Bruck Introduces Orion LEDbar

June 9, 2015

bruck ledbar

The LEDbar is a low profile linear luminaire for cove applications that delivers an uninterrupted line of light, eliminating LED pixilation. The optional brackets offer 0-90° swivel tilt and adjustability making this luminaire ideally suited for interior architectural, hospitality, retail, exhibit, and display applications. The LEDbar is designed to link together tightly, eliminating dark socket shadows between fixtures for a seamless design.


Finelite YouTube “LED Talks” Video: Flicker in LED Luminaires

September 26, 2013

fl_LED_FLicker_videoEngineers eliminated objectionable Flicker in fluorescent luminaires some time ago. Now, with the rapid rise in popularity of LED lighting systems, the issue has reemerged. The Department of Energy and some regulatory agencies are working to set standards for acceptable levels of flicker. In this video, the second installment in a continuing series of LED Talks™, Finelite founder and CTO Terry Clark reviews flicker: the concerns, causes, testing, and techniques for minimizing flicker.

See Flicker in LED Luminaires Video Here.  Or click on image above.

See Finelite YouTube Channel Here.




Acuity Brands: Warehouse lighting: more options and lower costs

September 18, 2013


Up-front costs for warehouse lighting are easing, and options are expanding

From the outside looking in, warehouses can appear to be sleeping giants, with workers inside laboring under conditions unchanged since the first tilt-wall was lifted. But a look inside shows today’s warehouse operations today that are progressively more robust and dynamic in many way, including how lighting – the biggest draw on energy – is managed.

Around the turn of the millennium, high-intensity fluorescent lighting brought a significant number of benefits to warehouse environments, benefits that outshined high-pressure sodium and metal halide HID fixtures. Now, high-bay LED lighting is quickly gaining on or surpassing comparable fluorescent technology, as the overall cost for solid-state technology continues to come down. (And doing so without the high initial costs that once caused owners and operators to pause over LED installation or retrofitting.)

In addition to significant energy savings, today’s high-bay LED lighting provides high luminosity, high-temperature tolerance, long and reliable life, low-maintenance operation, compatibility with controls – and up-front affordability.

One example of a cost efficient LED luminaire for warehouse applications is the I-BEAM® LED fixture from Lithonia Lighting®, which was specifically designed as a one-for-one replacement of fluorescent and HID systems. This high-performance, high-quality, configurable LED luminaires pays for itself in as little as two years when compared to fluorescent lighting counterparts. And, as with most LED lighting products, the I-EAM LED fixtures pays dividends for years to come by way of a low total cost of operation.

Controls and daylighting take occupancy-cost savings even further

The I-BEAM LED luminaire is also an example of how LED fixtures can be integrated with controls technology to maximize the return on a high-bay-lighting investment for the modern-day warehouse. The luminaire can be equipped with an occupancy sensor, photocell, nLight® or nWiFi™ controls, devices that are factory-installed and that require minimal labor to set up during fixture installation.

An advanced energy-efficient warehouse goes a step further to combine lighting systems such as the I-BEAM LED and the compatible controls with daylighting. Daylighting products from Sunoptics®, for example, provide tremendous cost savings by harvesting the light of the sun. By integrating high-performance prismatic daylighting with a lighting-control system, building owners can create the optimum level of energy efficiency while creating an environment of high productivity for the workers using the space.
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Major U.S. Cities Mandating Energy Benchmarking: Easy Energy Monitoring Solutions with Leviton Smart Meters

September 3, 2013


A new study by the Rhodium Group and United Technologies recently reported American businesses, governments and households could save up to $65 billion per year by improving building efficiencies and investing in current technologies by 2030.
In January of 2014, new regulatory changes to California’s Title 24 will require mandatory metering and monitoring for energy efficiencies in all new residential and commercial construction. In addition, other cities across the U.S. like Boston and Seattle recently passed energy benchmarking mandates for large commercial and residential building owners to track and report energy and water usage in an effort to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions. These mandates and rising energy prices have many facility owners and managers seeking out more sustainable building optimization solutions to lower their facility’s environmental impact and improve their bottom line.
Installing smart meters and energy monitoring software gives facility owners the tools to identify energy inefficiencies and track tenant real-time energy usage. Smart meters can qualify for LEED Certification points and assist consumers in making informed business decisions. By investing in building efficiencies like smart meters, facility owners can effectively lower energy costs, encourage responsible energy usage and stay competitive.
For more information, click on EnergyStar.Gov or Energy.Ca.Gov.


Track Building Performance with Submetering Solutions    

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Commercial, industrial and governmental facility owners across the U.S. have saved on energy costs and consumption through VerifEye’s real-time energy monitoring and tenant billing solutions.

Find out how easy it is to integrate smart meters into your building optimization strategy by attending our Energy Savings with Smart Metering Solutions Webinar.

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  • How to Meet Building Mandates like California Title 24 and qualify for: LEED Certification Points and Energy Star Rated Building points
  • Tracking and Monitoring:  Real Time Energy Usage and Performance 
  • Cost Saving Opportunities: How to Identify Energy Inefficiencies
  • Seamless Integration: VerifEye’s easy configuration to Building Automation Networks

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How much energy do lighting controls save?

August 21, 2013


Calculating Energy Savings

Energy savings due to installing lighting controls can be challenging to predict since spaces and lighting needs vary from site to site and throughout the year. Energy savings from controls achieve power savings through dimming and shutoff based on varying inputs like daylight availability and occupant utilization. Further, lighting controls with dimming capability create light level changes based on user preference and other factors.

While lighting control savings can be estimated for a given project based on application data, it is useful to evaluate various lighting control strategies based on average energy savings. Knowing an average is also useful for benchmarking predictions and results.
Enter the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), which analyzed 240 energy savings estimates from 88 case studies and papers. Using filters to zero in on lighting energy savings produced by lighting controls in actual field installations, the researchers developed best estimates for average lighting energy savings and published the results in an industry paper. These estimates ranged from 24-42% and covered occupancy sensing, personal and institutional tuning, daylight harvesting and the combination of multiple control strategies, as shown below.
The LBNL study demonstrates that advanced lighting control strategies typically save significant amounts of energy, and provide guidance for average savings.

LBNL best estimates of average lighting energy savings for various lighting control strategies.
1. Occupancy sensors that change lighting automatically can reduce energy consumption by up to 24%.
Acuity’s Sensor Switch® is an industry leader in developing occupancy sensors and control switches and has the widest array of sensors offered from any manufacturer. Their controls feature small motion detection, relay circuit protection and passive dual technology (PIR / Microphonics™) that can literally “See & Hear” into areas with obstructions.
2. Institutional tuning of light levels (using high end limits on the lighting to deliver the right amount of light) by dimming controls reduced energy consumption by up to 36% on average.
Dimming systems from  Acuity’s Synergy® Lighting Control, SensorSwitch’s nLight® and LC&D enable smooth full-range dimming on fluorescent, LED, low voltage and halogen luminaires. These systems can be tailored for office, education, retail and institutional spaces.
3. Using daylight harvesting can reduce energy consumption by up to 28%.
Daylight levels are detected by photosensors which can then tell the controls how much to reduce electric light while still delivering excellent illumination in the space. Acuity Brands can integrate a full range of daylight harvesting strategies with the LC&D, Synergy or nLight® controls systems plus Sunoptics® LightFlex™ daylighting delivery system to bring sunlight deeper into the space for additional savings. This allows the user to control how much daylight or electric light is being used to illuminate a space, or they can have the footcandle levels pre-set and let the system do the adjusting for them.
4. Combining any of the multiple strategies reduces energy consumption by 38%.
Acuity Brands makes combining control solutions with energy-efficient and smart lighting easy with an extensive portfolio of products – also Acuity solutions are manufactured and supported by one company.
How Acuity Brands Can Help
Acuity Brands leads the industry in helping make these savings a reality with the most extensive product portfolio in the industry. The previously mentioned products and solutions integrate seamlessly with each another, providing the end user with a complete lighting solution that enhances their environment, reduces energy usage and saves them money.

Click here to download the complete LBNL study.


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Program and Control DMX Fixtures With Added Features In Easyl Pro and Easyl Studio

May 23, 2013


Easyl Pro
Easyl™ Pro, the most sophisticated member of the Easyl family of RGB show controllers, is now available! Easyl Pro controls a full universe of DMX fixtures and features:

  • Multi-Zone – Show Control (up to 5)
  • Advanced Integral Timeclock
  • DMX Record (20 hours)
  • Chase and Rainbow Effects
  • Remote Button Stations
  • RDM (remote device management) support


Easyl Studio

The Easyl Pro advanced features are available through Easyl Studio, our unique
computer-based DMX show design software. Choose colors, design shows, configure
Easyl Pro and program timeclock settings offline with Studio, then download to
Easyl Pro via the micro USB connection.

easyl studio

Sensorswitch Announces New WSX Family Wall Switch Sensors

March 25, 2013

sensor_wsxss_2Sensor Switch is proud to introduce the new WSX series of Wall Switch Occupancy Sensors. These new sensors boast a new low-profile, stylish design and an enhanced feature-set that makes them truly first class.








Lighting Control & Design New Application Guide & Product Catalog

November 28, 2012

Lighting Control & Design (LC&D) has released its new Application Guide & Product Catalog. This 150-page color guide was created to illustrate how LC&D brings simplicity and performance to the design of lighting control systems. The application section introduces the unique value propositions of LC&D and highlights three categories of solutions:  Packaged Room Components, Quick Configured Systems,  and Factory Engineered Solutions.

Download the new Application Guide Here.