NCL Showroom Wins IES Lighting Control Innovation Award Of Merit

The Lighting Control Innovation Award was created in 2011 as part of the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Illumination Awards program, which recognizes professionalism, ingenuity and originality in lighting design. LCA is proud to sponsor the Lighting Control Innovation Award, which recognizes projects that exemplify the effective application of lighting controls in nonresidential spaces.

This month, we will explore the role that lighting controls play in enhancing the visitor experience at a high-end lighting showroom. Lighting and control design by Alexander Shaw, Lighting Designer, Nouran Concept Lighting. Photography by Alia Al Shaz. Lighting controls by Beckhoff.

This showroom is dedicated to the exhibition of high-end lighting fixtures. The concept for the lighting design focused on a “lighting experience”, where visitors are drawn to a physical and perceptual encounter with lighting products and ideas.


The interior was inspired on an industrial chic aesthetic. White textile walls modulate the space, creating corridors which resemble a traditional Arabic town. Surprise and discovery are the key elements. This provides the perfect background to showcase a variety of lighting elements.


These textile walls were equipped with RGB sources to become dynamic color objects, capable of flooding the room with the most incredible saturated colors, changing the mood of the store in a matter of seconds.


Cool white, amber and blue Led dots are activated by motion sensors when visitors enter the “outdoor” area. These, together with a blue hue from the walls, create an inviting moonlit atmosphere.



The entire showroom is DALI controlled, enabling the creation of scenes based on customers’ behaviors and commands. e.g. motion sensors located at the entrance of corridors trigger a sequence of light dots on the floor, inviting to explore further.


By default all chandeliers are off, creating a silhouette effect against the lit wall.


Fixtures are touchpad controlled, allowing customers to switch on the desired product, dimming down the wall behind to increase contrast. Upon activation, the screen displays relevant fixture information (images, dimensions, specifications and related products).


The application also allows to shift between scenes or manually control the wall colors.


Keyboard screen for fixture selection.


A smart automation criteria allowed great energy reduction. Fixtures are off by default but still the space looks intriguing and welcoming due to the lit walls. The wireless touchpads reduced conduiting and cabling costs and allowed flexibility for future store layouts.

LCA TV: Roller 300 with Intelligent Face Technology by Lutron

This short video, produced by the Lighting Controls Association at the 2013 LIGHTFAIR event, introduces the building industry to Lutron Electronics’ Roller 300 with Intelligent Facade Technology.

Schneider Electric Unveils Product Selection Tool

schneider electric new tool-2Schneider Electric Lighting Controls Division recently unveiled a new generation of product-selection tools. This mobile-friendly online solution selector finds the best code-compliant lighting control solutions for any room in just seconds. Users can then save selected applications for multiple rooms and building projects in a login-protected portfolio. The new Lighting Controls Application Guide saves time and increase accuracy in product selection. There are already over 100 code compliant pre-determined solutions; the company is adding more on an ongoing basis.

Click here to try out Schneider Electric’s all-new online application guide.

Universal Lighting Technologies Wins Two “Best of the Best” Awards from TED Magazine

Universal Lighting Technologies was recently recognized in tED Magazine’s “Best of the Best” Awards for 2014. The Nashville-based lighting company’s marketing efforts won in two categories: digital and social media campaign for a supplier under $250 million and website for a supplier under $250 million. The winners were announced at the NAED AdVenture Conference in Chicago on August 5.

The annual marketing awards competition hosted by tED Magazine honors marketing excellence and recognizes creativity within the electrical industry in companies of all sizes across several marketing and communications categories. Entries are judged on their overall effectiveness and creative impact by an independent panel of marketing and industry professionals secured by tED Magazine. 

Click here to learn more about Universal Lighting Technologies.

Office Workers Want More Control of Their Lighting

A study by Zumtobel and the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering indicates that office workers prefer brighter light sources they can control in terms of both intensity and color temperature. has the story here.

DLC Announces Dimming Reporting Requirement

The DesignLights Consortium recently distributed a letter revising its application process to request information from manufacturers regarding the dimming capabilities of their luminaire, retrofit kit, and linear replacement lamp products for which they are seeking listing on the DLC Qualified Products List (QPL). has the story here.

GE’s LightGrid Outdoor Wireless Control System Gives Municipalities Smarter Solutions for Street Light Management

Municipalities can benefit from reduced energy and more efficient management of street lights through GE’s new LightGrid™ Outdoor Wireless Control System.

With the technology of GE Lighting’s central management software, the LightGrid Outdoor Wireless Control System can report energy usage and other operational data of street lights to a central database. A Web-based interface linked to the lighting controls allows authorized users and owners to remotely visualize real-time performance of their outdoor lighting system. Further software capabilities include scheduling, customized reporting, grouping and user access level management. Schedules are stored at the street lighting fixture, providing continued performance even during network disruptions.

GE’s LightGrid technology has GPS in the lighting controls so municipalities can instantly identify usage and performance of street lights in specific locations. Municipalities can activate more precise ‘on/off’ and street light dimming schedules, particularly in low-traffic and other areas during the night. Additionally, the one-piece lighting control simply connects to the external socket of the street light and doesn’t require any internal fixture change.

Click here to learn more about GE’s outdoor lighting solutions, including lighting controls for street lighting fixtures.




Siemens Gamma Lighting Control Wins 2014 BOM Top Products Award

BOM14_TopProdThe Gamma Lighting Control System by Siemens has won a 2014 Top Products Award from Building Operating Management Magazine.

Gamma lighting controls can be integrated into building automation systems to control lighting, shading, setpoints and values. Support alarm monitoring, trend display, date and time display and password protection. Available in one-, two-, or four-pair configurations. Touchpanel interface supports up to 20 scrollable interface pages with four templates.

Click here to learn more about the Gamma Lighting Control System by Siemens.

Kevin J. Cosgriff, Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.) Appointed New President and CEO of NEMA

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) recently appointed Kevin J. Cosgriff as president and chief executive officer of the organization. Cosgriff, a former vice admiral in the U.S. Navy, comes to NEMA after serving as Senior Vice President of International Business and Government for Textron Systems Corporation, a position he held from 2010 to 2013.

Cosgriff graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY, and began active duty with the Navy directly thereafter. As a vice admiral he commanded the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, overseeing roughly 30,000 sailors throughout a region encompassing 22 countries, and the U.S. Fifth Fleet, directing naval forces in the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Arabian Sea, and off the coast of East Africa. Previously he commanded Cruiser-Destroyer Group 8, Theodore Roosevelt Battle Group. He also served as director of Warfare Analysis and Integration in Navy Headquarters, and his first Flag Officer position was as director, Office of Program Appraisal, reporting directly to the Secretary of the Navy. Earlier in his career, Cosgriff served as the director of the White House Situation Room and director of Systems and Technical Planning for the National Security Council.

He was among the first to receive a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College (now National Intelligence University). He also earned the Naval War College Foundation Award for Outstanding Performance. He is an alumnus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI Program, a nine-month educational program for senior military and government officials in the U.S. national security and foreign policy communities.

NEMA is the association of electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers, founded in 1926 and headquartered in Rosslyn, Virginia. Its 400-plus member companies manufacture a diverse set of products including power transmission and distribution equipment, lighting systems, factory automation and control systems, and medical diagnostic imaging systems. Total U.S. shipments for electroindustry products exceeds $100 billion annually. NEMA is the parent organization of the Lighting Controls Association.

WattStopper Earns 2013 IDW Platinum Level Band of Excellence for Superior Online Product Support

WattStopper has been recognized with the top level in IDEA’s (Industry Data Exchange Association) 2013 IDW (Industry Data Warehouse) Bands of Excellence program. The program recognizes electrical manufacturers for providing exceptional marketing support to trading partners.

The Bands of Excellence rating system measures each manufacturer’s completion percentage for providing robust product marketing content to distributors through the IDW. Specification documents, attributes, images and descriptions must all be populated for 100% of a manufacturer’s stock products to achieve Platinum status. Distributors can then download the information and share it with their customers using web storefronts, print catalogs and other media.

“The 2013 banding criteria address the proliferation of eCommerce websites and associated demand from end users,” says Jeff Skiles, Director of Information and Technology and Shared Services, Kirby Risk Electrical Supply, and IDEA Innovation Advisory Council Chairman. “This marketing content is essential for distributors to stay competitive, and will help us get the right products in front of buyers while they are searching online. On behalf of all distributors, I’m extremely appreciative for the exceptional leadership and support the 2013 banded manufacturers such as WattStopper have demonstrated to the channel.”

The Industry Data Exchange Association is the official technology service provider and eBusiness standards body of the electrical industry. IDEA was founded in 1998 through a partnership rooted in the collective leadership of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) members.