In the healthcare-lighting arena, the improvements and increasing affordability of light-emitting diode (LED) products, along with advancements in lighting control technology, enable creative lighting designs that benefit patients and staff members.
It’s an exciting time to be in the lighting industry. Today, lighting systems can alter spaces without physically changing them, revitalize urban areas, facilitate interaction and community, communicate information, make spaces more interactive, and affect well being.
According to the Office Building Energy Use Profile report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), space conditioning and lighting account for 70 percent of all energy consumed in a typical office building with an additional 20 percent of energy consumption used to power office equipment.
Housing starts in 2007 had declined by more than one-third from their 2005 peak, but the market for home technologies remains strong, according to the Sixth Annual State of the Builder Technology Market study conducted by the Consumer Electronics Association.
After Jeff McCullough's talk at Intertech’s LEDs October 2007 conference, an audience member declared that McCullough’s employer, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is “taming the Wild West” and suggested that he wear a cowboy hat.
The recent national energy bill banning incandescent bulbs by 2014 has mandated energy-efficient residential lighting. Before introducing the latest lighting devices, electrical contractors (ECs) need to survey homeowners’ needs and lifestyles.
Hindering adoption of advanced lighting control strategies is the idea of whether these strategies work together in combination as advertised to produce consistent energy savings and worker satisfaction, thereby justifying a higher initial cost.
In many areas of the United States—especially Arizona and Florida—healthcare has become the leading industry. This trend will balloon as 78 million baby boomers move into their retirement years. Developing healthcare lighting expertise can have handsome payoffs for electrical contractors.
First impressions are everything in the hospitality industry, and lighting is a big part of those impressions. “That can make or break an ambience,” said Doreen Le May Madden, owner and principle designer of Lux Lighting Design, Belmont, Mass.
With 40-hour-plus work weeks the norm and no signs of that trend reversing, seeing well in the office at any time of day or night is necessary to get the job done. Illumination in the office can mean a combination of different types of light, artificial and natural.
Athletes might say that when it comes to stadium lighting, they just want to be able to see the ball in play; most spectators probably feel the same. Having clean, well-planned lighting has been, and still is, the primary concern of stadium and ballpark owners.
Like its counterpart inside the house, the role of exterior residential lighting is growing and becoming more sophisticated. Many people are no longer content with the traditional lamp post or utilitarian wall-mounted fixture by the front door.
Modeled after the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta was built in 1889. Its gold dome glittered during the day, but at night, the building and dome lost much of its luster.
LEDs have been on the market long enough for electrical contractors (ECs) to know the major selling points: energy efficiency and longer life expectancy, thus reducing both energy consumption and maintenance costs. But there are more selling points.
Color Kinetics Incorporated’s LED lighting technology will light the Canada’s National (CN) Tower in Toronto, the world’s tallest freestanding tower. The installation was unveiled to the public in a lighting ceremony that began at sunset on June 28, 2007.
The election of 2006 may have prompted a renewed interest in energy efficiency. It actually started with the Energy Policy Act of 2005, in which tax incentives were provided, and standards for a number of specific lighting technologies were set.