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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. 

At the Greenbuild conference in November 2013, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released the fourth generation of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system.

Manufacturers are focusing on developing decorative, sculptural OLED creations, such as Osram Sylvania's Rollercoaster luminaire.

The organic light-emitting diode (OLED) is one of the lighting industry’s most exciting technologies. It offers extraordinary energy-saving potential, while enabling unique user experiences.

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.

Validation for SSL costs come in all sorts of ways, including the need for less copper wire.

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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