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Leviton Announces HLC Keypad Room Controller for UPB Lighting

levitonLeviton recently launched the HLC Keypad Room Controller for the company’s Universal Powerline Bus (UPB) lighting control product family.

The HLC Keypad Room Controller, available in white or light almond, is designed to be a coordinated room or house controller for the HLC product line which includes dimmers, switches, plug-in modules and hard-wired load controls. The HLC product line has historically included two separate room or house controllers, but this advanced HLCK6 offering provides versatile control options and improves the appearance with a contemporary form factor and smooth backlit buttons that accommodate Decora Wallplates.

The HLC Keypad Room Controller is ideal for creating activity-specific scenes to control all lights in a room. The new keypad can be configured as a room, house or general purpose interface for scene, zone and/or automation functionality. When attached to an Omni security & automation system, configuration versatility can easily be achieved by using setup software to enact a chain of commands that can control not only lighting, but door locks, window coverings, temperatures and more. For homeowners, a manual lock-out feature restricting push button use is simple to enable and is ideal for common areas or homes with small children.

The Room Controller is pre-configured with default scene settings, whereby setting A provides 80 percent illumination and setting D provides 20 percent. The scene or room status is reported back via LED, and the buttons can be customized to a specific activity. When the room is illuminated, the on/off buttons can be held to brighten or dim the entire room.

If a homeowner wishes to fine-tune the room to a custom look, they may adjust dimmers and switches to the appropriate illumination levels, and then press the scene button five times to save the new settings. When using an Omni family controller with PC Access software, the scene buttons can be programmed for custom scenes based on activity such as homework, movie time, dinner prep and more to actualize an automation scene that triggers multiple smart devices at once.

UPB uses existing electrical wire for communication through the use of digital pulses and is inherently reliable due to high signal strength and low-frequency communication over the power line. Signals can be sent over long runs of cabling, increasing the variety and scale of residential applications.

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Advanced Control for Outdoor Lighting

Traditionally, outdoor lighting was automatically turned ON and OFF at the circuit level by an astronomical time switch or photosensor. Energy codes are now promoting power reduction during dusk-to-dawn lighting operation. Coupled with advances in wireless communication and intelligent control, the result is dramatic changes in how outdoor lighting is controlled.

New construction

Twenty-four states currently have a commercial building energy code in place at least as stringent as ASHRAE.90.1-2010/2013 and the 2012/2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Among the requirements:

• Dusk-to-dawn lighting such as area lighting must be turned ON/OFF via a photocell. It must also be automatically reduced by at least 30 percent after business operations or in response to occupancy.
• Curfew lighting such as façade/landscape lighting is controlled via a combination photocell/time switch that turns the lighting OFF when it is not being used afterhours.

Energy codes based on ASHRAE/IES 90.1-2013 (Section or IECC 2015 (C405.2.5) require that exterior lighting be turned OFF when it is not used via an astronomical time switch, photosensor or combination of the two. Dusk-to-dawn and other lighting must be reduced afterhours.

Energy codes based on ASHRAE/IES 90.1-2013 (Section or IECC 2015 (C405.2.5) require that exterior lighting be turned OFF when it is not used via an astronomical time switch, photosensor or combination of the two. Dusk-to-dawn and other lighting must be reduced afterhours.

Existing construction

In the existing construction market, outdoor stationary lighting is a popular market for LED retrofits. Each project should consider how the lighting will be controlled.

The LED source is virtually instant-ON, suitable for occupancy sensing. Dimming achieves proportional energy savings while potentially extending product life. As digital devices, LEDs are inherently compatible with intelligent lighting controls.

Because advanced controls are sometimes difficult to justify as a standalone retrofit, tying them to the LED retrofit can present an overall economically attractive solution, particularly when utility rebates are available.

Image courtesy of Eaton.

Image courtesy of Eaton.

New Standard Interface

The advent of LED outdoor lighting prompted the development of a new standard interface between a dimmable driver and an external locking-type photocontrol or other device.

Traditionally, the industry was served by common NEMA twist-lock photocontrols featuring three pins that turned the luminaire ON/OFF. The ANSI C136 Roadway Lighting Committee, in cooperation with NEMA, developed ANSI C136.41. Published in 2014, it designates a 7-pin receptacle and photocontrol.

The core three pins are identical to the old standard. Two of the four new low-voltage pins are used for dimming, while the other two can be used for occupancy sensing, power monitoring, two-communication with other devices, and more.

This new interface therefore opens up dramatic new capabilities in outdoor lighting control in both new and existing construction.

Advanced control

Energy codes provide a foundation upon which additional capabilities can be built as needed:

• Dusk-to-dawn luminaires that do not require full output during all hours of operation can be controlled using individual multi-level occupancy- and daylight-based luminaire control. The photosensor activates the luminaire. At a certain time of night, a time-based controller, which may reside at the luminaire or a control panel, reduces output across all luminaires. A PIR occupancy sensor then raises/lowers light and power based on occupancy. Studies suggest energy savings potential as high as 75 percent.
• Curfew luminaires can be controlled using a photosensor and astronomical time switch. The photosensor activates the luminaire, and a time-based controller, which may reside at the luminaire or a control panel, turns the luminaire OFF at a set time.

Additional capabilities can be gained through intelligent control and wireless communication. Intelligence means the system uses a microprocessor-based lighting controller for decision-making. Distributed intelligence places a microprocessor in each luminaire, making it uniquely programmable. An embedded intelligent time switch, for example, allows the luminaire operating schedule to be offset based on the application. It also allows for varying levels of lighting reduction based on time of night and/or occupancy.

Wireless communication makes luminaire networking more economical. This allows luminaires to be calibrated, programmed and zoned remotely, either individually or in groups. In a parking lot, for example, area lighting could be zoned and controlled as individual luminaires or groups, while the signage lighting could be controlled on a schedule, and security lighting dimmed as individual luminaires or groups.

Another potential capability is measuring and monitoring, producing information that can be used for ongoing energy management, maintenance and security. For example, the system may provide real-time alerts when there is a fault or failure such as a “day burner,” and identify at exactly what light point the problem is occurring. GPS-based luminaire identification further identifies exactly where, a desirable feature to specify for public street and other large area lighting. Overall, monitoring capability can dramatically improve maintenance efficiency.

The wireless system is typically based on a series of gateways that manage, monitor and receive information from nodes embedded in or mounted on the luminaires. The gateways can be accessed by software or app on a PC, web portal or mobile device, which allow programming and data retrieval. A majority of networks utilize a mesh or tree architecture, which features repeating and self-healing nodes. A variety of protocols/methods are used, such as ZigBee. Many systems are available, so be sure the selected system contains all required features.

Image courtesy of Wattstopper.

Image courtesy of Wattstopper.

Potential trends

Two potential emergent trends are color-tunable luminaires and integrating sensors such as security and audio into the luminaire. For example, a security camera in an automobile dealership lot could be connected to an outdoor luminaire. When it detects an event, a signal is sent to the luminaire control module, which flashes the luminaire. If able to communicate, the signal could prompt all luminaires in the areas to flash.

With intelligence, communication and the ability to collect data, today’s lighting can be viewed as systems that deliver sensing, decision-making, control and prediction. Electrical professionals involved in the selection and delivery of outdoor lighting controls should stay educated on what’s new and how it works to continue offering the best value to clients.


LitePak™ Lighting Control System by Douglas Lighting Controls


LitePak™ lighting control systems from Douglas Lighting Controls are used by Auto Dealerships requiring automated and manual control over indoor and outdoor lighting. Features include an integrated programming interface with 365-day astronomical clock for time-of-day/sunrise/sunset control, ability to schedule up to 900 events, and peripheral devices (wall switch stations, occupancy sensors, interior and exterior daylight sensors) to run a fully automated lighting system with daylight control. LitePak is suitable for all types of lighting loads.

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Eaton’s LumaWatt Outdoor Wireless Control and Monitoring System


Eaton’s LumaWatt system offer a simple, flexible and reliable lighting management and control solution, using multifunctional, factory installed sensors. The system minimizes power consumption and energy costs by providing lighting where and when it’s needed by incorporating motion sensing, daylight control, power metering, event monitoring and performance reporting. It manages luminaire lighting levels according to pedestrian and traffic safety needs; allows products to reduce light levels during low usage hours or to harvest daylight; and increase the lighting on demand with occupancy sensors. Management software creates and manages sensor profiles via easy-to-use, web-based software. Summaries of power metering and system performance are clear, concise and easy to understand.

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Hubbell Control Solutions’ wiSCAPE™ Wireless Outdoor Lighting Controls


wiSCAPE™ wireless outdoor lighting controls from Hubbell Control Solutions make it easy to manage, monitor and measure lighting networks. In-fixture and on-fixture modules feature universal 120-480V input and provide On/Off and 0-10V dimming output. Connect motion sensors, switches and photocells. Manage up to 1,000 modules via a Gateway, creating a secure, self-organizing mesh infrastructure. Commissioning and operation are quick, simple and economical–no control wiring required. Applications include garages, parking lots and “at risk” locations.

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LSI Outdoor Lighting Controls


With over 40 years serving the needs of thousands of businesses, LSI understands what customers demand from an outdoor lighting control system. We combine proven technology with unique designs to deliver persistent energy savings, even in harsh exterior environments. Unique features include controllers designed for use with a wide variety of outdoor fixtures along with a superior 900MHZ wireless mesh communications network.

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PLC Transportation’s T51-4 Controller


PLC Multipoint’s PLC Transportation division is also celebrating our 25th anniversary. We work with consultants, contractors and transportation agencies to provide precise and durable tunnel lighting controls. Our systems include luminance sensors, controllers, supervisory control servers and workstations. Our T51-4 controller, coupled with RDE remote dimming enclosures provide a cost effective way to control 0-10V LED dimming fixtures by sending failsafe signals over long distances within a tunnel.

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Synapse TL5-B1


The TL5-B1 is an intelligent wireless lighting controller that provides monitoring and control of lighting fixtures or banks through utility-grade power monitoring. The controller provides intelligent ON/OFF switching, true dimming, constant status monitoring of your lighting fixtures. With an integrated photocell and seamless integration into the SimplySNAP Site-Based Solution, this product enables event scheduling or manual overrides; offering complete, remote control of the lighting indoor/outdoor application.

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Synapse’s SimplySNAP Smart Lighting Solution


SimplySNAP is an intelligent, wireless lighting control solution that enables considerable energy savings and lowers operating costs by automating, customizing and controlling the behavior of lights. The indoor/outdoor solution can scale to hundreds of lights, requires no internet and operates via a single site controller. It features easier commissioning with four provisioning options and is California Title 24 compliant. Monitor and manage the solution through the mobile-friendly interface, giving you flexibility to reconfigure your lights whenever needed.

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Wattstopper Exterior Lighting Controls


Wattstopper Exterior Lighting Controls allow facility managers to schedule and remotely manage outdoor lighting and take action if faults occur based on real-time reporting. Ideal for a range of commercial site, parking, pathway and roadway lighting. It delivers substantial energy and cost savings by up to 39% via automation and remote management of lighting. Built on open standards, including 6LoWPAN and BACnet, it ensures maximum flexibility for outdoor lighting control and integration with existing systems.

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Wattstopper FSP-200 PIR Outdoor Fixture Sensors


Wattstopper expands the FSP-200 line of PIR outdoor fixture sensors with five new sensors (Wattstopper FSP-2x1B Series and FSP-2×2 Series). IP66 rating for wet and cold conditions and new voltage and mounting options, such as side of fixture, provide additional flexibility for OEM’s by offering a more diverse array of applications for energy saving LED lighting systems. These FSP products will provide code compliant occupancy and daylight control for 0-10V dimmable LED lighting fixtures.

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Strategies Unlimited: Smart Luminaires to Become Fastest-Growing Lighting Technology

Strategies Unlimited recently published its annual market research report, Global Luminaires: Lighting Analysis and Forecast 2016. For 2015, the global luminaire market was assessed at US $62.9 billion with anticipated revenue growth of 2% from 2015 to 2022.

The seemingly stagnant growth is due to all other technologies except for LED luminaires declining in demand and shipment. This report foresees average annual revenue growth of 16% for the LED luminaire market from 2015 to 2022 and the overall luminaire market experiencing growth of 3% in terms of units for the forecast period. The languor growth in luminaires is also due to the anticipated price decline of LED luminaires due to price wars. Also, as penetration of LED luminaires increase the replacement failure rates will decrease due to the longevity of the product; this in turn will reduce shipments due to product failure. The figure below illustrates the anticipated healthy growth of LED luminaire and connected LED luminaire units from 2015 through 2022.

With the rise in Internet of Things for lighting, this year, Strategies Unlimited has started tracking smart luminaires. Though the current market size is still fairly low due to lack of global regulatory influences, smart luminaires are projected to be the fastest growing technology in lighting. Though currently DALI and proprietary network enabled smart luminaires comprise the largest market share of the smart luminaires Strategies Unlimited forecasts that ZigBee, Wi-­Fi, Bluetooth, and Power over Ethernet compatible luminaires will be the fastest growing for the forecast period.

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401 W. A Street Project Wins 2015 IES Lighting Control Innovation Award

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 use of lighting controls in nonresidential applications.

This month, we will explore a carefully controlled color-changing LED lighting system that transforms the lobby and atrium of a modern office building. Design by Diane Borys and David Aabram of Michael Wall Engineering. Photography by Bryan Wayne, PE. Lighting and controls by Lehigh, Traxon, Pathway, WAC, Bodine, Lutron, Leviton, Butler and LC&D.

Reimaging improvements to common spaces in existing 27-story building, including a 7-story lobby atrium. By day, a clean modern corporate office building. At the touch of a smart phone/tablet, over 1,500 feet of dynamic color-changing LED, and multiple video walls, transform the space. Programs and scenes can be modified or controlled remotely by approved users. The control system provides a lighting environment that changes according to preprogrammed scenes related to calendar, sporting events, or owner impulse.


The existing building consisted of on/off control.


Project provided increased light levels, reduced glare and energy use while maintaining existing downlight and power locations. Reimaging aimed to modernize and brighten while providing a dynamic atmosphere with critical wayfinding for a multipleuse event space.


Limitations in cost-effective high-output RGBW LED guided the design to illuminate bridges with RGB plus separately controlled white tape light. Changing owner needs during construction paired with complexity and variety of control options for dynamic architectural lighting created challenges requiring a custom control system. Differing control protocols (forward-phase, reverse-phase, DMX, HDMI) were integrated for seamless system communication. Dimmable emergency fixtures required additional interfaces.


Control systems are centrally located for one point of access, while driver locations are clustered in accessible ceilings for ease of maintenance. Backlit white LED ceiling panels provide the sole illumination source in elevator lobbies and main entry.


Linear RGB LED wall grazers backlight vertical surfaces for additional wayfinding.


Extensive, complex control system utilizes multiple manufacturers. DMX packet speeds had to be controlled for compatibility between components and protocols.

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AGI32 renderings were crafted during design to demonstrate lighting concepts to ensure Owner expectations were met before construction.


Theatrical-like lighting came in under the Owner’s one-for-one budget.


Lighting has significantly reduced maintenance and energy costs through the use of all LED fixtures with 50,000+ hour lifespan.

10 Moves to New Legrand Site

Wattstopper has migrated its branding to more closely align with its parent company, Legrand, North America. As part of this effort, the Wattstopper website,, along with all its content, has been incorporated into the newly redesigned website. This move elevates the visibility and presence of Wattstopper products within the Legrand portfolio.

The Wattstopper website transition coincides with a complete redesign of the Legrand, North America website.

Wattstopper’s new homepage,, has all the information and links to products and resources such as cutsheets, brochures, and other important news and documentation. The new website will quickly take visitors to the content most relevant to their needs and interests. automatically redirects traffic to the new site.

Nedap’s Luxon Now Qualified for DLC Qualified Products List for Networked Controls

Luxon, the dynamic light management system of Nedap, is now qualified by the DesignLights Consortium™ (DLC) and listed in the Networked Lighting Control (NLC) Qualified Product List.

This means that the Nedap system meets the strict DLC performance specifications and is now eligible for additional utility rebates at DLC Member utilities and energy efficiency programs in the United States and Canada. The Networked Lighting Control Qualified Product List is a new DLC ranking, which provides a comprehensive resource to the lighting market to understand, evaluate, and compare Networked Lighting Control Systems.

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Lighting Controls Association Publishes K-12 Classroom Application Guide

K12The Lighting Controls Association has published a basic guide to applying lighting controls to K-12 classrooms.

Energy codes are driving more detailed control solutions. New learning technology and guidelines such as CHPS are driving demand for greater flexibility and teacher control. This guide describes common requirements and provides a series of scenarios demonstrating successful application of lighting controls.

The guide is free and can be downloaded here.

Eaton and NuLEDs Collaborate to Make Smart, Connected Lighting a Reality

Eaton recently announced a collaboration with NuLEDs™, Inc. aimed at making buildings smarter and seamlessly securely connected. The two companies will go to market with a joint product offering including Eaton’s complete portfolio of PoE-enabled light-emitting diode (LED) luminaires and NuLEDs’ drivers, software, sensors and keypads.

The collaboration has already been active in delivering several projects with Eaton’s PoE-enabled Metalux Encounter™ luminaire featuring WaveStream™ LED technology and NuLEDs’ Single Packet Illumination Control Environment solution. The lighting network will include NuLEDs’ NuSPICE™ protocol, allowing for simple communication to its sensors, wall controllers and other devices on the network. Both buildings will include NuLEDs’ PoE modules, the SpiceBox™, which converts PoE power to drive LEDs and sensors.

The NuLEDs SpiceBox also assigns a unique Media Access Control (MAC) address to each device, giving each fixture or sensor the ability to broadcast its location and receive network information and control commands.

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Building the Digital Enterprise

This post by Current by GE talks about how many of the same principles applying to smart cities can be applied to business enterprises:

I spend a lot of time working with cities to create digital cities – open, secure technology platforms that enable equitable economic growth. I’ve been building off a belief in recent posts that lighting and lighting-related IoT sensors can create the most pervasive and useful fabric to enable the next era of smart city innovation. I’ve touched on how this can create value both economically by lowering the barriers to innovation and academically by helping our kids prepare for the future.

As much as I have these conversations in city circles, I am just as often asked how these same principles can apply in the business world. How we can use open, connected digital infrastructure to unlock digital enterprises? After all, it seems like the very same ideas about using light sockets (arguably the most pervasive source of connected energy in any industry) to see, hear, feel and smell in every corner of a business would have value to their customer satisfaction, product quality, revenue generation and other key operational areas.

There are certainly many parallels…

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