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Universal Lighting Technologies Launches Universal University

universalUniversal Lighting Technologies, Inc. has announced a partnership with BlueVolt, a provider of online Learning Management Systems (LMS) for the electrical and other service industries, to launch Universal University, a new digital training experience.

Universal University building industry professionals a 24/7 interactive online learning experience. Course participants can learn about various product categories, including how the lighting industry is shifting from fluorescent to LED technology.

Universal has six courses currently available with plans to add more courses this year. Topics include: Ballast Basics, Lighting with LED, LED Fixtures and Retrofit Kits, LED Linear Solutions, and LED Drivers.

Click here to learn more.

Karl Haas Named as ETC Architectural National Sales Manager

Karl Haas named as ETC architectural national sales managerKarl Haas has been appointed architectural national sales manager for ETC. Haas will be responsible for managing ETC’s architectural regional managers and the company’s sales territories of North and South America, India and Australia.

Daintree Networks Accepting Nominations for 2015 Energy Champion Awards

Daintree Networks®, a manufacturer and developer of open networked wireless control and operation solutions for smart buildings, recently announced that nominations are open for its annual Energy Champion Awards.

The awards were created to recognize the efforts of those in the industry that are openly driving awareness to save energy by using technologies and processes to reduce energy consumption in offices, warehouses, retail stores, and other commercial buildings. The winners will be selected by a panel of judges from the industry.

Nominations will close at 12 noon Pacific time on September 1, 2015.

Click here to recommend a candidate for an Energy Champion Award.

Demystify Energy Codes with Lutron’s Commercial Application Guides

Lutron Electronics has announced the availability of its free, online Commercial Application Guides that will dramatically simplify the process for electrical contractors and engineers to stay up to date with rapidly-changing U.S. energy codes.

Designed to provide customers with examples of how Lutron controls can be used to meet or exceed ASHRAE 90.1-2010, IECC 2012 and Title 24-2013 code requirements, the Lutron Commercial Application Guides lay out different spaces and explain the setup of each space and corresponding products in a simple and user-friendly way.

Click here to download it.

Lutron Electronics Introduces the Residential Advantage Contractor Program

Lutron Electronics recently unveiled its new Residential Advantage Contractor (RAC) Program for electrical contractors looking to take full advantage of the hottest trends in smart lighting and LED dimming.

Whether it’s learning about how to stay on top of the connected home opportunity, minimizing the risk of callbacks with reliable LED controls, or providing convenience and energy savings with occupancy sensors – contractors will gain valuable information that will help them grow their businesses.

By attending the free, two-hour RAC Training, contractors will receive all of the information and tools they need to meet the growing demand for energy-saving products and smart home solutions.

Click here to learn more.


Check out everything new at Eaton with this video providing a virtual tour of the company’s 2015 LIGHTFAIR booth.

GE Intelligent LED Lighting Connects with Apple HomeKit Ecosystem

GE recently announced plans to engineer intelligent, color-changing LED lighting compatible with Apple’s HomeKit during GE’s Connected Future event, unveiling LED-enabled Intelligent Environments capabilities for cities, buildings and homes.

Embedded with GE Align™ technology, GE’s HomeKit-enabled LED bulb takes smart home technology a step further, giving consumers the ability to automate lighting according to the body’s natural sleep circadian rhythm. Lighting impacts our sleep patterns, and GE Align tunes the light spectrum to help promote the body’s natural sleep cycle by controlling the blue concentration of light output. In the morning, GE Align produces a bright, bluer tone that suppresses the body’s production of melatonin, and in the evening it produces an amber light, reminiscent of candlelight and campfires.

HomeKit provides an easy, secure framework to easily navigate, integrate and control GE intelligent LED lighting, enabling:

* Individual device control and grouping devices into scenes all under one command
* Interoperability and integration with other connected devices
* Secure pairing through authentication and end-to-end encryption between GE intelligent LED and iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

GE’s Homekit-enabled intelligent LED offering will be available later in 2015.

Leviton Launches Company’s First Mobile Applications

Leviton recently launched the company’s first mobile applications (apps): Leviton 2 Go, the Leviton Library, the Leviton Title 24 and Leviton’s Captain Code® NEC®. The free apps from Leviton serve as a major digital stride for the company and were developed with the primary goal of reaching customers in a more efficient and interactive manner.

Leviton 2 Go helps customers discover and research the entire Leviton line of products directly from their mobile device. The app simplifies product research, enabling users to search through more than 25,000 products. Users can also scan Leviton or competitor bar codes to generate the corresponding Leviton part number. Users can access all product information including instruction sheets, how-to videos and product drawings directly from their mobile device. Leviton 2 Go also keeps customers’ up-to-date on the latest information, news and tips from Leviton through push notifications and/or directly from the app’s “News” button. Other Leviton 2 Go functions include keyword searches that enable users to find relevant Leviton product information, the ability to identify product families or products as “favorites,” and access to Leviton L-300 full line catalog in an easy-to-use intuitive interface.

The Leviton Library app provides digitized versions of Leviton’s catalogs and brochures. Through the app, customers are able to seamlessly navigate through a comprehensive collection of Leviton’s brochures and catalogs. Users can view brochures grouped by specific product families or by application. The Leviton Library app comes fully equipped with simplified digital navigation and other useful tools directly from the app.

The Leviton Title 24 app provides an easy access to information on California Title 24 2013 lighting controls code requirements. The powerful app simplifies Title 24 by intuitively organizing information, allowing users to search by application, code language and recommended Leviton solutions that meet code compliance. Through the app, users are assisted in designing Title 24 code compliant solutions by reviewing the app-provided solutions for applications such as classrooms, offices, retail and restaurant spaces. The app includes diagrams that clearly illustrate recommended code compliant solutions and a summary of the code requirements it meets. Customers can access videos applicable to Title 24 and other design tools such as Leviton’s Title 24 Design Guide and exclusive Code Assist Services. Leviton also offers a complementary online tool for the app at

Leviton’s Captain Code NEC app is an easy-to-use, comprehensive digital tool based on Leviton’s popular Captain Code literature series produced for electrical contractors, distributors, inspectors and all electrical professionals for every code cycle. Demonstrating Leviton’s commitment to electrical safety, the 2014 edition features text directly from the National Electrical Code® 2014 NFPA 70® publication as well as expert commentary from Leviton engineers and other industry professionals. The material is also accessible via a dedicated web portal at Electrical professionals can benefit from the mobile electronic companion piece to the print version of The 2014 Captain Code Pocket Guide. The app also features valuable information on Leviton solutions related to applicable code articles, and links back to for corresponding product information. Recognizing that some states are a code cycle behind, the Leviton Code Connection website offers downloadable links to Captain Code Pocket Guides from previous code cycles in addition to the most current 2014 cycle at

Leviton’s apps are available for any iOS device through the iTunes store and Android devices through Google Play. Links to download the apps can be found on the Leviton website at

Hubbell Building Automation Announces New Website

hubbell-new-siteThe Hubbell Building Automation website receives well over a million visits each year by specifiers, engineers, architects and end users looking for solutions to their various lighting control needs.

To better serve visitors, the HBA site has undergone a major renovation.

Check it out here.

Acuity Brands Partners with Sensity Systems

Acuity Brands, Inc. recently announced a strategic partnership with Sensity Systems, a pioneer in light sensory networks. Acuity Brands and Sensity plan to create a joint solution that further transforms energy-efficient LED lighting into a smart, connected platform for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

As a Sensity NetSense Partner, Acuity Brands further expands its industry-leading smart outdoor lighting solutions capabilities by adding the ability to capture and transmit data near real-time, providing actionable insight and enabling a broad array of applications and services.

The smart lighting solutions targeted to cities, commercial and retail buildings, airports and universities will focus on improving energy conservation, public services, safety and security, parking, and a wide variety of other applications. Acuity Brands and Sensity are already in the process of implementing commercial deployments with select customers. Demonstrations of smart lighting applications and benefits will be on display at LIGHTFAIR International 2015 in New York City, May 5-7, at the Acuity Brands booth (#1640) and the Sensity booth (#3057).

Acuity Brands and Sensity expect that their joint solution will advance the goals of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Presidential Challenge for Advanced Outdoor Lighting. As part of the DOE’s Better Buildings Initiative program, the Presidential Challenge aims to work with municipalities to upgrade 1.5 million U.S. street lights to high-efficiency LEDs over the next two years. Lighting renovations are the ideal vehicle to deploy a smart lighting network that will not only deliver important cost, safety, efficiency, energy and carbon pollution reduction benefits, but also transform the lighting quality of cities and provide added value beyond illumination.

Acuity and sensity deal