Morton Arboretum Wins 2015 IES Illumination 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 use of lighting controls in nonresidential applications.

This month, we will explore the role that lighting controls play in creating an interactive and playful public outdoor space. Lighting control design by John Featherstone and Austin Shapley of Lightswitch.

Walking along the path of an enchanted forest, visitors encounter several interactive triggers that are accessible to visitors of all ages.


Simple, large, “glove-friendly” interfaces for playback of shifting color and intuitive push buttons activate localized, immediate lighting responses that explore hue, saturation and intensity of light.


Addressable LED strings are draped from the trees to create illuminated weeping willows in the “Tinsel Colonnade.” They are driven from a media server that creates an endless number of video effects.


Two simple interactive user control stations separately control the tree “islands” and the “sea” that surrounds the trees. This juxtaposition offers two distinct experiences and the opportunity for creative interplay and collaboration between guests. No monitor, no touch screen? just the guest, the trees, and the light.


Audio triggers come from two methodologies: a linear, in the form of SMPTE time code providing time reference, and a musical frequency filtered portions of audio track rigger ring everything from movement of lights to intensity and color.


Guests experience a new, interactive, engaging and very “hands-on” exploration of light and color, featuring audio, visual and shared experience touch interactivity.


This “all new” experience features the local Symphony Orchestra, and is the perfect way to fully integrate music into Illumination. The “roots” of the trees are pixel-mapped LED.


Encouraging the guests to “HugATree,” trees are fitted with LED lighting and custom-designed pressure sensors that relay pressure data to a cue server, so the longer you hug, the more of a payoff you get. A button mounted to a tree stump allows wheelchair or stroller-bound guests to interact too.


A flotilla of lit spheres float in the water (on the ice), gently rippling with changing color.


Suspended chandeliers create a resting space from the interactivity, bathing the guest in a warm glow.


Defining Accuracy: Energy Use Reporting through Lighting Control Systems

cltcOne of the features of networked lighting controls is the ability to monitor lighting energy use over time and adjust the system to achieve the best possible performance. Recent work by the California Lighting Technology Center with Sempra Utilities showcases the development of a test methodology to evaluate the accuracy and reliability of onboard metering and system reporting features of advanced lighting control systems (ALCS).

The Phase I report for this project was prepared for SDG&E and may be found online.

Learn more about this project.

NEMA Publishes NEMA LSD 23-2016 Recommended Practice—Lamp Seasoning for Fluorescent Dimming Systems

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published NEMA LSD 23-2016 Recommended Practice—Lamp Seasoning for Fluorescent Dimming Systems. This paper provides a recommended practice to season lamps for fluorescent dimming systems.

This paper is an update to NEMA LSD 23-2010, developed by the NEMA Lighting Systems Division.

NEMA LSD 23-2016 may be downloaded at no cost on the NEMA website.

Demystify Energy Codes with Lutron’s Commercial Application Guides

Lutron Electronics recently published free, online Commercial Application Guides that simplify the process for electrical contractors and engineers to stay up to date with rapidly changing U.S. energy codes. Designed to provide customers with examples of how Lutron controls can be used to meet or exceed ASHRAE 90.1-2010, IECC 2012 and Title 24-2013 code requirements, the Lutron Commercial Application Guides lay out different spaces and explain the setup of each space and corresponding products in a simple and user-friendly way.

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Current and Future Electroindustry Business Indexes Ease Back but Continue to Suggest Conditions Conducive to Expansion

NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) remained above 50 again in July, signaling that conditions continue to be conducive for expansion in this sector. However, the current conditions index retreated back toward the threshold point from 59.4 in June to 53.6 this month.

A majority of July’s respondents, 64 percent, reported conditions unchanged from a month ago, which is up substantially from the 44 percent who thought so in June. Unsurprisingly, the share of those reporting better conditions dropped from 38 percent in June to 21 percent this month, while the proportion of respondents who noted worse conditions declined as well, but only by 5 points from 19 percent last month to 14 in July.

The survey’s measure of the intensity of change in electroindustry business conditions edged up from June, with the mean rating going from +0.2 previously to +0.4 this month. Panelists are asked to report intensity of change on a scale ranging from –5 (deteriorated significantly) through 0 (unchanged) to +5 (improved significantly).

The future conditions index also remained above 50, even though it softened slightly as well, easing back to 57.1 in July from 59.4 in June. A plurality of respondents see conditions unchanged in six months, with 43 percent reporting no change this month versus 31 percent in June. As with the current conditions index, a smaller share of respondents – 36 percent in July compared to 44 percent last month – expect better conditions, while those expecting worse conditions slid from 25 percent in June’s survey to 21 percent this time.


Cree SmartCast PoE Improves Quest 24/7 Operation Workspace

Internet of Things technology and smart buildings continue to appeal to the commercial market. What makes the IoT worthwhile is when we connect networks and sensors to computing systems that converts data into information that enables action without intervention – creating new value and making the systems actually intelligent.

Technology management leader Quest installed IoT technology in its new High Availability Business Center (HABC) in Roseville, California. Cree’s SmartCast PoE Technology, part of the Cisco Digital Ceiling, was installed in the 120,000 square-foot, 24/7 operation.  The installation includes 100 Cree CR Series 2’x2’ LED luminaires equipped with SmartCast PoE, offering simplified flexibility with occupancy sensing and color tuning for greater energy efficiency and customized lighting environments.

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Leviton to Host Webinar on August 18

levitonLeviton is hosting a webinar series on August 18 from 11AM to 3PM EST.

Topics and times (EST):

*11:00 – 11:45 DEALING WITH END OF LIFE CONDITIONS WITH GFCI DEVICES. Learn why receptacles with GFCI technology provide more complete “End of Life” protection in comparison to circuit breakers with GFCI technology.
*11:50 – 12:20 WHAT THE HECK IS IP69K? In industries where hygiene and cleanliness is paramount, equipment must be able to withstand high pressure and high temperature washdown procedures. Learn how Leviton products with an IP69K rating undergo rigorous testing to ensure watertight connections.
*12:25 – 1:10 LUMINA RF FOR ENTERPRISE. Lumina Gateway and the Lumina RF eco-system are being significantly updated to add new features, reduce installation burdens, and increase sales opportunities. It is a small commercial energy management automation system, providing simplified web-based scheduling and remote access. Leviton will provide an overview of the forthcoming updated apps and Cloud dashboard, plus walk through the new setup utility, and provide key applications and control scenarios.
*1:15 – 2:00: SIMPLIFY ADVANCED LIGHTING CONTROLS WITH PROVOLT. Discover how to deliver energy savings, increase space functionality, boost productivity and improve the comfort for occupants with the revolutionary Provolt™ Room Controller (PRC) and App. Configured, controlled and managed via a smart phone or tablet. Learn how this easy-to-retrofit and streamlined solution makes advanced lighting controls & code compliance simple and less cost-prohibitive.
*2:05 – 2:45 CONNECTED HOME STRUCTURED CABLING INSTALLATION BEST PRACTICES. Attend this Webinar segment and gain a few tips and tricks for installing a residential structured cabling system, both in new construction and in retrofit projects. Also the importance of integrating both hard-wired solutions and wireless to optimize applications and user experience.

Click here to register.

2016 DOE Connected Lighting Systems Workshop Presentations Posted

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Connected Lighting Systems Workshop was held June 8–9, 2016, in Santa Clara, CA. More than 170 attendees joined DOE and top lighting and IoT experts to examine key barriers and issues impacting development of connected lighting systems.

The workshop expanded on key discussions held at the inaugural Connected Lighting Systems Meeting held in November 2015. Panel topics included configuration complexity, test beds, energy reporting, interoperability, and leading-edge indoor and outdoor installations.

The 2016 workshop presentations and materials have been posted on the DOE SSL website.

Leviton Provides Lifetime TV Show “Office Spaces” with Automated, Intelligent and Sustainable Office

Leviton recently announced that a wide range of its products are featured on “Office Spaces,” a television series airing on Lifetime Television. Hundreds of Leviton products combine to create a comprehensive, sustainable and intelligent atmosphere in and around an 11,000-sq.ft. office environment. Among the solutions provided by Leviton are electric vehicle charging stations, audiovisual automation equipment, security and access control products and USB, GFCI and AFCI receptacles, as well as connectivity devices including infrastructure wiring, and data connections. The entire property is protected with Leviton transient voltage surge suppression power strips, receptacles and panels.

Leviton networking, automation and electrical wiring device products were specifically featured in episode 8, which aired Monday, April 4. The episode focused on building-wide smart technology and highlight customized audiovisual automation within conference, meeting and lobby areas. Additionally, episode 10, which aired Monday, May 30th, featured the Leviton Evr-Green® 320 Electric Vehicle Charging Station for fast-charging of electric vehicles.

Specific product lines featured in the television show include:

The episodes may be viewed at

Acuity Brands Acquires DGLogik

Acuity Brands, Inc. announced it has acquired 100% of the equity interests of DGLogik, Inc., a San Francisco Bay Area-based provider of innovative software solutions that enable and visualize the Internet of Things (IoT). DGLogik’s solutions provide users with the intelligence to better manage energy usage and improve facility performance. Its customizable applications and dashboards allow users to easily visualize, analyze and optimize facility operations based upon various sets of data from multiple types of devices.

The acquisition of DGLogik supports Acuity Brands’ strategy to expand and enhance its portfolio of holistic IoT solutions for the growing market for intelligent networked systems that collect and exchange data to increase efficiency, as well as provide a host of other economic benefits resulting from data analytics to better enable smart buildings and smart cities.