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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. 

In the Age of Wi-Fi, even lamps have become part of the growing internet of things (IoT). According to “Navigant Research Leaderboard Report: Residential Connected Lighting,” companies that make IoT-friendly lamps are getting smarter, too, and the market is growing.

The ASHRAE/IES 90.1 energy standard provides legal jurisdictions with a model commercial building energy code. The 2013 version is the national energy reference standard recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Organic LED (OLED) is a solid-state lighting technology with strong potential for architectural lighting. The LED is a compact, directional point source. Shielding prevents glare, while heat sinking removes internal heat. In contrast, OLED is a flat (less than 1/8-inch thick), diffuse area source.

Human perception of colors in their environment is dependent on light. As electric light sources have varying spectral emissions, the electrical industry relies on metrics to report, evaluate and predict how colors will appear under different light sources.

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Showdown on Level Ground

After Jeff McCullough's talk at Intertech’s LEDs October 2007 conference, an audience member declared that McCullough’s employer, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is “taming the Wild West” and suggested that he wear a cowboy hat.


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Lighting Paves Pathways

The recent national energy bill banning incandescent bulbs by 2014 has mandated energy-efficient residential lighting. Before introducing the latest lighting devices, electrical contractors (ECs) need to survey homeowners’ needs and lifestyles.


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Watching Closely

Hindering adoption of advanced lighting control strategies is the idea of whether these strategies work together in combination as advertised to produce consistent energy savings and worker satisfaction, thereby justifying a higher initial cost.


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The Illumination Debate

High-bay applications—such as factories, warehouses, big box stores and gyms—continue to be the hottest lighting retrofit markets.


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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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