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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Growing Pains: LEDs

Among other matters with light-emitting diodes (LEDs), reliability has been an issue, according to Nate Conant, president of W.B. Walton Electric in Beaumont, Calif.

LED Downlights Looking Up

We live in an age of rapid innovation, so it should come as little surprise that even the technology for something as simple as a common lamp is in a state of flux.

Sylvania Socket Survey Shows Greater Understanding and Awareness

The fifth annual Sylvania Socket Survey from Osram Sylvania finds that consumers are adjusting to new legislation and energy-efficient lighting options, with about half saying that they plan to switch to new lighting technologies.

21st Century Lighting

By most accounts, the light-emitting diode (LED) revolution is well underway, even though LEDs still remain a small fraction of today’s total lighting market.

Light It And Forget About It?

In any lighting system, lamps and auxiliary electrical devices fail and must be replaced. Dirt and dust accumulates on fixture surfaces and should be cleaned. System problems must be corrected, and lighting controls should be adjusted as space conditions change.

No Place Like Home: LED Lighting

With 115 million households in America— more than twice as many as there were 50 years ago, according to the U.S. Census Bureau—the demand for residential lighting and controls has both grown and evolved to appeal to a savvier, more high-tech, and more energy-conscious consumer.

Illuminating The Big Picture: LEDs

In the April 2012 issue of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR, we challenged the presumption that light-emitting diode (LED) lighting is maintenance-free.