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Legrand Introduces WattStopper DLM 0-10V Dimming Room Controller

wattstopperLegrand, North America has announced the addition of Wattstopper 0-10V Digital Room Controllers, the LMRC-110 Series, to its suite of Digital Lighting Management (DLM) load controllers. As the foundation of the DLM platform, these installation-friendly room controllers simplify code mandated multi-level control requirements and integration into intelligent buildings.

The LMRC-110 series enables quicker installations, supports metering and adds more flexibility for LED lighting and 0-10V dimming. New capabilities and options in the LMRC-110 series include:

• Knockout mounting for fast, easy installation and wiring
• Includes both Class 1 pigtails and Class 2 terminals for 0-10V (Patent Pending)
• Galvanic isolation between Class 1 and Class 2 0-10V connections
• Works with new flex cables that bundle load and 0-10V wiring
• Tie down loop for low voltage cable strain relief
• Optional “-M” versions with current and voltage monitoring with accuracy of +/- 2%
• US product versions are available for BAA and TAA compliant projects
• Requires LMCS 4.5.1, Segment Manager 2.1.23, or LMCT 5.24 (or later)
• Compatible with all DLM system products

Like all DLM load controllers, the LMRC-110 series allows integration of Wattstopper occupancy sensors, daylighting sensors, and switches for a complete energy efficient lighting control solution. It also features Plug n’ Go™ and Push n’ Learn™ for automatic configuration and easy personalization. The product meets California Title 24 requirements and exceeds ASHRAE 90.1 (2010)/IECC (2012) for occupancy and dimming control in commercial applications.

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Controls Training and Certification for Electrical Contractors

Due to the proliferation of energy codes, advanced lighting controls are routinely specified and installed in commercial buildings. However, installation issues continue to be a deterrent to adoption and end-user satisfaction. To ensure proper setup and installation to produce fully functioning control systems, California introduced training and certification in 2010. This training is now available in a growing list of other states and is expected to be adopted across Canada. The Lighting Controls Association is a proud supporter and participant in this education.

The California program

The California Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program (CALCTP) was developed by organizations such as NECA, IBEW, California Energy Commission and the Pacific Gas and Electric Company. It was founded to provide knowledge, skills and capabilities needed to expertly install, test, commission and maintain advanced lighting control systems. To date, more than 2,500 electrical contractors and workers have received CALCTP certification.

Effective July 1, 2014, California Title 24, the state’s energy code, required that all building projects employ an Acceptance Test Technician to certify that all installed lighting controls are properly installed and functional prior to occupancy. In preparation, in 2012, CALCTP expanded to train and certify these technicians under the CALCTP-AT certification. To date, more than 1,000 electrical contractors and workers have received CALCTP-AT certification.

The national program

The CALCTP training model has begun moving into other states under the National Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program (NALCTP). Michigan, Illinois and Washington rolled out their programs in 2013, Ohio in 2014. In Canada, it’s expected to be adopted across the country in 2016, starting with British Columbia. As with CALCTP, the program is open to any community college and industry and utility training center.

Both CALCTP and NALCTP train and certify licensed electrical contractors and state-certified general electricians on installation, calibration, programming, commissioning and maintenance of advanced lighting control systems. Both are expanding to train building owners/operators, designers, engineers and architects.

How they work

The training contains online education, classroom education, hands-on training with equipment, and examinations.

The online education includes a prerequisite of approximately 10 hours of study at the Lighting Controls Association’s Education Express system. The applicable courses are:

• EE101A, which provides an introduction to lighting controls and lighting control strategies;
• EE102, covering occupancy sensor and time-based control technology and application;
• EE103, covering dimming controls and dimmable ballasts; and
• EE201, covering daylight harvesting control technology and application.

After taking each course, the student takes a short online quiz, with a passing grade of 70+% required. Upon passing, a CALCTP certificate may be downloaded. Although not required, students are encouraged to take all of the Education Express courses, which are free and available 24/7, to enhance their education. Education Express courses are not exclusive to NALCTP/CALCTP students.

Once all certificates are achieved, the student then qualifies for further education, starting with 10 hours of classroom lecture and moving into 40 hours of hands-on training at a local training center. Upon completion, the student will have an understanding of major lighting control strategies and their implementation from the basic to the advanced, including wiring and communication architectures. Education emphasizes how individual devices are combined and integrated from single luminaires to building-level systems.

Upon completion of all training, a final exam must be passed to earn certification.

Get started

Advanced lighting controls are commonly specified and installed in commercial buildings, demanding expertise in startup, installation, commissioning and maintenance. Electrical contractors can increase the quality of their work, competitiveness and overall value by becoming educated about these systems.

For more information about NALCTP, click here. For more information about CALCTP, click here.

tk1sc Offices Project Wins 2015 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 use of lighting controls in nonresidential applications.

This month, we will explore the role that lighting controls play in the sustainable design of the new headquarters of an engineering and lighting design firm. Lighting control design by Eileen Thomas and Brad Nelson, lighting designers for StudioK1, and Ron Zawadzki, lighting designer for tk1sc. Photography by Brad Nelson. Lighting controls by Crestron.

A multidisciplinary engineering and lighting design firm’s new sustainable headquarters integrates state-of-the-art control systems. The project utilizes networked lighting controls with occupancy sensing, daylight harvesting and local control stations that afford flexibility while contributing to a highly efficient, user-controllable lighting system. On-board metering allows the display of energy consumption data and provides user control all via web interface. This added intelligence allowed for simple integration with a building management system which displays an overall energy profile for the space. Occupancy status was leveraged to control HVAC and temperature settings for additional energy savings.

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Commissioning became a “ladderless” process which sped project delivery as opposed to more traditional, time consuming methods involving light meters, ladders and handheld power meters.

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The central corridor features cylinders, which are supported by a central emergency inverter precluding the need for local test switches in a nearby ceiling, contributing to the clean look of the space.

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Working within a budget, controls integration with the AV systems was provided in the larger conferencing and meeting spaces to allow users to configure AV systems, teleconferencing, laptop inputs, lighting and temperature from a simple touch panel. For smaller rooms a local preset control station was used to keep the project within budget.

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Every space within the facility has occupancy sensors and relies on a minimalist approach to illumination to drive energy consumption to a minimum.

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The open office has multiple control zones of daylight harvesting.

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The large divisible break room can be divided into a conference room and a kitchen/dining area, triggering independent control of the lighting, HVAC, and AV systems.

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Although every source within the facility is LED, demonstrating to clients and collaborators the efficiency and aesthetic potential of the technology, the project also showcases the advantages of sophisticated control systems to dramatically reduce energy usage.

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Synapse Wireless Joins Exosite IoT Alliance

Exosite, whose enterprise-grade cloud platform accelerates the time-to-market for IoT solutions, recently announced the Exosite IoT Alliance, a collaboration of edge devices, communication, business systems and software, and solution providers. The Exosite IoT Alliance is an ecosystem of like-minded companies and technology providers focused on advancing innovation in the digital enterprise and accelerating the overall adoption of IoT.

Founding members of the Exosite IoT Alliance include Artila, Atmel®, Bitwise IO, Digi, exceet Secure Solutions, GainSpan, Microchip Technology, MultiTech, NimbeLink, Powelectrics, Robustel, SMT Engineering, Synapse Wireless, Texas Instruments, The Nerdery, WPI Group and WT Microelectronics.

The Exosite IoT Alliance ecosystem includes a broad spectrum of IoT technology providers, resources, and experts to reduce the complexity of developing IoT solutions. Members can team together to help their customers figure out complex solutions, reach their goals, and efficiently go to market.

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DOE Publishes GATEWAY Report on Exterior Lighting at Princeton University

princeton-lot_thumbThe U.S. Department of Energy’s GATEWAY program has released a report describing four exterior SSL projects that have been completed at Princeton University, which has long recognized SSL’s potential benefits. Among the findings:

• Installing 41 new LED luminaires in two parking lots undergoing renovation in 2014 showed that grouping luminaires into zones by means of wireless network controls can not only save energy but also increase flexibility of control without rewiring the system.
• Replacing seven high-pressure sodium (HPS) luminaires with LED luminaires along a pedestrian walkway in 2008 allowed the school to test the new LED technology in a small-scale installation, and showed that substantial energy savings without compromising perceived visibility were possible with LED luminaires.
• Replacing 68 HPS luminaires with LED luminaires in four adjacent parking lots in 2012 showed that overall energy savings are greatly increased through the use of motion-based dimming, and alleviated concerns that dimmed light levels might be inadequate for people approaching the lot.
• Using LED luminaires that operated night and day to replace 252 metal halide parking garage luminaires that only operated after dark showed that the inherent controllability of LEDs provides opportunities for multiple levels of control.

For the four projects described in the report, the combined expected annual energy savings just from reduced power total 195,443 kWh, but DOE estimates that with the controls solutions that were implemented, these annual savings increase to 246,995 kWh.

Through these initial projects, Princeton learned important lessons about SSL and gained experience dealing with the rapidly changing lighting landscape. Several additional exterior lighting projects have been completed at the school since those covered in the report, with a number of interior projects completed or underway.

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Cree SmartCast PoE Chosen by mindSHIFT Cloud Services Facility

mindSHIFT, an IT outsourcing and cloud services provider, selected SmartCast® Power over Ethernet (PoE) LED lighting by Cree, Inc. integrated with a Cisco network for the build-out of its cloud mounting services facility in Long Island, N.Y. Cree® SmartCast PoE is part of the Cisco® Digital Ceiling framework, which connects disparate systems into a single IP network to create smart, more secure, seamlessly connected building systems.

Cree and Cisco prove lighting enables IoT  a look at the first digital ceiling projectmindSHIFT Cubicles

Working with A+ Technology & Security Solutions as the systems integrator, Cree’s SmartCast PoE LED lighting integrated with a Cisco standards-based PoE-powered network to create a Digital Ceiling solution. It was deployed across 40,000-square-feet of data center and office space. mindSHIFT was attracted by the value of the entire solution, including its efficiency, sophisticated control and opportunities to utilize its connectivity for data collection, systems integration and future applications.

Cree and Cisco prove lighting enables IoT  a look at the first digital ceiling projectmindSHIFT Conference Room

The overhead lighting for the campus is delivered by Cree’s CR Series LED troffers, including the CR22™, CR24™ and CR14™ troffers. The architectural troffers provide a combination of high energy productivity and a more personalized light experience. Featuring adjustable color temperatures, the dynamic lighting solutions enable better control over spaces while simplifying project specification, ordering and installation – all while achieving good color quality and consistency. Using SmartCast PoE Technology, the troffers deliver strong performance and efficiency with up to 4000 lumens of 90+ CRI light while achieving up to 130 lumens per watt.

Cree and Cisco prove lighting enables IoT  a look at the first digital ceiling projectmindSHIFT Break Room

SmartCast PoE and the SmartCast Manager address the commissioning complexities of deploying network-powered smart lighting within buildings. Cree’s SmartCast PoE works out of the box, and SmartCast Manager enables an entire building to be commissioned at one time with a single stroke. Cree’s series of SmartCast® lights, light switches and dimmers operates with a Cisco standards-based PoE-powered network. This platform provides power and networking for the lights with a standard Ethernet cable, eliminating the need for separate data and high-voltage power connections.

Cree Announces SmartCast PoE with Cisco to Enable IoT

Cree, Inc. has introduced SmartCast® Power over Ethernet (PoE), an intuitively simple, scalable and open platform that enables the Internet of Things (IoT) for buildings through better light via the Cisco® Digital Ceiling framework. Cree’s SmartCast PoE embeds intelligence to make buildings more efficient and people more productive.

Cree applied its intelligent SmartCast Technology to a PoE infrastructure to solve the inherent commissioning complexities of deploying network-powered smart lighting within buildings. Cree’s SmartCast PoE works out of the box. Cree’s series of SmartCast® lights, light switches and dimmers operates with Cisco’s standards-based PoE-powered network architecture. This platform provides power and networking for the lights with a standard Ethernet cable, eliminating the need for separate data and high-voltage power connections.

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DLC Finalizes Networked Lighting Control Specification V1.0

The DLC has announced Version 1.0 of the Networked Lighting Control (NLC) System Specification.

This specification and the coinciding Qualified Products List (QPL) for Networked Lighting Controls will provide a valuable new resource to the lighting market, utilities and energy efficiency programs to understand, evaluate and compare Networked Lighting Control Systems. The NLC QPL will also identify systems that will be eligible for new financial incentives and rebates from utilities and energy efficiency programs for these types of controls.

The DLC will begin accepting applications from manufacturers for systems to be qualified according to this specification on May 9, 2016.

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Current, Powered by GE Acquires Daintree

Current, powered by GE has announced the acquisition of Australian technology start-up, Daintree Networks, an enterprise Industrial Internet provider of building controls solutions for commercial facilities. This acquisition will enable Current to expand its building automation platform and its energy-as-a-service offering to small- and medium-size facilities across the globe through the deployment of Daintree’s open, standards-based wireless control systems.

Today, 90 percent of the world’s small- to mid-sized buildings do not have building automation systems. Integrating Daintree Networks’ open-standard networked wireless control solution, ControlScope, into Current’s building automation portfolio addresses that problem. The joint solution links data from lighting and HVAC systems directly to Predix, GE’s Industrial Internet software platform – allowing customers to analyze their energy consumption and identify data patterns to increase efficiency and reduce power levels.

“By combining Daintree’s open-standard control and sensing technology with GE’s Predix platform, Current’s building automation platform and its energy-as-a-service offerings, we’ll deliver the industry’s first next-generation, scalable cloud-based energy management and facilities optimization platform for every building type and size,” said Maryrose Sylvester, President and CEO of Current, powered by GE. “Our combined strengths will help customers, big or small, achieve a reduced carbon footprint and increased energy savings, and provide a solution for ecosystem partners to grow.”

This acquisition brings to Current an extensive ecosystem of value-added resellers (VARs), system integrators (SIs) and device partners with long-standing experience in helping enterprises deploy and optimize ControlScope in commercial, retail and industrial environments. Built to established open protocol standards, Daintree’s ControlScope technology is fully engineered in Australia and can be deployed wirelessly and securely in almost any enterprise ensuring interoperability between products offered by multiple device vendors. To date, Daintree has focused on building their customer base in North America. This acquisition gives them access to the globe.

The acquisition comes just six months after the formation of Current, a first-of-its-kind energy startup within GE. Current integrates GE’s LED and onsite power businesses with GE’s industrial strength Predix platform to deliver the most cost effective, energy management platform required by customers today and in the future. GE’s Predix platform is open, flexible, and securely connects multiple third party devices and assets to the Industrial Internet.

Dan Blitzer on the Benefits of Lighting Controls

In this video by Philips Lighting, part of an education series, Dan Blitzer explains lighting controls and their benefits.