‘Network-Ready’ dimmable LED lighting provide additional energy savings

‘Network-Ready’ dimmable LED lighting provide additional energy savings

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By Field Editor

Energy Focus’ Network-Ready products incorporate industry standard (IEC 60929) 0-10 V dimming protocol.  As a result, power and light output of the Network-Ready lamps and fixtures can be controlled via a variety of dimming control mechanisms and networks, including wireless, broadband over power-line (BPL), as well as directly via wired low voltage D.C. (twisted-pair).  The Network-Ready LED products are expected to not only yield an immediate energy savings of typically 50% or more compared to fluorescent, but also potentially save an additional 20-30% of energy by utilizing the dimming feature through dimming control, occupancy sensing and daylight harvesting.

The Network-Ready dimming protocol covers a wide range of products that the company is introducing, which include next generation dual-mode Intellitube and direct-wire ‘D-Series’ TLED product lines.  The company also plans to introduce a fully integrated, Network-Ready T8 Emergency Battery Backup TLED that functions as a standard lamp during non-emergency hours and does not need external batteries or drivers to provide backup lighting during emergencies, thereby reducing product and labor cost for emergency backup lighting needs. In addition, the company is introducing its first Network-Ready luminaire, the ‘Panel-Light Series’, fully integrated luminaires with a modern, elegant and sturdy design that can be used in fluorescent retrofit, renovation or new construction projects.

Energy Focus is still in the process of completing all regulatory approvals, including the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) certification.  Upon completion of this process, Energy Focus expects to start taking orders and shipping these new products during the second half of 2016.

“The ultimate guiding principle of our product development effort is to maximize the energy savings of LED retrofits while minimizing the cost of material, installation and maintenance, without compromising quality,” said Dr. Jeremiah Heilman, VP of Research and Development.  “TLEDs had been called ‘missed opportunities’ when it came to supporting advanced controls.  We saw that did not have to be the case, and innovated to build network connectivity and get dimming signals into the lamp in a simple and cost-effective way. Our Network Ready TLEDs are designed to give our customers far better value propositions to achieve lighting connectivity without replacing the existing lighting fixtures with expensive and easily outdated new LED fixtures as LED and networking technologies evolve exponentially. The integrated emergency battery backup TLED and panel lights we are introducing also are expected to enable us to supply the whole spectrum of needs for fluorescent retrofit.”

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