My contributions to the January issue of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR included a roundtable interview with noted experts who speculated on the future of lighting as shaped by several trends.

Major lighting trends—including LED, intelligent lighting controls, the industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), power over ethernet (PoE), energy codes, and light and health—are creating new opportunities and challenges for electrical contractors. In an informative roundtable, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR talked to six lighting industry experts to find out what impact these trends are having, where they are going in the next three to five years and how they will effect ECs.

The experts are James Brodrick, lighting program manager for the U.S. Department of Energy, Building Technologies office; Kevin Willmorth, principal of Lumenique, Menomonee Falls, Wis.; Eric Richman, senior research engineer—energy systems analysis for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and chair of the ASHRAE/IES 90.1 Lighting Subcommittee; Gabe Arnold, program manager for the DesignLights Consortium, Lexington, Mass.; Mariana Figueiro, professor and Light and Health program director at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.; and Ted Konnerth, president/CEO of Egret Consulting Group, Mundelein, Ill.

Check it out here.