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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. 

Light-emitting diode tube lights, or TLEDs, are gaining recognition of their own in residential and commercial buildings.


In October, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced plans to “transform” New York City’s bridges and tunnels “for the 21st Century.” The plan has four goals: reduce congestion, combat emerging security threats, increase flood resiliency and promote energy conservation.


In its latest LED energy savings forecast, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) predicts LED lighting will represent 30 percent of the installed lighting base within five years and 59 percent by 2025.


Major lighting trends—including LED, intelligent lighting controls, the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), power over ethernet (PoE), energy codes, and light and health—are creating new opportunities and challenges for electrical contractors.

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Flattering Light: A New Look at Color


From making clothing look vibrant in a retail store 
to facilitating interaction in offices by properly rendering skin tones, a light source's color quality is an important specification characteristic. For this, we use two metrics, correlated color temperature and the color rendering index (CRI).


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DOE Proposes Efficiency Standard for Light Bulbs

On Feb. 12, the Department of Energy (DOE) proposed an efficiency standard for general service lamps, marking the next step in an ongoing process that started with the passage of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) in 2007.


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Illumigeddon

Solid-state lighting, such as light-emitting diode (LED) technology, promises significant short-term opportunities, notably in the retrofit market. However, many industry stakeholders are concerned about long-term risks LEDs present as they continue to gain acceptance.



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GE's Bright Stik, which it bills as a CFL replacement
GE to Phase Out CFLs in Light of New Energy Star Specs

Today, GE posted a satirical break-up letter addressed to the compact fluorescent lamp (CFL). The company is moving the focus of its consumer lighting business to the light-emitting diode (LED) lamp.


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What's Trendy In Lighting

Multifunctional sensors, networked wireless controls accessible from mobile devices, and, yes, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are trends that picked up steam this year. These interconnected technologies will be transformational for the electrical contractor (EC).


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An Outside Shot: Trends in outdoor and landscape lighting

While street lighting improves traffic safety by enabling pedestrians and motorists to see each other, it also contributes to aesthetics. Landscape lighting enhances security and accents special features to create a unique atmosphere for outdoor events.


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The 24-hour lighting scheme demonstration room at the Lighting Research Center provides cycled electric lighting. Shown here are cool, high light levels during the day.
Feel the Light

Light doesn’t only serve as the basis of vision. It can influence behavior and how people feel. Further, light plays an important role in human health.


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