LIGHTFAIR 2011 moves to Philadelphia this year on May 17-19. Be sure to check out the new products being offered by members of the Lighting Controls Association! Click to see a list of LCA members exhibiting at the show and their booth assignments.
WattStopper’s $10,000 contribution has helped the University of California at Davis achieve the financial goal required to endow the new Arthur H. Rosenfeld Chair in Energy Efficiency. The endowment will be used to recognize and support an exceptional member of the energy efficiency faculty at UC Davis. The chair holder will promote the Energy Efficiency Center’s mission to accelerate the commercialization of energy-efficiency technologies, teach future leaders in energy efficiency, and conduct critical policy-supporting research.
WattStopper completed its 8-city Digital Lighting Management (DLM) Roadshow, Making the Connection, recently. This event showcased the functionality of DLM lighting controls, within a framework of market drivers, meeting and exceeding energy codes such as ASHRAE 90.1-2010, achieving sustainability goals, and advancing intelligent building operations. The company developed the event in response to market demand in learning about the capabilities of the innovative control offering.
WattStopper’s Digital Lighting Management and technical lighting control expertise facilitated completion of Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ new iPrep Academy within tight timeframes. The fast track remodeling project challenged the design and construction teams, as the work had to be completed in just three months.
Electrical Contractor Magazine recently published a major story on lighting controls featuring LCA members Leviton, Lutron, OSRAM SYLVANIA and WattStopper, in addition to comments from Craig DiLouie representing the Lighting Controls Association. The article, titled “Take Control,” outlines control strategies that building owners and managers can deploy now to reduce energy costs and increase flexibility in existing building lighting systems.
Emergency lighting can constitute as much as 20 percent of a commercial building’s lighting load, according to research conducted by WattStopper, which points out, in a whitepaper titled, “Emergency Lighting and Control,” that special control approaches can be used to reduce this load and generate significant energy savings while satisfying life/safety demands and code requirements.
While automatic shut-off provides increased savings for customers, research suggests implementing advanced strategies available with manual controls like switches can really turbocharge both energy savings and return on investment.
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.
WattStopper has enhanced its extensive offering of energy-efficient lighting controls with a line of wallbox dimmers and fan speed controls to help building owners and facility managers capture energy savings when lighting is on. The new dimmers include a family of specification-grade Architectural Dimmers, intended primarily for commercial applications, and three families of designer dimmers for commercial, hospitality and residential applications.
WattStopper has developed PlugCalc as a key component in its Energy Calculator Tool Kit. The tool is available online at http://www.wattstopper.com/calculators/ or as a free downloadable iPad app. PlugCalc enables users to calculate energy savings opportunities as well as Return on Investment (ROI) by automatically controlling plugged in office equipment and other plug loads.