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Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems
and Lutron Electronics
recently announced the collaborative development of new products that will enable the electrical industry to better comply with new building code requirements for controlling electrical outlets and their associated plug loads.
Hubbell will embed Lutron’s Clear Connect radio frequency (RF) communication technology directly into Hubbell’s Load:Logic plug load control products. This announcement expands the interoperability of Clear Connect-enabled devices, provides the industry with a much-needed, code-compliant solution, and allows installers to easily control electrical outlets in new and existing facilities without learning new systems or performing extensive commissioning.
The use of automated controls for lighting and HVAC has dramatically increased efficiencies of these systems in modern facilities. In contrast, miscellaneous plug loads connected to electrical receptacles have been left uncontrolled and can now approach 50% of a high performance building’s energy footprint. To address this, ASHRAE 90.1-2010, California Energy Commission, and LEED v4 require that 50% of power outlets must be controlled in most areas of a building.
Universal Lighting Technologies
recently announced the addition of lighting industry veteran Otto Hottendorf to the Universal team as the new Regional Sales Manager for the Northwest Territory of the United States.
Hottendorf joins Universal with more than two decades of experience in the electrical and lighting industries. Since 1992, he has successfully served in regional and national sales management roles, having worked with some of the most notable lighting technology companies in the country.
Throughout his career, Hottendorf has garnered extensive knowledge and experience in managing, selling, engineering and installing energy-efficient lighting. His 1999 installation of a campus-wide fluorescent lighting dimming system was among the first in the nation. Additionally, for five years, Hottendorf led a team that accomplished system-wide lighting upgrades for load shedding and daylight harvesting in the hospitality industry.
Canada, which boasts the eleventh-largest economy in the world, has been chosen for Lutron’s
first International Experience Center, located in Markham, Ontario, just outside Toronto. The center, which opened October 8, 2013, showcases a variety of wireless lighting and shading control solutions for commercial spaces.
The 2,800 square-foot space, certified as LEED Gold, features numerous Lutron control solutions including the Quantum total light management system, EcoSystem and more.
Although the Canadian facility is Lutron’s eighth experience center in North America, it is the first outside the U.S. Other centers, dating back to 2001, are located in Plantation, FL, New York City, Coopersburg, PA, Seattle, WA, Irvine, CA and Washington, DC.
recently today the acquisition of JCC Advanced Lighting
, a United Kingdom (UK)-based manufacturer of LED lighting suitable for a wide variety of residential and commercial applications. The acquisition establishes Leviton in the UK market and affords the company growth opportunities internationally.
Integrating JCC’s energy efficient LED lighting into Leviton’s smart solutions provides a unique opportunity to develop the next generation of intelligent design. Through the work of the combined companies, customers will be able to receive even more efficient lighting solutions, including the incorporation of occupancy sensors and dimmers to help achieve nearly 50 percent energy savings when compared to typical installation.
“Leviton’s acquisition of JCC provides a significant presence in the UK and a good base for the future,” said Don Hendler, CEO of Leviton.
JCC will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Leviton, maintaining operations in the UK. The company will continue to be led by Richard Adey, currently the Executive Chairman of JCC, who will report directly to Daryoush Larizadeh, Leviton’s Chief Operating Officer.
Universal Lighting Technologies recently unveiled a brand new look to its corporate website at www.unvlt.com
The all-new layout and color scheme are apparent at first glance, but the changes aren’t just for looks. They include a number of upgrades to the user experience designed to streamline how quickly visitors can find information and how that information is displayed. Clutter has been eliminated from the homepage, along with the black background. In their place is a clean, crisp rotator banner and multiple points of entry that lead directly to the most common user destinations.
Other changes include an entirely new navigation system with menus at top and bottom, a more intuitive network of inter-site links, a more robust search tool, and a brand new product literature finder. In addition, the BallastSpecs interactive tool and cross-reference guide have also been streamlined for faster access to product information and will now be called Spec Finder. Universal also took the opportunity to greatly expand the LED section of its website, providing technical and educational guides as well as a comprehensive overview of the EVERLINE LED family of products.
Click here to visit the new Universal site.
Forty-three percent of energy leaders say their investment in energy efficiency next year is projected to be more than it was last year, according to survey results recently released by Schneider Electric
. Twenty-two percent said their projected investment would stay the same, and 10 percent reported their investment would be less than last year.
The survey, conducted in June at Schneider Electric’s Xperience Efficiency events in Washington, D.C. and Dallas, includes responses from 369 leaders in energy efficiency from business and government sectors.
The survey also looked at what drives energy management investment decisions. Some 64 percent of respondents reported energy cost savings as the biggest driver. Government incentives came in second with 10 percent, followed by government policies and industry standards with 8 percent, executive mandate with 6 percent and brand image with 5 percent.
The majority of respondents, 63 percent, reported they had invested in energy efficiency programs in the past 12 months. Specifically, the two most common energy management practices that respondents’ organizations have adopted in the past 12 months were tracking and analyzing data (29 percent) and energy audits (also 29 percent).
The respondents also shared their thoughts on which energy management approaches will take hold in the next five years, predicting that building automation (24 percent), efficient lighting (21 percent) and data center efficiency (16 percent) would become the most popular.
Other significant survey findings include:
• 41 percent of respondents cited tax credits or incentives as the energy policy that has had the greatest impact on improving energy efficiency in their organization.
• 60 percent of respondents said that they have someone in their organization responsible for energy management.
PLC recently announced Garrison Leykam has joined the company as Sales Manager. Mr. Leykam is driving continued growth of the manufacturers’ representative and OEM channels while leading PLC’s effort to grow its energy and institutional channel sales.
Mr. Leykam has held senior management roles for several major companies, including MCI Telecommunications, Cablevision, DSL.net, and most recently as Senior Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for the residential and commercial divisions of Phoenix Hardwood Floors. He has a master’s degree from the New School for Social Research.
Schneider Electric recently published its 2013 Lighting Controls Catalog, available online. Check it out here
The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) recognized the generous support of Leviton
for their $20,000 contribution to the NAED Education and Research Foundation.
All funds go toward providing industry-leading education and research programs for the $70-billion electrical distribution channel.
For more than 40 years, the NAED Foundation has provided members with the latest industry information, valuable education tools and industry research initiatives. Past tax-deductible donations have led to preparatory courses for the Certified Electrical Professional program and the newly launched Branch Management University, among other initiatives.
Schneider Electric now offers lighting controls information on its U.S. mobile website enabling viewing on mobile devices such as tablets, iPhones, iPads and Blackberry phones.
- Easy to Use Sensor Cross Reference Tool
- Access to the latest Lighting Control news
- Easy access to literature, videos, and product information
Click here to access it.