As part of its mission to promote energy efficiency and innovation for the benefit of its customers, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) gives special emphasis to demonstrating new energy-saving technologies. Along these lines, NYPA installed AddressPro® Digital Dimming—an advanced lighting-control technology—from Universal Lighting in several areas of its main administrative office building in White Plains. This was done as part of the wide-ranging measures NYPA has undertaken in recent years to augment the seventeen-story building’s energy efficiency for lowering electric bills and reducing carbon emissions.
Universal Lighting Technologies has introduced the latest expansion of its Ballastar® line of light-level switching ballasts. The B214PU115S50A is specifically designed for F14T5 lamps and provides maximum light output for 2-by-2 fixture applications. Switching from full to half output via wall switch or lighting relay, the Ballastar T5 is ideal for offices, classrooms, conference rooms, and more.
In October 2005, Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott outlined an ambitious vision for the future operations of the company focusing on becoming a good steward of the environment and local communities. He announced that the company’s long term environmental goals are: 1. To be supplied 100 percent by renewable energy; 2. To create zero waste; and 3. To sell products that sustain our resources and environment. Short term goals included eliminating 30 percent of the energy used by stores.
Since then, Wal-Mart engineers have worked diligently to identify areas for potential energy savings. They have collaborated with suppliers to innovate solutions, tested new technologies and finalized proven designs to implement in corporate facilities.
One store system designated for an efficiency upgrade was the fluorescent lighting in refrigerated food cases, which burns 24 hours a day. Recently, LED lighting coupled with occupancy sensing controls was proven to provide the combination of energy savings, improved performance and reduced maintenance to justify incorporating a new design for refrigerator and freezer case lighting and controls into plans for all new stores. Because the energy savings are so significant, a program is also underway to retrofit cases in over 450 existing stores in 2007.
Lightolier® Controls announces the Lytemode® DMX Architectural Lighting Controller, the lighting control master station unlike any in the industry today. With the introduction of Lytemode DMX, one single master station now has the power and flexibility to control all DMX 512 compatible lighting fixtures from a simple, attractive, and user-friendly interface. With three modes of DMX control, no other architectural DMX controller offers the range of solutions for all your lighting design needs.
Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. has expanded its line of fluorescent dimming ballasts with the introduction of Hi-lume 3D digital addressable dimming ballasts, the world’s only ballast that can dim lights to less than one percent and more than 100 percent illumination while upholding the efficiency of a non-dim ballast.
Watt Stopper/Legrand premieres the RT Series Time Switches as part of its new line of energy saving residential lighting controls to offer homeowners a full range of green, attractive and reliable control solutions. The timers replace standard light switches and can control either lighting or motor loads such as fans. Users turn the switch on by pressing the ON/OFF button. The switch turns the load off at the end of the timer’s countdown unless the user has chosen to turn it off earlier. The ON/OFF button is illuminated when the switch is off for easy location in darkened rooms.
The new Square D® Clipsal® Ethernet Network Interface Unit from Schneider Electric facilitates remote access to a Square D Clipsal C-Bus™ lighting control network for commercial building managers and system installers and integrators, through the convenience of the nearest Ethernet connection. High-speed control and monitoring of a network through TCP/IP protocols used in computer networks means system configuration and alterations are a seamless process.
Advance announces the expansion of its popular line of Mark 10® Powerline electronic dimming ballasts to include a new model for use with 24-watt T5 High Output and 24-watt Long Twin Tube fluorescent lamp applications.
Advance launches its new family of AmbiStar™ electronic fluorescent ballasts exclusively for the residential and hospitality sectors. Designed and rated for consumer use, Advance’s AmbiStar ballasts drive a wide variety of the consumer market’s most popular fluorescent lighting options—from compact fluorescents to T5, T8 and T12 technology—to deliver warm, comfortable and cost-effective lighting solutions to the market’s broad range of home and hospitality users.
Vermont-based manufacturer NRG Systems in 2005 built a new headquarters carefully crafted to reflect the company’s commitment to the environment, the community and its employees. The 46,550 square foot facility, which includes office, manufacturing and warehouse space for company-produced wind monitoring equipment, was designed to minimize environmental impacts and maximize energy conservation.
The first design goal was to find ways to minimize energy needs in all areas of building operation, including heating, cooling and lighting. The second goal was to provide as much energy from renewable sources as possible. Company owners were willing to make an upfront investment to ensure significant long-term savings.
Naomi Miller of Naomi Miller Lighting Design specified the electric lighting and Andy Shapiro of Energy Balance, Inc. developed the facility’s daylighting plan. The two designers collaborated with Watt Stopper/Legrand to select energy saving controls that would meet the ambitious criteria of the project.