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Square D Clipsal Lighting Control Products Key Cog in Award-Winning Elementary School Retrofit Project

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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.

“The Square D Clipsal lighting control solution employed at Fay Herron Elementary School has made a significant impact on both energy savings and student learning,” said Scott Jordan, product marketing manager, Schneider Electric. “It’s expected the measures will reduce the electrical load dedicated to lighting by 50 percent at the school, along with providing easy-to-use technology to create a more effective, and brighter, learning environment for students and faculty.”

The Square D Clipsal lighting control solution at Fay Herron Elementary School employs light-level and occupancy sensors, along with attractive Neo™-style keypads. At the start of the day, when a teacher enters a classroom, an occupancy sensor near the door triggers overhead lighting and opens a damper, allowing in natural light. Then, light-level sensors determine if there is enough natural light in the room to turn off half, or all, of the artificial lights. The Square D Clipsal system turns off the artificial lights and closes the damper for an hour to accommodate video presentations, and can be easily turned back on if the presentation is less than an hour. All activity is coordinated via a Square D Clipsal Area Lighting Panel.

An eight-person jury composed of design and construction professionals judged all Best of 2007 project nominations on quality of design and construction, innovation, contribution to the community, challenges overcome and overall excellence. The Fay Herron Elementary School Rehabilitation and Modernization project will be featured in the December 2007 issue of Southwest Contractor.

For more information about Square D’s lighting control products, call 1-888-SQUARED or visit

Headquartered in Palatine, Ill., the North American Operating Division of Schneider Electric had sales of $3.7 billion (U.S.) in 2006. The North American Operating Division is one of four operating divisions of Schneider Electric, headquartered in Paris, France, and markets the Square D®, Telemecanique® and Merlin Gerin® brand products to customers in the United States, Canada and Mexico. In the United States, Schneider Electric is best known by its flagship Square D brand, with Telemecanique becoming increasingly known in the industrial control and automation markets and supported by many Square D distributors. For 100 years, Square D has been a market-leading brand of electrical distribution and industrial control products, systems and services. Schneider Electric is a global electrical industry leader with 2006 sales of approximately $17.2 billion (U.S.).

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