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  • Lutron Simplifies Local and National Energy Code Compliance with New Tools, Products, and Webinar

    Making Code Compliance Simple and Easy

    National, state and local energy codes are constantly changing, making it a challenge to stay on top of the latest requirements. Lutron’s Vive wireless lighting control solution offers lighting and new receptacle control capabilities to meet even the most stringent energy codes with ease and flexibility. Lutron launched its Vive wireless solution help customers maximize productivity, comfort and energy efficiency in any building while easily meeting required energy codes—including California’s Title 24, as well as the latest versions of ASHRAE 90.1 and IECC.

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  • Sensing Becomes an Opportunity in Latest Energy Codes

    Occupancy and vacancy sensors are set to become significantly more important elements in commercial electrical designs over the next several years, thanks to increasingly stringent efficiency requirements in state and national energy codes. As a result, electrical contractors should take some time to understand the latest code updates and the products available to meet new demands.

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  • Input Sensors – Your eyes, fingers and…more?

    No need to "eyeball" it any more. Input sensors take the place of our human senses… and do a great job of it, to boot.

    There are several types of input sensors. One of the first I encountered was the photo electric sensor or photo eye. These eyes controlled remote relays with a set of integrated mechanical contacts. Located inside the sensor body, the contacts changed state with a tiny magnetic relay.

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  • Choosing the Right Input Sensor

    With so many types of input sensors available, you need to narrow down your selection to what will give you the feedback required. As with human "input sensors," each type has a dedicated function. You need to match the sensor with the object being sensed and what that feedback does.

    Another consideration is the action taken when the sensor notices a change of state. In our human example, a sudden bright light sends a signal to the brain, causing us to shield our eyes.

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  • Combining Dimming with Other Commands – It’s a Bright Idea

    The possibility of enhanced energy savings is a big driver behind the adoption of dimmer switches – but what about all those table lamps in a typical home that aren’t controlled by a wall switch? Or when light dimming is part of an effort to set a scene or make a room more comfortable? Thanks to the “internet of things,” consumers are gaining new options for controlling new devices – such as table lamps – and grouping together the operations of multiple device types – such as, say, lighting and fans – using a single remote control or mobile-device app.

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  • Matching Dimmers and Bulbs Is Critical to Successful LED Conversions

    Dimming switches and LED light bulbs seem like they should be a perfect match, right? Both products offer end-users advanced capabilities for controlling a room’s light and lowering energy bills in a home or building. Unfortunately, as many have discovered, ensuring compatibility between dimmer switches and the LED bulbs they’re controlling is a bit more complicated than previously was the case with old-school incandescent bulbs. However, this situation is improving quickly as…

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