by Kim Hopkins, The Electric Connection
Taking on a new lighting project can be difficult and confusing. You need to decide what type of lighting you want to use. Then figure out which fixtures work best in each room. Do you want dimmable lighting? How about lighting on timers? There’s a lot of decision making that goes into a new lighting project.
Outdoor lighting is a completely different story. While there are safety concerns when changing the lighting inside your home, you have to deal with the climate changes outside.
by Susan Bloom, Editor ECMag
Department of Energy statistics reveal that approximately 22 percent of all electricity generated in the United States is used for lighting, and about 10 percent of that is used to power outdoor lighting applications. It’s a relatively small slice of the pie, but market activity is increasingly proving outdoor and landscape lighting to be a hotbed of activity and a great place to look for opportunities in improving lighting quality and lifespan while significantly reducing energy consumption, costs and maintenance concerns. Several major outdoor-lighting manufacturers discuss the trends making headlines in this market segment and ways for electrical contractors to stay on the cutting-edge of this dynamic field.
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