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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. 

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.


GE's Bright Stik, which it bills as a CFL replacement

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.

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).

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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Acuity Brands' Aera recessed luminaires have three control functions to manage the white ambient light independently.
The Right Light: Color Tuning

While light makes sight, lighting shapes perception, particularly in regard to color in the things we see. This is because visible white light is made of colors. For us to see an object as a certain color, that color must be present in both the light and the object.



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Consumer Preference

Retailers are considering upgrading to directional light-emitting diode (LED) replacement lamps; however, lacking relevant education, they are making these decisions primarily based on initial cost and payback, according to a survey of retailers conducted by Pacific Gas & Electric and the Califo


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Buy Organic

While Light-emitting diode (LED) general lighting continues to rapidly develop and transform the lighting industry, the organic LED light source, or OLED, offers equally dramatic possibilities. Let’s look at the current status of this remarkable technology.



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Code Green

In March 2012, the International Code Council (ICC) announced the availability of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), a new model code for constructing and remodeling buildings to a higher sustainability standard.


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Cash For Watts

About $2 billion was budgeted for industrial/commercial energy efficiency programs such as utility rebates in 2010, according to the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE).


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No Strings Attached

Due to the proliferation of tough commercial building energy codes and green construction, automatic energy-saving lighting control devices and systems are now common in new buildings.



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LEDs' New Standard: Zhaga Consortium

Specifiers enjoy a choice of brands and components to provide optimal solutions for their applications. Owners can replace components for maintenance or upgrade purposes while retaining the hardware.


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