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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.

GE’s LightGrid Outdoor Wireless Control System Gives Municipalities Smarter Solutions for Street Light Management

Municipalities can benefit from reduced energy and more efficient management of street lights through GE’s new LightGrid™ Outdoor Wireless Control System.

With the technology of GE Lighting’s central management software, the LightGrid Outdoor Wireless Control System can report energy usage and other operational data of street lights to a central database. A Web-based interface linked to the lighting controls allows authorized users and owners to remotely visualize real-time performance of their outdoor lighting system. Further software capabilities include scheduling, customized reporting, grouping and user access level management. Schedules are stored at the street lighting fixture, providing continued performance even during network disruptions.

GE’s LightGrid technology has GPS in the lighting controls so municipalities can instantly identify usage and performance of street lights in specific locations. Municipalities can activate more precise ‘on/off’ and street light dimming schedules, particularly in low-traffic and other areas during the night. Additionally, the one-piece lighting control simply connects to the external socket of the street light and doesn’t require any internal fixture change.

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Universal Lighting Technologies Enters Occupancy Sensors Market with New Cento Line

universalUniversal Lighting Technologies recently announced the energy-saving CENTO® occupancy sensor line. The CENTO line joins Universal’s already comprehensive product offering as one of the most effective components for lighting control solutions on the market today.

Occupancy sensors can be specified for energy-saving control strategies in spaces having intermittent lighting requirements, including office, commercial and industrial applications. These include classrooms, offices, washrooms, light assembly, warehousing and many other spaces where large energy savings are available by assuring a lights-off condition when unoccupied. When combined with other controllable lighting measures, these sensors can enhance savings provided by an already effective system.

The CENTO line of occupancy sensors includes ceiling and switch mounted devices, color variation options for the switch mounted products, line voltage (Universal 120/277 and 347 volt), and low voltage devices in both basic and feature rich models. The CENTO family includes 25 initial SKUs of PIR occupancy sensors with expansion of the line slated for later in the year.

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OSRAM SYLVANIA recently launched the QUICKTRONIC® HELIOS™ 10, a universal-voltage dimming system for T8 fluorescent lighting applications. The ballast interfaces with standard low voltage (0-10VDC) controllers, making them ideal for office lighting or automated building applications, both
in new construction and retrofit projects. Depending on the control strategy, dimming ballasts offer energy savings of 20 to 75 percent compared to fixed output T8 electronic systems. The QUICKTRONIC HELIOS 10 T8 ballasts are dimmable to 10% on 0-10V dimmers and feature anti-flash circuitry.

The QUICKTRONIC HELIOS 10 system is also suitable for use with occupancy sensors and in energy management, load shedding and daylight harvesting applications. For advanced systems, such as daylight harvesting or building automation applications, standard low voltage devices (0-10VDC, Class 1 or 2) are used to control the lighting system. In daylight harvesting applications, each lighting fixture (or fixture row) is controlled by its own photosensor, regulating the light output to compensate for changes in natural daylight, making HELIOS 10 ballasts a good choice for these applications.

QUICKTRONIC HELIOS 10 ballasts coupled with OCTRON® XP® XL or OCTRON XP XL SUPERSAVER® lamps are covered the QUICK 7XL+™ lamp and ballast warranty, the longest warranty in the industry covering lamps and PROStart® programmed start ballasts for up to seven years.

The QUICKTRONIC HELIOS 10 is NEMA Premium Electronic Program compliant. The program promotes the use of high efficiency T8 electronic ballasts by meeting or exceeding the Ballast Efficiency Factors (BEF), established by the CEE (Consortium for Energy Efficiency). Additionally, the QUICKTRONIC HELIOS 10 assists in achieving energy code requirements such as ASHRAE 90.1 and CA Title 24.

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Lutron and ecoInsight Integrate Software Apps to Streamline Lighting Control Retrofit Projects

lutron2Lutron Electronics is teaming up with ecoInsight, the maker of the world’s most advanced lighting upgrade software, to make it easier for lighting professionals to add Lutron lighting control solutions to every project. Integrating ecoInsight’s lighting upgrade software with the Lutron Energi Advisor™ app ensures lighting professionals that they are selecting the optimal Lutron controls for their lighting retrofit projects.

In an era of rising energy costs, energy efficiency has become paramount to organizations who wish to control costs and improve their bottom line. Upgrading inefficient lighting is a proven strategy for reducing energy consumption and making a building more energy efficient. A key component of that strategy is implementing lighting controls, which can both improve the quality of the lighted environment and help maximize the financial benefits of the overall lighting upgrade.

“The integration we are building with Lutron will reduce the time it takes to specify lighting controls,” says ecoInsight’s CEO, Sean McCloskey. “We believe that this time savings will provide a significant competitive edge to our users.”

With just minimal project information from ecoInsight, such as room size, number of fixtures, type of fixtures and existing controls and financial data, such as local electric utility rates, rebates and labor rates, the Energi Advisor App provides users with a bill of materials, anticipated energy savings and anticipated return on investment. The Energi Advisor app returns a lighting controls solution, based on Lutron’s devices, minimizing the level of system design expertise needed. Overall audit and design time can be reduced by more than 40%.

WattStopper Brings Time-Saving Ladder-Free Sensor Configuration to Warehouses

wattstopperWattStopper has introduced time-saving remote functionality to warehouse lighting control with its new high/low bay sensor. The sensor is packed with features to simplify installation and maintenance, making it easier to manage energy effectively in applications where lighting is mounted as high as 40 feet.

Part of a new family of fixture-mounted sensors, the infrared (IR) remote-controlled occupancy sensor includes a pre-installed lens for mounting heights from 15 to 40 feet. For aisle way applications, installers can snap on a rotatable masking ring, included with the PIR (passive infrared) sensor. This new lens design simplifies ordering and installation compared to previous products that either work only at specific heights, or require on site assembly using specific lenses for different applications

The compact sensor also features accessible onboard controls for installers who prefer presetting special control parameters. A companion product includes the same controls and lens, but without the IR capability.

WattStopper launched ladder-free sensor configuration with its Digital Lighting Management controls, and subsequently added remote capability to parking lot sensor and now to high bay sensors. Installers and facility managers can store multiple sensor parameter profiles in a single IR remote control device to speed configuration and optimize control for different applications.

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Acuity Brands Demonstrates its Newest Intelligent and Responsive Lighting System

Acuity Brands Showcasing New Intelligent and Responsive Lighting System at LFI 2014 Aera_Office

Acuity Brands, Inc. recently demonstrated its Aera lighting system, which delivers functional white light to a space while allowing users to create, personalize and enhance their environment through dynamic color changing “windows.” The system ushers in a new era of active, user-centric lighting for commercial and residential spaces. Users will be empowered to create and alter environments on demand through the use of a custom smart phone, tablet or computer application.

For a variety of reasons, there are numerous indoor spaces where people cannot easily access natural light. There is increasing recognition that biophilic design, or bringing life to architecture, can have broad-reaching implications for the health and well-being of building occupants.

The Aera system has the ability to enhance a predominantly static indoor environment through the simulation of cycled natural daylight and dynamic scenes created by the user. These scenes can help enhance mood and promote a sense of well-being. The Aera system’s integrated window-like presence in the wall taps into a human being’s natural tendencies to want to look to the horizon to ascertain time of day, experience visual relief, or experience light and views.

The Aera system is scheduled to be available through Winona Lighting in late summer 2014.