Sensor Switch has announced the introduction of its Refrigerator Aisle Occupancy Sensor Kit (model # RA-KIT), which utilizes a specialized occupancy sensor to increase energy efficiency in refrigerator/freezer units used in retail environments. The Refrigerator Aisle Kit contains everything required for both detecting occupants within an aisle of commercial-style refrigerator/freezer cases and controlling the cases’ internal LED lighting.
Principals and associates at The Lighting Practice, a design firm based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, have long advocated sustainable design, and have recently had the opportunity to take their own advice. While planning a move that was completed in June 2007, they designed tenant improvements incorporating energy saving lighting controls that exceeded code requirements and let them demonstrate best practices to customers.
Associate Principal Julie Panassow and Lighting Designer Pomme Suchato were responsible for lighting the new space, and they selected a lighting control panel, occupancy sensors and daylighting controls from Watt Stopper/Legrand to achieve their goals. They succeeded in reducing the firm’s demand for energy, and set a green example for clients.
Philips Lighting Electronics North America (N.A.) has announced the introduction of its revolutionary new Philips branded ActiLume™ Lighting Control System, an easy-to-use-and-install offering designed to deliver maximum visual comfort as well as energy savings of up to 65% to the commercial sector. Comprised of a Philips controller, state-of-the-art multi-sensor, remote control, and Philips Advance branded ballasts, the high-performing system fully promotes sustainable lighting design while enabling commercial users to enjoy all of the benefits of lighting control without the hassle of complicated commissioning.
When interior designer Katy Mellon, Allied Member ASID, undertook designing the complete remodel of a 1968 tract home in San Diego, California, she embarked on an eye-opening learning experience. The prime goal was to create a safe, efficient, attractive and accessible home for her son, Nathaniel Ladendorf. Ladendorf is disabled from a spinal cord injury and needs wheelchair access to all areas of his residence. Mellon also had to meet California Title 24 requirements, but did not want to compromise her design scheme in order to do so.
Lighting controls, including Watt Stopper/Legrand’s Miro controls and residential occupancy and vacancy sensors, played an important role in the successful completion of the project. Ladendorf moved into his home in December 2007 and Mellon says, “Every time I see Nathaniel come into his house and touch just one switch to light up his safe haven, I experience great peace of mind.”
Watt Stopper/Legrand has released a new multi-location vacancy sensor and compatible remote control switch to help families save energy conveniently and cost effectively in rooms with more than one switch location. The RH-250 residential wall switch sensor is more versatile than any other product on the market, allowing customized control options including automatic-on operation from selected locations.
Leviton’s OSFHU High-Bay Occupancy Sensor has been enhanced to provide real-time occupancy detection and light switching capabilities for a wider range of environments with the addition of three interchangeable lenses that are ideal for high-bay, low-bay, and aisle-way applications. Designed for high-mounted areas, the OSFHU self-contained sensor conveniently installs to industrial fluorescent luminaires or electrical junction boxes to automatically switch fixtures ON when occupancy is detected and OFF when the room is no longer occupied.
Leviton expands its multi-technology occupancy sensor line offering with three new models that combine bi-level switching with passive infrared (PIR) and ultrasonic (US) technology for highly accurate occupancy detection with minimal false triggering. The new OSSMD, OSSMD-G and OSSMD-F feature self-adaptive technology that compensates for real-time occupancy patterns to provide trouble-free “install and forget” performance, ensuring maximum energy savings and convenience. The OSSMD accommodates a range of application environments, including private offices and executive suites, training and conference rooms, classrooms, restrooms, and storage areas.
Sensor Switch has announced that its revolutionary nLight® Control System has been released and is available for immediate installation. nLight is the first lighting control system to cost-effectively integrate Occupancy-based, Daylight-based, Time-based, and Manual control methods. Requiring no centrally hardwired equipment, nLight provides facility managers with the ability to deliver increased energy savings and occupant convenience via one system, all while lowering equipment and installation costs, to provide a quick return on investment.
Watt Stopper/Legrand has developed lighting control solutions designed to enhance high-end, modern construction. The company’s newest commercial occupancy sensors incorporate sophisticated design details that make them aesthetically pleasing as well as easy to operate. At the same time, each elegant package is manufactured to withstand the rigors of commercial use; both the robust housing and the control electronics are engineered for longevity.
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.