Philips Launches Tunable-White Lighting

Philips Lighting recently announced launched a tunable-white lighting solution. The solution allows users to easily change LED intensities and CCT from warm white (2700K) all the way to cool white (6500K) depending on the need or preference at any given time. In addition, when combined with lighting controls, Philips tunable-white can provide centralized management and monitoring capabilities, and can also be integrated with other building systems such as HVAC. The ser interface provides a combination of predetermined settings that instantly change the ambiance of the room and supports the next scheduled task or spontaneous activity. Wireless control of the lighting installation can also be managed from an application on a mobile device.

Philips’ tunable white system is now available in North America across a select variety of Philips luminaires including Philips Ledalite BoldPlay and FloatPlane; Philips Day-Brite SofTrace, ClearAppeal and EvoGrid; and Philips Lightolier LyteProfile.

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Lighting intensity and CCT set for "calm" mode.

Lighting intensity and CCT set for “calm” mode.

Lighting intensity and CCT set for "focus" mode.

Lighting intensity and CCT set for “focus” mode.

Lighting intensity and CCT set for "presentation" mode.

Lighting intensity and CCT set for “presentation” mode.

The Talking Stick Atrium Remodel 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 DMX-controlled occupant-responsive stair lighting creates a “wow” moment in a resort atrium. Design by Heidi Kasemir, Lighting Designer and Jay Wratten, Assoc. Lighting Designer, WSP. Photography by Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc. Lighting controls by ETC (Mosaic in conjunction with Pathway DMX equipment, photoelectric sensors by Sick Sensors, and interface boxes by Moxa I/O Logic).

The Talking Stick Resort atrium remodel is a renovation to a two-story atrium connecting the gaming floor to the pool deck. Project goals were to improve circulation, create a “wow” moment, and enhance the atrium atmosphere for use as a dance venue.


Illumination of the glass and stainless steel stairs became a focal point of the atrium visible from the pools and a surprise experience for guests coming from the casino. No budget restrictions were set and no value engineering took place. Lead time and installation sequence were the primary restrictions.


The DMX stair control system also controls theatrical fixtures and illuminated columns used for nightclub functions and interfaces with the existing architectural dimming system. Modification to programming is provided by the system integrator, who regularly operates the onsite showroom.


To create a wow moment, each tread responds to users via infrared beam sensors. The primary program is a blue chase scene matching adjacent blue cove lighting, which tracks multiple users simultaneously.


The owner required the art glass treads to be illuminated from edge to edge, necessitating custom fixtures. A number of security features were integrated including minimum stair trigger time to discourage running, unique colors at landing treads, and logic to automatically change programs if users stand on stairs.


Mockups were completed to evaluate the illuminated effect and optimize sensor location, a critical performance goal. Sensors communicate status to a DMX control system running a number of custom programs the owner can select via touchscreen or timeclock, including day mode for reduced energy usage, holiday and sports themes, and DMX board control during special events.


Controllers are accessed at the DJ booth, stair sensors are accessed by removing stair side panels. LED board maintenance requires removal of stair treads, boards are elevated within channel to avoid water damage due to spills.


NALMCO Launches New Controls Certification

The interNational Association of Lighting Management Companies (NALMCO) has launched the Certified Lighting Controls Professional (CLCP) designation. With no prerequisites, the CLCP is open to all applicants.

Intended to demonstrate a high degree of general knowledge in lighting controls, the CLCP is based on the Lighting Controls Association’s Education Express online education system. This high-quality curriculum, developed by the lighting controls industry, represents some 60 hours of learning. Courses are registered for AIA LU/HSW, NCQLP LEU and CALCTP/NALTCP education credits.

Being automated online, Education Express is flexible to accommodate students learning at their own pace. Passage of the automatically graded quiz enables education credit.

Similarly, the CLCP is automated. After successfully completing all Education Express courses, the applicant takes a separate two-hour 100-question test, which is administered online and automatically graded.

Passage earns certification for three years, during which time the CLCP must maintain it via eight hours of continuing education each year.


The lighting industry is undergoing massive change due to growing demand for intelligent LED lighting systems and controls. LED lighting, which promises high operating cost savings, is ideally paired with networked lighting controls, which promise additional savings and flexibility. Advances in wireless communication and miniaturization have resulted in LED luminaires being packaged with embedded intelligence, sensors and connectivity for sophisticated control.

Growing demand for lighting controls is creating an education gap among service providers unfamiliar with aspects of lighting control technology, particularly networked controls. Of particular interest is:

Consultation: Building owners need expert advice on product selection. Many lighting controls, particularly networked lighting controls, are not standardized. Integration issues between systems must be resolved.

Installation: Poor control performance can generate user complaints and lower than expected energy cost savings. Lighting controls must be properly installed.

Startup/Commissioning: New lighting control systems must be calibrated and tested to ensure conformity with manufacturer instructions, the design intent and owner project requirements.

Maintenance: As with any other lighting equipment, lighting control systems must be maintained. It is recommended that the system owner perform periodic inspections and re-aim, recalibrate and reprogram sensors and controllers as needed.

nalmco2As misapplication and poor installation can impact user satisfaction and demand, the industry responded with several important initiatives:

CALCTP: The California Advanced Lighting Controls Training Program (CALCTP) is an ongoing program providing training in lighting controls to electrical workers and contractors. This program has been expanded to include other states such as Illinois and Washington under NALCTP, and is expected to be rolled out in Canada.

CALC: The DesignLights Consortium is developing a training program to support its members and other utilities implementing rebates based on its new Qualified Products List for Networked Lighting Controls.

The Lighting Controls Association: An association of lighting manufacturers, the Lighting Controls Association provides free public education about lighting control technology and application under its Education Express program. Five courses are prerequisites for applying for CALCTP/NALCTP certification.

To date, none of these organizations has developed a national certification signifying a high level of general expertise in lighting controls technology, application, design and commissioning. Recognizing the growing importance of lighting controls, NALMCO developed the CLCP.


The CLCP presents a qualification that demonstrates an individual has achieved a high degree of generalized knowledge in lighting controls. The higher level of knowledge can lead to business opportunities, better service, higher-quality projects and greater competitiveness.


Founded in 1953 to represent the lighting management industry, NALMCO represents 99 companies that provide lighting maintenance, lighting upgrades and lighting and sign repair services to commercial building owners and managers.

These companies, located in 39 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, generate an estimated annual $1.1 billion in revenues and purchase $400 million in electrical products and material in 2012. They employ more than 4,300 workers and operate a fleet of some 1,800 service vehicles.

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Watches of Switzerland, Regent Street Project Wins 2015 IES Lighting Control 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 a unified lighting control system creates distinct moods and profiles for individual spaces in a high-end retail environment. Design by Jules Gim and Golsana Heshmati of Callison, LLC. Photography by Callison, LLC. Lighting controls by Lutron Electronics (Quantum Light Management System).

Numerous challenges presented themselves for this atypical multilevel watch showroom: create distinct moods for each floor (bright to dark moving from basement to first floor)? implement a lighting scheme that transforms the retail environment for special events space? and integrate lighting details that enhance reflective materials. A flexible dimming system allows the space to transform on multiple levels. After hours, when the space transitions into an event space, the LED lighting is dimmed for dramatic effect.


A faceted glass staircase leads customers upstairs to the VIP floor or down to the Calibre Room below. The staircase creates an illusion that mimics a watch’s mechanisms with hidden linear LED striplighting under each tread. The surrounding fluted glass wall reflects light.


VIP Floor: the lighting level is the lowest at this floor, creating a moody and dramatic experience. Per the client’s request, each floor can be controlled separately for optimal flexibility. Each level has a 5-scene control station which is also linked together for cohesiveness.


VIP Floor: 25W LED striplights vertically edge light glass panels, creating continuity between the store’s main level and the VIP floor.


At the VIP lounge, selective accent and cove lighting create a sophisticated, refined environment.


Downstairs, the brighter light level in the Calibre Room complements the high-energy space’s lighter material palette. The wood-slat walls have multiple layers of integrated LED striplighting behind and in front to create visual interest.


In the Calibre Room’s service lounge, programmable RGB LED strip lighting integrated into the black carbon fiber wall creates movement and a high-tech dynamic effect. The RBG fixture seamlessly integrates into the specified dimming system. This LED effect reflects in the nearby fluted glass wall staircase.


Ground Floor: the dimmable lighting system transforms the store from day to night.


Lutron’s Quantum Vue 3.2 Software

lutronLutron Electronics recently announced an updated version of its Quantum Vue™ facility management software. Quantum Vue 3.2 gives facility managers the power to deliver an individualized light experience for every occupant in their space. Enabling remote control and monitoring of individual fixtures from a graphical floorplan, Quantum Vue 3.2 introduces advanced analytics capabilities that empower customers to optimize more than just their lights—delivering robust space utilization reports that helps maximize real estate usage and optimize building operations based on when and how often spaces are occupied.

Quantum Vue 3.2 is web based, designed for both mobile devices and desktops, and delivers the same user experience on all platforms. This means a facility manager can leverage the system’s benefits from anywhere using any device.

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LCA TV: SimplySNAP by Synapse Wireless

This short video, produced by the Lighting Controls Association at the 2016 LIGHTFAIR event, introduces the building industry to the SimplySNAP wireless lighting control solution by Synapse Wireless. Click here to learn more.

Eaton and CIMCON Lighting Collaborate to Bring Connected, Smart City Solutions to the Market

Eaton recently announced a collaboration with CIMCON Lighting, Inc., a provider of intelligent, web-based wireless outdoor lighting management systems. The collaboration combines Eaton’s broad range of outdoor LED luminaires with CIMCON’s intelligent, wireless controls, sensors and software to bring powerful connected lighting solutions for smart cities.

The connected lighting solution features a 7-pin ANSI C136.41 compatible “plug-and-play” or luminaire-integrated wireless controller, providing intelligent ON/OFF switching, dimming control, GPS capabilities, utility-grade power metering, analog and digital sensor capabilities and real-time status and health monitoring of lighting ?xtures compatible with multiple networks.

CIMCON’s web-based central management and controls software offers an intuitive, interactive Google Maps view of all lights in a system, eliminating location errors, improving installation time and allowing maintenance teams to quickly zoom to one fixture and access streetlight status in one click. The software facilitates a complete asset management solution, allowing cities to schedule, diagnose and manage streetlights from anywhere at any time.

New Universal Dimming Module by Wattstopper

universaldimmingmodule-jpgWattstopper has expanded its Lighting Control and Automation Panel (LCAP) architectural dimming product family with the new InFusion Universal Dimming Module (UDM), which provides effective dimming control of multiple lighting sources. The UDM is ideal for commercial projects with a prevalence of phase-control dimming for LED lighting. The 120V to 277V module can be mounted in a main or secondary LCAP enclosure and controls up to eight universal loads with up to four line feeds for a total of 32 AMPs per module. It offers load by load selectable load type (forward or reverse phase) and auto load-type detection through Design Center software.

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TechCrunch Sees Intelligent Lighting as Key to IIoT

This article published in TechCrunch identifies intelligent lighting as a platform for developing Internet of Things strategies in buildings.

“The LED revolution is over. To no one’s surprise, LEDs have won. Solid-state lighting is changing how we light the world, successfully displacing traditional illumination sources across every part of the global lighting market. Over the next few years, billions of sockets will be in play.

“This transition has kicked off a new phase of LED adoption — the race to connect every socket.”

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Lutron Introduces Hi-lume® Premier 0.1% Constant Voltage Driver

lutronLutron Electronics recently launched the Hi-lume Premier 0.1% constant voltage driver, designed to offer smooth, flicker-free 0.1% dimming and Soft-on, Fade-to-Black™ dimming for a true incandescent-like experience.

Featuring wired and wireless control options, the driver offers simple setup in both residential and commercial retrofit applications. The launch of the new Hi-lume Premier 0.1% driver rounds out Lutron’s three-tiered family of LED drivers.

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