LCA TV: LMLS-600 Dual-Loop Photosensor by WattStopper

This short video, produced by the Lighting Controls Association at the 2013 LIGHTFAIR event, introduces the building industry to WattStopper’s LMLS-600 dual-loop switching and dimming photosensor.

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Leviton Launches Universal Z-Wave Dimming Switch

levitonLeviton recently announced the release of an updated Vizia RF+ VRMX1 universal dimming switch. The new Z-Wave universal dimmer is the latest generation of Leviton’s Vizia RF+ family of Z-Wave energy management and lighting control products. Designed for the future, it supports the latest dimmable LED and CFL technologies, as well as legacy incandescent and halogen bulbs while incorporating the Zensys 4.5.4 Z-Wave library.

The VRMX1 supports a universe of lighting applications including local and remote dimming control for incandescent, dimmable LED and CFL, halogen, magnetic low voltage and electronic low voltage. The highly advanced Vizia RF+ device provides two-way feedback, is scene capable, includes 49 different fade rates and features user pre-sets for powering on and minimum brightness.

Featuring Leviton’s Decora brand design, the VRMX1 blends into any home or apartment. The switches showcase innovative styling with a horizontal LED locator and brightness indicator bar. Additionally, two robust snap-in color change kit options are included for ultimate in flexibility and future proof design.

The Leviton VRMX1 is universally supported by all security systems with Z-Wave energy management technology, including Leviton’s popular Omni automation systems. It is also optimized for use with Z-Wave door locks.

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Cree Announces SmartCast Lighting Control Solution

creeCree, Inc. recently introduced SmartCast™ Technology, a self-programming wireless lighting-control system that reduces energy consumption by more than 70%* (compared to traditional fluorescent luminaires without SmartCast Technology), at half the cost of traditional lighting controls. Intuitive and easy to use, luminaires enabled with Cree SmartCast Technology remove the initial and ongoing complexity associated with lighting controls, allowing customers to realize the full savings potential of lighting controls with benefits they’ve never had before.

Featuring Cree’s OneButton™ Setup, luminaires enabled with SmartCast Technology create their own secure network, learn about their environment and form groups to maximize savings, all with the push of a single button. SmartCast Technology eliminates additional design time, wires and set-up time often associated with controls systems to provide an extremely simple control solution.

Cree SmartCast Technology is currently available in CR Series LED troffers, CS Series linear luminaires and KR Series downlights, as well as via a 0–10V interface for control of existing dimmable LED luminaires. These critical features not only save users energy and money but are compliant with emerging code requirements throughout the United States and Canada.

Cree SmartCast Technology is sold through Cree lighting sales channels throughout the United States and Canada.

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Lighting Controls Association Welcomes Cree as New Member

creeThe Lighting Controls Association is pleased to welcome Cree, Inc. as a new member.

Cree is a leading manufacturer of LED lighting products, including its SmartCast™ line of wireless lighting controls. Cree luminaires and dimmers enabled with Cree SmartCast Technology deliver essential lighting control without complex design, installation and setup. Featuring Cree’s innovative OneButton™ Setup, luminaires enabled with SmartCast Technology create their own secure network, learn about their environment and form groups to maximize savings, all with the push of a single button.

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Hubbell Building Automation Publishes Virtual Library


Hubbell Building Automation has adopted the ISSUU Publishing Platform to offer on-line, interactive access to its literature. This digital viewer is available on any web-enabled device, including PCs, tablets and smart phones.

Features to enhance viewing:

· Displayed in a beautiful 150 dpi resolution size

· Intuitive navigation including zoom

· In document key word search

· Social site integration

· Single or two-­page layout option – great for reading or browsing

All materials are also available for download or print. ISSUU members (a free sign-up) can download directly from the viewer. If you do not want to sign up as an ISSUU member, simply open the document entitled “HBA Brochures Downloadable PDFs,” click on the link associated with the desired brochure, and you’ll be directed to the PDF version of the brochure on the HBA Website.

Click here to visit the HBA virtual library.

For more information about Hubbell Building Automation, visit

The Barnes Foundation Wins IES Lighting Control Innovation Award Of Excellence

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 illumination of art at the Barnes Foundation. Lighting design by Fisher Marantz Stone. Photography by Michael Moran/OTTO, Tom Crane and Fisher Marantz Stone. Lighting controls by ETC.


Capped by a glass box roof, the aperture in the LightCourt directs reflected daylight into the north-facing galleries.


Exterior windows in all galleries have 14% transmission glass as the first element of daylight control. Each window also has a 5% transmission motorized solar shade and an opaque shade to shield the art from direct sunlight; both are controlled by a centralized lighting system. The control system responds to photocell readings, allowing the use of daylight to be maximized, and electric light to supplement as required within conservation illumination levels.


Controlled daylight and electric gallery lighting permits both outdoor views and full spectrum art lighting throughout, while keeping within conservation illumination thresholds.


All second floor galleries have clerestories which provide screened daylight in tandem with indirect fluorescent lighting.


A series of scaled mockups were created to audition various clerestory heights and ceiling apertures to maximize daylight, maintain light uniformity across the walls and reduce glare.

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The clerestory section is comprised of an exterior louver, high-performance glazing, motorized opaque shade, and an indirect 3500K digital ballast fluorescent cove. Individual wall-watching photocells control electric lighting in each Gallery.


A full-scale mockup, of a typical gallery, used loggers to measure the daylight over the course of a year to help set thresholds within the final control system.


On the gallery roof, a “suite” of 4 miniature windowed rooms, each equipped with a photocell, measures the real-time daylight and operates the solar shades in corresponding galleries.


Lighting for the new galleries utilizes less than half of the lighting power density otherwise consumed by a standard track lighting solution. The control strategy further reduces the electric load by up to 40% in clear sky conditions.


The exterior volume of the LightCourt roof houses a photovoltaic array which provides 8% of this LEED Platinum project’s electricity.

Illuminating Engineering Society Publishes LEM-7 Guide to Energy-Saving Lighting Controls

LEM_7_13_defaultThe Illuminating Engineering Society, in partnership with the Lighting Controls Association, has published LEM-7, Lighting Controls for Energy Management, a detailed guide to energy-saving lighting controls. The publication was written by Craig DiLouie, LC in support of the IES Energy Management Committee.

The 48-page 8.5×11 guide, which is available for $35 (IES members) and $50 (non-members), was written to help designers, users, commissioning agents and other interested parties understand energy-saving strategies, design considerations, equipment, the variety of communication protocols and the importance of commissioning for lighting control systems installed in both interior and exterior applications in all types of buildings.

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Lutron Electronics to License RF Patents to Crestron

Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. recently announced settlement of its lawsuit against Crestron Corporation of Rockleigh, New Jersey. The lawsuit had been ongoing since August 2009 and contained allegations that Crestron products infringed two Lutron patents covering inventions in the area of radio frequency (RF) communications and an allegation that Crestron infringed a Lutron design patent.

As part of the settlement, Crestron has executed a License Agreement under the RF patents and agreed to pay royalties on past and future sales of its products that use the Lutron RF patents. Crestron agreed to design around Lutron’s design patent.

To date, several other manufacturers, including Vantage Controls, Inc., Leviton Manufacturing Company, Inc., Cooper Wiring Devices, Inc., and Control4 have also executed license agreements with Lutron for these same RF patents.

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BUILDING OPERATING MANAGEMENT Publishes Article About Implementing Energy-Saving Lighting Controls

Lighting expert Steve Mesh authored a five-part article recently published by BUILDING OPERATING MANAGEMENT, which covers how to save energy with advanced controls, commissioning, load shedding, what to consider when choosing controls, and how facilities managers can implement advanced control systems.

Read it here.

LCA TV: Saving Energy with Indoor Lighting Controls

This short video, produced by Philips Lighting, describes how to save energy with indoor lighting controls.

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