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.
Special residential vacancy sensors from Watt Stopper/Legrand include LED nightlights for added comfort, convenience and safety, as well as energy savings. These sensors offer many benefits to homeowners and are perfect for retrofits or new construction.
Square D® Clipsal® lighting control products from Schneider Electric were key components in a retrofit project at Fay Herron Elementary School near Las Vegas, Nev., that was honored as a Best of 2007 project by Southwest Contractor magazine. The award program, which honored the Fay Herron Elementary School Rehabilitation and Modernization project as winner of the Mechanical/Electrical category, recognizes construction and design excellence in Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico. The project was one of 218 entries submitted from Nevada, among more than 700 total entries from the tri-state area.
In October 2005, Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott outlined an ambitious vision for the future operations of the company focusing on becoming a good steward of the environment and local communities. He announced that the company’s long term environmental goals are: 1. To be supplied 100 percent by renewable energy; 2. To create zero waste; and 3. To sell products that sustain our resources and environment. Short term goals included eliminating 30 percent of the energy used by stores.
Since then, Wal-Mart engineers have worked diligently to identify areas for potential energy savings. They have collaborated with suppliers to innovate solutions, tested new technologies and finalized proven designs to implement in corporate facilities.
One store system designated for an efficiency upgrade was the fluorescent lighting in refrigerated food cases, which burns 24 hours a day. Recently, LED lighting coupled with occupancy sensing controls was proven to provide the combination of energy savings, improved performance and reduced maintenance to justify incorporating a new design for refrigerator and freezer case lighting and controls into plans for all new stores. Because the energy savings are so significant, a program is also underway to retrofit cases in over 450 existing stores in 2007.
Vermont-based manufacturer NRG Systems in 2005 built a new headquarters carefully crafted to reflect the company’s commitment to the environment, the community and its employees. The 46,550 square foot facility, which includes office, manufacturing and warehouse space for company-produced wind monitoring equipment, was designed to minimize environmental impacts and maximize energy conservation.
The first design goal was to find ways to minimize energy needs in all areas of building operation, including heating, cooling and lighting. The second goal was to provide as much energy from renewable sources as possible. Company owners were willing to make an upfront investment to ensure significant long-term savings.
Naomi Miller of Naomi Miller Lighting Design specified the electric lighting and Andy Shapiro of Energy Balance, Inc. developed the facility’s daylighting plan. The two designers collaborated with Watt Stopper/Legrand to select energy saving controls that would meet the ambitious criteria of the project.
Watt Stopper/Legrand has introduced a new family of wall switch occupancy sensors appropriate for more applications than ever before. Multiple detection technologies allow specifiers to easily tailor switch selection to ensure optimal performance in each location. The sensors are an economical wall switch replacement and can even be used in some difficult-to-sense spaces that are ideally suited to ceiling sensors, but, because of inaccessibility, cannot be fitted with those devices.
Leviton’s industry-leading OPB15 Power Base Adaptor conveniently converts any Leviton low-voltage ceiling-mount occupancy sensor into a self-contained line-voltage unit with a 15 Amp, 120/277V load capacity. The Power Base is ideally suited to occupancy sensor installations in existing facilities where hard concrete or wooden ceilings limit access to wiring and in new construction where only line-voltage circuitry is available. By adapting low-voltage ceiling-mount occupancy sensors so that they are capable of operating on line-voltage electrical systems, the device enables lighting energy conservation in application environments where installation is complex, costly and time-consuming.
Leviton’s new Decora® Wall Switch Sensors, available in occupancy sensing (Cat. No. OSSNL) and vacancy sensing (Cat. No. OSS10) models, incorporate a convenient LED nightlight in a single attractive, compact device. The LED nightlight uses a photocell to automatically illuminate a room or area based on the ambient light level present. This provides a reassuring nightlight in a darkened room or area.