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released the full public use files from the 2012 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS). This survey provides a massive amount of data describing the national stock of commercial buildings. How many healthcare buildings are in the South?

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently issued new energy standards for general-service fluorescent lamps, and the standards go into effect Jan. 26, 2018. The new rules are likely to primarily affect availability of standard 4-foot, 32-watt (W) T8 lamps and some reduced-wattage T8 lamps.

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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.

Lighting Technology Looks Bright

Harry Truman once said that the way to get a mule's attention "is to hit him between the eyeballs with a two by four." It may come to that if we are going to get the public's attention about new technology in the residential lighting industry.

Emergency Lighting Standards Tighten

With tighter regulations and a greater need for emergency lighting in commercial buildings, product developers are continually focusing on ways to make exit and emergency lights more energy efficient and easier to self-diagnose.

The Light Side of the Web

Let’s say there was a place you could go to get the latest information on lighting, including hard-to-find items and maybe even some decent prices.

Lamp Life Innovation

More than $640 million could be saved annually nationwide if only a small percentage of businesses updated their lighting to more energy-efficient systems.