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. 

High-value specialty crops, such as fruits, vegetables and ornamentals, account for a tiny percentage of U.S. farmland but yield about 40 percent of farmland revenues. In many regions, these crops are grown in shielded environments, such as greenhouses.

The electrical design in this conference room includes suspended decorative specialty fluorescent lights and LED downlights, automated shading tied to a Lutron lighting control system, large screen monitors, and a conference table wired with microphones.

The office of tomorrow is an energy-efficient space designed for employee health and productivity, and today’s office is looking more like its future self every day. Lighting plays a key role.

Mark S. Rea, Ph.D., professor and director of the Lighting Research Center at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, believes the lighting industry has a problem. Solving it first requires an admission that it exists.

Thanks to advanced lighting controls, various industries view lighting as an important element in energy-efficient design. It is a business-intelligence platform that combines sensors and systems in a way that provides excellent illumination and energy savings.

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Indoor Lighting

Energy efficiency, improved performance, ease of installation, ease of use and streamlined or otherwise improved statistics (smaller sizes, broader voltage ranges, lower or higher wattage, etc.) are among the benefits of many notable, new or enhanced indoor lighting products.

LED Advancements Increase Potential

Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have been used as indicator lights and displays for many years. However, because of their low levels of light output and the lack of color options, LEDs were limited to these few applications.

Improved Lighting Conserves More Energy

Lighting can consume up to 35 percent of a building’s electricity. While energy conservation was important before September 11, it has become even more significant with the possible difficulties in obtaining foreign oil.

2001 Lighting Survey

There’s no question that lighting is one of the most important aspects of any electrical contractor’s bid package. Lighting in many cases is the largest portion of their jobs.

Pros Fight Glare, Poor Color Quality in Stadium Lighting

Do you think San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds could have hit 73 homes during the 2001 Major League Baseball (MLB) season with his eyes closed? Or that Ed McCafferty of the Denver Broncos could catch a Brian Griese pass in the dark?

Future Bright for Low-voltage Lighting

Ask most landscape lighting contractors about low voltage and you’re likely to get a shrug—unless you talk to the growing number of low-voltage specialists who are learning just how lucrative the jobs are.

Warehouse Lighting: What's New?

With energy costs continuing to skyrocket, warehouse managers are frantically seeking new methods of reducing lighting costs.