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.
The SYLVANIA QUICKTRONIC® POWERSENSE™ T5 dimming ballast provides controllable lighting and high-efficiency performance. POWERSENSE, with its micro-controller technology, is the industry’s most versatile dimming ballast, operating linear fluorescent T5 lamps over a wide (100-1 percent) dimming range.
Advance proudly announces that it has expanded its popular family of Optanium® high-efficiency electronic ballasts to include a new electronic ballast with Step-Dim capability for the operation of two 28 Watt T5 fluorescent lamps.
Lutron Electronics has designed the industry’s most adaptable manual shade as a part of the Sivoia family of shading solutions. The Sivoia family of products now creates a visually seamless solution for mixed-use spaces that require both manual and electronic shades. Ideal for both commercial and residential applications, the new Sivoia Manual Shades share hardware with Sivoia QED roller 64™ for easy conversion from manual to electronic control, maintaining the system’s smooth and quiet operation. Converting the Sivoia Manual Shade to a Sivoia QED™ electronic shade is as easy as pulling off the manual clutch and inserting a Sivoia QED roller 64 drive.
Watt Stopper/Legrand has developed a line of card key switches that give hospitality facilities a simple way to save energy and comply with the current IECC and ASHRAE/IESNA codes which require that hotel guestrooms have a master switch at the entrance of every room. These card key switches are ideal for hotels, motels, boardinghouses and other similar buildings.
Watt Stopper/Legrand has created a unique, new daylighting controller in response to growing demands by building owners and managers who want practical, cost effective solutions to save energy and meet code requirements. The new LS-101 is a single zone controller designed to switch lights OFF and ON when light levels detected by the unit’s internal light sensor fall above or below factory- or user-defined setpoints. The LS-101 is the only stand-alone daylighting control device to feature a digital display making adjustment fast, easy and accurate.
Watt Stopper/Legrand has introduced a new family of wall switch occupancy sensors appropriate for more applications than ever before. Multiple detection technologies allow specifiers to easily tailor switch selection to ensure optimal performance in each location. The sensors are an economical wall switch replacement and can even be used in some difficult-to-sense spaces that are ideally suited to ceiling sensors, but, because of inaccessibility, cannot be fitted with those devices.
Schneider Electric announces its Square D® Clipsal® lighting control line has expanded to include new Decorator versions of its popular Neo™ and Saturn™ keypads and wall plates. The new keypads provide the same features as a standard Square D Clipsal keypad, but in a format designed to conserve wall space and fit with existing wall boxes — ideal for retrofit installations. Up to four Decorator keypads can be mounted side by side, allowing 16 buttons in the space of a standard four-gang plate.