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Leviton recently announced the expansion of its suite of energy management technology with the launch of its revenue-grade VerifEye Submetering Solutions
. Easy to install and maintenance-free, VerifEye provide users with turn-key tenant billing implementation. VerifEye enables tracking, monitoring and verification of real-time energy usage, providing precise data for billing, reducing operating costs and allowing users to experience long-term energy savings of 15 to 20 percent. A robust, comprehensive submetering platform, VerifEye delivers a seamless solution to simplifying the complexities of allocating energy costs and billing tenants, while enabling smart metering and LEED compliance requirements.
VerifEye gives energy managers the ability to easily identify precisely how and where energy is being used throughout a facility, from the individual circuit-level to tenant-occupied spaces and major building systems loads. Enhancing user accountability and driving the implementation of energy-saving programs in virtually any application environment, its energy measurement and verification solutions are ideal for installation in multi-tenant residential and commercial facilities, commercial offices, retail spaces and manufacturing facilities.
The portfolio of VerifEye solutions includes submeters, communication products for data translation and software options for tenant billing or energy monitoring. The submeters record consumption data in real-time and transmit the output to the communication products that send the data to the Energy Manager Data Center where it is stored, managed and used for reporting. Users can utilize the online Leviton Energy Manager to view energy usage reports or the PC-based Leviton BillSuite software to generate tenant electricity bills, helping to accelerate cash flow and improve profitability.
VerifEye Submeters are available in single-phase (Series 1000) and three-phase (Series 2000) versions in steel and NEMA 4X enclosures. The Series 1000 and Series 2000 submeters measure kilowatt hour consumption and demand. For applications requiring higher levels of output metrics, Series 3000 Smart Meters additionally provide instantaneous power, voltage, amperage, wattage, volt-ampere reactive (VAR) and volt-ampere (VA) per phase measurements. Leviton Mini Meter™ submeters afford the most cost-effective option for measuring energy consumption. All VerifEye submeters feature LED displays for quick, easy visualization of power status and signal strength.
VerifEye’s open architecture provides easy integration building management system (BMS) platforms. VerifEye also provides seamless integration with third-party billing systems, as well as utility company steam, gas and water meters, providing a comprehensive picture of total facility energy utility usage.
VerifEye Submetering Solutions are available in wired, wireless and IP versions to meet site-specific needs and afford contractor-friendly installation in new construction and retrofit environments. VerifEye is UL Listed, cULus and ANSI C12.1 certified.
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Acuity Brands, Inc. recently introduced Lithonia Lighting D-Series Area LED luminaires
integrated with Sensor Switch
motion sensors. The D-Series Area Size 1 and Size 2 LED luminaires utilize motion sensors to increase energy savings in outdoor applications, saving approximately 80% in energy than comparable fixed output metal halide fixtures.
D-Series Area LED luminaires provide a modern look ideal for many commercial and municipal applications, including parking lots, plazas, campuses and streetscapes. Ideal for 15-to 30-foot mounting heights, the luminaire-mounted motion sensor provides a 15-to 20-foot coverage radius and a 300-degree coverage pattern. Innovative presets gradually dim the LED luminaire to a pre-set “low” level when the area becomes unoccupied, achieving energy savings while still providing security lighting. When motion is detected, the luminaires quickly ramp to the full output. The motion sensors feature nine fully programmable attributes including maximum output, motion time delay, dimmed level, fade down and ramp up times.
Hubbell Building Automation’s WASP2
won Best of Category for Controls, Building Integration, Site Automation and Distribution Systems at the LIGHTFAIR 2013 Innovation Awards in Philadelphia.
The WASP2 Fluorescent High Bay Occupancy Sensor provides occupancy-based ON/OFF control of high-bay fluorescent fixtures in warehouse, distribution centers and similar facilities. The product features an integrated daylight sensor that can turn the lights OFF when there is ample daylight. Single and dual-output versions, interchangeable area and aisle lens options, low- and line-voltage models, low-temperature (-40°C)/water-tight versions, five-year warranty.
Programmable Xtreme CosmoPolis Ballast is a fully controllable HID ballast for use with Philips high-efficiency CosmoPolis ceramic metal halide lamps. The ballast is programmable via a USB interface from Philips and downloadable software. Two-way communication and monitoring is enabled via the DALI protocol. It’s ideal for wireless mesh network control.
Additionally, the ballast has onboard standalone features that can be programmed for bilevel dimming, scheduled dimming and dimming override. Line-voltage dimming and customizable light levels can be achieved. The ballast also features 208-277V operation, integral 10kV/5kA surge protection and a rated life of 80,000 hours to 10% failures at 80C case temperature.
has announced a modular panel to provide electrical contractors with cost-effective code-compliant lighting control for a wide variety of small projects. The new LC8 panel
allows installers to quickly configure customized control solutions from just three standard off-the-shelf products. The panel accommodates up to four relay modules, with any combination of two different types of module. Choices include a dual single-pole 120/277 VAC relay module and a single double-pole 208/240/480 VAC relay module. Each panel is equipped with a system clock and touch screen interface for simple scheduled control, including astronomic control options. Accessories include an exterior photocell and a new line of low-profile decorator style switches for manual control.
The LC8 is ideal for applications such as small stand-alone retail projects, libraries or bank buildings, or for controlling lobbies, corridors, public spaces or exteriors of larger buildings. The new panel will appeal to electrical distributors as well as contractors because it is a price leader in its category, and because its modular design facilitates quick and easy configuration for so many applications.
Panel configuration takes just a few minutes, and each panel provides zone-based control of up to eight channels of lighting. The relay modules simply clip onto a DIN rail in the LC8 panel via integral connectors. Zones respond to control signals from the system clock or accessory photocells, switches, occupancy sensors or other input devices. The panel is shipped with pre-programmed control scenarios to simplify setup of automatic lighting control for energy savings and code compliance. Users program the LC8 with a backlit touch screen interface that offers context-sensitive on-screen help.
In addition to the LC8, WattStopper recently introduced a companion line of LVSW-100 Series low voltage switches for applications that require manual control. The low profile 1-, 2-, 3-, 4- and 8-button switches are compatible with standard single-gang decorator style wall plates. Additionally, the switches feature replaceable buttons, so that each switch may be customized in the field, either with different color buttons or with custom-engraved buttons. Buttons can be replaced without removing the switch from the wall. Each switch button includes an LED pilot light that displays the status of connected LC8 panel relays. LVSW-100 Series switches and button kits are available in five colors.
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OSRAM SYLVANIA has announced the availability of the OSRAM DMX Wi-Fi Controller app. Available for free for Android and iOS mobile devices, the DMX Wi-Fi Controller app allows lighting technicians to control up to 512 DMX channels from their mobile device, giving them the power of a DMX controller with the freedom of mobile technology.
“The OSRAM DMX Wi-Fi Controller app is ideal for lighting technicians, gaffers and production electricians to quickly access their wireless-enabled fixtures from any location in the building,” said Mark DeLorenzo, entertainment business manager, OSRAM SYLVANIA. “With their smartphone or tablet computer, they can quickly control and adjust light levels, color and other fixture variables without having to be at the lighting console.”
Once the mobile device is connected to the same wireless network as the lighting system, the lighting professional enters the IP address for the DMX/Ethernet converter into the app. Alternatively, the app can scan for it by simply pressing a button. The DMX Wi-Fi Controller app then saves the settings for future use. Individual channel levels can be set with sliders or entered directly with the keypad. The visual sliders that control lighting variables can be set to adjust in real-time, or multiple changes across numerous fixtures can be sent simultaneously with a simple key stroke.
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Lighting control manufacturer WattStopper
has launched a breakthrough advance in electric lighting control technology for daylight harvesting. The LMLS-600 dual-loop photosensor control
is the first device on the market to combine open-loop and closed-loop photo sensing strategies, greatly improving the accuracy and reliability of daylight sensing in spaces with skylights. The device is the result of research and development conducted in the labs of the California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC), part of the University of
“The dual-loop strategy resolves certain issues that, until now, limited daylight harvesting,” says CLTC Co-director Dr. Konstantinos Papamichael. “It combines the advantages of closed-loop and open-loop strategies while eliminating the disadvantages of each.” The LMLS-600 also features two highly accurate silicon photodiodes that mimic the human eye’s photopic response. The end result is better control of electric lighting, as well as greater energy and cost savings.
CLTC monitored a demonstration of the dual-loop control system at Walmart’s 24-hour West Sacramento store for a full year. Energy savings measured 36 percent, on average, compared to 24 percent from an open-loop control system. This 50 percent improvement in efficiency reduced annual lighting energy use by 113.5 MWh and saved $14,500 in electricity costs. Closed-loop photo sensors do not always respond well when there are changes within a space.
Such changes can occur, for example, when a retail store updates its displays, placing items of different colors, shapes and reflective finishes underneath skylights and sensors. Open-loop photosensors resolve this issue, but they do not always correspond with ambient light levels in the space, especially at the beginning and end of the day, and during partly cloudy conditions. This can result in distracting light-level changes.
The dual-loop photosensor is the newest component in WattStopper’s Digital Lighting Management (DLM) system. Following an automatic setup process, it works with DLM room controllers to deliver automatic on/off switching, step dimming or continuous dimming. The LMLS-600 also recalibrates itself automatically, so it constantly adapts to interior space changes, as well as lamp lumen depreciation and changes in daylight contribution, without the expense of manual maintenance.
The dual-loop control technology is expected to achieve wide consumer acceptance and yield high energy savings, especially in California, where building energy codes will soon require electric lighting controls in the majority of commercial spaces with skylights.
The Environmental Leader Technology Reviews recently announced results of its Technology Reviews
, a program recognizing excellence in products and services that provide companies with energy and environmental benefits.
Schneider Electric was the only company offering an energy sustainability solution to receive the highest ranking of 5-Stars for its Measurement and Verification Panelboards.
To earn a 5-Star Ranking, the judges had to consider the solution to be “a superb product that sets new standard for performance and provides groundbreaking and NEW technical milestones,” said Paul Nastu, Founder and Publisher of the Environmental Leader.
Schneider Electric’s Measurement and Verification Panelboards provide customers with detailed visibility into energy use, enabling improved energy management and opportunities for cost saving and sustainability efforts. Facility managers will be able to isolate energy use within any facility using existing or customized building management software, and to analyze the data to locate new opportunities for greater energy efficiency and savings. The Panelboards monitor energy usage on a variety of load types, including lighting, plugs, zones and spaces, allowing facility personnel to isolate energy use much more precisely. This product is perfect for accomplishing energy-saving goals, obtaining LEED Certification points, and meeting code compliance.
The judges-panel included experts in energy and sustainability manufacturing, research and education. The judges referred to Schneider Electric’s Measurement and Verification Panelboards as a “potentially game-changing technology” in the industry.
Schneider Electric’s Advisor Resource also earned a 4.0 ranking from the esteemed judges.
The HBA WASP2 Fluorescent High Bay Occupancy Sensor
is specifically designed for ON/OFF control of high bay fluorescent fixtures in warehouse, distribution centers and similar facilities. The sensor is available in end mount and surface mount versions with either single or dual outputs. All WASP2 sensors feature a daylight sensor which can be used to increase energy savings by turning off lights when there is sufficient natural light.
As LEDs continue to gain prominence in residential and commercial applications, so increases the need to dim these energy-efficient sources. Lutron Electronics is introducing a higher-power LED driver
that significantly expands the capabilities of its already popular A-Series driver family. With this introduction, users can easily control LED downlights intended for use in high ceilings and in areas that require more light. The new 50W Hi-lume A-Series LED driver
is designed for use with higher power LED modules, including Philips Fortimo 3000lm and Xicato 3000lm models, among others.
Featuring smooth, flicker-free performance, the new 50W driver provides LED dimming from 100% down to 1%. The driver also has a calibration point temperature of 70?C, enabling exceptional performance in demanding applications–atria, houses of worship, high ceiling commercial and residential applications–without requiring a fan.
In an industry of evolving LED module designs, Lutron provides driver solutions that meet every design need:
* Full compatibility – support constant-current and constant-voltage outputs over a wide range of current and voltage levels for driving LED loads
* Provide constant-current reduction (CCR) and pulse-width modulation (PWM) dimming options for constant current loads