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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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Why Facility Managers Can’t Afford to be Complacent About Tech by Jonathan Cooper

Now that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and mobile computing are becoming commonplace in facilities, managers must stay ahead of the learning curve, replacing outmoded technology to keep pace with innovative solutions that allow for efficient operations. All facilities,

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Ground Planes for LED Drivers — Part 1 of 3 by Philip Keebler

In this article, we continue our discussion on the importance of grounding when installing LED lighting equipment. Part 1 of this three-part series focuses on the ground plane of the printed circuit board (PCB) used in the LED driver. We’ll

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LiFi – What It Is, How It Works, What It Provides, How to Apply, and Its Future Prospects by Luc Chassage

The acronym LiFi (Light Fidelity) was born at the beginning of the 2010s. Its name derives from the very well-known WiFi (Wireless Fidelity). LiFi relates to wireless communication technologies which rely on light as a power source. Owing to the

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Ted Konnerth on Lighting Disintermediation

A $2 word for cutting out the middle man. We’ve talked a lot about the changing channels throughout the electrical industry. Changes are not particularly new to the industry. In those way back years, electrical distributors sold appliances, Grainger created

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Circadian Lighting: New Information on Lighting’s Health Effects by Craig DiLouie

The lighting industry continues to explore the potential for lighting solutions to benefit and optimize human health. Studies indicate light has physiological effects that go beyond vision. In recent years, the industry has focused on the effect of light on

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Lighting as a Platform Part 2: Creating the Smart Building by Martin Woolley, Bluetooth SIG

In a truly smart building, lights can be much more than just lights. These buildings are supported by lighting systems that have the potential to act as a distributed network of small computers and are capable of hosting all sorts

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Lighting as a Platform Part I: What It Is and Why You Should Care by Martin Woolley, Bluetooth SIG

Lighting offers intriguing possibilities in a smart building. It’s permanently powered and found more or less everywhere. Installing new wireless network innovations lets you create a natural connectivity grid, allowing lights, switches, and associated sensors to communicate directly, without intermediate

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Power Over Ethernet Lighting Systems by Steve Mesh

Power over Ethernet (PoE) lighting is part of a brave new world. The ascendance of LED fixtures has given rise to some new methods of providing and controlling light in our environments. Since LEDs are low-voltage devices that use direct

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Outdoor Lighting 101 by Craig DiLouie

Outdoor stationary lighting presents a substantial market and a distinctive subset of lighting design. While the market covers a variety of applications, the largest are building exterior and area and roadway lighting. In a typical indoor space lighted during the

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DOE Snapshot LED Outdoor Area Lighting by Jim Brodrick

Outdoor area lighting is a major contributor to nationwide energy use, and the market segment has been an important player in the transition to SSL. DOE’s CALiPER program has released a new Snapshot report on outdoor area lighting that covers

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