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 local government and business owners look for ways to improve efficiency and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, outdoor lighting has become one of the most practical ways for them to reach their goals.

LED streetlights have the potential to reduce energy consumption by about 50 percent compared to traditional high-pressure sodium lights. According to a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) survey of governments and utilities, 62 percent of respondents reported using LED sources in their streetlighting.

In May 2016, the DesignLights Consortium (DLC) released Networked Lighting Controls System Specification V1.01. By the end of June, the DLC published a Qualified Products List (QPL) for networked controls. This may have a profound impact on demand for networked controls in existing buildings.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has christened the fourth Tuesday of every October as national Energy Star Day. This year, the agency marked the holiday by issuing a call-to-action to change out inefficient light bulbs with Energy Star certified bulbs.

More on Lighting

LED Payback Is Now

If light emitting diode (LED) technology continues to drop in price and improve in quality, it will become standard for many applications within the year.

Coming and Going: Lighting Trends

Daylighting and energy-efficient products are just two of today’s trends in the commerical lighting market. These are being driven by several forces, including restrictive energy regulation and research by institutions and companies.

The Art of Lighting Design

Installing and wiring lights always has been a routine part of electrical contracting work.

Control & Command

Schools and research and development (R&D) facilities are multifaceted, multifunction organizations with the need for flexible and adaptable lighting for safety, security and working tasks. Start with a thorough site survey and analysis of the facility.

Learning Lighting Design

If you want to learn about lighting design, opportunities are plentiful and easily accessible.

Outdoor Lighting

Advancements in lamp and fixture technology, new approaches to design and the influence of the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) are making waves in the outdoor lighting world. “This is the most exciting time ever in the lighting business.

Designed for Hospitality

You are going out for a meal on a special occasion in the dining room of a luxury hotel. In addition to exquisite food, you would like a romantic atmosphere, rather than the bright lights and noise of a bistro.