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Controls Friday: Leviton Expands Wireless Commercial Energy Management Offering

Leviton Manufacturing Company has expanded its line of commercial wireless occupancy sensors with a comprehensive offering of LevNet RF wireless energy management devices. These self-powered devices integrate Leviton product design…

Leviton Manufacturing Company has expanded its line of commercial wireless occupancy sensors with a comprehensive offering of LevNet RF wireless energy management devices. These self-powered devices integrate Leviton product design with EnOcean wireless control technology. With no wires to run, the family of LevNet RF devices reduces labor and material costs and takes only minutes to configure. Once installed, LevNet RF devices can be used in virtually any commercial retrofit environment to control energy consumption and reduce a facility’s carbon footprint.

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Controls Friday: WattStopper Introduces Astronomical Time Switch to Help Homeowners Control Lighting

WattStopper has launched the RT-200 Astronomical Time Switch, a user-programmable time switch that turns lights, or other electrical loads, ON and OFF relative to dusk or dawn, or at selected…

WattStopper has launched the RT-200 Astronomical Time Switch, a user-programmable time switch that turns lights, or other electrical loads, ON and OFF relative to dusk or dawn, or at selected times of day, providing energy savings and security both inside and outside the home. It is compliant with the requirements of California’s Title 24-2008 for outdoor lighting control.
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Controls Friday: Consulting-Specifying Engineer Magazine Publishes Roundtable on Lighting Energy Efficiency

Acting on behalf of my client the Lighting Controls Association as its education director, I was pleased to participate in a roundtable on sustainability and lighting efficiency published by Consulting-Specifying…

Acting on behalf of my client the Lighting Controls Association as its education director, I was pleased to participate in a roundtable on sustainability and lighting efficiency published by Consulting-Specifying Engineer Magazine.

Joining me were Jody Good, LC, LEED AP, Principal Lighting and Theatre Designer for Spectrum Engineers Inc.; Siva Haran, PE, LC, LEED AP, a lighting consultant; and Jeff Park, Sustainable Market Development Manager for WattStopper.

Check it out here.

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Lighting Controls Association Publishes 2010 Construction Forecast

The United States suffered its worst recession in 70 years following the collapse of the housing market. The good news is some economists believe the economy began to recover in…

The United States suffered its worst recession in 70 years following the collapse of the housing market. The good news is some economists believe the economy began to recover in Q309 after hitting bottom in the second quarter. The residential construction market is expected to recover, and the Federal stimulus has generated some growth in public nonresidential construction.

The bad news, however, is the private nonresidential construction market is in “freefalll,” in the words of one construction economist—expected to decline 13.4% in 2010 before starting to recover in 2011.

Click here to read this special report, which I wrote on behalf of the Lighting Controls Association.

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Controls Friday: Litecontrol’s CS/us for Small Offices, Conference Rooms and Stairways/Corridors

The trend of integrating luminaires with lighting controls continues with CS/us (ultrasonic occupancy sensing), Litecontrol’s new solution for small offices and stairways. The luminaire-integrated CS/us pendant system is available in…

litecontrolThe trend of integrating luminaires with lighting controls continues with CS/us (ultrasonic occupancy sensing), Litecontrol’s new solution for small offices and stairways. The luminaire-integrated CS/us pendant system is available in the company’s Arcos and Arcos ID and provides assurance that the luminaire will be switched off when the room is vacant. Light levels can be maintained at a reduced level when the space is unoccupied and switched to 100% when the sensor detects movement. CS/us Wall control solution is available in the V3 and Wall Mod luminaires.

Check it out here.

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Lighting Controls Association Publishes Whitepaper on Photosensors

Daylighting is going mainstream and daylight harvesting, the energy-saving lighting control strategy that actually makes daylighting “sustainable,” is beginning to catch up. All automatic daylight harvesting control systems need a…

photosensorsDaylighting is going mainstream and daylight harvesting, the energy-saving lighting control strategy that actually makes daylighting “sustainable,” is beginning to catch up. All automatic daylight harvesting control systems need a device that can measure light levels and signal a controller to dim or switch the lights in response to daylight contribution. This device is called a photosensor.

The Lighting Controls Association has published my latest whitepaper on the topic of photosensors. Check it out here.

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Peerless Offers Continuing Education Course for Best Practices in Classroom Lighting

Peerless has announced the start of AIA-approved Continuing Education Courses offered online at ArchitectCES.com. “Lighting for Learning,” which I was pleased to work with Peerless to produce, is the first…

LightingForLearningPeerless has announced the start of AIA-approved Continuing Education Courses offered online at ArchitectCES.com.

“Lighting for Learning,” which I was pleased to work with Peerless to produce, is the first on many courses to come that were designed by Peerless to help architects and lighting professionals learn best practices for lighting and controls.

This sustainable design learning unit focuses in particular on Classroom Lighting and Controls and describes how the learning environment is improved upon by changing lighting options. Upon completion of the Peerless-sponsored “Lighting for Learning” course, you will be able to describe at least two control settings and how they impact light quantity and quality in a school setting.

The course will also enable you to describe how and why the Collaborative for High Performance Schools seeks to improve interior lighting. In addition, you will learn how lighting can affect the economics of a school budget.

The PEERLESS sponsored course provides 1 LU/HSW/SD relating to health, safety and/or welfare (HSW) criteria in the newly required Sustainable Design (SD) topic. (As of January 1, 2009 all AIA Architects are required to take 4 Learning Units of “Sustainable Design” coursework to meet AIA continuing education requirements and retain AIA membership.)

Take the course anytime, 24/7, here.

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HUNT Dimming Celebrates Golden Anniversary

HUNT Dimming has announced that it has begun celebrating its fiftieth year as a lighting control manufacturer and technology development company. The invention of the transistor in 1956, which launched…

HUNT logo 50 yearsHUNT Dimming has announced that it has begun celebrating its fiftieth year as a lighting control manufacturer and technology development company.

The invention of the transistor in 1956, which launched the dawn of the modern-day electronics age and earned its inventors the Nobel prize for physics, would have a far-reaching impact on lighting control. Four years later, in 1960, the famous Hunt brothers of Dallas, TX invested in the transistor’s application to lighting, resulting in the first commercialization of dimming in the United States. The rest, as they say, is history. As the market evolved, so did HUNT, expanding its offering from products designed purely for aesthetic dimming to include energy management controls.

Happy birthday, HUNT Dimming!

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Lutron Creates Energy Solutions Business Unit

Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. has announced the formation of a new Energy Solutions business unit that will operate in both the public and private sectors to help to accelerate and…

Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. has announced the formation of a new Energy Solutions business unit that will operate in both the public and private sectors to help to accelerate and maximize the use of the company’s existing technologies in a broad range of energy saving products.

This Energy Solutions unit will develop a strategy to rapidly enable Lutron to work in partnership with policymakers, utilities, energy service companies and existing customers to maximize energy efficiency through sustainable and interoperable systems for both commercial and residential use. It will also foster strategic alliances with other manufacturers to develop technology to create the infrastructure for ‘smart’ buildings and homes of the future.

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Amazing Way to Control Your Lighting

Now this is what I want for Christmas. Take a table, turn it into an interactive video image of your living space, and control everything.

Now this is what I want for Christmas. Take a table, turn it into an interactive video image of your living space, and control everything.



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