Control wiring provides a path for command and status communication between control devices in a lighting and control system and, in many cases, power to the devices as well. Wiring is interrelated with overall lighting control system considerations—such as selection of control system and components, layout and installation practices—and is therefore an important consideration when choosing a lighting control solution.
WearGuard-Crest, a division of ARAMARK, set an ambitious goal: to replace all the lighting fixtures throughout 280,000 square feet of office, manufacturing, and retail space at its headquarters in Norwell, Massachusetts, just south of Boston. Furthermore, the company wanted the project to pay for itself in energy savings. J&R Wiring, Inc., took up the challenge. After researching the most advanced lighting control systems on the market today, J&R Wiring identified the one technology with the most powerful return on investment (ROI)—DCL® (Demand Control Lighting) from Universal Lighting Technologies.
Convincing a public school system to retrofit the lighting in a high school gymnasium that was constructed only two years ago is not an easy task. But the energy-saving advantages offered by DCL® Control Systems earned a “yes” from the Silver Lake Regional School District in Kingston, Mass.
Bank of America Plaza is one of the most prestigious office properties in Los Angeles. Completed in 1974, it was the first high-rise structure to tower over the downtown cityscape. Today, it is a model of energy efficiency, featuring cutting-edge technologies that minimize power consumption and utility bills. Brookfield Properties has significantly invested in Bank of America Plaza modernization over the past three years. Brookfield had plans to upgrade the lighting equipment in the skyscraper’s parking garage and was exploring options when California Retrofit, Inc. (CRI), introduced them to the latest breakthrough in ballast technology. Unveiled in 2008 by Universal Lighting Technologies, DEMANDflex™ ballasts feature an adjustable ballast factor so that installers can “tune” ballasts to the exact power level required for the customer environment. Using a temporary tuning tool, the installer sets a maximum power level for each circuit of ballasts, which can be as low as 50 percent of full power. This eliminates the common problem of over lighting an area and wasting energy.
Universal Lighting Technologies is expanding its DEMANDflex™ family of high-efficiency T5 and T8 ballasts. The latest addition is the B228PUNVDRH-D, which is designed to operate two F14, F21, F28, or F35 T5 lamps with an input voltage range of 120 to 277 volts.
DCL® Control Systems have reached a whole new level of versatility with the introduction of the RSMDCL Controller from Universal Lighting Technologies. The RSMDCL Relay Sensing Module Controller allows DCL Control Systems to interface with external controls such as building automation systems, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), or any control system that can provide commands with low-voltage contact closures.
Good news: Lighting professionals have three new opportunities for continuing education, thanks to Universal Lighting Technologies and its award-winning e-Learning Center. Online classes are now available on DEMANDflex™ lighting ballasts, DCL® Controls, and DCL Component Selection and Installation.
A brand new flag is flying high over the Universal Lighting Technologies manufacturing plant in Matamoros, Mexico. The facility is officially green and clean. The federal government of Mexico certified the plant as a “Clean Industry” under the prestigious Industria Limpia program.
For classroom applications, Universal Lighting Technologies offers five complete ballast families to ensure the best fit in terms of functionality as well as energy savings for any retrofit project. The most powerful option is DEMANDflex™ ballasts with a DCL Control System.
Founded in 1884, Ganahl Lumber Company is California’s oldest lumber retailer. Today, Ganahl operates eight stores in Orange County. Ganahl was selected by its utility provider as an ideal candidate for DCL technology in 2005. Ganahl agreed to install a complete DCL system in its 20,000 sq. ft. retail and office facility in Costa Mesa, California. The installation was performed by Energy Controls & Concepts, Inc. (ECC), an industry leader in the analysis, development, and management of lighting efficiency projects. DCL (or Demand Control Lighting) allows Ganahl to reduce lighting levels throughout the building with a single command. The DCL control unit communicates with the building’s lighting ballasts at the circuit level in order to reduce power anywhere from 1 percent to 50 percent. The result is significant energy and financial savings.