Leviton has announced the purchase of a 29.1% minority interest in its stock that has been held by Thomas & Betts Corporation since 1994, for a cash tender of approximately $300 million. Leviton’s purchase of Thomas & Betts’ minority interest in its stock secures its long-term strategic objective of the restoration of total ownership of the company to the Leviton family and continuation of its policy to remain privately held and operated.
Watt Stopper/Legrand announces the launch of RoHS-compliant commercial occupancy sensors as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to the planet. Specifiers, building owners and contractors who select these lighting controls can be assured that they are helping reduce the amount of hazardous waste that will enter the environment, in addition to achieving energy savings.
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) announced a new initiative today aimed at reducing energy use and costs in the 5 million existing commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings in the United States. The campaign, called “enLIGHTen America,” will target building owners, operators, and executives who make decisions about upgrading lighting products in un-renovated buildings.
Delta Controls received the highly sought-after BACnet certification from the WSPCert certification body, in addition to the BTL listing from the WSPLab test laboratory for Revision level 6 of the BACnet standard at the Building Controller level for its products. This certified that the respective manufacturers’ products conform to the worldwide standard ISO 16484-5 (BACnet).
Advance was presented with Grainger’s prestigious Partners in Performance Award for 2007 at Grainger’s annual supplier conference held March 18th, 2008 in Schaumburg, Ill. Grainger, a leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions throughout North America, presents the award annually to a select group of suppliers for outstanding performance throughout the year.
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published LC 1-2007 Test Procedure for Compatibility of Hearing Aids and Ultrasonic Lighting Control Devices. This standard provides a basis to evaluate the possible interactions between ultrasonic lighting control devices and hearing aids utilizing a set of test procedures. This evaluation can be used as the basis for specifying performance criteria for both hearing aids and occupancy sensors to eliminate interference.
Universal Lighting Technologies is among the charter members of the new NEMA Premium Ballast Program, which recognizes excellence in energy-saving technology. The program is designed to identify the industry’s most efficient T8 ballasts, including the entire ULTim8® family of electronic ballasts from Universal Lighting Technologies.
NYSERDA sponsored a demonstration project featuring a new Integrated Classroom Lighting System (ICLS) created by Finelite, Inc., a fixture manufacturer, installed as a retrofit into 28 existing classrooms at seven schools and universities. The Lighting Research Center (LRC) assessed teacher and student satisfaction. The result is a design template demonstrated to satisfy audio-visual needs and improve teacher and student satisfaction while reducing lighting power density to an average 0.73W/sq.ft., nearly 50% less than ASHRAE 90.1-2004/2007. Although Finelite optimized the design into an engineered system integrating the company’s light fixtures with state-of-the-art lighting control strategies, the template, if properly designed, can be treated as open source with suitable products from a wide range of manufacturers.
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.