With cities and utilities worldwide upgrading to light-emitting diode (LED) lighting for streets and outdoor areas, owners and installers wonder when they will build in the controls for smart-city applications.
The 2008 housing-market crash ended the home construction boom. A steady recovery began in 2012, and it continues today, bolstering the U.S. economy. Historically, residential construction averages 5 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.
In December 2015, President Obama signed a new tax bill into law, extending the Commercial Buildings Tax Deduction (CBTD, or Section 179D of the tax code) for two years, while raising the bar for efficiency.
The family home. It might be an apartment, a condo, a townhouse or a detached, single-family home. Or a mansion. We don’t know your life, but most of us live somewhere with lights, appliances and a TV (or two), and someone has to keep all of that functioning.
On Feb. 12, the Department of Energy (DOE) proposed an efficiency standard for general service lamps, marking the next step in an ongoing process that started with the passage of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) in 2007.
From making clothing look vibrant in a retail store to facilitating interaction in offices by properly rendering skin tones, a light source's color quality is an important specification characteristic. For this, we use two metrics, correlated color temperature and the color rendering index (CRI).
The Global Lighting Challenge (GLC) was launched in May 2015 as a vehicle to help achieve the goal of cumulative global sales of 10 billion high-efficiency, high-quality and affordable advanced lighting products, such as light-emitting diode (LED) lamps.
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.
Lighting an iconic Ferris wheel is not an electrical contractor’s usual task. However, Briggs Electric Inc. of Tustin, Calif., faced such a challenge when the company took on the unusual project of the Giant Wheel at Irvine Spectrum Center.
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.
The organic light-emitting diode (OLED) continues to develop alongside the light-emitting diode (LED). This light source’s intriguing capabilities position it as a strong potential alternative to LEDs for certain applications.