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Belkin International and OSRAM SYLVANIA Announce Partnership for WeMo Home Automation and LIGHTIFY Smart Connected Lighting Ecosystems

Belkin International, an Internet of Things company, and OSRAM SYLVANIA recently announced that the two companies have entered into a strategic partnership to collaborate on residential solutions with the OSRAM LIGHTIFY™ smart connected lighting ecosystem and Belkin’s WeMo® home automation ecosystem. OSRAM SYLVANIA will first add WeMo compatibility to the SYLVANIA ULTRA iQ™ BR30 LED light bulb, followed by a broader portfolio of connective lighting products for the home shortly after the launch of OSRAM LIGHTIFY in Europe this fall.

The first WeMo-enabled ULTRA iQ LED light bulbs will be available this fall in the United States at ecommerce retailers like Belkin.com and Amazon. The bulbs will connect to the WeMo ecosystem via the WeMo Link and will work with other WeMo products, including the WeMo Light Switch, WeMo Insight Switch and NetCam HD+. Controlled via the WeMo app, the ULTRA iQ LED bulbs will also work with IFTTT, which connects them to other web-based services and applications such as Facebook, SMS, Gmail, Calendar, etc. to perform custom tasks or trigger events. For example, consumers can program the bulbs to turn on when it rains or receive a text message when the bulbs are turned off.

“We started out with the goal of making WeMo the most approachable entry point to the smart home, and by working with trusted lighting leader OSRAM SYLVANIA, we are able to expand our ecosystem in the Internet of Things with touch points across people’s daily lives,” said Sunny Choi, vice president of corporate development at Belkin. “The addition of OSRAM LIGHTIFY to our ecosystem enables more devices to communicate with each other to create a smart home easily and affordably, one solution at a time.”

“As connected lighting becomes more mainstream, OSRAM SYLVANIA is working with leaders in the Internet of Things space like Belkin to unleash the full potential of consumers’ homes by creating personal lighting experiences that promote comfort, convenience, and joy,” said Jes Munk Hansen, president and CEO of OSRAM SYLVANIA. “We are shaping the future of lighting by delivering not only long-life, energy saving LED solutions, but also by creating an experience that changes the way people think about their lighting.”

For more information about OSRAM Sylvania, visit www.sylvania.com.

WattStopper Retrofit Panel Solution Leverages Existing Building Control Investments to Deliver High Performance

WattStopper’s new relay panel retrofit solution enables high performance control capabilities while eliminating costly installation and wiring requirements for building owners and property managers. Offering all the capabilities of the innovative Digital Lighting Management (DLM) technology platform, which now includes wireless building-to-building connectivity, the solution also preserves existing infrastructure investments.

Building owners or property managers can build on the existing foundation of legacy lighting relay panels from manufacturers such as WattStopper, Horton Controls and GE, leveraging existing line-voltage relays, power supplies, wiring, even low-voltage switches in many cases.

“We know that at least 75 percent of all commercial buildings in the United States were built before energy codes were strongly enforced,” notes Charles Knuffke, VP of Systems, WattStopper. “These represent significant energy efficiency opportunities, and this solution provides a simple, flexible and scalable path to bringing the legacy panel—indeed the entire building—into today’s high performance era.”

Retrofit projects can focus on simple stand-alone relay panel upgrades or tackle ambitious campus-wide panel network upgrades.

Some of the available options include integrating analog or specialty occupancy sensors, connecting remote panel networks or outdoor lighting wirelessly and native BACnet integration. Simply by replacing outdated legacy panel intelligence with future-friendly DLM intelligence, the panel becomes a platform for improved building performance.

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For more information about WattStopper, visit www.wattstopper.com.

Smart City Lighting

LEDs Magazine recently published an article by Jurgen Hase, VP of machine-to-machine competence at the Deutsche Telekom, in which Hase describes a trend among cities to adopt networked lighting control. These lighting control systems allow remote control and operation of streetlighting systems for significant benefits–not only energy savings and improved maintenance of the lighting, but integration of other sensors providing new services and functionality.

Check it out here.

ETC Helps Show Ancient Artwork in a New Light

When lighting designer Amarasri Songcharoen (aka Marci Song) of Seam Design was looking for the best lighting fixtures to light the 500-year-old Raphael Cartoons – a series of large art pieces by Rafael on exhibit in London’s Victoria & Albert Museum – she knew she needed something special. It had to be something that would output minimal or no ultraviolet light, as well as provide a perfectly lighted atmosphere for a giant mirrored sculpture that was to be installed as part of the London Design Festival.

As part of the month-long Precision & Poetry in Motion exhibition, design agency Barber Osgerby developed a system of two giant mirrored aeronautical “wings” that were suspended in the room and would slowly rotate on motors, altering the reflections of the Raphael Cartoons as they did. To light the artworks, she used 16 ETC Source Four LED™ Series 2 Lustr® fixtures, controlled by an ETC Ion® control desk.

“We were asked to provide a lighting strategy and design for the room and of the sculpture to reveal the Barber Osgerby sculpture in its best light,” says Song. “We also had to pay careful consideration to providing appropriate light sources and light levels for priceless art pieces, which are on loan from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”

Photo by Ed Reeve.

Photo by Ed Reeve.

The sculpture’s wings were clad with a highly polished mirror finish. Song says that the best-lit effect was to light the elements surrounding it, rather than lighting the piece itself – but since the floating objects occupied most of the view to the ceiling – the existing high-level lights for the artwork would be blocked periodically, making them unsuitable for this installation.

Seam Design’s proposal therefore involved a completely new system for lighting the room, using striking illumination to the Raphael Cartoons and a dramatic wash to the floor. The Cartoons are then reflected on the wings above them, so that they can be seen by the people standing underneath.

“Through its slow rotations,” describes Song, “the sculpture is disorientating and mesmerizing, emerging from high level in an uncanny way. The dramatic light enhances these experiences.”

Photo by Ed Reeve.

Photo by Ed Reeve.

Each of the cartoons, which were commissioned by Pope Leo X in 1515 and were intended to hang below Michelangelo’s famous ceiling in the Vatican Palace, are up to 3.5m high by 5.3m wide (11.4ft x 17.4ft), which meant that even in the very large 46m long x 25m wide (151ft x 82ft) gallery, Seam had just 70cm (2.3ft) of clearance between the wings and the face of the artwork’s surfaces. They therefore needed a product capable of very wide beam-throw that still allowed for an ability to control light spill to the walls – plus, with ultraviolet light being a danger to artwork – they needed a low- or zero-UV fixture, making LED the obvious choice.

“ETC’s Source Four LED Series 2 Lustr with a 90-degree lens tethered to an ETC Ion desk met all of our requirements,” explains Song. “We were able to shutter and frame the light to enhance the artwork. The success of the lighting scheme is that the polished wings rely heavily on the illumination of the cartoons and the floor to be perceived. In the intimate darkness of the room, with focused light taking your attention to the artwork, the sculpture becomes very mysterious – almost imperceptible until they catch the light and reflections illuminate their surfaces. This is an incredible dimension to add to the experience of the installation, which is an epic feat of engineering in its own right and exhibits attributes entirely beyond its impressiveness as a machine.”

Photographer Credit : Ed Reeve

Seam worked closely with ETC and Hawthorns, who installed the lighting and helped to program the color tuning and settings. The fixtures were set to a very warm 2,600-degree color temperature – the color of candlelight – helping the Cartoons appear almost like tapestries as they may have looked in the 16th century.

Attending the launch event, ETC’s regional manager for the UK and Ireland, Mark White, was asked a number of times if the lighting on the cartoons was really LED and not tungsten. “LEDs are usually associated with the blue-white cold light fitted these days to bathrooms and the like,” he says, “so to see apparent candlelight coming from the Source Four LEDs was an eye-opener.”

“ETC and Hawthorns were very responsive, particularly on a fast-track install of two weeks with schedules changing day to day as we were getting near the opening,” concludes Song. “They were amazing teams to work with. And we heard that the museum likes it so much that there was talk to make the fixtures part of a permanent installation for the gallery.”

Photo by Ed Reeve.

Photo by Ed Reeve.

The Double Space for the BMW Precision & Poetry in Motion exhibition is on display at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum from September 13th through October 24th, 2014. Entry is free.

For more information about ETC products, visit www.etcconnect.com.

For more information about ETC, visit www.etcconnect.com.

2014 Lighting Controls Association Satisfaction Survey

We asked, you answered. The Lighting Controls Association recently conducted a survey of regular site users (subscribers to the LCA newsletter, lightingCONTROL) to determine how well we’re doing our job and what kinds of features you might like to see developed in the 2015. Results are based on 110 respondents, which were filtered to 86 after removing manufacturers.

The most popular reason respondents visit the LCA website is for general education about controllable lighting (28%), followed by keeping in touch with what’s new in the field (25%).

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Seventy-three percent of respondents say their visits to the LCA website have influenced their selection of control strategies, while 70 percent have selected products based on information they learned at LCA. Sixty-eight percent say these visits have influenced selection of products made by LCA members.

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The average respondent is more than “somewhat satisfied” with all forms of content offered by LCA, with the monthly special reports, newsletter and Education Express being most important to the average respondent.

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Respondents were asked what lighting control topics are most important to them from a list. The most popular are LED control, control system design and dimming control. LCA will focus on these and other important subjects in 2015.

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Respondents were also asked to evaluate potential new site features from a list. All were considered more than “somewhat valuable,” with the most valuable being best practice guides by building type and a generic troubleshooting process guide for lighting control systems. LCA is currently considering this input as part of its 2015 planning.

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Thank you to all who responded. Your feedback is essential to ensuring LCA provides good education value and offers tool and resources that help you select and specify lighting controls.

Lighting Controls Association Seeks Web Developer

The Lighting Controls Association is currently seeking candidates for web developer for a special project. If you have advanced expertise in developing websites and would like to view the RFP, please contact Craig DiLouie here.

Wake Technical 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 facilitating the education experience in a lecture hall at Wake Technical Community College’s Northern Wake Campus. Lighting and control design by David B. Williams, Jon Cardenas and Anthony J. Garcia, lighting designers with Clark Nexsen, and Josh Allen of Theatre Consultants Collaborative, Inc. Lighting controls by ETC (Architectural DMX Controls, Wall Stations, Touch Screen, Wireless Network – ETC Unison Paradigm, Theatrical Dimming Rack – ETC Sensor AF 48 Module 96 Circuit, Dimming Rack with ETC ELTS2 Emergency Lighting Transfer System DMX Controls – ETC Element w/ 1 touchscreen monitor & 1 secondary standard monitor & remote). Photography by Brandon Sewell of Clark Nexsen.

Designers were tasked with providing a low maintenance, energy efficient “lecture hall” in a new academic building that included as many “auditorium” performance features as economically possible. This was achieved with fifty 86W, 5376 lumen, 40° spread, diffuse lensed, DMX dimmable, 3500K LED cylinders suspended between wood panels providing illumination for various learning and performance functions.

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House lighting controls are integrated with the performance dimming system, providing seamless controls during performances for smooth fades or quick pops. Each fixture is independently addressed allowing the stage manager to focus light exactly where desired.

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LED linear fixtures at the top and bottom of 8 windows and 5 faux windows set the mood, mimic daylight or augment performances, bringing the “stage” into the audience.

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In the center of the audience, the control booth is equipped with a performance grade DMX controller, allowing the stage manager complete control of house and performance lighting.

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When the stage manager is not present, untrained users can operate a simplified password protected touchscreen controller to recall and save presets, raise and lower shades or adjust lighting zones.

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Color coded LED controls are provided at each entrance and catwalk for pre-programmed scene calls and zone toggle; these lockout and change to blue when the room is set to “performance mode”. The system includes a Wi-Fi interface for control via mobile applications and wireless remote.

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Fixtures align with the raised ceiling above the stage.

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Fluorescents are switched backstage and above catwalks for maintenance.

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Blue LED aisle lights provided for performance operators.

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White LED aisle lights provided for performance egress. During an emergency, select circuits including non-dimming emergency-only LED cylinders are energized by generator via an automatic transfer switch.

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For more information about ETC, visit www.etcconnect.com.

LCA TV: Fresco by Acuity Brands

This short video, produced by the Lighting Controls Association at the 2014 LIGHTFAIR event, introduces the building industry to Acuity Brands’ Fresco Touchscreen Lighting Control System.

KW Engineering Publishes Whitepaper Proposes BAS-Lighting Control Integration for Existing Buildings

A new whitepaper by KW Engineering, “Beyond Advanced Lighting Controls: Reaching Net Zero with Integrated Building Controls” (James Donson, Jon Schoenfeld and Bruce Chamberlain), identifies advanced lighting controls (networked lighting) as a major contributor to energy cost savings for existing buildings. The paper states that greater savings for both lighting and HVAC systems can be achieved through closer integration of lighting and existing building automation systems.

Click here to read it.

Daintree Networks Wins Six Product and Company Innovation Awards

Daintree Networks, Inc. won both company and ControlScope™ product honors from the 6th annual awards program encompassing the world’s best from every major industry. Competing against large and small organizations from all over the world, the company was honored in multiple categories at the 2014 Golden Bridge Awards.

Golden Bridge Awards are an annual industry and peers recognition program honoring best companies in every major industry from large to small and new start-ups in North America, Europe, Middle-East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin-America, Best New Products and Services, Best Innovations, Management and Teams, Women in Business and the Professions, Case Studies, Customer Satisfaction, and PR and Marketing Campaigns from all over the world.

Daintree received one of the highest honors, the Grand Pillar Award, which was also given to AMD, Cisco Systems, Inc., Wipro and others. More than 40 judges from a broad spectrum of industries from around the globe determined the winners from an illustrious group of competitors, including public and private firms, for-profits and non-profits, and start-ups. Mandeep Khera, vice president of marketing and channels, accepted the trophies on behalf of the company during the dinner and awards presentation held on September 8, 2014, in San Francisco, CA.

Daintree Networks won Golden Bridge Awards in the following categories:

• Grand Pillar Award
• Innovative Company of the Year (Bronze)
• Best New Partner Recruitment Program of the Year (Gold)

In addition, the Daintree ControlScope wireless control solution for building energy management (v3.2) won awards in the following categories:

• Innovations – Information Technology and Security, Green IT (Silver)
• Innovations – Information Technology and Security, Information Technology (Software) – Innovations (Bronze)
• Innovations in Technology (Bronze)

Click here to learn more about the Golden Bridge Awards. Click here to learn more about ControlScope by Daintree Networks.

For more information about Daintree Networks, visit www.daintree.net.