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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.

Lutron’s Jim Yorgey Elected NLB Chair

James M. Yorgey, PE, LC, CTS, Lutron Electronics Company’s technical applications manager, has been elected chair of the National Lighting Bureau.

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

Philips Lighting Controls Offers Online Courses

Philips Lighting Controls offers free online courses covering operation, benefits, protocols, indoor controls, outdoor controls and architectural lighting controls.

Check out the course offering here.

ETC and GDS forge North and South American partnership

ETC and GDS forge North and South American partnershipGDS_ArcSystem_Pro_Four-Cell_PendantETC (Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc.) recently signed a licensing and manufacturing agreement with U.K.-based company GDS (Global Design Solutions). Under the agreement, ETC will manufacture the GDS ArcSystem and BluesSystem product lines for distribution in North and South America. GDS will continue to manufacture and distribute ArcSystem and BluesSystem for other worldwide markets from the company’s Bristol, U.K., headquarters.

ArcSystem is an award-winning range of overhead dimmable LED products designed specifically for auditoriums, commercial and retail spaces. Most recently, the GDS ArcLamp won 2014 PLASA Awards for Innovation and Sustainability at this year’s show, marking the second time that a single product has won both awards; the first time was in 2011 when the ArcSystem was awarded both simultaneously. ArcLamp is a series of screw-based LED lamps designed to be a direct replacement for their incandescent predecessors.

System installations are fully retrofittable and offer customers a 70-90% reduction in energy consumption while typically paying for themselves within two to five years. ArcSystem products can use either a wired-DMX connection or the groundbreaking wireless ArcMesh network developed exclusively by GDS.

BluesSystem is a system of dimmable LED blue running lights that were designed for placement in catwalks, stairways, backstage hallways and tight spaces that require discrete illumination during live productions. The BluesSystem allows designers to plan for and seamlessly integrate blue running lights into the overall design of theatrical and studio spaces.

Daintree Networks Partners with CLTC to Advance Lighting Controls

Daintree partners with CLTC

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.

CLTC is a not-for-profit research, development and demonstration facility dedicated to accelerating the development and commercialization of next-generation, energy-efficient lighting and daylighting technologies.

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.

Universal Launches True Blue Merchandising Program for Distributors

Universal Lighting Technologies recently launched True Blue, a new merchandising program that supplies bright and attractive point-of-purchase items to its loyal distributors.

Signage and other merchandising materials are designed to help increase sales and customer awareness of key product opportunities on the distributor level. Displaying these support materials gives Universal’s distributors the opportunity to engage customers, increase counter sales, drive repeat business, and prominently place high interest items to leverage branch counter area.

One of the key benefits of the program is helping distributors endorse the new CENTO product family of sensors and power packs. The promotion allows distributors to stock an initial amount of sensors, and receive a free CENTO Awareness Kit. The kit includes literature, aisle blade, floor decal, shelf wobblers and an adhesive countermat. These items help the distributor inform their customers about Universal’s sensor and power pack components – a key part of today’s comprehensive lighting control strategy.

The new Universal merchandising items include a variety of options. From acrylic counter units to put sample products and literature on display at a distributor counter, to the very popular counter stools, and even a ceiling mounted light thief box, which illuminates Universal’s complete product portfolio.

Lutron to Host Twitter Chat on Properly Managing Daylight with Lighting Controls

Lutron Electronics will hold its first Twitter chat on Tuesday, November 11, at 2 p.m. EST. The discussion will focus on properly managing daylight with lighting controls. Lutron’s Brent Protzman, PhD, LC, CEM Manager – Energy Information & Analytics, will serve as the moderator and will share his expertise with the lighting industry on how to effectively design for daylighting.

Twitter users can follow @Lutron and use the hashtag #LutronChat to participate in the discussion. You can also search for “#LutronChat” on Twitter to see everything said during the chat. Lighting industry professionals who specialize in indoor and outdoor lighting interested in enhancing the visual environment of a space are invited to tweet their questions, concerns and opinions during the chat.

Dr. Protzman will share insights on the effect of daylighting design, achieving daylight autonomy, benefits of dynamic fenestration, best practices of daylighting design and ways to manage daylight glare. He will also share related tools and links to articles, whitepapers, industry news, and case studies on the topic.

Ron Bryce Passes Away

bryceRon Bryce, PLC-Multipoint’s National Sales Manager for 14 years, has passed away. Ron had a remarkable career in many different areas, including his service in the Navy during the Vietnam war. Ron graduated from Lakeland College with a Bachelor’s degree in Business and from Cardinal Stritch College with a Masters in Management. He also worked as a product application engineer for Square D for a number of years in their lighting contactor product line.

Ron joined PLC-Multipoint in 1997, after having been a sales representative in the Cleveland area. PLC-Multipoint tapped into Ron’s innovative nature and sales leadership to grow the company during the past 14 years. Ron represented PLC-Multipoint at many of the lighting industry’s trade shows over the years. He’d retired in 2013.

Belkin International and OSRAM SYLVANIA Announce Partnership for WeMo Home Automation and LIGHTIFY Smart Connected Lighting Ecosystems

Belkin International, an Internet of Things company, and OSRAM SYLVANIA recently announced that the two companies have entered into a strategic partnership to collaborate on residential solutions with the OSRAM LIGHTIFY™ smart connected lighting ecosystem and Belkin’s WeMo® home automation ecosystem. OSRAM SYLVANIA will first add WeMo compatibility to the SYLVANIA ULTRA iQ™ BR30 LED light bulb, followed by a broader portfolio of connective lighting products for the home shortly after the launch of OSRAM LIGHTIFY in Europe this fall.

The first WeMo-enabled ULTRA iQ LED light bulbs will be available this fall in the United States at ecommerce retailers like and Amazon. The bulbs will connect to the WeMo ecosystem via the WeMo Link and will work with other WeMo products, including the WeMo Light Switch, WeMo Insight Switch and NetCam HD+. Controlled via the WeMo app, the ULTRA iQ LED bulbs will also work with IFTTT, which connects them to other web-based services and applications such as Facebook, SMS, Gmail, Calendar, etc. to perform custom tasks or trigger events. For example, consumers can program the bulbs to turn on when it rains or receive a text message when the bulbs are turned off.

“We started out with the goal of making WeMo the most approachable entry point to the smart home, and by working with trusted lighting leader OSRAM SYLVANIA, we are able to expand our ecosystem in the Internet of Things with touch points across people’s daily lives,” said Sunny Choi, vice president of corporate development at Belkin. “The addition of OSRAM LIGHTIFY to our ecosystem enables more devices to communicate with each other to create a smart home easily and affordably, one solution at a time.”

“As connected lighting becomes more mainstream, OSRAM SYLVANIA is working with leaders in the Internet of Things space like Belkin to unleash the full potential of consumers’ homes by creating personal lighting experiences that promote comfort, convenience, and joy,” said Jes Munk Hansen, president and CEO of OSRAM SYLVANIA. “We are shaping the future of lighting by delivering not only long-life, energy saving LED solutions, but also by creating an experience that changes the way people think about their lighting.”