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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. 

Over the last seven years, the LED Streetlight Replacement Program in Los Angeles has swapped more than 80 percent of the city’s 215,000 streetlight fixtures with LED units. To date, energy usage has lowered by 63 percent, saving the city approximately $9 million per year in energy costs.

While more cities and towns are making the move to LED streetlights, Anchorage, Alaska, is going even further.

Knowing how light plays and today’s LED capabilities helped designers and contractors achieve a stand-alone space, the Blossom Cocktail lounge at the MGM National Harbor casino.

From high-definition panels to vibrant pinpoint light, from deep, true color to interactivity and animation, LED lighting is becoming the go-to option to create theatrics, mood and spectacle.

Milestones in January and February raised the bar on energy efficiency in the lighting industry. In January, Energy Star Lamps V2.0 took effect, and it was predicted to significantly influence lamps promoted by utility lighting rebate programs.

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Illumination With A Brain: Intelligent lighting control

While the light-emitting diode (LED) has gotten a lot of attention in recent years, another revolution has quietly developed in the background: intelligent (digital) lighting control. The future of lighting is solid-state, and it will be highly controlled.



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Wireless connectivity—combined with intelligence embedded in lamps and luminaires—enables programmability and accessibility from anywhere using everyday devices.
Where the Light Is: Home Lighting Trends

The 2008 housing-market crash ended the home construction boom. A steady recovery began in 2012, and it continues today, bolstering the U.S. economy. Historically, residential construction averages 5 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.



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The Deduction Continues: The CBTD extension


In December 2015, President Obama signed a new tax bill into law, extending the Commercial Buildings Tax Deduction (CBTD, or Section 179D of the tax code) for two years, while raising the bar for efficiency.


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Commissioning and Retrocommissioning: The Next Step for Lighting Controls

The proliferation of automatic lighting controls is creating demand for commissioning services, including functional testing.


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Flattering Light: A New Look at Color


From making clothing look vibrant in a retail store 
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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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