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. 

Crops, of course, have always relied on three things from nature: soil, water, and sunlight. If executives at AeroFarms have their way, though, the future of crop growing will be mesh cloth, small amounts of water, and LED lights.

Replacing the driver

The majority of LED lighting products use an electronic driver that functions similarly to a fluorescent ballast. The driver converts incoming alternating current (AC) to direct current (DC) and drives this current to the LEDs.

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For a long time, the lighting industry relied on conventional, legacy light sources and traditional designs. Recent advancements in LED technology, however, have changed the face of the industry in terms of the form and function of luminaires.

Flicker in light sources is an old problem made new again in the LED age. Its effects range from annoying to debilitating, and solving it can be challenging. Even defining flicker is difficult.

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Intelligent LEDs Installed in World's Tallest Tower
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Color Kinetics Incorporated’s LED lighting technology will light the Canada’s National (CN) Tower in Toronto, the world’s tallest freestanding tower. The installation was unveiled to the public in a lighting ceremony that began at sunset on June 28, 2007.

Light Loads 2007

The election of 2006 may have prompted a renewed interest in energy efficiency. It actually started with the Energy Policy Act of 2005, in which tax incentives were provided, and standards for a number of specific lighting technologies were set.

Opportunities in Lighting Get on board with new lamp possibilities

It’s impossible to ignore the quantum leaps in lamp and fixture technology. For your customers’ sake, you shouldn’t. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) are not new to the market, but continue to be refined.

White and Shiny

LED developments lead to higher usage:

The Future Is Light

Skyrocketing energy costs mandate learning new technologies and products: The energy crisis and resulting legislation have forced changes in lamps, ballasts and optics as well as in project design; energy-use limits are increasingly restrictive with each update to standards from the American Societ

Green Lights for Kitchens and Baths
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  Fluorescents, pendants, LEDs and Title 24 create options for contractors:

Subtle Glow
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  Recessed lighting gains popularity