Retrofitting an energy-saving control system into a conference room, classroom, common area, or stairwell has never been easier or more cost effective. Lutron Electronics is pleased to introduce updates to its Energi TriPak™ family of energy-saving products including stairwell retrofit solutions and simple energy retrofit packages for small commercial spaces. The flexible Energi TriPak product […]
University of California Santa Cruz’s (UCSC) Science and Engineering Library is one of two campus libraries that serve over 16,000 students. The school was concerned that existing lighting was fully activated in the morning and remained on until the cleaning staff left nearly 20 hours later, leading to daily energy waste. Occupancy of the building […]
Leviton and the University of California Santa Cruz’s (UCSC) Science and Engineering Library’s joint project has been named a recipient of two significant awards. The university utilized Leviton’s LevNet RF™, a high-performance line of wireless occupancy sensors, switches and accessories that feature EnOcean’s energy-harvesting technology, to aid in helping reduce the library’s energy consumption by […]
This short video, produced by the Lighting Controls Association at the 2011 LIGHTFAIR event, introduces the building industry to Lutron Electronics’ PowPak load controllers. These innovative control devices mount to a junction box or lighting fixture, and communicate with Radio Powr Savr® (RPS) sensors and Pico® wireless controls via Lutron reliable Clear Connect™ Radio Frequency […]
This short video, produced by the Lighting Controls Association at the 2011 LIGHTFAIR event, introduces the building industry to Schneider Electric’s Cassia in-room energy management solution for hotels. The Cassia Energy Management System from Schneider Electric is a revolutionary wireless in-room solution that can impact all aspects of a hotel’s bottom line, from satisfying guests […]
OSRAM SYLVANIA’s ELOGIC™ Lighting Controls solution includes dimmable fluorescent ballast controls as well as dimmable LED power supply controls using wireless dimmer technology based on the company’s work with the EnOcean Alliance, a consortium of companies working to standardize and internationalize energy harvesting wireless technology for green intelligent buildings. The dimmable fluorescent ballast and LED […]
DCL Control Systems are now even easier to use, thanks to the new WTDCL Time Controller from Universal Lighting Technologies. With this user-friendly device, all programming, including basic configuration of the DCL system, is achieved by front-panel keystrokes. No computer or special commissioning tools are required.
By communicating with DEMANDflex high-efficiency ballasts over existing power lines, DCL eliminates the need for expensive re-wiring in existing buildings, and it lowers the time and expense of new construction. And now, the WTDCL Time Controller adds a new dimension of flexibility and simplicity in programming.
wiHUBB Access Point by Hubbell Building Automation: A web-based access point for commissioning and monitoring devices in the wireless mesh network.
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL, installed a light control system from Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. The Propellants North Administrative and Maintenance Facility is using innovative light control strategies to dramatically reduce energy consumption and maximize the use of available daylight.
Radio-frequency (RF) wireless communication is a significant emerging lighting control technology. In a typical hardwired lighting control system, control signals are sent using communication wires. In a wireless RF system, control devices communicate through the air using radio waves, eliminating the need for control wiring. The resulting advantages enable advanced lighting control with greater installation flexibility and lower labor installation cost, ideal for hard-to-wire applications non-accessible ceilings, hard ceilings, asbestos abasement issues, and brick and mortar existing buildings.
Wireless RF lighting control first became popularized in residential applications, with typical applications including home theater, kitchens and other common areas, master bedrooms and exterior and security lighting. In recent years, however, wireless RF lighting control has emerged as a viable alternative to hardwired controls in commercial building applications. What benefits does RF wireless communication provide?
The first benefit is flexibility. Wireless control devices can be placed where they are needed without limitation imposed by wiring, including areas that are difficult to wire. More flexibility is provided in unique applications. Electrical planning may be shortened. After installation, devices can be moved and the system expanded with relative ease.
The second benefit is labor and material cost savings, which may result in net installation savings after the typically higher product cost is figured. Wireless control eliminates the need for dedicated control wiring and associated switch legs, traveler wires and other raw materials. The system installs more quickly, producing labor savings. With no damage to walls or ceilings, and little to no disruption to business operations, wireless control lends itself well to existing building applications demanding the benefits of advanced lighting control.
The advantages of wireless control make these solutions particularly suitable for commercial building applications where the cost of running control wires is too costly or simply not possible, such as outdoor lighting, parking garages, warehouses and retrofits.