PUBLISHER Andrea E. Klee
PUBLISHER EMERITUS John W. Maisel
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FIRE/LIFE SAFE T Y S YS TEMS Wayne D. Moore
LIFE SAFETY SYSTEMS Thomas P. Hammerberg
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The LED at the End of the Tunnel
IN THE “DOWNTON ABBEY” SERIES FINALE, Cousin Isobel says, “We’re
going forward into the future, not back into the past.” And the Dowager Countess
replies, “If only we had the choice.”
Well, we don’t have a choice, so we embrace the future. Light-emitting diodes
(LEDs) are the future of the lighting industry, and they are happening now. The
prices on this long-lasting technology have come down to practical levels, and
electrical contractors (ECs) are deploying LEDs and controls with abandon. Man-
ufacturers have excised most of the drawbacks, and they are much more efficient
and controllable than the fluorescent technology that history may eventually see as
a stepping stone. In that sense, it’s a good thing we’re moving forward.
Much like your favorite TV show on which you can choose to binge or pace
yourself, in this issue of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR, our writers break down the
lighting industry into delicious, digestible chunks.
In “Coming Soon,” Chuck Ross explains how LED manufacturers are focusing
on data gathering and communications to add value to their products (page 24).
In “Illumination With a Brain,” our lighting guru, Craig DiLouie, tells us that the
future of LEDs will be highly, digitally controlled (page 30).
We have two winners from Jeff Gavin this month: “Getting It Right,” about the
value of on-site lighting demonstrations (page 38); and “Calculating LED Life,”
outlining the variables that affect LEDs, which may help you inspire confidence in
your customers’ LED choices (page 58).
With more than 45 million street and highway lights in the United States, and
nearly 300 million streetlights worldwide, most of the work to upgrade aging infrastructure is still ahead. In “Smart Cities,” Claire Swedberg writes about the market
for retrofitting streetlights with LEDs and controls (page 68).
This edition of IN TEGRATED SYS TEMS CON TRAC TOR focuses on cabling and connectivity. Claire Swedberg writes about Cat 8 cabling. It’s actually here, guys! Learn
more in “High-Speed Copper” (page 86). Deborah O’Mara breaks down the technology evaluation for network infrastructure in “Effective Deployment” (page 76).
As usual, we have some neat Cool Tools in ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR (page 96)
and INTEGRATED SYSTEMS CON TRAC TOR (page 90) and many new products to satisfy
your hunger for new toys.
And don’t pretend you have never heard of “Downton Abbey;” it’s a cultural
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