Founded in 1884, Ganahl Lumber Company is California’s oldest lumber retailer. Today, Ganahl operates eight stores in Orange County. Ganahl was selected by its utility provider as an ideal candidate for DCL technology in 2005. Ganahl agreed to install a complete DCL system in its 20,000 sq. ft. retail and office facility in Costa Mesa, California. The installation was performed by Energy Controls & Concepts, Inc. (ECC), an industry leader in the analysis, development, and management of lighting efficiency projects. DCL (or Demand Control Lighting) allows Ganahl to reduce lighting levels throughout the building with a single command. The DCL control unit communicates with the building’s lighting ballasts at the circuit level in order to reduce power anywhere from 1 percent to 50 percent. The result is significant energy and financial savings.
Advance has announced that it has expanded its innovative family of ROVR™ digital addressable controllable fluorescent lamp ballasts to include a new 1-lamp model for T5 fluorescent applications as well as 1 and 2-lamp models to support T8 fluorescent applications in a variety of professional settings.
Advance was presented with Grainger’s prestigious Partners in Performance Award for 2007 at Grainger’s annual supplier conference held March 18th, 2008 in Schaumburg, Ill. Grainger, a leading broad line supplier of facilities maintenance products serving businesses and institutions throughout North America, presents the award annually to a select group of suppliers for outstanding performance throughout the year.
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) launched the Premium Ballast program to identify the industry’s most efficient fluorescent fixed-output and dimmable electronic T8 ballasts, thereby providing a mechanism for market recognition and specification of these products.
Watt Stopper/Legrand has developed the LS-301 Dimming Photosensor, carefully combining features for optimal performance and ease of installation and use. At the heart of the device is the groundbreaking sliding setpoint control algorithm pioneered by Watt Stopper/Legrand. The LS-301 also employs a handheld setup remote to facilitate quick and convenient commissioning.
Watt Stopper/Legrand introduces the new fixture-mounted FD-301 dimming photosensor. Lighting fixture manufacturers can easily integrate the FD-301 during production so fixtures arrive at the jobsite with the control pre-wired, adding value and saving contractors’ time. Commissioning, too, is fast and simple. Once operational, the photosensor provides precise and reliable energy-saving control, dimming 0-10 VDC ballasts in response to available daylight. Integrating the device into the fixture also improves aesthetics, reducing the number of items on the ceiling.
A Square D® Powerlink® whole-building lighting control system can now be seamlessly integrated into a commercial building automation system with the incorporation of the Building Automation and Control network (BACnet®) communication protocol into Powerlink intelligent lighting control panelboards. Incorporation of BACnet into Square D Powerlink panelboards significantly reduces the cost and challenges normally associated with incorporating a lighting control system into a comprehensive building automation platform. At the same time, it makes it easier for a building owner or facility manager to access information about all of a building’s systems, including lighting, in order to maximize both energy and cost savings.
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published LC 1-2007 Test Procedure for Compatibility of Hearing Aids and Ultrasonic Lighting Control Devices. This standard provides a basis to evaluate the possible interactions between ultrasonic lighting control devices and hearing aids utilizing a set of test procedures. This evaluation can be used as the basis for specifying performance criteria for both hearing aids and occupancy sensors to eliminate interference.
Universal Lighting Technologies is among the charter members of the new NEMA Premium Ballast Program, which recognizes excellence in energy-saving technology. The program is designed to identify the industry’s most efficient T8 ballasts, including the entire ULTim8® family of electronic ballasts from Universal Lighting Technologies.
Universal Lighting Technologies™ has announced the latest in high efficiency wireless controllable lighting systems with the release of the DEMANDflex™ ballast family and DCL® (Demand Control Lighting) controls. DEMANDflex ballasts feature an innovative wireless control technology to receive commands without the need for extra control wires. These ballasts have the flexibility to have power levels tuned during installation at the circuit level to optimize and maximize energy savings.