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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. 

Color tuning is often used for purely aesthetic purposes—creating lighting “scenes” or particular atmospheres. However, research suggests it could find a new home in healthcare facilities.

As demand for LED lighting and controls increases, the lighting world is becoming more complex, which raises demand for expertise to produce good lighting solutions. Unlike other professions, lighting designers do not require state licensure.

A suitable application for tunable white lighting is in classrooms. The system used in the room shown above offers four settings. In “calm” mode, the lights are set at a standard intensity level and warm shade of white light, oriented toward calming an excited class.

The color appearance of light sources can have a major impact on how people perceive spaces. In high-end retail, hospitality and similar applications, color temperature choice is a critical design decision.

Major lighting trends—including LED, intelligent lighting controls, the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), power over ethernet (PoE), energy codes, and light and health—are creating new opportunities and challenges for electrical contractors.

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Healthcare Lighting Creates Opportunities

In many areas of the United States—especially Arizona and Florida—healthcare has become the leading industry. This trend will balloon as 78 million baby boomers move into their retirement years. Developing healthcare lighting expertise can have handsome payoffs for electrical contractors.


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Attention Getters and Trend Setters

First impressions are everything in the hospitality industry, and lighting is a big part of those impressions. “That can make or break an ambience,” said Doreen Le May Madden, owner and principle designer of Lux Lighting Design, Belmont, Mass.


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No Wires Required: Lighting Controls

Wireless lighting controls are finding their own niche, especially in institutional and educational settings, because of the many advantages they offer.


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Shedding Light on Commercial Projects

With 40-hour-plus work weeks the norm and no signs of that trend reversing, seeing well in the office at any time of day or night is necessary to get the job done. Illumination in the office can mean a combination of different types of light, artificial and natural.


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Lamps Help Historic Georgia Capitol Building See in the Dark

Modeled after the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta was built in 1889. Its gold dome glittered during the day, but at night, the building and dome lost much of its luster.


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Skinny Tubes Rule!

These days, there are many reasons to use the most efficient equipment in new lighting installations.


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Bright Lights, Big Profits

LEDs have been on the market long enough for electrical contractors (ECs) to know the major selling points: energy efficiency and longer life expectancy, thus reducing both energy consumption and maintenance costs.  But there are more selling points.


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