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Lighting Controls Association 2016 Satisfaction Survey

In the fall of 2016, the Lighting Controls Association invited subscribers of lightingCONTROL, its monthly newsletter, to participate in a survey. The goal of the survey was to determine satisfaction with LCA services.

LCA filtered the responses to separate manufacturers, manufacturer representatives and “other” (press, academic, etc.) respondents, which were regarded separately. The remainder included 60 respondents including engineers, lighting designers, architects, electrical contractors, corporate/government/utility professionals, distributors, consultants and other subscribers.

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LCA asked respondents how they first heard about its website. The top three responses (aside from “don’t know/recall”) include “an article or link” on a website or magazine, “search engine” such as Google, and “industry organizations.”

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Seventy-five percent (75%) of respondents visit the LCA website about once per month, while 30% visit at least once per week.

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The most popular reasons visitors come to the LCA website is to find out “what’s new” (22.5%) or learn more about a “specific trend” (24.5%). The next three reasons are Education Express (18%), general education (18%) and to learn about new products (12%).

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Among the respondents, 73.5% say they find what they’re looking for on the LCA website “very often” or more than “somewhat often,” while 22.5% say they find it “somewhat often” and 4% less than “somewhat often.”

LCA asked respondents to rate site features on a 1-7 scale, with 1 being “not satisfied,” 4 being “somewhat satisfied,” and 7 being “very satisfied.” Respondents are on average highly satisfied with the content on the LCA website. Looking at specific features, the most highly rated features are Education Express (5.9), monthly feature article (5.9) and Lighting Controls Innovation Award, part of the IES Illumination Awards (5.6). Meanwhile, they also highly rated overall content (6.0), search functionality (5.8) and the lightingCONTROL newsletter (5.9).

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LCA asked respondents if their engagement with the LCA website ever influenced their choice of control strategies (65% answered “yes”) or choice of products (59% answered “yes”). When asked whether their visits to the LCA website ever influenced them to specify products manufactured by LCA members, 73.5% answered “yes.”

Finally, respondents indicated topics they would like to see LCA cover more on its website and in lightingCONTROL (checking all that applied from a list of topics). The most popular topics are energy codes and regulations (67%), lighting control trends (67%), dimming controls (63%) and LED control (63%). Intelligent lighting control, control protocols, control system integration, and control system are also popular, tying at 55%. LCA will emphasize these topics in the coming year in its coverage of the lighting controls field.

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The Lighting Controls Association was founded in 1998 with the goal of educating the public about lighting controls. Since then, LCA built extensive education services that continue to be rated highly by regular site users. In 2017, LCA will continue to offer these services and expand them with new Education Express courses, a new look for the website, and more articles.

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The Bullitt Center 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 how daylight and electric lighting control combine to dramatically minimize energy consumption while providing maximum flexibility and good lighting quality. Design by Zachary Suchara and John Melloy, Lighting Designers, Luma. Photography by Nic Lehoux and Steve Lerum. DALI Control and Programming by Specialized Lighting Solutions.

The goal of the Bullitt Center is to drive change in the marketplace faster and further by showing what’s possible today. The era of harm reduction, half steps, and lesser evils is behind us. As a society, we need to be bold in ways that were once unimaginable.

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How do you illuminate the “greenest building in the world”? Daylight…daylight…daylight! A massive overhang and operable exterior louvers control direct sun, reducing heat gain. The PV overhang
serves as the primary building energy source.

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They also control glare and redirect the sun into usable daylight.

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Every occupyable space receives daylight adequate to perform office tasks.

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People need a view and every space is design to capitalize on a connection with the exterior.

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During normal operating hours, 90% of the building electric lighting remains off or in a substantially dimmed state.

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At night, vibrant white walls are simply, efficiently and effectively illuminated with linear LED to contrast with the warm wood ceilings. Task light with smartphone-controllable color tuning is provided at every desk.

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With a tunable exterior sun shading system, transient and casual spaces are allowed to receive direct sun when available.

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At night, these spaces transition seamlessly from daylight illumination to take on a soft feel with fully dimmable LED and fluorescent illumination. Bright floors and light walls help to minimize the amount of electric lighting needed. All lighting is dimmable and DALI controlled. Manual overrides give users full dimming control.

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At night, the building sleeps. DALI Motion sensors turn entry lighting on as people approach and keep it off when the building is alone.

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Design EUI: 17 kbtu/sf/yr
Operating EUI: 9.4 kbtu/sf/yr
Design LPD: 0.4W/sf
Measured LPD: .25W/sf avg

This is a developer-led project. Cost was a constant driver in lighting decisions. Minimization of lighting systems and coordination with interior finishes allowed for high performance systems to be used. 50,000 sf / $265/sf.

LCA TV: LIGHTIFY by OSRAM

This short video, produced by the Lighting Controls Association at the 2016 LIGHTFAIR event, introduces the building industry to OSRAM’s LIGHTIFY wireless control solution.

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Department of Energy Launches Connected Lighting Testbed

doeTo accelerate advances in connected lighting systems, DOE developed a connected lighting test bed (CLTB) in 2016 to characterize the capabilities of market-available connected lighting systems. The results will increase visibility on what does and does not work, and create tight information feedback loops to inform technology developers about needed improvements related to interoperability, configuration complexity, and other issues.

Look for the first CLTB study in 2017.

IES Accepting Submissions for 2017 Lighting Control Innovation Award

iesThe Illuminating Engineering Society is now accepting submissions for the 2017 Illumination Awards, including the Lighting Control Innovation Award sponsored by the Lighting Controls Association. The deadline for submissions is February 17, 2017. The entry fee is $125 per project.

Click here to see past winners.

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Outdoor Lighting Controls Beautify Burlington, IA Skyline

burlingtonLighting the skyline of historic Burlington Iowa proves that outdoor lighting controls offer value primarily as a design consideration, along with being a means of saving energy.

During summer 2016, Burlington’s “Lightscape” project enhanced the beauty of the town, giving it new visibility. Burlington was built into the sides of a picturesque natural amphitheater along the Hawkeye Creek valley, which spills out into the mighty Mississippi River. The original capital of the territory that later became the state of Iowa was founded in 1833. As visitors came up the River by boat, their first sight of the town was a skyline punctuated with an array of church steeples and spires.

In 2009, local philanthropist Gretchen Miller contacted lighting designer Chad Palmer of Energyficient Systems about lighting up the steeple of St. John church. As that project developed, people began wondering about lighting up all the steeples in town. A group was formed to investigate the possibilities. The Lightscape committee began serious development in 2013, as LED lighting hit the mainstream. But it needed a control system.

The unique feature of Burlington’s Lightscape program is having the lighting for nine individual churches controlled from a single point. The steeples can be lit individually from controls in each church, or in unison from city hall for special events or seasonal changes. While all the buildings were within walking distance of each other, they were spread out around the city. With dramatic lighting, the design would dominate attention, drawing people’s view to the skyline. Considering the history of the town, it could help renew Burlington as a tourist attraction.

Focusing on Steeples

Each church steeple became a focal point in the design, with the facade lighting tied to it. Depending on the location, lighting would cover one to three sides of the building. Palmer’s team began by getting detailed measurements of all nine churches to create 3D models for use in creating the design. The design was built in AGi32 lighting design software package, and rendered to show committee members and supporters. “The excitement level went way up when people could see what it would look like,” Palmer explained.

Seven of the church communities had historical buildings with traditional design. One of the churches was originally built as the town library. The last building was the Majestic Estate, originally built as a church.

Palmer created a budget based on the original St. John’s project. The committee began fund raising. Several big donors were secured. All the contractors that would be involved became personally invested in the project, donating a portion of their services. As a community project, the lighting and construction were funded by donations rather than the churches themselves. Everyone participated in the construction. The churches would just pay for the electricity.

Meeting Challenges

A number of serious design challenges presented themselves. Lighting nine churches without encroaching on other property was the first major issue. Light pollution can be as big a consideration in a small town as a big city. Trees and other buildings were close at hand. The lighting design would use primarily pole-mounted fixtures, so minimizing the number of poles became a consideration. This was further complicated because most of the churches were built on hillsides. The steeples could be as tall as 200 ft, but the average setback for any poles was only 12 ft. Considering that the project was being funded by donations, it was also critical that the lighting and control be affordable.

The limitations of the physical settings made the lumen package and distribution of the lighting fixtures that much more important. Palmer was impressed by the Alpha series of LED floodlights from Beacon Products. This fully adjustable luminaire is designed for precise light placement, eliminating spill light. Within the product series, 25 different fixture models were utilized. A total of 100 luminaires were installed, mounted on 19 poles.

This new harmony in light needed sophisticated control. A search of available outdoor lighting controls turned Palmer’s attention to the wiSCAPE® system from Hubbell Control Solutions. He contacted sales manager Steve Grossberg, who helped him discover all the capabilities of the system. The wiSCAPE controls covered the original goals of simple on/off switching and unison control, but also opened up more possibilities. Local on/off switching at each location, dimming control, scheduling for community events. Wireless operation simplified installation because the nine churches were spread out over a dozen city blocks, so no wiring needed to be run between them and city hall. It was also affordable.

Palmer’s design took advantage of 96 wiSCAPE external fixture modules for photocell and wireless control, plus nine internal modules that could be connected to three-button switches for local control by each church. A central wireless gateway at city hall networked the system together. “It wasn’t critical for each fixture to have its own control, but so much simpler,” Palmer explained. “Plus now they can give us feedback and monitoring.”

Late in the design stage, a problem arose. The external control modules use a standard ANSI twist-lock base. However, the fixture design prevented the controls from mounting properly if they were aimed over 80% of the way up. Engineers at Beacon designed a “sidecar mount” bracket to remote mount the twist lock external modules next to each fixture.
By the Way, Save Money

Implementing the new Lightscape design had an additional impact. Several of the churches already had exterior lighting. The new LED luminaires and advanced controls used much less power than the previous HID lighting and saved them money. The community gave the lighting as a gift to the churches, but they’ll pay for the electricity. Controls are usually specified primarily for energy savings when they aren’t required by code. The user experience is also important, giving users control over their own environment. Since the controls were central to the Lightscape design, it demonstrates that the value of controls should not be based on cost savings. Moreover, the technology in the new lighting was to enabling the design. “To do this with traditional lighting and controls would have been much more challenging,” Palmer commented.

Planning for the Future

The future was also a priority for the Lightscape committee. Some of the fundraising was used to create a planned maintenance endowment, to ensure the integrity of the system throughout its life. Here again, the LED technology and advanced controls played a part. The system is set with the lights dimmed 20% in normal use to extend the life of the system.

The committee has also turned its attention to future phases of the project, lighting up other parts of the skyline including the Great River Bridge over the Mississippi itself. Lighting the bridge will perfectly compliment the city Lightscape. Updating the bridge illumination with LED will present the city with a major energy saving opportunity. Another spot that can benefit from professional lighting design is Snake Alley. The town’s most famous landmark was once labeled the crookest street in the world, according to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. Some items in town have already been lit, like the steam locomotive set in the center of town. However, these spots didn’t utilize lighting controls.

It’s About Aesthetics

As the steeple lighting installation approached completion, the committee wondered about how to roll it out publicly. Would an opening night event be best, or a progressive rollout over 9 nights to showcase each individual church? Excitement about the project grew as the unveiling neared. Many people in town knew that something unique was going on. Local community college students created a documentary about the project with aerial drone footage of the steeples before and after the new lighting.
The Lightscape was unveiled to the city in late August. At 9 p.m. on a Friday evening, the church bells began to peal. The lights came on, outlining the steeples again the skyline along with an American flag atop a local bank. Supporters and neighbors cheered and applauded, turning out in large groups throughout downtown for the lighting ceremony and celebration. According to Palmer, “We were overwhelmed by the community turn out.”

The committee hopes that the eye-catching architectural gestures will inspire both locals and visitors to engage with the town in new ways. Lighting can enhance Burlington’s rich heritage as a commercial and cultural center. Lightscape not only enhances Burlington, it brings outdoor lighting control to the forefront of aesthetics in city design. Once again, the historic skyline is a bright sight to behold along the Mississippi.

Electroindustry Business Confidence Gains in December

Although some respondents noted weakness in their markets, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) indicates a decidedly positive shift overall as the current conditions index moved from 57.9 in November to 66.7 in December.

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Interview with GE’s James Benson on Smart Cities

Craig DiLouie, LC, CLCP recently had the opportunity to interview James Benson, GM Global Marketing – Current, powered by GE, Intelligent Cities for an article about smart cities for Electrical Contractor Magazine.

DiLouie: What is the concept of the smart city? What are the basic capabilities and benefits?

Benson: A smart city is a place where digital infrastructure reduces energy use, improves efficiencies and creates new benefits for residents. Cities around the world are investigating the integration of intelligent infrastructure to address challenges posed by increasing population, elevated resource demands and environmental challenges. At the same time, they are looking into how to add convenience to the lives of residents. Capabilities of a smart city are limitless, and oftentimes cities can work with any of a wide variety of application developers to deliver better asset management, service delivery, citizen safety or municipal operations. Once the city has the physical infrastructure and open/scalable digital framework in place, the sky is the limit with regard to what their smart city can achieve.

DiLouie: Any documented outcomes based on demonstration projects?

Benson: Cities such as San Diego, CA; Schenectady, NY; Cleveland, OH; and others are finding benefits from intelligent city upgrades already, from parking improvements to gunshot detection to street lighting optimization. While most smart cities are still in the early stages of development, outcomes of pilot projects have included or are expected to include higher parking enforcement income, reductions in gun violence, faster emergency response and improved traffic flow, among other benefits.

DiLouie: How do lighting and controls serve as the backbone of the smart city?

Benson: Lighting and controls are ideal components of digital city infrastructure for several reasons. Lighting fixtures are ubiquitous and offer a unique vantage point, they are already wired to receive power from the grid and are non-intrusive. This makes them an ideal choice to embed additional smarts (sensors, edge analytics, edge storage and communication). Embedding sensors and software enables existing lights to collect, analyze and communicate data to the cloud, eliminating the need for new infrastructure. Smart light fixtures used in tandem with an open, secure, compliant Industrial Internet software platform can enable the cities to provide a digital infrastructure that can be used to solve various problems related to parking, traffic, pollution, crime, bridging the Digital Divide, and so forth.

DiLouie: What are the basic elements of the lighting control system?

Benson: Lighting control systems are able to provide the following functionalities:

• Remote monitoring of street lights – Using a web application with any device connected to the Internet, such as a laptop, tablet, etc.

• Fail-safe, long-life photocell functionality – This ensures the lights turn on during sunset when the ambient light level drops below a certain threshold, and turn off during sunrise when the ambient light level is above a certain threshold.

• Control – Ability to turn lights on/off or dim either individually or in groups.

• Utility-grade metering – This allows city personnel to know exactly how much energy is being used or saved by individual streetlights.

• Geolocation-based fault alerts – This allows operations and maintenance personnel to monitor the health of the system and know the exact location of failure events, such as a light turned on during daylight, and take the necessary corrective action.

• Remote upgradability – This gives the ability to upgrade software inside the lighting controls nodes “over the air” without the need to physically access the node to add new features.

DiLouie: Please describe GE’s solution. What equipment is used? How do devices communicate and manage the flow of data? Where does the data go? Who operates the system and views the data, and how?

Benson: Current, powered by GE, offers the following products and solutions to enable smart cities:

• LightGrid™ Outdoor Wireless Control Systems are what allows lighting control, remote monitoring of streetlight performance/status, utility-grade energy metering and PS mapping of streetlights.

• GE’s Web Application for Lighting Controls allows authorized users such as city officials, operations and maintenance personnel to log in to the LightGrid web application using any Internet-enabled device to remotely monitor and control the street lights.

• Evolve™ IQ Intelligent LED Fixtures feature an energy-efficient LED fixture combined with sensors, an onboard computer, solid state storage and a communications module to enable the streetlight to essentially see, hear, feel, collect, analyze and communicate data to the Predix cloud platform.

• Predix™, GE’s cloud-based open-source platform for the Industrial Internet is designed and optimized for secure connectivity and analytics at scale—in the cloud and on the edge.

DiLouie: What’s a notable example of a smart city scheme in action?

Benson: The City of San Diego was one of the earliest adopters of Evolve LED street light fixtures equipped with the LightGrid Outdoor Wireless Control System. Responding to surveys of more than 100 residents and five key stakeholder groups overseeing city maintenance assessments, approximately 3,000 high-pressure sodium lamps were replaced with LEDs. As a result, citizens are now exposed to far more visually pleasing light, and the city is saving upward of $245,000 per year with the more efficient fixtures. As dimming schedule features are utilized through LightGrid’s adaptive controls, savings is expected to further increase.

LightGrid technology also empowers city officials to move toward a metered rate for street lights versus a flat-rate tariff from the local utility company. Because of the positive results, San Diego will soon add lighting controls to 600 existing induction and other LED street lights in the city. You can read more about San Diego’s experience here.

DiLouie: A smart city goes far beyond LED lighting and centralized control. Please identify as many capabilities as possible that can be realized with a citywide lighting and sensor network. What sensors are required? At what point is custom software required, and who provides that?

Benson: GE’s open-source Predix platform makes it simpler for developers to continually create new applications using the data captured through the citywide sensor network. The types of sensors include video (optical), audio and environment (ambient light, temperature, humidity, pressure, vibration, air quality, etc.).

Performing analytics either at the edge device or in the cloud using the data that is captured, a variety of new smart city applications can be developed, or existing applications can be enhanced to create more value-added benefits such as:

• Gunshot Detection –¬ Many gunshots are not reported today to law enforcement authorities. In most cases, by the time law enforcement officers reach the gunshot location, there is very little information available that can aid their investigation. With audio sensors using advanced audio analytics and triangulation techniques, the Intelligent LED fixtures can monitor and detect a gunshot location and immediately send notification to the relevant authorities. The solution can be further enhanced by capturing video and image data of the neighborhood around the gunshot event using the cameras in intelligent LED fixtures.

• Parking – Intelligent parking sensors can be used to alleviate traffic in the city by helping drivers find parking spots more efficiently. An estimated 30 percent of traffic in a city is caused by drivers searching for parking spots. Additionally, reducing congestion can increase retail sales and improve air quality. Intelligent LED fixtures equipped with sensors (primarily cameras) can also be installed to monitor parking spots. Using advanced video analytics, the sensors can help detect vacant parking spots and identify parking violations. Authorities can be notified of violations with pictures to aid them in issuing citations. Vacant parking spot information can also be shared with nearby commuters to aid them in finding parking spots quickly.

• Public Safety – Intelligent LED Fixtures equipped with video sensors can increase the safety of citizens by capturing real-time information about objects such as cars and pedestrians crossing the street. Availability of video or images on demand can be valuable in understanding the root cause of accidents, aiding with criminal or civil disturbance investigations, and more. While improving lighting is a good first step by providing better visibility of the roads and sidewalks, pedestrian safety can further be improved by generating early warning signals for drivers. Additionally, intelligent LED fixtures equipped with sensors (primarily cameras) can be installed in the vicinity of pedestrian crosswalks. Using advanced video analytics, the fixtures can monitor and detect pedestrians crossing the road and immediately send notification to nearby vehicles.

Illegal Dumping – The dumping of any waste material on public or private property without appropriate permits endangers public health and decreases surrounding property values. Intelligent LED fixtures equipped with sensors (primarily cameras) can be installed in the vicinity of dump sites and the fixtures can monitor and detect illegal dumping activity using advanced video analytics. The relevant information can be recorded in the form of images, video streams and/or audio, and it can be made available to relevant authorities to take necessary corrective action.

Traffic – Intelligent LED fixtures can also help with managing traffic—improving citizens’ quality of life by reducing the amount of time they spend in traffic and looking for a parking space. Intelligent LED Fixtures equipped with sensors can be installed to monitor traffic flow, and this information, along with other structured and unstructured data from sources such as Twitter feeds, Facebook or The Weather Channel, can be analyzed to provide guidance to commuters and to authorities who can take steps to reduce traffic congestion. This is especially useful for emergency response vehicles.

Snow Removal – As winters continue to worsen, resources (both in terms of manpower and money) will have to be optimized for efficient deployment of snow plows. Intelligent LED fixtures equipped with sensors can be installed to monitor snow accumulation. Using advanced video analytics, GPS mapping and temperature-sensing to estimate the amount of snow accumulation in each location, relevant authorities can dispatch resources intelligently to high-traffic areas and emergency-response locations that are in dire need of salting and snow removal.

Air Quality Monitoring – Intelligent LED fixtures can be equipped with sensors to monitor environmental parameters such as temperature, CO2, humidity, pollen, UV rays, etc. This information can be mapped using GPS and can be made available to relevant authorities and citizens to help them decide things like whether to avoid traveling to certain regions.

Garbage Pickup – Intelligent LED fixtures equipped with sensors can be installed to monitor the status of garbage bins. Once the bins are full, the system can provide information to the relevant authorities to schedule a pickup. In addition, for garbage trucks that are en route, the system can provide guidance on the best path to take to minimize commute time and number of trips.

Public Wi-Fi® – Wi-Fi technology serves as a foundation for creating a connected city. Intelligent LED fixtures with integral Wi-Fi access points can help enhance city services, reduce the Digital Divide, and delight citizens.

DiLouie: How do electrical contractors play in this space? What can they provide, and what do they need to do in order to gain this business?

Benson: Interconnected streetlights may sound complex, but choosing the right controls solution can significantly simplify the contractors’ job. Installation of lighting control nodes is fairly simple—thanks to ANSI standards, the node plugs into the fixture receptacle. No additional wiring is required. Choosing a lighting control solution such as LightGrid that has an auto-commissioning feature will avoid the hassle of barcode scanning and other on-field programming due to the GPS chip in each node. Once the installation is complete, contractors can also maintain the system, thanks to features such as geolocation-based asset management and real-time geolocation-based fault alerts.

In order to gain more business around intelligent streetlights, contractors should learn the features and benefits of the system, become proficient in operating the system, and then actively promote their system-related expertise to end customers.

DiLouie: If sold through distribution, what can electrical distributors do to generate additional sales in this category?

Benson: Since electrical distributors are already selling LED fixtures, the next step is to start promoting lighting control offerings, such as LightGrid. They should promote LightGrid not only because the system can be used to remotely monitor and control street and area lights, but also because LightGrid systems enable measurement of actual energy consumption by the lights, generate real-time fault alerts (such as daytime lamp illumination), and enable geolocation-based asset management. This will generate additional sales for the distributors and also provide the opportunity to offer additional value-added services to end customers.

DiLouie: What approach should system planners (e.g., electrical engineers) take to design an appropriate system for their city? Any common pitfalls?

Benson: With a traditional street lighting system, planners have to worry mainly about physical asset deployment and electrical loading. With intelligent fixtures, they must also consider the requirements for reliable communications, whether wire-line or wireless. Noisy power lines, for example, can impact having a reliable power line communication. Occlusions and frequency of transmission, alternatively, can impact having reliable wireless communication.

A common pit fall is the availability of power 24/7 to the light pole. Intelligent streetlights with embedded sensors, edge analytics and communications need power during the day to collect, analyze and transmit data, and shutdown of power to the network is problematic.

DiLouie: If you could tell the entire electrical industry just one thing about lighting and controls for smart cities, what would it be?

Benson: Digital infrastructure is a key to enable smart city applications. Lighting plays a critical role in creating this digital infrastructure.

DiLouie: Is there anything else you’d like to add about this topic?

Benson: LED conversion is a no-brainer due to the proven energy savings compared to conventional lighting. Cities can make use of this opportunity and deploy intelligent LED fixtures by adding sensors, edge analytics and communications capability to the LED fixture. This, along with an open digital platform, will enable cities to provide a digital infrastructure that can be used to solve the various problems impacting the city, from parking and traffic to pollution and crime.

Michael Pessina of Lutron to Lead NEMA Board of Governors

At its 90th Annual Membership Meeting, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) elected Michael Pessina, co-CEO and president of Lutron Electronics, as chairman of the 2017 Board of Governors. Additional officers include Immediate Past Chairwoman Maryrose Sylvester of Current, powered by GE and First Vice Chair and Treasurer David Nord of Hubbell Incorporated.

In his more than 35 years at Lutron, Mr. Pessina has held senior roles including vice president of manufacturing operations, general manager of the Grafik Systems business unit, and executive vice president. He was appointed president in 2011 and has held his current position since July 2015. In addition, he is a certified senior quality engineer and a member of Lutron’s Board of Directors and Advisory Council.

In addition to Ms. Sylvester and Mr. Nord, eight individuals were approved for three-year terms on the Board of Governors, ending in 2019: Raj Batra of Siemens Industry, Annette Kay Clayton of Schneider Electric, Theodore Crandall of Rockwell Automation, Amy Huntington of Philips Lighting, Daniel Jones of Encore Wire Corporation, Philip Mezey of Itron, Inc., Andrew Quinn of ILSCO Corporation, and Mark Wingate of MVC-Maxivolt.

LIGHTFAIR 2017 Features Strong Controls Focus

lightfairThe LIGHTFAIR International (LFI) 2017 conference will offer 77 courses totaling more than 190 education hours at Philadelphia’s Pennsylvania Convention Center May 7-11, 2017.

Highlighting the conference are two leading-edge forums that will explore some of the newest advancements in the industry: IoT & Smart Lighting Forum and Light & Health Forum. Each all-day forum is comprised of six one-hour sessions that delve into the innovative developments driving the industry forward. Sessions will be available as a package or à la carte.

The IoT & Smart Lighting Forum on Wednesday, May 10 explores the benefits of connectivity that drive lighting and technology ahead. Session topics include connected lighting, intelligent building, facility design, cyber security and city impact. This forum complements the 2017 launch of LIGHTFAIR’s IoT Pavilion and Intelligent Lighting Pavilion on the trade show floor. The IoT & Smart Lighting Forum is sponsored by Enlighted.

The Light & Health Forum outlines the impact of light on biological health and well-being and addresses current issues such as the potential for blue light as a hazard. This forum also takes place on Wednesday, May 10 and sessions cover research, circadian light, blue light, independent living facility design, 24-hour lighting environments and hospital lighting.

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