Light control manufacturer Lutron Electronics has announced the availability of an Apple iPad app for its RadioRA 2 total light control system. The app is designed to control lights, shades, temperature and appliances, adding a touch of convenience and the very real benefits of saving energy throughout the home.
Archives for March 2011
Kandice Castellino of Center Valley, PA has been named director of energy service company and utility sales at Encelium Technologies based in Teaneck, NJ. In her new role, she will work with a wide range of energy-related businesses throughout North America to accelerate the adoption of Encelium’s Energy Control System™ (ECS) and related total light management solutions.
Did you know the Lighting Controls Association has a group at Linkedin, where construction professionals share news and opinions about lighting and controls? The group now has more than 400 members–join the group, and the conversation, here.
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) commends the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for a recent decision that will improve the reliability and efficiency of the electric grid. In its final rule, FERC has allowed locational marginal price (LMP) to be paid to demand response (DR) resources in organized wholesale energy markets. This means that […]
Lighting Controls Association members will present “Design of Electric Controls for Daylighting,” a three-hour workshop, during the Daylighting Institute at LIGHTFAIR 2011.
LIGHTFAIR 2011 moves to Philadelphia this year on May 17-19. Be sure to check out the new products being offered by members of the Lighting Controls Association! Click to see a list of LCA members exhibiting at the show and their booth assignments.
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL, installed a light control system from Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. The Propellants North Administrative and Maintenance Facility is using innovative light control strategies to dramatically reduce energy consumption and maximize the use of available daylight.
Radio-frequency (RF) wireless communication is a significant emerging lighting control technology. In a typical hardwired lighting control system, control signals are sent using communication wires. In a wireless RF system, control devices communicate through the air using radio waves, eliminating the need for control wiring. The resulting advantages enable advanced lighting control with greater installation flexibility and lower labor installation cost, ideal for hard-to-wire applications non-accessible ceilings, hard ceilings, asbestos abasement issues, and brick and mortar existing buildings.
Wireless RF lighting control first became popularized in residential applications, with typical applications including home theater, kitchens and other common areas, master bedrooms and exterior and security lighting. In recent years, however, wireless RF lighting control has emerged as a viable alternative to hardwired controls in commercial building applications. What benefits does RF wireless communication provide?
The first benefit is flexibility. Wireless control devices can be placed where they are needed without limitation imposed by wiring, including areas that are difficult to wire. More flexibility is provided in unique applications. Electrical planning may be shortened. After installation, devices can be moved and the system expanded with relative ease.
The second benefit is labor and material cost savings, which may result in net installation savings after the typically higher product cost is figured. Wireless control eliminates the need for dedicated control wiring and associated switch legs, traveler wires and other raw materials. The system installs more quickly, producing labor savings. With no damage to walls or ceilings, and little to no disruption to business operations, wireless control lends itself well to existing building applications demanding the benefits of advanced lighting control.
The advantages of wireless control make these solutions particularly suitable for commercial building applications where the cost of running control wires is too costly or simply not possible, such as outdoor lighting, parking garages, warehouses and retrofits.
The Lighting Controls Association is now publishing on Facebook. You can follow LCA news there by clicking here and becoming a fan by hitting the LIKE button.
WattStopper’s $10,000 contribution has helped the University of California at Davis achieve the financial goal required to endow the new Arthur H. Rosenfeld Chair in Energy Efficiency. The endowment will be used to recognize and support an exceptional member of the energy efficiency faculty at UC Davis. The chair holder will promote the Energy Efficiency Center’s mission to accelerate the commercialization of energy-efficiency technologies, teach future leaders in energy efficiency, and conduct critical policy-supporting research.