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  • Wireless Light Control Helped Reduce Labor and Installation Costs at the Seattle VA Hospital

    Working with energy-efficient lighting service provider, Northwest Edison, The Veteran’s Memorial Hospital in Seattle, Washington completed a renovation of its Facilities building, some office space and several laboratories to provide a more energy-efficient, updated space. The installation was complicated by the fact that the hospital building was constructed in the early 1950s, and budgets were tight.

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  • Recyclable Enclosures Offer More End-of-Life Options

    With the rise of green building, building professionals have become much more familiar with what goes into the products they specify and install. For example, volatile organic chemicals – more frequently know by the acronym VOCs – have largely disappeared from paint, carpet and other building products due to greater awareness of the health problems they can cause.

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  • Looking Beyond NEMA and UL Markings When Specifying Enclosures

    In the United States, we’re well aware of a number of marking schemes that indicate how products like enclosures will perform in particular settings. These will include the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) rating indicating how resistant a product will be in various wet, dirty or corrosive locations. There might also be a UL marking indicating a standard to which the product has been tested.

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  • New Generation of Occupancy Sensors Offer Even More Features

    The current trend in occupancy sensors is to pack more features and options in ever smaller packages, making sensor installation quick and efficient, while also promoting the greater use of sensors for both energy savings and security benefits.

    First, sensors are moving towards a lower-profile, cleaner design intended to “flatten” the device against a ceiling or wall.

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  • New Options for Illuminating the Great Outdoors

    Exterior luminaires often are treated as the workhorses of the lighting industry. With a need to withstand what can be harsh operating conditions, through winter storms and summer heat, design emphasis often focuses on durability and basic lighting functions, over more versatile applications. That’s beginning to change, however, as manufacturers have begun adding new capabilities to a range of outdoor fixture types.

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  • Energy Savings Add Up Quickly with LED Parking and Area Lighting

    Maybe like you, I’ve recently begun switching out my compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs with LED replacements in my table and ceiling fixtures. The energy savings aren’t huge, maybe 5 watts per lamp, and certainly not what I initially managed when switching from old 60 watt incandescents to the 13 watt CFLs. But every little bit helps, plus, the LEDs could last 15 or 20 years, depending on use, so I won’t have to worry about replacing them again for another decade or two.

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