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The Retrofit Lighting Opportunity by Doug Chandler

The lighting market is among the brightest sectors in an electrical industry that’s growing steadily overall, and thanks for that can go to the humble light-emitting diode (LED). Most of the attention around the lighting market is focused on new

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Cove Lighting by Allan Tulla

Cove lighting used to be a row of LEDs behind a wooden pelmet or plasterboard moulding. But time moves on. A popular feature is the dropped ceiling or raft. Less common in the UK, but frequently seen elsewhere, is the

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5 Steps on the Road to Smart Buildings by Steve Brown

sbrown@esdglobal.com  A single smart device or piece of equipment can’t make a building intelligent. Instead, IoT devices are intended to serve as components that can be linked together to form a truly intelligent building. The intelligent building connects cutting-edge IoT

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Lighting Controls Lead LED Conversation by Naomi Millán

Lightfair International is where the entire lighting industry gets together to debut innovations and showcase future concepts. It’s an enormous show, but meeting with a dozen or so manufacturers of products geared at commercial facilities, some themes start to emerge.

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What Will the Utility of the Future Look Like? by Kevin Joy

From interconnected smart devices to employees with new skill sets, these trends are poised to shape business and customer service models. Once considered predictable and even stodgy, the power and utilities sector is rapidly transforming — and the future is

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New Light in Old Spaces by Doug Chandler

The market potential for putting modern LED lighting systems in existing buildings dwarfs new construction, but in many ways it’s a more challenging market to serve. Thanks to the humble light-emitting diode, the lighting market is among the brighter sectors

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Smart Building Retrofits… What’s Holding You Back? by Remo Di Fronzo

There are many reasons to consider retrofitting an older commercial asset into a “smart building.” Often, for many commercial building owners and facility operators, the first priority is to reduce the energy footprint of older buildings. According to the U.S.

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Cybersecurity Challenges Lighting Industry by Craig DiLouie

Connected lighting and the Internet of Things (IoT) promise extraordinary enhanced value for buildings, but this connectivity introduces data privacy and security risks. These issues are growing in importance in the lighting industry, which has the advantage of adopting established

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What Is 5G? Everything You Need to Know by Mike Moore

5G networks are the next generation of mobile internet connectivity, offering faster speeds and more reliable connections on smartphones and other devices than ever before. Combining cutting-edge network technology and the very latest research, 5G should offer connections that are

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We’ve Learned from Our Mistakes Says Signify Chief by Arthur van Schendel

For several years now, Eric Rondolat, a Moroccan-born citizen of the world with French and Italian nationality, heads the listed company Signify, the former Philips Lighting. Rondolat is seen as the man who transformed the more than one century old

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Controlling Emergency Lighting by Craig DiLouie

The LED revolution produced many luminaires with built-in switching and dimming. This facilitated a trend of using the same luminaires for both general and emergency lighting, powered by battery, backup generator, or UPS. This eliminates emergency units but creates a

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Sheets of Lights: OLEDs Create A Unique Lighting Experience by Claire Swedberg

Over the last decade, OLED technology has been a focus of research and development, and it is seeing its way into commercial installations. This light source can be made flat and flexible, introducing radical new possibilities for lighting installations. The

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Building the Evidence Outside the Lab by Morgan Pattison

Research in the field is uncovering lighting’s impact on human health and performance. LED lighting systems provide new opportunities for controlling the spectrum, intensity and duration of light exposure. These levels of control can be engaged as we come to

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How We Can Make Human-Centric Lighting Usable by Steve Stark

The easy controllability of LED lighting makes it possible to replicate the ideal characteristics of natural light. Although today’s LED lighting has been adopted primarily for environmental reasons, the new technology also brings unprecedented user controllability that creates opportunities to use

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Connected TLED Lighting by Craig DiLouie

Tubular LED (TLED) lamps are linear lighting products designed to replace fluorescent lamps to generate up to 40+ percent energy cost savings. As an energy-saving and long-life product, these lamps are generally well suited to any application with high energy

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Segment Outlook 2019: Education and Outdoor/Street Lighting by Susan Bloom

From utility rebates and new ANSI standards to an increasing emphasis on human-centric lighting, manufacturers share their predictions for the Education and Outdoor/Street Lighting segments in 2019 and what distributors need to know to maximize their participation. Will the new

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Lighting For Senior Facilities by Craig Dilouie

Nearly 50 million people aged 65 and over live in the United States, with about 1 million living in more than 30,000 assisted-living communities, according to the National Center for Assisted Living. Moving forward, according to the Population Reference Bureau,

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5G Is Coming: Here’s What Facility Manages Need to Know by Larry Werner and Val Loh

5G stands for fifth-generation wireless technology. It is a revolutionary leap forward in terms of speed, response times, network reliability, and energy efficiency. 5G is expected to provide speeds from 400 Mbps to more than 10 gigabits, with wireless network

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Daylighting and LEDs Team Up to Meet Energy Efficiency Standards by Rita Tatum

When tunable LEDs are combined with daylighting, they do help meet new energy efficiency standards, such as the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), ASHRAE and Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Standard 90.1-2016, “Energy Standards for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings.” Standard

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Harvesting Natural Lighting by Kadie Yale

Humans weren’t made to live without natural light. While there are many ways humans evolved that society has moved away from, studies continue to show that exposure to natural light has increased benefits. It’s no wonder that buildings around the

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