By Lighting Controls Association, on July 29, 2015
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.
By Lighting Controls Association, on July 24, 2015
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.
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.
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 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 title24.leviton.com.
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 captaincode.leviton.com. 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 Leviton.com 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 www.leviton.com/captaincode.
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 www.leviton.com/apps.
By Lighting Controls Association, on April 27, 2015
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.
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.
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
• 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.