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Daintree Networks Takes Building Energy Management into the Cloud

Daintree Networks recently launched an offering that merges cloud-based computing with building automation technology to enable comprehensive energy management that far surpasses simple lighting control.

Daintree’s Building Energy Management as a Service (BEMaaS™) approach makes its ControlScope™ software available as a subscription-based cloud application instead of locally on a physical server. Choosing this option will give customers a simple, cost-effective and highly scalable solution for managing all facets of building energy loads and related applications with a low total cost of ownership (TCO).

Additionally, customers can buy monitoring and optimization services that allow them to continuously stay on top of changes in their building operations by leveraging expertise from Daintree Networks’ building energy professionals. This is a true end-to-end energy management service offering that spans various building applications and control down to individual devices including lighting, thermostat, plug load, fans and more.

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OSRAM SYLVANIA Releases Next Generation of Encelium Polaris 3D Software

OSRAM SYLVANIA has released the latest version of its flagship ENCELIUM® lighting management software – Polaris 3D®. ENCELIUM by OSRAM is a scalable lighting control system.

Accessible anytime, anywhere via an Internet connection, the Polaris 3D software is the core element of the ENCELIUM system that facilitates the commissioning, usage and data analysis of the lighting installation. The 3D color gradient visualization shows how efficient an installation is and immediately reports the savings achieved. Now, the new Polaris 3D 3.5.1 software is even easier to use and offers additional flexibility for buildings to comply with local building codes, offer a comfortable work environment for employees, reduce their lighting energy consumption by as much as 75 percent, and qualify for several points toward LEED certification.

New features and improvements include the following:

1. Polaris 3D now allows the configuration of a dual ballast equipped fixture with Cool White and Warm White lamps for Automatic Tuning of White Light. By manipulating the level of the ballasts controlling the Cool White and Warm White lamps in the same fixture, the color temperature of the light can change according to the current time of the day, providing the most suitable environment for an employee at that moment.

2. Automatic Association of Zones and Schedules decreases commissioning time.

3. A Pop-up Warning Wizard lists issues to be resolved prior to configuring a system, making it easier to view and settle them.

3. Some buildings, such as hotels, use a temporary partition wall to split a room into two areas for different functions or meetings. When the temporary partition wall is placed across the room creating two zone, Polaris 3D now can Automatically Replicate Zones for Spaces with Partition Walls so commands are automatically replicated to both zones, or they can be treated as unique spaces.

4. New Comfort Property Settings allow facility managers to set parameters for reduced lighting levels during non-peak hours of the day to still save energy, without sacrificing employee comfort. Lighting levels can be set at a reduced level when a space is not in use, but if an employee enters the semi-illuminated area, it can be set to increase around an employee as they travel, providing more comfort for the individual.

5. Users can configure lighting by Simultaneous Occupancy and Time Schedules within one zone. If a scheduled event has passed, occupancy sensing will become active.

6. Previously, if the lights were shut off for a presentation in a board room, the HVAC system might think the room was not in use and shut off the air conditioning. Now with the new Assign Occupancy Sensing by Zone & Occupancy Behavior feature, Polaris 3D can instruct the HVAC system to remain on based on true occupancy sensor status, despite the HVAC system seeing that the fixture is off.

7. Users can now Lock or Disable System Inputs Based on Triggers, such as a contact closure, schedule or zone status. These overrides can be used in situations such as a school lockdown where the principal needs to ensure lights remain on during an emergency situation.

8. Real Time Visible Status Notifications are now available, including fire alarm and emergency backup power.

9. Occupancy sensors with Built-in Push Buttons can be enabled through Polaris 3D.

Acuity Brands Unveils xCella Wireless Lighting Control System

xCella-familyAcuity Controls introduces xCella(TM) Wireless lighting controls for quick-configure control of lighting HVAC and plug load. Installed in a variety of retrofit and new construction applications, xCella Wireless energy management solutions deploy quickly for simple room control, and can also be networked for floor or building wide control.

Featuring innovative Pair & Play(TM) technology, xCella Wireless switches, sensors, and load controls are operational in minutes. xCella Wireless can be delivered pre-paired and packaged by room for even faster installation and reduced commissioning costs.

“By combining wired and wireless relays, xCella Wireless provides the flexibility to achieve the right control for the right load,” said Lance Hollner, Director, Acuity Controls. “When used as a stand-alone panel, an intuitive user interface helps users simplify programming and commissioning for quick and simple deployments. The versatility, yet simplicity of xCella Wireless make it ideal to maximize lighting control in small areas.”

The xCella Wireless lighting control system creates mini-lighting control systems without requiring a central processor or gateway, making it ideal for maximizing the full potential of lighting within a single room or small space. xCella Wireless lighting controls feature simple-to-install sensors that shut off when rooms are unoccupied to save energy.

Using battery-free, power harvesting technology, xCella switches and sensors eliminate costly high-voltage wiring and installation labor in new construction. In retrofits, xCella minimizes modification of existing circuits and wall boxes.

The xCella Wireless lighting control system is composed of remote modules, wireless switches, wireless sensors and additional controls. It can operate as a full stand-alone wireless solution or combine with other Acuity Controls products to create a hybrid wired/wireless solution complete with switching and dimming relay panels, BMS integration, and Unity GX2TM floor plan control, monitoring and analytics software.

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Provolt Daylight Harvesting and Occupancy Sensors by Leviton

levitonLeviton’s Provolt ODC family of line-voltage occupancy and vacancy sensors simplify energy management with an easy to install, self-contained solution. Provolt occupancy sensor models include line-voltage occupancy sensing, daylight harvesting and manual-ON/auto-OFF override control in a single unit with no special control stations required.

The integrated design eliminates separate power pack and sensor wiring for additional savings in labor, time and material. Available in passive infrared, ultrasonic and multi-technology versions, the new line features both single and dual relay versions with mid-range, high-density and extended range lenses included with select models.

Provolt occupancy sensor models switch connected loads ON when occupancy is detected and automatically switch them OFF after a predetermined time interval after the space is vacated. Vacancy sensor versions require connected loads to be switched ON manually and automatically turn them OFF when occupancy is no longer detected.

All models feature Leviton’s auto-adapting technology which continually adjusts to occupancy patterns to deliver optimal performance reliability and false triggering prevention. To further enhance energy savings, Provolt occupancy sensor models feature true daylight harvesting (both open and closed loop) through an integrated photocell that automatically activates or deactivates connected loads (e.g., lighting, fans, HVAC, etc.) in conjunction with the presence or absence of natural light. In instances of power failure, an automatic time-delay with auto-save feature returns the time-out setting to the last saved level once power is restored.

The Provolt ODC’s contractor-friendly, compact, one-piece design significantly reduces installation time over low-voltage sensors that require a separate power pack to supply voltage to the unit. An industry-exclusive self-detecting, configurable manual switch input (for both momentary and maintained contacts), terminal blocks and screw guides on the sensors significantly speed installation and setup.

The new sensors feature robust performance for all load types and a mechanically-held 10 Amp latching relay that delivers power savings beyond electrically-held relay designs. All Provolt ODC sensor models feature Leviton’s industry-leading fail-safe circuitry. The circuitry returns the sensors’ electronics to a “closed” position to maximize safety once power is restored after an electrical outage. Another Leviton exclusive – high inrush stability (HIS) circuitry – accommodates a variety of high inrush electronic ballast loads. Factory calibrated zero-crossing circuitry on the sensors extend their relay life.

Provolt sensors are ideal for installation in tight ceiling spaces with limited access for low-voltage wiring, new construction projects aimed at energy conservation and retrofit environments requiring compliance with the latest energy mandates. The Provolt ODC line of sensors is listed to UL 773A and UL 924. They are CE Compliant, cUL Listed, RoHS Compliant, NOM Certified, CA Title 20/24 Compliant and backed by Leviton’s Limited 5-Year Warranty.

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Lutron Introduces Powerful New Quantum Vue Software for its Quantum Total Light Management System

lutronLutron Electronics recently announced that its powerful Quantum® Total Light Management™ System offers Quantum Vue building management software, accessible from a smart phone, tablet or desktop computer.

Quantum Vue helps streamline the building management process by enabling facilities teams to access their building lighting control anytime from anywhere.

The intuitive Quantum Vue software helps manage lighting throughout a facility by monitoring and reporting all of the lighting energy used in a space. Building owners and facility managers can easily optimize lighting energy performance while reducing maintenance and operating costs. Features of the Quantum Vue software include:

· Simple, intuitive software interface
· Manage, monitor and report on all the energy usage in a building
· Reprogram lighting scenes and shade presets from a mobile device, smartphone and computer
· Ties all building lighting and shade controls together under one system interface

“Quantum Vue can now provide immediate access to important system information whenever you need it,” said Eric Lind, Vice President, Global Specifications at Lutron. “Facility managers can now interface with their building lighting control system from any computer, tablet, or smartphone ­ and run reports, export data to other applications, and monitor the system performance with this revolutionary new software.”

The new software now gives specifiers, facility managers and property managers top-in-class software to provide a complete solution for creating the perfect lighting environment in commercial office buildings, hospitals, universities, hotels, convention centers, museums and more. Current Quantum users can schedule an appointment with a Lutron Services representative at 1-800-523-9466 to upgrade their existing systems.

Universal Launches New LED Luminaires


Universal Lighting Technologies recently launched three new luminaire products—LED Retrofit Kits, Wall Pack luminaires and Vapor Tight luminaires.

The EVERLINE® LED Retrofit Kit serves as a fluorescent lighting replacement kit, reducing energy consumption and maintenance costs. It includes a two or four foot kit, both consisting of two LED Lensed Modules, one LED Driver and a harness packaged together with replacement instructions. Available color temperature options are 3500K, 4000K and 5000K. The LED Retrofit Kit makes it fast and easy to transform traditional fluorescent lighting to efficient LED technology with a simple installation process. The in-house power electronic, thermal and optical design of the complete EVERLINE “matched” system of modules and drivers assures optimum performance, reliability and customer satisfaction.

The EVERLINE® Vapor Tight fixture line features four foot and eight foot products for replacement and new construction offering significantly higher efficiencies and industry-leading lumen maintenance. The four foot models have six light output options, from 3300 to 9800 delivered lumens. The eight foot models have an additional six light output options, from 7000 to 19800 delivered lumens. Optional tamper-resistant lens hardware, gasketed seal and IP65 rating offer an ideal light source for harsh environments.

Universal’s EVERLINE® Wall Pack luminaire is perfect for HID replacement or new construction, providing five lumen options, instant light availability with excellent color rendering, and common commercial color temperatures (4000K and 5000K). The 13-inch Wall Pack has a dark bronze, die cast aluminum base with a seamless gasket creating an IP66 ingress protection rating. Additionally, the Wall Pack is equipped with optics that provide a Long Type III distribution or Very Short Type IV with the full cutoff shield accessory. Wall Pack options include tamper-resistant lens hardware and daylight sensors in dedicated 120V or 277V versions.

OSRAM Launches LIGHTIFY Connected Lighting Solution


OSRAM’s LIGHTIFY delivers connecting lighting controllable via existing mobile devices and a free, simple app.

The OSRAM LIGHTIFY lighting system begins with a cable-free Gateway that can be plugged into a standard wall outlet anywhere in a home or business, and wirelessly syncs with the existing WiFi network. The Gateway connects to LIGHTIFY devices (up to 50 per each Gateway) via standard ZigBee Home Automation protocols.

Initial products include an A19 Tunable White 60W replacement LED lamp which delivers over 800 lumens and has an adjustable color temperature, meaning that it can be adjusted from a warm 2700 Kelvin Color Temperature up to a 6500 Kelvin cool white color level at any dimness level. Also available will be an A19 60W replacement RGBW LED lamp which can provide up to 16 million colors to match a scene or mood, and also has tunable white functionality.

In addition, there are flexible, color changing, indoor LED light strips and garden-spot LED lights for highlighting outdoor features with color. The Gateway can also operate other smart lighting devices from a variety of manufacturers that use standard ZigBee Home Automation protocols.

The free, user-friendly LIGHTIFY App, which runs on Apple iOS7 or above and Android 4.1 or above, offers a variety of practical and playful options to control the lighting system and is simple to use, convenient and secure.

The LIGHTIFY system can be up and running in 3 quick and simple steps. The first step is to create a LIGHTIFY account and register and scan the Gateway using the smart device. The second step is to sync the Gateway with the local wireless network, and the final step is to power on the light sources in order to pair them to the Gateway. The app will then offer the user various functions such as choosing colors, setting personal lighting scenes, or pre-setting various schedule-based lighting features at any time from any place in the world.

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Hubbell Building Automation Unveils New Family of Energy-Saving LightHawk2 Lighting Control Sensors

Hubbell Building AutomationHubbell Building Automation (HBA) has enhanced its popular wall switch vacancy and occupancy sensor family with the introduction of the LightHAWK2™. From conference rooms, offices, and hallways to storage areas, restrooms, and hotel guest rooms, the LightHAWK2™ sensors provide building operators superior control and energy-savings.

Nowadays, ever-evolving energy code requirements and the increasing demand for energy-saving products have made lighting control sensors a must-have for building owners and managers. Building on HBA’s history of innovation, the new LightHAWK2™ family of wall switch vacancy and occupancy sensors offer a variety of options and features that fulfill the demands of even the most discerning user.

Different lighting applications require different sensor technologies that deliver the best sensor coverage and performance. Fully understanding this, HBA has made the LightHAWK2™ available with the most reliable indoor motion sensor technologies available today including: Passive Infrared (PIR), Ultrasonic (US), and Dual Technology.

The enhanced LightHAWK2™ family includes six different options including the most versatile and widely used version, the LightHAWK2™ Dual Technology Sensor. Featuring HBA’s patented IntelliDAPT® technology, the Dual Technology Sensor combines US and PIR technologies for unequaled motion detection.

Three new options in the family include the LightHAWK2™ Dimming PIR Sensors featuring 0-10V dimming; the LightHAWK2™ Night Light PIR Sensor combining PIR technology with the added safety and comfort of a night-light; and the LightHAWK2™ Low Voltage Sensor designed to work with a power pack or as part of a lighting control system.

All LightHAWK2™ models include a built-in photocell that when activated during commissioning, allows the lights to remain off when there is sufficient natural light. This feature provides even greater energy savings.

Additionally, LightHAWK2™ wall switch sensors are built to last and feature HBA’s RhinoTuff™ vandal-resistant lens and a wrap-around galvanized steel-mounting strap.

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WattStopper Retrofit Panel Solution Leverages Existing Building Control Investments to Deliver High Performance

WattStopper’s new relay panel retrofit solution enables high performance control capabilities while eliminating costly installation and wiring requirements for building owners and property managers. Offering all the capabilities of the innovative Digital Lighting Management (DLM) technology platform, which now includes wireless building-to-building connectivity, the solution also preserves existing infrastructure investments.

Building owners or property managers can build on the existing foundation of legacy lighting relay panels from manufacturers such as WattStopper, Horton Controls and GE, leveraging existing line-voltage relays, power supplies, wiring, even low-voltage switches in many cases.

“We know that at least 75 percent of all commercial buildings in the United States were built before energy codes were strongly enforced,” notes Charles Knuffke, VP of Systems, WattStopper. “These represent significant energy efficiency opportunities, and this solution provides a simple, flexible and scalable path to bringing the legacy panel—indeed the entire building—into today’s high performance era.”

Retrofit projects can focus on simple stand-alone relay panel upgrades or tackle ambitious campus-wide panel network upgrades.

Some of the available options include integrating analog or specialty occupancy sensors, connecting remote panel networks or outdoor lighting wirelessly and native BACnet integration. Simply by replacing outdated legacy panel intelligence with future-friendly DLM intelligence, the panel becomes a platform for improved building performance.

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LCA TV: WattStopper at LIGHTFAIR 2014

This WattStopper video presents the company’s offerings at LIGHTFAIR 2014.