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Controls Friday: Wattstopper’s Dorene Maniccea Assumes Chair of NEMA Lighting Controls Section

Wattstopper has announced that Dorene Maniccia, Director of Policy and Industry Affairs, has been named Chair of the Lighting Controls Section of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). The section’s focus is to promote the benefits of lighting controls including reducing energy costs and improving occupant satisfaction. Section members share experiences and work to transform [...]

Controls, Products + Technology

Product Monday: Columbia’s Bi-Level Luminaire

Columbia’s Bi-Level Luminaire is ideally suited for stairwells and other low-occupancy areas such as storerooms, restrooms and parking structures. The luminaire utilizes two 4-ft. T8 lamps controlled by a PIR occupancy sensor to provide design light levels during times of occupancy while adjusting levels down to acceptable minimums when the space is unoccupied. Click here [...]


Controls Friday: Lutron Electronics Joins Electronic Security Association

Lutron has announced its associate membership in the Electronic Security Association (ESA). The ESA is the largest professional trade association in the United States whose purpose is to represent, promote and enhance the growth and professional development of the electronic life safety, security and integrated systems industry. In cooperation with a federation of state associations, [...]

Controls, Education + Resources

Controls Friday: Wattstopper Announces eCampus, an Interactive Online Training Site

WattStopper has launched eCampus, a comprehensive and interactive online training site designed to make learning about lighting controls enjoyable and rewarding. Specifically designed for all influencers, including electrical contractors, distributors, ESCOs, and specifiers, the courses cover control applications in residential, commercial, and industrial settings. The free site features two offerings: eWards, where participants earn points [...]


CLTC to Exhibit New Technologies at LIGHTFAIR Booth

The California Lighting Technology Center will exhibit several interesting new technologies in booth #2034 at LIGHTFAIR 2010 in Las Vegas next week. These include the Adura LightPoint System, a wireless integrated photosensor and motion sensor system that uses wireless communication to control lighting from a Web-based application while avoiding costly and complicated rewiring. Another product [...]

Controls, Daylighting, Lighting Industry

Controls Friday: University of California Signs Licensing Daylight Harvesting Deals with Wattstopper and Axis Technologies

The University of California, Davis has signed co-exclusive license agreements with Wattstopper and Axis Technologies Inc. to commercialize inventions that reduce the cost and increase the reliability of daylight harvesting systems–control systems that automatically adjust indoor lighting to match changes in ambient daylight. The license agreements cover a package of strategies and technologies developed by [...]

Controls, Education + Resources

Controls Friday: Lighting Controls Association Offers New Online Course on Commissioning Lighting Control Systems

The Lighting Controls Association has announced that EE110: Commissioning Lighting Controls, a new course I authored for the organization, has been added to its Education Express series of online distance education courses. Residing at the Association’s website, Education Express provides in-depth education about lighting control and controllable ballast technology, application, system design and commissioning, as [...]

Awards, Controls, Energy + Environment, LED + SSL, Products + Technology

Controls Friday: 2010 Lighting for Tomorrow Competition Deadline Coming Up

Lighting for Tomorrow is launching its 2010 competition—with a focus on lighting control devices and SSL luminaires and replacement lamps. For the first time, Lighting for Tomorrow will be looking at lighting control products including stand-alone, system-based, and whole house devices. The lighting controls competition is building on the 2009 fluorescent dimming competition by seeking [...]

Controls, Energy + Environment

Researchers Study Demand-Responsive Lighting

To reduce peak demand with lighting, we can turn it off, turn it down or use it more efficiently. Since lighting is critical for productivity and safety in many indoor spaces, turning it down instead of off is usually more desirable. Dimmable lighting therefore has a strong potential role to play in demand response. But [...]

Controls, Energy + Environment

Controls Friday: Lighting Control for Existing Buildings

This article, which I wrote for Buildings Magazine last year on behalf of the Lighting Controls Association, discusses the role for lighting controls in upgrading lighting systems in existing buildings. This post sponsored by


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