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Universal Lighting Technologies Joins AD

Universal Lighting Technologies, Inc. has joined the Affiliated Distributors (AD) wholesale buying group as an approved supplier for the group’s U.S. electrical distributors, effective January 1, 2016. Universal has been a member of AD Canada since 2013.

AD is the largest contractor and industrial products wholesale buying group in North America. The group’s membership includes 130 independently owned electrical distributors, representing more than 1,100 individual locations in the United States. According to the group, AD’s U.S. electrical division generates more than $13 billion in electrical supply sales annually.

According to AD, its members’ year-to-date sales were up three percent at the end of the third quarter in 2015.

AD members will receive access to the entire Universal product line, including LED Retrofit Kits, LED Linear T8 Tubes, “LED Ready” Ballasts, LED Wall Packs, LED Vapor Tight, LED Chains, and LED Replacement Drivers, as well as Universal’s broad selection of ballasts and lamps.

Universal Awards Agents of the Year at NEMRA Conference

Universal Lighting Technologies recently recognized its top agencies for 2015 at the National Electrical Manufacturers Representative Association (NEMRA) conference. Agencies acknowledged included Hawkins Sales, Yusen Associates, Bay Electrical Solutions, Empire Electric, United Electrical Sales, and Electri-Products Group.

Four Top Agency awards and four Top Agent Representative awards were presented by Damiani. Joe Miezin accepted a Top Performance award and Top Agent award for Hawkins Sales; Willis Milner and Joe Hample accepted a Top Performance award for United Electrical Sales. Jamie Walker accepted an EVERLINE Agency of the Year award on behalf of Yusen, while Nick Hart of Yusen accepted a Top Agent award. Darren Gerrietts with Bay Electrical Solutions accepted the EVERLINE Agency award for Bay Electrical Solutions. Stephanie Mullaney of Empire Electric accepted a Top Agent award; Matt Wagoner with Electri-Products Group accepted a Marketing Support award.

Lutron Enhances Customer Service and Technical Support Capabilities with Online Support Community

Lutron Electronics recently announced the launch of The Lutron Support Community, an online forum for residential dealers and homeowners to post questions and answers about Lutron products, as well as share ideas, best practices, and troubleshooting tips.

Members of Lutron’s technical support team monitor and participate in the forum to provide additional information and assistance to keep the forum of the highest quality.

The mobile-friendly version of the forum will be useful to installers on job sites who can quickly and conveniently search for solutions on-demand.

Click here to participate.

Daintree Wins 2015 Connected Home and Building Award

daintree2Daintree Networks has won an award from IoT Evolution magazine, which honors organizations delivering software or hardware solutions that enable the advancement of the smart home and building industry.

Learn more about the award and its winners here.

Lutron’s Jim Yorgey Re-Elected Chair of National Lighting Bureau

James M. “Jim” Yorgey, P.E., LC, CTS, Lutron Electronics’ technical-applications manager, has been re-elected chair of the National Lighting Bureau, the independent lighting education foundation.

Mark S. Lien, L.C., CLEP, CLMC, HBDP, LEED BD&C, government & industry relations director for Bureau-sponsor OSRAM SYLVANIA, was re-elected vice chair. Cary S. Mendelsohn (Imperial Lighting Maintenance Company), representing the interNational Association of Lighting Management Companies (NALMCO), was re-elected secretary/treasurer.

ENCELIUM Recognized by Industry for Product Innovation

CONSULTING-SPECIFYING ENGINEER’s 11th annual Product of the Year contest is a premier award for new products in the HVAC, fire/life safety, electrical and plumbing systems engineering markets. Finalists were judged by readers of the magazine which include qualified engineering, facility management and building professionals who specify products and systems for nonresidential buildings.

Selected as a Product of the Year in the lighting controls category, the ENCELIUM Wireless PIR Sensor was one of 41 distinguished winners showcased recently in the magazine. The ENCELIUM Wireless PIR sensor, recognized for its integrated photo sensing capability and ease-of-installation, can wirelessly collect info on space lighting conditions and offer Passive Infra Red (PIR) occupancy sensing and daylight sensing in one sleek housing. An integral part of the ENCELIUM Wireless EMS, the Wireless PIR Sensor is the smallest wireless occupancy sensor with photocontrol on the market and allows facility managers to avoid wasting energy when there is enough natural light. The sensor offers three tool-less mounting options for easy installation that do not require removing the ceiling tile, and also offers masking options to maximize control flexibility.

In addition, the ENCELIUM EMS and the wireless EMS have been ranked as a “Top Product Pick for Specifiers” by an independent committee of writers and publicists who cover architectural and building envelope product news year-round. Led by Eberly & Collard Public Relations, the autonomous panelists reviewed more than 350 products and selected the top 20 products shown at the annual AIA 2015 conference based upon three factors – advanced technology, innovative design and aesthetic visual appearance.

Click here to learn more about Encelium’s EMS and accessory controls.

Acuity Brands Acquires Distech Controls

Acuity Brands Lighting, Inc. has acquired Distech Controls Inc., a provider of building automation and energy management solutions that allow for the seamless integration of lighting, HVAC, access control, closed circuit television and related systems. Acuity Brands Lighting acquired all of the outstanding capital stock of Distech Controls for approximately $318 million CAD.

PLC Multipoint Appoints Gabriel Ledezma as Estimator

PLC Multipoint has added an Estimator to its team–Gabriel Ledezma, who brings a strong background in electrical engineering and estimating to the position. Ledezma can be contacted at Quotes [at] PLCMultipoint [dot] com.

LCA TV: GE Intelligent Lighting in San Diego

GE and The City of San Diego have launched a pilot program to turn street lights into intelligent, connected devices.

“Imagine if your street light could do more than just provide light… if it could identify hazards in the roadway and deploy city crews… if it could help sense an entire environment and create the data a community needs,” says David Graham, deputy chief operating officer for the city of San Diego. “It’s not a fiction anymore. It’s a reality that we are doing with this Intelligent Cities partnership.”

Learn more here.

GE Lighting and ShotSpotter Announce MOU to Bring Gunshot Detection to Luminaires

Cities and their emergency responders will soon have a new way to deploy gunshot detection technology and be able to respond to incidents and react faster to protect their residents. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between GE Lighting and SST, Inc., developer of the ShotSpotter™ crime detection and location suite, lays ground to embedding sophisticated ShotSpotter technology into GE’s intelligent LED street lights.

The proposed exclusive arrangement intends to add real-time gunfire detection from ShotSpotter to GE’s Intelligent Environments for Cities solution, which features software and sensor-enabled LED lighting powered by Predix™—GE’s cloud-based platform for the Industrial Internet—to help cities realize potential opportunities for reducing cost, optimizing operations and creating value.

The collaboration is conditional on a definitive agreement.

How it will work: Communities most affected by gunfire are least likely to call it in. It is estimated that 1 in 10 shooting incidents are reported to 911 (according to 2013 SST Inc., National Gunfire Index), and when calls do come in, the information is often inaccurate.

Through its proprietary acoustic sensors and enterprise-grade software, ShotSpotter detects and locates gunfire in real time. Alerts are then broadcast to 911 dispatch centers, patrol cars and even smart phones, with the precise location, number of rounds fired, multiple or single shooters, and other valuable situational intelligence. These alerts enable first responders to get on scene quickly and safely in order to aid victims, collect evidence and quickly apprehend offenders.

ShotSpotter is already driving meaningful outcomes in cities today. Embedding the technology in GE’s Intelligent Environments for Cities solution will take its benefits one step further by building into a city’s existing infrastructure and by leveraging the GE Predix cloud. With ShotSpotter sensors embedded into luminaires throughout a city, much broader coverage areas will be available on a cost-affordable basis.

Click here to learn more about GE Lighting’s Intelligent Environments for Cities solution.