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Universal Expands Everline® LED Family with New Line of Compact and Linear Drivers

Universal Lighting Technologies has added to its extensive line of well over 1,000 LED products, with the launch of two new Class 2 UNV and 347V EVERLINE® LED Driver Families with tunable constant power output — Compact Drivers and Linear Drivers. The two new driver families are available with a variety of output current and power options that provide even more design flexibility for LED lighting.

Universal’s tunable constant power output allows the driver’s current to be tuned down while increasing the output voltage up to a maximum of 56V, enabling output power capacity to remain constant over a wide range. This permits the drivers to offer excellent load regulation with low total harmonic distortion (THD) and a high power factor (PF), down to 40 percent of the maximum output of power loading. Both new drivers incorporate dimming with 0-10V control.

The new EVERLINE LED Class 2 Linear Drivers are available in 700mA and 1050mA current with a maximum output of 30W, 1050mA and 1500mA current with a maximum output of 55W and 2100mA current with a maximum output of 80W.

The new EVERLINE LED Class 2 Compact Drivers are available in 700mA and 1050mA current with a maximum output of 30W as well as1050mA and 1500mA current with a maximum output of 55W. The drivers in this family additionally feature a multi-exit lead terminal, allowing for both side-exit and bottom-exit configurations. Bottom exit configurations are available with studs for J-Box mounting.

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Los Angeles Adopts Intelligent Street Lighting

Royal Philips has announced that the City of Los Angeles (LA) will become the first city in the world to control its street lighting through an advanced Philips management system that uses mobile and cloud-based technologies.

The new technology confirms LA’s Bureau of Street Lighting as a trailblazer in next generation LED street lighting with a new solution that saves energy, reduces maintenance and provides quality lighting that makes streets safer for LA residents. The technology also supports Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets initiative, promoting the revitalization of neighborhoods through more pedestrian-friendly streets for LA’s citizens.

Los Angeles SkylineLA has long been at the forefront of smart city innovations, including adopting new web-based technologies that will help city administrators better manage city services such as street lighting. With the addition of the Philips CityTouch connected lighting management system, the LA Bureau of Street Lighting can remotely control lighting fixtures, as well as monitor energy use and the status of each light. Using mobile chip technology embedded into each fixture, the street lights are able to identify themselves and network instantly. This smart plug and play approach not only reduces the cost of programming each fixture, it also reduces the time of commissioning from days to minutes and eliminates on-site commissioning completely. Furthermore, the entire system can be securely controlled and managed remotely through any web browser.

“LA has more LED street lights than any other city in America, with about 7,500 centerline miles,” said Ed Ebrahimian, director of the Bureau of Street Lighting for the City of Los Angeles. “This required a solution that would allow us to remotely control street lights and accurately report how much energy each light is consuming, while also being easy to install and flexible enough to adapt to broader Smart City plans. We piloted several solutions over the last year and decided to implement CityTouch as it required no further investment or intervention in our infrastructure.”

While CityTouch is already in use in 31 countries, the LA solution is the first in the world connecting directly to each light point using the Philips CityTouch connector node, which can connect street lights from any manufacturer. This extends the life of legacy and LED systems alike, enabling them to become connected light points. CityTouch gives the Bureau of Street Lighting a clear picture of the entire city’s lighting system at its fingertips, with map-based visualization, charts and diagrams. The combination of LED technology and management software will enable the Bureau to better manage its assets, while Angelinos benefit from the increased uptime, with safer, well-lit streets.

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LCA TV: Cree’s SmartCast Lighting Control Technology

This short video, produced by the Lighting Controls Association at the 2014 LIGHTFAIR event, introduces the building industry to Cree’s SmartCast lighting controls for LED lighting systems. Click here to learn more.

OSRAM Launches LIGHTIFY Connected Lighting Solution

OSRAM LIGHTIFY portfolio

OSRAM’s LIGHTIFY delivers connecting lighting controllable via existing mobile devices and a free, simple app.

The OSRAM LIGHTIFY lighting system begins with a cable-free Gateway that can be plugged into a standard wall outlet anywhere in a home or business, and wirelessly syncs with the existing WiFi network. The Gateway connects to LIGHTIFY devices (up to 50 per each Gateway) via standard ZigBee Home Automation protocols.

Initial products include an A19 Tunable White 60W replacement LED lamp which delivers over 800 lumens and has an adjustable color temperature, meaning that it can be adjusted from a warm 2700 Kelvin Color Temperature up to a 6500 Kelvin cool white color level at any dimness level. Also available will be an A19 60W replacement RGBW LED lamp which can provide up to 16 million colors to match a scene or mood, and also has tunable white functionality.

In addition, there are flexible, color changing, indoor LED light strips and garden-spot LED lights for highlighting outdoor features with color. The Gateway can also operate other smart lighting devices from a variety of manufacturers that use standard ZigBee Home Automation protocols.

The free, user-friendly LIGHTIFY App, which runs on Apple iOS7 or above and Android 4.1 or above, offers a variety of practical and playful options to control the lighting system and is simple to use, convenient and secure.

The LIGHTIFY system can be up and running in 3 quick and simple steps. The first step is to create a LIGHTIFY account and register and scan the Gateway using the smart device. The second step is to sync the Gateway with the local wireless network, and the final step is to power on the light sources in order to pair them to the Gateway. The app will then offer the user various functions such as choosing colors, setting personal lighting scenes, or pre-setting various schedule-based lighting features at any time from any place in the world.

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Acuity Brands Demonstrates its Newest Intelligent and Responsive Lighting System

Acuity Brands Showcasing New Intelligent and Responsive Lighting System at LFI 2014 Aera_Office

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.

LCA TV: LED Systems by Lutron

This short video, produced by the Lighting Controls Association at the 2013 LIGHTFAIR event, introduces the building industry to Lutron Electronics’ LED Systems. Learn more here.

Philips and Ecophon Launch Light-Emitting Acoustical Ceiling

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.

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Smartphone control

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 –
Outstanding).

“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.

Lutron Introduces Four New LED Control Products

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.

PowPak® 0-10V Dimming Module for the Energi TriPak® control system – a junction-box mounted option for controlling 0-10V drivers, ballasts, or fixtures. Works seamlessly with the Lutron Radio Powr Savr™ sensor for daylight harvesting and occupancy/vacancy sensor control.

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.

OPTOTRONIC Multi-Channel Dimmable Constant Current LED Power Supplies by OSRAM SYLVANIA

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.

Lutron Wins Two Lighting for Tomorrow Awards for Controls

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.

Learn more about the winners here.

In the lighting controls category, Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. took both the winner and noteworthy award for its Maestro Occupancy Sensor C.L Dimmer and Hi-Lume A-Series LED driver, respectively.