The Square D® Clipsal® Pascal Automation Controller from Schneider Electric enhances the capabilities of a Square D Clipsal lighting control system by providing expansive scheduling capability and facilitating operation of third-party products from input devices such as keypads and touch screens in both residential and commercial applications. The Pascal Automation Controller is easily installed by an electrical contractor, using standard Cat-5 cable. Third-party products, such as a movie projector, screen, and security or HVAC systems, are connected to the Pascal Automation Controller via its two RS232 ports.
The Siloam Family Health Center in Nashville, Tenn., has employed an energy cost-savings strategy using Square D® Wall Switch Occupancy Sensors from Schneider Electric, allowing allocation of more budget to maximizing patient care. The sensors, which use passive infrared (PIR) technology to detect occupancy, requires a button press to activate lighting in occupied rooms much like a standard light switch. If lights are accidentally left on when the room is vacated, the sensor automatically turns them off after a preset time delay. Forty sensors were co-donated by Schneider Electric’s three Middle Tennessee locations — Nashville, La Vergne and Smyrna — in December 2007, as part of the facilities’ Mission for the Community initiative.
The Lighting Controls Association (LCA) has announced the availability of EE204: Hi-Bay Lighting Upgrades, a new course added to its popular Education Express program. Residing at the Association’s website, Education Express provides in-depth education about lighting controls and controllable ballast technology, application, system design and commissioning, as well as meta-issues such as LEED, energy codes and other trends.
Leviton Manufacturing Company Inc. has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire ControlThink LC, a leading home and building control software and services company. The acquisition will join Leviton’s strengths in product manufacturing and distribution with ControlThink’s PC-, CE- and mobile phone-based solutions for intelligent home control.
Advance has announced that a variety of its electronic ballast offerings have become charter products within the voluntary new NEMA Premium® Ballast Program.
Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. has launched the Quantum™ whole-building light and energy management solution. Designed for corporate offices, schools, universities, and more, the Quantum Solution manages the lighting energy consumption of an entire building or campus simply, effectively, and centrally. The breakthrough system gives building owners and facility managers total control of the lighting system, as well as the power to configure, monitor, analyze, and report on the lighting and energy data it collects.
The Lighting Controls Association is pleased to announce that Sensor Switch has been admitted to the Association’s membership, joining the industry’s other leading manufacturers of controls and controllable ballasts.
The Genlyte Group Incorporated, a leading manufacturer of lighting fixtures, controls, and related products for the commercial, industrial and residential markets, has announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Philips Holding USA Inc., a fully-owned subsidiary of Royal Philips Electronics pursuant to which Philips will acquire Genlyte in an all-cash transaction for approximately $2.7 billion (US) that will create one of the world leaders in lighting fixtures, controls and related products.
Lutron Electronics introduces Sivoia QS, the company’s most recent advancement in natural lighting control technology, allowing for seamless integration of electric light and daylight without the use of additional interfaces. Shades and lights can be controlled together through Lutron’s GRAFIK Eye QS or via SeeTouch QS keypads. This next generation of ultra-quiet, precision control for Lutron Shading Solutions enhances design, and adds flexibility at any stage of a project.
Universal Lighting Technologies, a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-efficiency lighting ballasts and control systems, has entered into an acquisition agreement with Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as MEW) (TSE: 6991). Through this acquisition, Universal Lighting Technologies merges with a premier global manufacturer of lighting devices.