Connecting End-To-End Systems In Buildings Through Smart Lighting by Trevor Palmer

Lighting has evolved enabling us to see beyond the dark for a greater purpose. It is more than the bulbs or fixtures select for buildings based on budget or aesthetics. When paired with controls, smart lighting technologies are gaining a

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Shining A Light On Li-Fi: Could It Work In The Data Center? by David McCall

Given the amount of data handled within the walls of the average data center facility, it’s not a surprise that many in the industry can get a bit obsessed with the subject of data — how much is being generated,

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Midstream Rebates by Craig DiLouie

In 2018, LED rebates began to level out after years of declining amounts in line with declining product costs. According to BriteSwitch, an environmental consultant, LED rebates are increasing, with the majority of growth stemming from higher LED luminaire rebates.

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Space Optimization with Networked Lighting Control by Steve Mesh

Saving energy is a huge benefit when you use a networked lighting control system. Fixtures can be turned off when not needed. Or they can be dimmed in response to available daylight or other input. Saving energy is a great

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Our SSL Industry Seems Afraid of Its Own Shadow by Maury Wright

The past nine months or so have revealed LED and solid-state lighting (SSL) sectors not sure about their own future. Investments in R&D and marketing have slowed. You can see the evidence in the size of our issues, which is

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Smart Cities: An Emerging Business Opportunity for Electrical Contractors by Jim Lucy

Electrical contractors are in a good position to capitalize on a big chunk of this developing niche. Electrical contractors may be in better position than they realize to develop a profitable presence in the emerging Smart City market. Panelists at

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Addressing the Inevitable by Susan Bloom

Earlier this month, following unsuccessful negotiations with China, President Trump announced via Twitter that he plans to levy an additional 10% tariff on certain imports from China beginning on September 1, and on others (including many consumer electronics as well

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Building Your Business with Smart Lighting Control by Tom Perich, Director of Marketing, Lutron Electronics

Five years ago, the concept of a smart home may not have been on the minds of most consumers. But that’s changed. According to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), consumers are expected to spend $4.6 billion on smart home products

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Defending the Light: Cybersecurity for Lighting and the IoT by Craig DiLouie

Networked lighting controls connect luminaires in a programmable system to offer exciting and robust capabilities. Connected lighting packages of luminaires and controls are increasingly touted as “internet of things (IoT) ready,” which means they have connectivity, intelligence, sensors and bidirectional

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Lighting at Your Service: This Business Model Is Gaining Popularity by Craig DiLouie

Well-suited to financing lighting upgrades in large projects, lighting as a service (LaaS) is a lighting industry business model in which the owner purchases light rather than the hardware that delivers it. The owner pays a subscription over a multiyear

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Want to Make Your Home Smart? Start with the Lights by David Pierce

Someday your smart home might anticipate your every need, ensuring that everything from the room temperature to the artwork to the crispiness of your bacon is to your liking. Right now, the best it can do is turn off lights

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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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