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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

CLTC Webinar on Advanced Lighting Controls on April 29

cltcOn April 29, 2015, Konstantinos Papamichael of the the California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) will present a webinar on advanced lighting controls, sponsored by Philips.

Click here to learn more and register.

Career Opportunity: Program Manager – Lighting Systems Standards for NEMA

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) develops performance and other standards; crafts and executes advocacy campaigns; and provides analytical products to assist member companies with business decisions.

The Program Manager – Lighting Systems Standards manages the standards development process for several technologies in the Lighting Systems sector. The program manager works with member companies to conduct an industry-wide assessment of extent standards; gaps in this topology; and identification of high priority potential new standards. The position reports to the Sr. Director — Standards
Management Directorate. The incumbent will work in a matrixed organization supporting the Lighting Systems Division. The incumbent will from time to time take on additional tasks as needed.

The position is in Arlington (Rosslyn), Virginia and may include up to 30 percent time on travel including both domestic and international.

Key Responsibilities

I. Develop and maintain manufacturing and performance standards related to lighting products and lighting systems for residential, commercial, industrial and outdoor use.

• Survey and monitor the national and international standards environment and trends; be accountable for developing plans and achieving goals on behalf of members’ interests
• Direct accomplishment of: creation, review, revision, hibernation and retirement of standards
• Conceptualize and assist in the development of quantitative/qualitative performance, quality and safety standards so as to enhance use of member products/services

II. Lead two NEMA Section Technical Committees, three active ANSI Accredited Standards Committees and cross-division technical working groups as assigned.

• Develop annual and situational work plans; and achieve all assigned plan(s) objectives
• Plan logistical arrangements, manage meetings, prepare meeting minutes and distribute associated documents according to NEMA best practices.
• Drive and be accountable for committee and team outcomes.
• Adhere to established domestic SDO policies and procedures.

III. Build effective and persistent personal lines of communication with NEMA member companies, technical committee members as well as key participants in non-NEMA standards activities. When directed, establish excellent communications with US government agencies as well as international regulatory bodies.

IV. Develop and execute annual committee budgets – including possible supplementary funds additions; oversee all contracts with outside vendors arising from these responsibilities; and remain on or under budgeted thresholds throughout the year.

Experience and Qualifications

• Undergraduate degree in engineering or technical field required; advanced degree a plus. Lighting experience a plus
• Minimum of 3-5 years full-time experience in related field
• Demonstrated results-oriented team leadership and expertise
• Knowledge of ANSI standards development processes and policies and standards development experience a plus
• Strong time management and budget planning/execution skills and ability to execute multiple projects against demanding timelines
• Proven skill to clearly and persuasively write, speak and represent, including on technical matters, at all times displaying executive presence • Work within and contribute to overall NEMA goals and Divisional/personal goals
• Eager to take on new challenges, evince a positive attitude and possess an
outcomes-based approach
• Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and effective user of Workspace to organize, track and communicate with member participants

NEMA offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits package including paid holidays and personal time, flexible working hours, 401(k) plan, health/dental insurance, and partial pre-tax parking/Metro subsidy.

Interested individuals should submit a current resume, specifying salary requirements, here or by fax to (703) 841-3372.

Lutron Chairman and Founder Joel Spira Passes Away

Lutron Electronics has made the sad announcement that Joel Spira, the company’s Chairman, Founder, and Director of Research, passed away on Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

Starting from a Riverside Drive ping pong table in New York City, Joel and his wife Ruth founded a company that now sells lighting controls, motorized shades and temperature controls that are used in residences, palaces, offices, hotels, museums, and other venues in over 100 countries.

Susan Hakkarainen, Joel’s daughter and Senior Vice President at Lutron said, “He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend, and considered every employee to be part of his extended family.”

Spira formed Lutron Electronics in 1961 to market his invention of the first solid-state dimmer for incandescent lighting. Under his 54-year leadership, Lutron has developed products to control all types of lamps, including LEDs as well as shade and temperature controls. As recently as Tuesday evening, Joel was actively working with a team of engineers on the new Lutron Caséta Wireless smart home system, which includes dimmers, switches, thermostats and window shades that can be controlled from the Apple iPad, iPhone and Android devices.

Spira graduated from Purdue University in 1948 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. Since then he has received honors and distinctions too numerous to list. In 1995 he was cited as one of Purdue University’s “Distinguished Graduates for Outstanding Invention”, and received the Leonardo DaVinci Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2000.

Spira is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and a fellow of the Institute ofElectrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). He has received honorary Doctorates from Lehigh University, Muhlenberg College, and Purdue University.

Spira served on advisory boards and councils, and he and Ruth supported Excellence in Teaching awards at Carnegie Mellon University, The Cooper Union, Cornell University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Lehigh University, M.I.T., Muhlenberg College, Penn State University, the University of Michigan, the University of Notre Dame, and his own Purdue University.

U. S. Representative Charlie Dent offered this tribute, “Joel Spira was a giant of American Industry – an Edison-like inventor and a great man very much dedicated to his family, company, employees and community. I have known Joel for over twenty-five years. He was a larger-than-life figure to me. I’m deeply saddened by his passing and my family’s thoughts and prayers are with Joel’s family and friends. Joel invented the dimmer, but his memory will always shine bright.”

Jes Munk Hansen to Lead OSI Classic Lamps and Ballasts Business Unit

jes-munk-hansenEffective 2015, Jes Munk Hansen is heading OSRAM’s Classic Lamps & Ballasts (CLB) business unit, taking on this assignment alongside his duties as CEO of the Region Americas.

The business unit Classic Lamps & Ballasts is a leader in commercial and residential lighting offering a wide portfolio of products ranging from halogen and fluorescent to high pressure discharge lamps and electronic starters and controls.

“Traditional light components are still the first choice for many customers and applications. We will continue to support our customers with traditional products while at the same time seize potential growth opportunities,” said Jes Munk Hansen.

Since joining the company in 2013, Jes Munk Hansen has led the transformation of OSRAM’s activities in Americas.

Daintree Networks Partners with CLTC to Advance Lighting Controls

Daintree Networks, a provider of open wireless smart building solutions for enterprise control and energy management, recently announced its affiliate partnership with UC Davis’ California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) with the goal of advancing lighting controls.

Daintree and CLTC will collaborate on efforts to raise awareness about the benefits of networked lighting controls. The widespread adoption of energy-efficient technologies such as lighting controls will help reduce energy use.

The partnership will demonstrate how open standards-based communications and controls can simplify the integration process for commercial buildings to meet California’s building energy efficiency goals.

Daintree Networks Named 2014 Red Herring Top 100 Global Winner

Daintree Networks has been selected as a winner of the Red Herring Top 100 Global award, recognizing the leading private companies from North America, Europe, and Asia today and celebrating these startups’ innovations and technologies. Finalists presented their winning strategies at the Red Herring Global forum in Los Angeles, Calif., November 18-20, 2014. Daintree Networks Vice President of Marketing and Channels Mandeep Khera delivered the presentation for the company. The Top 100 winners were announced at a special awards ceremony on Thursday, November 20.

Red Herring’s editorial staff evaluated the companies on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, technology innovation, management quality, strategy and market penetration. This assessment of potential is complemented by a review of the track records and standing of startups relative to their peers, allowing Red Herring to see past the “buzz” and make the list a valuable instrument of discovery and advocacy for the most promising new business models from around the world.

Lutron’s Commercial Energy Codes, Controls and LEDs Seminar Helps Customers Design, Specify and Install Lighting Controls

Lutron Electronics will visit 10 major markets in 2015 with a brand new seminar that will help electrical contractors and engineers better meet the increasingly diverse demands of customers, while complying with rapidly-changing energy codes. The Commercial Energy Codes, Controls and LEDs Seminar will present attendees with impactful information and tools that will dramatically simplify the design, specification and installation of LED lighting controls in an increasingly energy-regulated world.

National, state and local energy legislation is constantly changing making it challenging for industry professionals to stay on top of the latest direction of energy codes and energy-saving products. Electrical contractors and engineers are working on more and more major renovation and new commercial construction projects demanding that they be at the forefront of energy efficient products, including LED lighting control systems. Understanding the great need for information and guidance in this area, Lutron created the Commercial Energy Codes, Controls and LEDs Seminar to provide customers with information they can trust to help grow their businesses.

The free half-day seminar will feature two workshops:

· Codes & Standards – to clarify the core energy code requirements with real world terminology and examples.

· Controlling LEDs – to explain LED controls, how they operate, what makes them different and review best practices for delivering profitable, world-class LED control projects. Attendees of this workshop will have the opportunity to earn one American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credit.

During each seminar, attendees will have the opportunity to meet the Lutron team and learn about new energy-saving products and tools at a Technology Showcase that will run throughout the day. Attendees will also receive a Lutron Caséta® Wireless starter kit to experience wireless LED controls in their homes.

Lutron’s Commercial Energy Codes, Controls & LEDs Seminar will visit 10 major markets starting in March:

1. Washington, D.C. – March 3
2. New York – March 10
3. Miami – March 12
4. Houston – March 24
5. Dallas – March 26
6. Boston – March 31
7. San Francisco – April 21
8. Los Angeles – April 23
9. Chicago – May 14
10. Atlanta – May 21

To get more information about or to attend one of the seminars, contact your local Lutron Representative or email Jill Mondin here.

Cree Selected by Fast Company Among the World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies in 2015

Fast Company Magazine has ranked Cree, Inc. among the Top 50 Most Innovative Companies worldwide. In addition to that distinction, the company has also been ranked number one in Fast Company’s annual Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Energy list. Cree has distinguished itself as a leader in LED technology.

Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies issue (March 2015) is now available online here.