The Square D® Clipsal® Pascal Automation Controller from Schneider Electric enhances the capabilities of a Square D Clipsal lighting control system by providing expansive scheduling capability and facilitating operation of third-party products from input devices such as keypads and touch screens in both residential and commercial applications. The Pascal Automation Controller is easily installed by an electrical contractor, using standard Cat-5 cable. Third-party products, such as a movie projector, screen, and security or HVAC systems, are connected to the Pascal Automation Controller via its two RS232 ports.
The Siloam Family Health Center in Nashville, Tenn., has employed an energy cost-savings strategy using Square D® Wall Switch Occupancy Sensors from Schneider Electric, allowing allocation of more budget to maximizing patient care. The sensors, which use passive infrared (PIR) technology to detect occupancy, requires a button press to activate lighting in occupied rooms much like a standard light switch. If lights are accidentally left on when the room is vacated, the sensor automatically turns them off after a preset time delay. Forty sensors were co-donated by Schneider Electric’s three Middle Tennessee locations — Nashville, La Vergne and Smyrna — in December 2007, as part of the facilities’ Mission for the Community initiative.
The Lighting Controls Association (LCA) has announced the availability of EE204: Hi-Bay Lighting Upgrades, a new course added to its popular Education Express program. Residing at the Association’s website, Education Express provides in-depth education about lighting controls and controllable ballast technology, application, system design and commissioning, as well as meta-issues such as LEED, energy codes and other trends.
Leviton Manufacturing Company Inc. has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire ControlThink LC, a leading home and building control software and services company. The acquisition will join Leviton’s strengths in product manufacturing and distribution with ControlThink’s PC-, CE- and mobile phone-based solutions for intelligent home control.
Advance has announced that a variety of its electronic ballast offerings have become charter products within the voluntary new NEMA Premium® Ballast Program.
In terms of lighting, ASHRAE 90.1-2007 clarifies the Standard’s intent and enacts several refinements but otherwise doesn’t revise the lighting power density (W/sq.ft.) limits from the 2004 version, which itself was 20-25 percent more stringent than the 1991/2001 versions.
The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (HR6) does not include many provisions directly related to lighting. Two of its provisions, however, are nonetheless highly significant. One virtually eliminates the manufacture of today’s >150W to <500W probe-start metal halide magnetic ballasted fixtures starting in 2009 (replacement ballasts are not affected). Another virtually eliminates the manufacture of most common general-service incandescent lamps, putting billions of sockets up for grabs. The Act also has its eye on a possible LED general-service lamp in the future, establishing incentives to develop an LED product that can take on the 60W incandescent. The Act also distinguishes itself in two other ways. One is what it does not contain, such as encouragement of more-efficient residential energy codes and any tax provisions such as an anticipated extension of the Commercial Buildings Deduction to December 31, 2013. Another is its provisions that may indirectly affect lighting, such as its tough new energy reduction requirements for Federal buildings and the establishment and funding of a Director and Office of Commercial High-Performance Green Buildings, which will work with a private-public partnership to realize a goal of all newly constructed commercial buildings being “net zero energy” by 2030.
Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. has launched the Quantum™ whole-building light and energy management solution. Designed for corporate offices, schools, universities, and more, the Quantum Solution manages the lighting energy consumption of an entire building or campus simply, effectively, and centrally. The breakthrough system gives building owners and facility managers total control of the lighting system, as well as the power to configure, monitor, analyze, and report on the lighting and energy data it collects.
The Lighting Controls Association is pleased to announce that Sensor Switch has been admitted to the Association’s membership, joining the industry’s other leading manufacturers of controls and controllable ballasts.
The Genlyte Group Incorporated, a leading manufacturer of lighting fixtures, controls, and related products for the commercial, industrial and residential markets, has announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Philips Holding USA Inc., a fully-owned subsidiary of Royal Philips Electronics pursuant to which Philips will acquire Genlyte in an all-cash transaction for approximately $2.7 billion (US) that will create one of the world leaders in lighting fixtures, controls and related products.