30 Jan '14, 1pm

5 smart trends to watch in commercial lighting

5 smart trends to watch in commercial lighting

The U.S. government's latest wave of energy efficiency standards took effect this month, basically sounding a death knell for future domestic manufacturing of standard 40-watt and 60-watt incandescent lightbulbs. That demise continues to stir debate among those who believe the mandate takes away consumer choice for old-school bulbs, which make up about half of the residential lighting market. The $1.1 trillion spending bill passed by Congress in mid-January even includes a provision to ban the enforcements of the "onerous" standard. Political posturing aside, the momentum behind industrial and commercial building retrofits continues to build — and that's simply because they make sense. Depending on the data you cite, many LED projects yield a return on investment within two to three years; incentives and rebates can accelerate the payback by six months. As a result, revenu...

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