Daintree Networks Provides Technology for Universal Music Group’s Energy Reduction Project

Daintree Networks recently announced its technology was deployed in a major energy efficiency project undertaken by Universal Music Group (UMG). Daintree Networks ControlScope® software and intelligent devices are being used to significantly reduce energy use across 150,000 square feet of space over four floors at UMG’s new offices in Woodland Hills, Calif. UMG will seek LEED Silver certification for the project, which was completed February 28.

Daintree Networks’ technology aided UMG in a progressive energy-saving project, one of the first and biggest of its kind in Southern California. UMG’s project included installing technology for daylight harvesting, dimming, LED lighting fixtures, and occupancy sensors. The project also allows UMG to comply with California’s Title 24 requirements, which call for a 25-percent reduction in energy consumption in both commercial and residential buildings compared with previous state requirements.


“When we began looking at options for upgrading our offices, we knew we had some significant work to do to ensure our new building would comply with the latest version of the Title 24 standards. We also understood the importance of conservation to decrease our environmental impact and reduce energy costs,” said Kevin Garabedian, UMG’s Vice President of Administrative Services and Facility Operations. “We considered various proprietary solutions that were cost prohibitive. Within a fairly short time, however, it became clear Daintree’s wireless networked smart technology was the best and most cost-effective way to achieve compliance while offering the flexibility to meet our future needs due to its use of open standards.”

California’s Title 24 energy standards were created in 2008 specifically to drive reduction in energy use for commercial and residential buildings. The 2013 standards went into effect July 1, 2014, and must be met for all new and retrofit building permits granted after January 1, 2014.

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Visible Light Communication Finds Its Applications

Visible light communication (VLC) is a particularly exciting technology in an industry that is already going through exciting technological change. This technology, popularly used in applications such as fiber-optics, now shows promise for general lighting due to the advent of LED lighting.

The potential is to create spaces that actively communicate with users.

What is VLC?

VLC is a free-space optical wireless communication technology that uses visible light to transmit data across distances.

The concept is simple. Varying the intensity of a beam of light can be used to encode information. So simple that humans have been using optical communication since at least the time of the ancient Greeks. You can try this at home by simply turning a flashlight ON and OFF to send Morse code.

Light travels 186,000 miles per second, so communication across long distances is virtually instantaneous.

In the modern era, technological advances allowed us to modulate the light at higher frequencies, allowing richer information. Light can be transmitted across a free space (e.g., lasers communicating between two buildings) or across a medium (e.g., fiber optics).

With the advent of LED, a new idea in VLC is to use general lighting to communicate with users in a space as a replacement or supplement to Wi-Fi. While traditional light sources present practical limitations, LED lighting can be modulated at very high frequencies, with a cycle as short as nanoseconds.

This concept, called Li-Fi, could be a solution to RF bandwidth limitations as the visible light spectrum is 10,000 larger than the radio spectrum.

As a bonus, VLC doesn’t cause electromagnetic interference. The light can transmit information either directly or reflected from a surface. It can do so while dimmed. However, light cannot penetrate obstacles such as walls.

This ambitious concept is still being developed. Meanwhile, manufacturers have moved to develop VLC for specific building applications, and these solutions, now being demonstrated, will be commercially available soon.

These manufacturers are focusing on two extraordinary capabilities of luminaires that both illuminate and communicate with light. The first is using LED lighting as a network for indoor positioning. The second is targeted communication with mobile devices. While there are numerous potential applications, the initial focus is retail stores.

Indoor positioning

Seven out of 10 Americans have a smart phone or tablet, according to Opus Research. Today’s smart phones and tablets feature navigation through use of Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite signals. These signals bounce around inside buildings, however, making indoor GPS positioning ineffective.

A number of approaches can be used to achieve indoor positioning, of which VLC is now a contender. A building owner installs VLC-enabled LED general lighting. The luminaires are overlaid onto a digitized map of the space. In a retail store, this would include showing the store layout and merchandise locations.

The user downloads a loyalty app to their mobile device. The app enables positioning and provides user access to the digitized map.

When producing light, the luminaires emit their unique codes, which are read by the mobile device’s camera.

By combining the two, the system calculates exactly where on the map the person is as well as their physical orientation. Accuracy ranges from less than four inches to less than four feet.

The benefit is wayfinding. In a store, a user could determine where they are and locate areas and merchandise within a store, which may be referenced via an app-based shopping list. In a mall or airport, a single app could guide the shopper through multiple venues and public spaces.

Users concerned about privacy can simply opt out. Either by not downloading the app or, if they have the app, but not taking their phone out and turning it on in the venue.

How it works. Image courtesy of Acuity Brands.

How it works. Image courtesy of Acuity Brands.

Targeted communication

VLC offers the ability to go beyond wayfinding by allowing organizations to communicate with users and provide a more meaningful experience.

Consider retail. The infrastructure is there. According to Deloitte Consulting LLP, in 2012, more than 60% of mobile shoppers used smart phones while in the store, and 85% of consumers were using retailers’ native apps or websites during shopping trips.

This could include product advertising, coupons, cross promotion and upselling messages for specific merchandise; virtual greetings; friend locator; guided tours and storytelling; and gaming such as treasure hunts.

The possibilities, which vary by application, are numerous.

In the future, retail stores may end up competing another level—who can deliver the best digital experience for their customers.

Point Inside and retailer Target Corp. recently announced that several new in-store navigation features are now live in the Target app, including interactive maps along with enhanced shopping lists and search capabilities. Target customers can use the app to more easily build shopping lists, find product locations and determine item availability at their local store.

Point Inside and retailer Target Corp. recently announced that several new in-store navigation features are now live in the Target app, including interactive maps along with enhanced shopping lists and search capabilities. Target customers can use the app to more easily build shopping lists, find product locations and determine item availability at their local store.


The VLC system consists of VLC-enabled LED luminaires; mapping and application software, which typically will reside on a Cloud; and a database that houses a diagram of merchandise locations and luminaire location coordinates.

The luminaires are general lighting luminaires but with a modulator installed on a separate board or embedded in the LED driver. VLC functionality is part of the luminaire, so installation is the same. Aside from VLC functionality, the luminaire would be selected using the same criteria as selecting any other good lighting product. They will be sold through familiar lighting industry channels.

Coverage is seamless and wall to wall. Systems are highly scalable.

Solutions are being developed by GE, Acuity Brands, LG Innotek and Philips. Some of these companies are working with technology partners such as Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (Lumicast VLC technology) and ByteLight. Acuity and GE have commercialized the technology and have been working with retailers to implement trial installations. A general rollout is expected in 2016.

Manufacturers are focusing on delivering good VLC-enabled lighting. Integrating hardware and software into a single delivered solution may fall to authorized resellers, partners or other players. These firms will produce custom apps for organizations to leverage the VLC capability into a meaningful user experience.

Art Space THE CUBE 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 a lighting control scheme plays in producing color-changing effects in an art space in the city of Moscow. Lighting control design by Aleksey Zvyagin, Lighting Designer, MDM-Light. Photography by Pavel Lantsov.

The project of lighting art space The CUBE is unique. Here, it was necessary to take into account not only features of three different functional areas, but create something special. With LED RGB systems, the designers had the opportunity to make different lighting scenarios in separate functional areas and to control them via a PC.


The designer used zoning by functional area to develop the control system plan.


The CUBE is situated in a former three-tier factory structure consisting of a main exhibition area at the bottom, with a conference room inside the cube, and the roof terrace.


The cube walls are mobile panels that can be adjusted up and down, creating various configurations on the first floor. To illuminate this space, the design includes 150 open fluorescent lamps arranged in several rows at the ceiling and at walls consisting of perforated metal panels. Thanks to the careful disposition of lamps, the perception of the space can be completely changed.


When the lights are turned OFF, the walls and ceiling seem to be tightly sewn metal.


The light of the lamps is refracted by cells of the panels, creating bizarre light patterns and transforming the room.


By connecting different ranks of lamps in various zones, the pattern of light can be changed.


The outdoor terrace on the roof of the “cube” is fantastically transformed by spectacular decorative LED linear luminaires.


The lenses are angled to produce an unbroken wall wash effect across 14 meters of wall.


The RGB system provides high color saturation.


Revolution in Smart Lighting Control

enLIGHTenment Magazine recently published an article about the growth of smart lighting for the home, and what it may mean both for consumers and the controls industry.

From the article:

With the LED revolution has come another shift: lighting products and controls used to be separate entities, but now they are being combined into one product. This whole idea of “smart lighting” – where lighting is linked to a mobile device – has been spreading like wildfire. Whether it’s the surging popularity of Casambi – a third-party platform based on the dual-protocol Nordic nRF51822 SoC and designed to take smart lighting mainstream by integrating with LED smart bulbs, drivers, and lighting fixtures – or Osram’s Lightify (featured in last month’s edition of enLIGHTenment Magazine), or Philips’ Hue (which sold out in Germany within hours of being available on the market), the mass consumer public is embracing Bluetooth-enabled lighting controls. One of the advantages of Bluetooth controls, according to the panelists, is that they do not require a driver or transformer like Zigbee.

The article quotes an estimate that some 36 million homes in Europe and North America will be “smart” by 2017.

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Universal Expands Everline® LED Family with New Line of Compact and Linear Drivers

Universal Lighting Technologies has added to its extensive line of well over 1,000 LED products, with the launch of two new Class 2 UNV and 347V EVERLINE® LED Driver Families with tunable constant power output — Compact Drivers and Linear Drivers. The two new driver families are available with a variety of output current and power options that provide even more design flexibility for LED lighting.

Universal’s tunable constant power output allows the driver’s current to be tuned down while increasing the output voltage up to a maximum of 56V, enabling output power capacity to remain constant over a wide range. This permits the drivers to offer excellent load regulation with low total harmonic distortion (THD) and a high power factor (PF), down to 40 percent of the maximum output of power loading. Both new drivers incorporate dimming with 0-10V control.

The new EVERLINE LED Class 2 Linear Drivers are available in 700mA and 1050mA current with a maximum output of 30W, 1050mA and 1500mA current with a maximum output of 55W and 2100mA current with a maximum output of 80W.

The new EVERLINE LED Class 2 Compact Drivers are available in 700mA and 1050mA current with a maximum output of 30W as well as1050mA and 1500mA current with a maximum output of 55W. The drivers in this family additionally feature a multi-exit lead terminal, allowing for both side-exit and bottom-exit configurations. Bottom exit configurations are available with studs for J-Box mounting.

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Los Angeles Adopts Intelligent Street Lighting

Royal Philips has announced that the City of Los Angeles (LA) will become the first city in the world to control its street lighting through an advanced Philips management system that uses mobile and cloud-based technologies.

The new technology confirms LA’s Bureau of Street Lighting as a trailblazer in next generation LED street lighting with a new solution that saves energy, reduces maintenance and provides quality lighting that makes streets safer for LA residents. The technology also supports Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets initiative, promoting the revitalization of neighborhoods through more pedestrian-friendly streets for LA’s citizens.

Los Angeles SkylineLA has long been at the forefront of smart city innovations, including adopting new web-based technologies that will help city administrators better manage city services such as street lighting. With the addition of the Philips CityTouch connected lighting management system, the LA Bureau of Street Lighting can remotely control lighting fixtures, as well as monitor energy use and the status of each light. Using mobile chip technology embedded into each fixture, the street lights are able to identify themselves and network instantly. This smart plug and play approach not only reduces the cost of programming each fixture, it also reduces the time of commissioning from days to minutes and eliminates on-site commissioning completely. Furthermore, the entire system can be securely controlled and managed remotely through any web browser.

“LA has more LED street lights than any other city in America, with about 7,500 centerline miles,” said Ed Ebrahimian, director of the Bureau of Street Lighting for the City of Los Angeles. “This required a solution that would allow us to remotely control street lights and accurately report how much energy each light is consuming, while also being easy to install and flexible enough to adapt to broader Smart City plans. We piloted several solutions over the last year and decided to implement CityTouch as it required no further investment or intervention in our infrastructure.”

While CityTouch is already in use in 31 countries, the LA solution is the first in the world connecting directly to each light point using the Philips CityTouch connector node, which can connect street lights from any manufacturer. This extends the life of legacy and LED systems alike, enabling them to become connected light points. CityTouch gives the Bureau of Street Lighting a clear picture of the entire city’s lighting system at its fingertips, with map-based visualization, charts and diagrams. The combination of LED technology and management software will enable the Bureau to better manage its assets, while Angelinos benefit from the increased uptime, with safer, well-lit streets.

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Eaton’s WaveStream™ LED Luminaires Feature Integrated Sensor Control System

Eaton’s Metalux Encounter™ and SkyRidge™ LED luminaire families are now available with an optional integrated sensor control system, optimized to meet energy codes for occupancy sensing and daylight harvesting. The system is one of the most cost-effective solutions, saving installation time and money in enclosed smaller ambient spaces.

Designed to meet today’s energy code demands, the Metalux Encounter and SkyRidge luminaires with the integrated sensor system are suitable for new construction or retrofits in enclosed rooms with one to six luminaires, where both occupancy detection and daylight harvesting control are required. The innovative control system is factory-wired to the luminaires, switching on or off based on occupancy and dimming the light when enough daylight is available.

When compared to the cost of furnishing and installing traditional occupancy and daylight sensors, in addition to the cost of the luminaire, installing the Metalux integrated-sensor fixtures require only a single product to mount and a single electrical connection to make – no additional wiring or special installation requirements – saving customers time and money on the total installation cost.

The sensor system offers out-of-the-box operation using thoughtful default settings, but when the application demands more, the sensor system has the option to make changes to one or more fixtures using a remote control. The remote allows changes to the default settings for occupancy, target light level, preset lighting levels and more.

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Hubbell Building Automation Announces New Website

hubbell-new-siteThe Hubbell Building Automation website receives well over a million visits each year by specifiers, engineers, architects and end users looking for solutions to their various lighting control needs.

To better serve visitors, the HBA site has undergone a major renovation.

Check it out here.

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Lutron’s Grafik T Dimmer

lutronLutron Electronics’ Grafik T lighting control dimmer is easy and intuitive to use: All that’s required to raise or lower the lights is a touch on the LED light bar – no knobs, buttons, or sliders.

Grafik T closely resembles Lutron’s Vierti dimmer and switch, but there are several key differences:

· Grafik T is the first architecturally designer dimmer with patented C·L dimming technology. It allows Grafik T to control dimmable screw-in LEDs, which are becoming increasingly prevalent in both residential and commercial markets.

· Lutron’s Clear Connect technology is embedded which lets users connect Grafik T to wireless occupancy and daylight sensors which helps commercial building owners meet the latest energy codes.

· Grafik T is also compatible with the following Lutron systems: HomeWorks QS, RadioRA 2, Quantum Total Light Management system, and Energi Tri Pak.

· The dimmer can also control 350w (or up to 8 drivers) of Lutron’s A-Series LTE LED drivers.

· Grafik T is available with a glass wall plate, in addition to other colors and metal finished.

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