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.
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.
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.