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.
For years, Lander University relied on a programmable relay-based system installed in the mid 1980s to provide energy-saving scheduled control of lighting and equipment for its most vital buildings. While the system, which controlled the Learning Center, Cultural Center, Student Center and Athletic Complex, had initially served its purpose, the controls had become antiquated and unreliable. After experiencing numerous disruptions to classes and events, engineers at the state university in Greenwood, S.C., set out to research replacement options.
Engineering Services Department personnel priced equipment and installation costs for a variety of solutions and were delighted to learn about Watt Stopper/Legrand’s unique ability to upgrade older GE panels, retrofitting them with new control engines. For less than ten percent of the cost of a new system, they could refurbish the existing panels and enjoy the benefits of a sophisticated, modern control system. The university could significantly extend the life of its capital equipment and avoid sending materials to a landfill. Additionally, the upgrade would take much less time than a full replacement.
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.
Watt Stopper/Legrand’s new LI-ARP can reduce the cost and complexity of lighting control projects that use layered control strategies to maximize energy savings. Previously, incorporating additional controls into a panel-based system meant long added wiring runs and wasted circuit capacity. The LI-ARP moves relays into the areas they control to eliminate these problems, providing a room control solution that is unique to Watt Stopper/Legrand. Now greener designs, including LEED-certified designs, are easier and more cost effective to implement.
As part of its mission to promote energy efficiency and innovation for the benefit of its customers, the New York Power Authority (NYPA) gives special emphasis to demonstrating new energy-saving technologies. Along these lines, NYPA installed AddressPro® Digital Dimming—an advanced lighting-control technology—from Universal Lighting in several areas of its main administrative office building in White Plains. This was done as part of the wide-ranging measures NYPA has undertaken in recent years to augment the seventeen-story building’s energy efficiency for lowering electric bills and reducing carbon emissions.
Universal Lighting Technologies has introduced the latest expansion of its Ballastar® line of light-level switching ballasts. The B214PU115S50A is specifically designed for F14T5 lamps and provides maximum light output for 2-by-2 fixture applications. Switching from full to half output via wall switch or lighting relay, the Ballastar T5 is ideal for offices, classrooms, conference rooms, and more.
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.
Lightolier® Controls announces the Lytemode® DMX Architectural Lighting Controller, the lighting control master station unlike any in the industry today. With the introduction of Lytemode DMX, one single master station now has the power and flexibility to control all DMX 512 compatible lighting fixtures from a simple, attractive, and user-friendly interface. With three modes of DMX control, no other architectural DMX controller offers the range of solutions for all your lighting design needs.
Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. has expanded its line of fluorescent dimming ballasts with the introduction of Hi-lume 3D digital addressable dimming ballasts, the world’s only ballast that can dim lights to less than one percent and more than 100 percent illumination while upholding the efficiency of a non-dim ballast.
Watt Stopper/Legrand premieres the RT Series Time Switches as part of its new line of energy saving residential lighting controls to offer homeowners a full range of green, attractive and reliable control solutions. The timers replace standard light switches and can control either lighting or motor loads such as fans. Users turn the switch on by pressing the ON/OFF button. The switch turns the load off at the end of the timer’s countdown unless the user has chosen to turn it off earlier. The ON/OFF button is illuminated when the switch is off for easy location in darkened rooms.