Lightening Up on Lighting Loads

Lightening Up on Lighting Loads

A change in the 2014 NEC could be a sustainability windfall for the education facilities industry and potential driver for the largest upgrade of commercial building electrical systems in U.S. history.

Electrical professionals have long observed the “underloading” of customer-owned transformers, which, in part, is brought about by National Electrical Code (NEC) Chapter 2 design demand rules. This practice can be traced back to more than 50 years ago — when the economy was growing close to 10% compared to the 1% we see today. This was also a time when customers could visit the local electric utility store to get an incandescent light bulb replaced for free. The widely understood condit

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