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A Fresh Look at Office Lighting by Craig Dilouie

Open ceilings, collaborative workspaces, microleasing, and unique designs that inspire occupants and reinforce brand are just some of the trends reshaping the modern office and driving innovative lighting designs. The LED and subsequent intelligent control revolutions have supported these office

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Welcome to Their World by Scott Ziegenfus

Insert the term “intelligent building” into a Google search and you’ll receive more than 746,000 results. There’s no shortage of opinions, reports and forecasts on the promise of using a single infrastructure between building systems to save on resources and

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Lighting Vendors Should Target IT Departments More Than Facilities Managers by Mark Halper

As the lighting industry attempts to morph from its conventional role of illumination and become more of a provider of smart networks that collect data through chips and sensors embedded in the lighting infrastructure, it should focus its sales efforts

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Synergistic Buildings and the Rise of IoT by Michael C. Skurla

IoT applications will bubble up as the static world of ‘cold data’ transitions to actionable ‘hot data’. Leaving Light + Building this year, two things were clear to me. First, smart is a prefix the lighting industry has embraced. Second,

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Interest in Smart Buildings Is Growing by William Atkinson

Until recently, smart buildings were often thought of individually. These days, they are becoming a trend unto themselves-a real force. As a result, opportunities for electrical contractors, both in traditional electrical work, but especially in low-voltage work, are expected to

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A Light that Still Burns Bright by Robin Watt at C.N. Robinson Lighting Supply Co.

In the past, manufacturers, through their reps, built relationships with distributors who had local market resources and were prepared to stock product and pay for it regardless of whether it sold or not. By doing so, the distributors assumed the

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Human-Centric Lighting May Be the Key to Feeling Better at Work by Lynne Peeples

Reaching behind a low bookshelf slightly taller than a typical 5-year-old—and one topped with a Seattle Seahawks gnome and stuffed kangaroo—Sara Barbee presses a button labeled “Alert.” Intense bluish light fills her classroom, and nearly all 17 kindergarteners respond with

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Beyond the Ceiling: Healthy Lighting for Hospitals by Craig DiLouie

Lighting systems have historically been designed for visual performance and comfort, but science tells us light plays a major role in synchronizing the human circadian system. The growing understanding of the relationship between light and circadian health is giving rise

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An Offer You Can’t Refuse by Susan Bloom

Following, industry experts Bill Attardi (an over 50-year industry veteran and owner of NJ-based Attardi Marketing), Jay Goodman (a 25+-year industry veteran and principal of PA-based consultancy Goodman & Company), and Rob Haslehurst (managing director at the Boston-based location of

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Steve Mesh on California’s Title 24 Energy Code and Lighting Controls

California has been a historical leader in terms of state energy codes. California’s Title 24 has led the way by restricting allowable LPDs (Lighting Power Density) as well as mandating specific types of lighting controls. However, in the past 5-10

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The Human-Centric Lighting Debate by Tom Zind

No matter which side of the blue light fence you sit on, this new frontier has some designers taking a more enlightened approach to illumination. Blue light, whether delivered naturally via the sun or artificially via luminaires, has been the

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The Changing Rules of the Lighting Game by Jim Lucy

LED technology has unleashed new market realities that change how distributors, reps and manufacturers attack the lighting market. In the lighting industry of years gone by, electrical distributors typically would choose one of the “Big Three” lamp manufacturers (GE, Philips

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Long Tail Markets by Ted Konnerth

The bulk of the sales in the lighting industry appears to have shifted from handful of dominant players to a constantly growing number of smaller players emboldened by the lower barriers to entry offered by LED technology and new online

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Ground Planes for LED Drivers — Part 3 of 3 by Philip Keebler

Strategic PQ monitoring can help identify disturbances that cause premature failures of digital-based LED drivers. In this third and final part, we’ll look at how advanced power quality (PQ) monitoring can be used to identify disturbances that cause premature failures

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Ground Planes for LED Drivers — Part 2 of 3 by Philip Keebler

How grounding and bonding connections in facility power systems affect LED driver ground stability. In Part 2, we take a look at how facility power systems should provide a consistent, reliable, and conductor-dependent grounding and bonding system from the electric

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For Rent: Lighting as a Service by Chuck Ross

A combination of rapidly advancing technology and a change in U.S. accounting standards is encouraging a new business model for financing lighting and other energy-system upgrades. It’s not often that electrical contractors pay much attention to accounting practices beyond their

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Smart Lighting: The Future of Light Beyond Illumination

LEDinside will have a look at the overall smart lighting market. With the development of technology, maturing products, active promotion of manufacturers, and the popularization of smart lighting concepts, the global smart lighting market has entered a phase of rapid

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Designing a Smart Lighting Plan: Voice Control, Presence Detection, & Light Switches by Andrew Weinreich

What are the benefits of having your home’s lights on the network? The most obvious use case is that, when you’re away from home, you can turn your lights on or off. But you can also imagine how a really

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PoE Resurfaces, at Danish Office Building by Mark Halper

Working with Cisco, Philips Lighting heralds a new Copenhagen office building as a Nordic first. As we’ve pointed out before, with all the talk about wireless LED lighting networks such as Bluetooth Mesh, it’s easy to forget that wires can

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Learning Lighting by Jim Lucy

Electrical Wholesaling’s picks for the best resources available to keep pace with the technological transformation of the lighting market. the industry has plenty of resources to help lighting pros keep up with all of the changes. In this article, Electrical

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