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  • Smart Building Lighting Strategies Save Money

    For decades, lighting control in commercial spaces amounted to either on or off. Easy, simple, but not very effective when it came to workplace productivity in offices, boardrooms, and classrooms.

    Lighting control eventually evolved in the form of light sensors, motion sensors and electro-mechanical timers. It was better, as it helped cut lighting energy costs by automatically turning off lights when not needed. Even so, the technology was still limited to either on or off.

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  • Smart Lighting Control for Today's Connected Home

    As a contractor, you have the ability to offer residential customers the same dimming strategies and lighting control available in commercial settings.

    By offering smart lighting control, you can provide homeowners with the added benefits of convenience and peace of mind, and smart lighting adds to the value of the home when putting it on the market.

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  • Adding Flexibility to Selective Coordination Designs

    Selective coordination is a National Electrical Code (NEC) requirement for those systems that code defines as related to life safety. While the intent of selective coordination – restricting the potential impact of an electrical overload or short circuit – is easy to understand, putting such designs into practice isn’t always as simple.

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  • IDEA’s IDW Data for Contractors Enters Year Three

    The IDEA (Industry Data Exchange Association) Industry Data Warehouse (IDW) is now entering its third year of successful use by contractors worldwide to streamline parts ordering and produce accurate and timely estimates.

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  • LED Lifespans Lead Manufacturers to New Business Models

    In my years working in commercial offices – cubicle farms, we called them, then – the sight of a building maintenance staffer up on a ladder to replace a burned out fluorescent tube lamp or ballast was a regular occurrence. As commercial building owners and managers make the switch to much longer-lived LED replacement options, lighting manufacturers will be selling many fewer lamps, and they’re looking for new options to make up that anticipated lost revenue.

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  • Commercial Owners Sensing Savings in Today’s Smarter Lighting Controls

    Once upon a time, commercial office buildings were lit up like candles 24 hours a day, perhaps because installing the right control systems was more expensive than the electricity used to power all those light fixtures. That time has long passed though, and today’s owners are looking for new solutions that maximize the contribution of natural sunlight, where and when possible, and minimize the use of electric lighting in unoccupied spaces. These combined demands are driving a growing market for light and occupancy sensors in lighting designs both large and small.

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