Lighting

 

 

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 energy-saving automatic lighting controls become more popular for retrofit options in existing buildings, electrical contractors may find themselves in a position of estimating energy savings to justify owner investment.


Roughly 70 million U.S. street and roadway lighting fixtures—estimated to be a $200–300 million market—represent big business for electrical contractors, especially as this application increasingly converts to light-emitting diode (LED) technology.

A large majority of commercial building energy codes in the United States are based on either the ASHRAE/IES 90.1 energy standard or the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) model code. Both feature increasingly stringent requirements for lighting controls.

Federal ballast energy regulations took effect Nov. 14, 2014, and they primarily affect the availability of T12 electronic, sign and residential-only ballasts.


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Halogen Made Softer - Finally
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For decades, lighting designers, specifiers, contractors, and distributors regarded halogen lamps as best-suited for outdoor applications or as accent and display lighting. Their bright, striated light caused “sparkle,” but was far too harsh for general lighting purposes.

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Designing and Installing Lighting in the 21st Century
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Few things become less complicated over time. Lighting is no exception. More and more “other people” have something to say about the lighting you put in, and it is not enough to know the National Electrical Code (NEC) by chapter and verse.

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Energy-efficient Outdoor Lighting
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While cause and effect drives science, cost and effect is increasing what drives specifying for outdoor lighting.

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Why Does Standard 90.1-1999 Matter to Electrical Contractors?
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Electrical contractors, rather than architects, engineers, or lighting consultants, are often asked to design/build lighting in commercial, institutional, residential, and industrial structures.

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Starting Technology Can Extend Lamp Life by 50 Percent
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Finding the best ballast/lamp combination is an integral part of providing fluorescent lighting that is both effective and energy efficient.

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Halogen Bulb Technology Spurs 'Miniaturization' Trend
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With great interior design, less is often more. Smaller is often better than bigger. Designers and end-users want lighting fixtures that are diminutive and unobtrusive, but they do not want to sacrifice the strength or efficiency of lighting sources.

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TAM Electric Lights Memphis Skyline with AutoZone Park Project
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Before the last week of October 1999 most people in Memphis, Tenn., were oblivious to the state-of-the-art baseball facility going up downtown. The new home of St. Louis Cardinals' AAA-affiliate, the Memphis Redbirds, was just another downtown project that would cause traffic jams, they thought.

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