By Lighting Controls Association, on June 30, 2014
Acuity Brands, Inc. recently demonstrated its Aera lighting system, which delivers functional white light to a space while allowing users to create, personalize and enhance their environment through dynamic color changing “windows.” The system ushers in a new era of active, user-centric lighting for commercial and residential spaces. Users will be empowered to create and alter environments on demand through the use of a custom smart phone, tablet or computer application.
For a variety of reasons, there are numerous indoor spaces where people cannot easily access natural light. There is increasing recognition that biophilic design, or bringing life to architecture, can have broad-reaching implications for the health and well-being of building occupants.
The Aera system has the ability to enhance a predominantly static indoor environment through the simulation of cycled natural daylight and dynamic scenes created by the user. These scenes can help enhance mood and promote a sense of well-being. The Aera system’s integrated window-like presence in the wall taps into a human being’s natural tendencies to want to look to the horizon to ascertain time of day, experience visual relief, or experience light and views.
The Aera system is scheduled to be available through Winona Lighting in late summer 2014.
Philips Lighting recently announced a breakthrough connected office lighting system that delivers extraordinary value to facility managers, office workers and building owners.
The system uses Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) to connect office lighting fixtures to a building’s IT network. The lighting system acts as an information pathway, enabling workers to control and access other building services via their smartphones, allowing them to enjoy greater visual comfort and productivity.
The office lighting fixtures, when outfitted with sensors, are able to capture anonymous data on room occupancy, temperature and humidity. They connect to the IT network and interface with other building systems such as heating, ventilation and IT services. This benefits the facility manager who has a single system showing real time and historical views of building utilization.
For example, he or she could see that on a Friday afternoon a particular floor is not used and adjust the temperature, lighting, and cleaning roster accordingly. Having an integrated view of a building’s occupancy patterns and energy usage provides for more informed decision making with unprecedented levels of energy and operational efficiency.
The Philips system allows office workers to control the lighting in open plan offices as well as temperature in meeting rooms, to suit their individual preferences. Their smartphones will detect their location from overhead lighting fixtures via an app.
“The LED lighting alone is 80% more efficient than conventional lighting. Personal control of the lighting by employees actually increases efficiency as general lighting levels can be kept lower,’’ said Jeff Cassis from Philips Lighting. “The potential savings on a building’s operational costs will be significant, given that heating, cooling and lighting together account for 70% of a building’s energy usage.”
The fixtures, outfitted with wireless communications devices, form a dense indoor positioning grid, like an indoor GPS, that support a range of location-based services, such as wayfinding. Through a smartphone app, the system could also provide workers with useful information such as the nearest empty meeting room.
The system offers new value that goes beyond energy efficiency and cost savings. Advanced capabilities such as indoor positioning combine with the intelligent system to enable comfort, personalization, and safety, increasing the total value of a building and making it more attractive to tenants.
Standards-based PoE-enabled fixtures also deliver significant cost savings on lighting installation. As these fixtures receive both data and power over a single Ethernet connection, there is no need for expensive electrical wiring, reducing installation costs by up to 50%.
The connected lighting system installed at ‘The Edge’, a cutting-edge office building being developed by OVG Real Estate for Deloitte in Amsterdam, is the first of its kind. As pioneers in workplace innovation, Deloitte and OVG Real Estate chose Philips and its connected lighting system to help the building meets the highest standards of sustainability (certified BREEAM –
“Innovation is our top priority at Deloitte and we want to create a more intuitive, comfortable and productive environment for our staff. We also see our office raising the bar in data analytics with completely new insights in the use of office space, leading the way for offices to reduce the CO2 footprint of buildings and create a more sustainable world.” said Erik Ubels, Chief Information Officer at Deloitte in the Netherlands.
By Lighting Controls Association, on February 7, 2014
Lutron Electronics recently unveiled four new products designed to simplify the use of LEDs and ensure a high-quality dimming experience.
Nova T* 0-10 V Dimmer – a contractor favorite, this dimmer is now available with direct control of 0-10 V ballasts and drivers without a separate power pack, saving time and money on every project. A “no visible heat sink” design offers improved product performance.
Maestro Wireless® C·L® Dimmer – controls nearly any lamp, including dimmable, screw-in LEDs, dimmable CFLs, incandescents, halogens and MLV lamps. The C.L dimmer also controls mixed loads on the same circuit. Maestro Wireless is a simple and convenient way to wirelessly control lights from anywhere in the room with the touch of a button.
Hi-lume® A-series UL-listed Driver – an ideal solution for 1% dimming of under-cabinet and cove lighting, this driver is provided on a junction box for easy installation and wire termination. It works with 3-wire fluorescent controls, Lutron EcoSystem® digital and forward phase controls (neutral wire required), and features a universal input voltage (120-277 V, 50/60 Hz). Its innovative technology delivers energy-savings and an extended product life of 50,000 hours.
By Lighting Controls Association, on November 22, 2013
The OPTOTRONIC multi-channel dimmable family by OSRAM SYLVANIA consists of highly efficient, constant current, multiple-channel 100W and 150W LED power supplies. They are available in preset output currents between 350mA and 900mA for the 100W and between 700mA and 2100mA for the 150W. The four channel 100W comes in a standard T5 fluorescent ballast housing, less than 1 in. tall. The 150W comes in a standard T8 short can housing and is available in two or four output channels. Both lines have built-in 0-10V dimming enabling direct integration and operation with standard dimmers, sensors, as well as energy and light-management systems.
These dimmable power supplies offer wider range of constant current configurations with multiple channels – One power supply to operate up to 4 modules in a luminaire. They are ideal for downlights, wall wash, recessed troffers, indirect/direct pendants and low bay/high bay luminaires.
By Lighting Controls Association, on October 21, 2013
Lighting for Tomorrow is a design competition that challenges manufacturers to meet consumer expectations by improving the design of their products and technologies, while achieving new heights of energy efficiency. At the same time, sponsors want to increase market acceptance and awareness of emerging opportunities in energy efficient lighting.
Entries for 2013 featured indoor and outdoor light emitting diode (LED) luminaires, replacement lamps, fixture retrofit kits, lighting controls, and, for the first time, organic light emitting diode (OLED) luminaires. The 2013 judging panel, held in June at Underwriters Laboratories (UL) University in Research Triangle Park, NC, reviewed a total of 123 products including 70 LED indoor luminaires, 8 LED outdoor luminaires, 26 LED lamps, 9 LED retrofit kits, 7 lighting control devices, and 3 OLED luminaires.
By Lighting Controls Association, on August 7, 2013
In 2012, University of California-Davis upgraded its exterior lighting as part of its Smart Lighting Initiative. Wall packs on campus, like other exterior luminaires, were retrofitted with dimmable LED sources, motion sensors and wireless controls. This allowed the units to be incorporated into an adaptive campus-wide lighting control system. The system offers an intelligent, networked approach to lighting and energy management, with improved lighting quality and optimal energy efficiency.
* 89% energy & CO2 savings
* 20% occupancy rate
* $233 lifetime maintenance savings per fixture
* $753 lifetime energy cost savings per fixture based on UC Davis rate of $0.075/kWh
By Lighting Controls Association, on June 17, 2013
The SYLVANIA ULTRA LED Sunset Effect family provides incandescent-like dimming from 2900K to 2000K. Offered in a variety of lamp types including PAR38, PAR30LN and A-line equivalents, these lamps allow flexibility in creating mood and ambience in any setting. The warmer CCT provides comfortable, relaxing light ideal for hospitality and other applications where warmer incandescent-like “dimmed” light desired.
By Lighting Controls Association, on March 15, 2013
As LEDs continue to gain prominence in residential and commercial applications, so increases the need to dim these energy-efficient sources. Lutron Electronics is introducing a higher-power LED driver that significantly expands the capabilities of its already popular A-Series driver family. With this introduction, users can easily control LED downlights intended for use in high ceilings and in areas that require more light. The new 50W Hi-lume A-Series LED driver is designed for use with higher power LED modules, including Philips Fortimo 3000lm and Xicato 3000lm models, among others.
Featuring smooth, flicker-free performance, the new 50W driver provides LED dimming from 100% down to 1%. The driver also has a calibration point temperature of 70?C, enabling exceptional performance in demanding applications–atria, houses of worship, high ceiling commercial and residential applications–without requiring a fan.
In an industry of evolving LED module designs, Lutron provides driver solutions that meet every design need:
* Full compatibility – support constant-current and constant-voltage outputs over a wide range of current and voltage levels for driving LED loads
* Provide constant-current reduction (CCR) and pulse-width modulation (PWM) dimming options for constant current loads