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 performance increases and costs decline, light-emitting diode (LED) lighting is poised to become the predominant light source in the United States. Meanwhile, adoption of integrated advanced lighting controls continues to grow.


Over the past 10 to 15 years, commercial building energy codes have increasingly mandated automatic lighting controls.

All light sources must be maintained; as lighting controls become more sophisticated, they also must be maintained. Responsible lighting design should include maintenance to preserve design integrity.

The IIoT
 extends the utility of advanced lighting and control systems with additional sensing that can produce data and transform business.

The World Wide Web connects 10 billion devices and counting into a global network. Any network-enabled device can establish a link to the internet, raising the potential to join building systems appliances and more.


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Glowing Outside: Outdoor and Landscape Lighting

Department of Energy statistics reveal that approximately 22 percent of all electricity generated in the United States is used for lighting, and about 10 percent of that is used to power outdoor lighting applications.


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The Faceted Equation of ROI And SSL

If your sales pitch regarding light-emitting diode (LED) technology is that it lasts forever, uses less power and is cheaper to operate, keep going. Establishing the rate of return on investment (ROI) for solid-state lighting (SSL) is more varied and expansive than you might think.



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Introducing ASHRAE/IES 90.1 2013

ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1 provides states and other jurisdictions a model commercial building energy code.


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Recessed Housing Basics

Recessed housings have come a long way since their initial introduction into the marketplace. Today, more electrical contractors are using low voltage housings to provide task lighting and are including further accents with a full range of trims.


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The Quality Standard

In late 2012, the California Energy Commission (CEC) published a voluntary specification recognizing quality light-emitting diode (LED) lamps intended to replace screwbase incandescent lamps in luminaires.


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Linear LED lighting is finding its way into classroom settings and offices.
Totally Tubular: Linear LEDs

With an urgent demand for energy efficiency, lighting continues to stake its claim as a solution. T8 and T5 fluorescents—both important evolutions in improved lamps and ballasts—have been landmark offerings. 
Now lighting installers have a new option: linear LEDs.



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Farewell, 60W

On Jan. 1, 2014, the next phase of incandescent lamp regulations in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 went into effect. This phase prohibits the manufacture and import of 40–60-watt (W) incandescent, general-service lamps that do not meet certain energy-efficiency criteria.


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