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Fulham Acquires Control Network Solutions to Bring DALI® Control to Customers for Emerging Smart Lighting Products

CNS’s Smart Light Management Software and Technical Expertise Helps Fulham Meet Growing Demand for DALI-enabled Clever LED Drivers and Smart Lighting Controls

HAWTHORNE, Calif. – April 18, 2017 – Fulham Co., Inc., a leading supplier of lighting components and electronics for commercial and specialty applications, today announced the acquisition of the assets of partner company Control Network Solutions (CNS), the UK-based creator of the elitedali™ smart lighting control and management system. This transaction continues Fulham’s strategic European expansion.

Fulham has been developing its relationship with CNS for over a year and utilising CNS’s elitedali to help its partners provide complete smart lighting control systems.

Based on the Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI) lighting communications standard, elitedali simplifies installation, commissioning, and control of lighting systems. Enhancing Building Management Systems (BMS) and Edge Control devices, elitedali provides total control over individual LED fixtures, including reducing input current, managing output to optimise useful life, adjusting lighting to dim at a constant level, and adjusting power output to accommodate different light sources.

With this acquisition, Fulham can now offer a DALI and web-based convergent smart lighting solution to meet increased demand from customers worldwide. For Fulham customers in Europe and India, CNS’s smart lighting platform meets the immediate need for DALI-based lighting control solutions.

“We developed clever LED lighting components that are intelligent and programmable so luminaire manufacturers can customise solid-state lighting products in a customer-valued way. With the acquisition of CNS, we now have the remaining components needed to move from clever to smart lighting products – communications and control system software,” said Bob Howard-Anderson, Fulham CEO. “elitedali technology aligns with our vision of standards-based smart lighting controls and allows us to meet increasing customers’ demands for DALI-enabled lighting solutions based upon multi-vendor choice, flexibility and real-time device data for analytics, and effectively lays the foundation for the coming of smart lighting.”

Mike Welch, founder of CNS, will continue with Fulham as Vice President, Controls Business Development. In his new role, Welch will continue to support more than 40 elitedali™ resellers worldwide and help shape Fulham’s clever lighting strategy as well as new smart lighting products and solutions.

The elitedali solution is based on the Niagara® software framework from Tridium, an independent business entity of Honeywell International. Niagara is used by hundreds of OEMs and resellers to craft Building, Data Center and Smart City management systems.

“We are excited to be able to leverage Fulham’s global brand and resources to accelerate the market reach of elitedali,” said Welch. “Becoming a part of Fulham will allow us to provide better support our growing Niagara Community Partners, enabling them to participate in larger lighting control projects.”

Fulham already incorporates DALI support into a variety of its LED driver products, including the programmable WorkHorse LED drivers and the company’s new Lumo series of European LED drivers. Fulham offers CNS partners direct access to DALI-compatible driver products through Fulham’s global network of distributors, and works with a network of OEM luminaire manufacturers that incorporate the company’s DALI drivers.

For more information about Fulham’s complete line of LED drivers, please visit www.fulham.com.
For more information on elitedali smart lighting controls, please visit www.elitedali.com

About Fulham
Fulham Co., Inc. is a leading global provider of intelligent, socially-conscious sustainable commercial lighting components and electronics for use in commercial general lighting, parking structure, signage, horticultural, UV and other applications. The company develops and manufactures a variety of award-winning LED and emergency products, as well as legacy products across multiple lighting platforms. Fulham sells its lighting solutions worldwide through original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and electrical equipment distribution channels. Headquartered in Hawthorne, Calif., the company has sales and/or manufacturing facilities in the Netherlands, China, India and the UAE. For more information, visit www.fulham.com.

Contact:
Andy Firchau
Marketing Manager
(323) 779-2980, ext. 1252
afirchau@fulham.com

LED driver choice impact on choosing the best LED light fixture solution

LED drivers have a significant influence on lighting fixtures, from their overall cost to quality and performance.

Until now, a lack of knowledge about their performance impact upon light fixture choice has not been made easier by the difficulty in comparing driver specifications between manufacturers.

What should be clear is that specifying a light fixture supplier requires additional knowledge to avoid missing critical factors from the decision – ones that could play a significant role in the true performance of a luminaire in the field.

It is essential to ask the right questions and know which ones to ask and what answers you are looking for of your potential supplier. Also to understand in advance the application, and ideally the location where the fixture will be used. Ask manufacturers for their detailed technical documents, and read any specifications in their data sheets very carefully.

To help you in this task, Fulham Inc as one of the world’s top 5 LED driver manufacturers and an innovation and performance leader in this field, have produced a document downloadable via this link.

The Stoddart Review: The workplace advantage

The workplace and real estate are a key performance lever, with the potential to increase workplace productivity. The Stoddart Review from Raconteur explores the questions and answers surrounding workplace productivity, including the role of smart IoT lighting technology, to enable the conversation to be taken forward.
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Convergence – What is it really good for?

What are the real benefits of convergent technology?
BSRIA explain the benefits to the entire supply chain.
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The True Cost of Building Control Solutions Whitepaper

The building and lighting controls industry – once quite slow in its evolution – is now rapidly experiencing completely new solution innovations and delivery channels.
Knowing how to find them and making the right choices based upon open, interoperable standards and technology choice, rather than brands, can lead to lower-cost smart control solutions delivering immensely beneficial business results.
Discover the true cost of your building control solutions.

WHAT DOES WIRELESS LOOK LIKE?

In any given office space you could assume the air is free of wireless waves however, the remarkable image below exposes wireless waves in the environment. These are wireless RF transmissions from mobile devices; WiFi, GPRS etc and all have the potential to interfere with a potential wireless control solution!

Image credit: Nickolay Lamm

Take a sneak peak around the Aarhus Hospital elitedali smart lighting control installation

Take a sneak peak around the Aarhus Hospital elitedali smart lighting control installation

Converging health care IT
Interesting article on the use of convergent technology in Aarhus Hospital – where an installation of elitedali lighting controls is currently taking place!
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How does the EnOcean technology which our unique CNS-EnOcean solution is based upon work?

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(German) Unsere neusten Produkte von Tridium, Niagara4 & JACE 8000!

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What do Tridium’s Roger Woodward and 1 Sight Solutions’ Graham Turner think of elitedali?

What does Tridium’s Roger Woodward and 1 Sight Solutions’ Graham Turner think of elitedali? Find out here

Is the jury still out on ‘human-centric’ lighting?

Here’s an interesting read debating recent research in the field. Read more

Want to know more about EnOcean technology?

Here’s a list of FAQ’s from EnOcean answering all your questions.

Never heard of Niagara the global de facto standard in building and lighting controls?

View a simple introduction into why if you are in Commercial Real Estate (CRE) or a building owner, developer, a manger or user you should know about this.

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Advanced lighting controls benefits Retail sector

Advanced lighting controls contributes to 60% lighting energy savings in the retail sector!
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Creating A Less Intimidating Hospital Experience

Lighting in medical facilities such as hospitals has long been understood to have impact on patient recovery outcomes as well as providing for staff needs. This article looks at the:

  • The biological effects of light
  • Responses to coloured light
  • Prolonged exposure to colour

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Moving Controls from a CapEx to an OpEx World

Building services are the single most adapted elements of a building during its lifetime.
Mike Welch, Managing Director of Control Network Solutions, the DALI™ (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) lighting control specialist, argues that we need to move beyond entrenched positions on CapEx (capital expenditure) vs OpEx (operational expenditure) to a more realistic, flexible and sustainable assessment of value engineering in building construction.
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Class A Chilled Warehouse Management solution delivered by UpTime Technology

A Russian Certified elitedali Partner (CeP™), using Niagara smart DALI® lighting control and EnOcean® energy harvesting solutions from Control Network Solutions Ltd.
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Deloitte Report: 2015 Commercial Real Estate Outlook: Enhance Technology. Enable Innovation.

In many ways, the commercial real estate (CRE) industry is on more solid footing than it has been for quite some time. However, concerns — some new, some old — are keeping industry executives on their toes.
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How can you save money and energy with wireless energy harvesting technology?

How can you save money and energy with wireless energy harvesting technology? Full Article

Health, Wellbeing & Productivity in Offices, The next chapter for green building, Key Findings

It has long been considered the ultimate yet seemingly out of reach test of the business case for green building: if the human benefits could be reliably quantified this would prove beyond all doubt the ROI for investing in building green.
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Pushing the Envelope -Building Analytics beyond HVAC

Propelled by growing energy concerns and technology advancements the building industry has made several strides in building controls and automation. However, despite the progress, we’re not even close to the potential of fully deploying automation in our buildings. More automation, much more than anything currently deployed, is not only possible but would provide the performance we seek and need in our buildings. At the same time automation can support facility management personnel who are challenged with progressively more complex building systems and the constantly changing skills sets and knowledge required to operate them.
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How to avoid Stranded Investments in Intelligent Buildings

A stranded investment is one where a particular technology or solution is acquired to address one set of issues. But, in the time it takes to implement the solution, the reality dawns that the situation has changed and a whole range of new issues have emerged which will not be effectively addressed by the investment made.
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Workers In Windowless Offices Lose 46 Minutes Of Sleep A Night!

Another interesting study into the quality of light and the potential need for everyone to have some access to natural daylight, or its artificial equivalent, during their work time? Read More Here

Addressing the Billion Dollar Question On What Is Healthy Lighting?

Peter R. Boyce, Ph.D., FIES, FSLL, Professor Emeritus, School of Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, 2009 Paper summarising the issues needed to be considered in relation to physical impacts of (in)appropriate lighting. Read More Here

Better lighting, better work

Jennifer Veitcha, PhD, a senior research officer at the National Research Council of Canada, in Ottawa, helps design offices that promote health and productivity. Read More Here.

Why go wireless and batteryless?

Watch this tutorial video for users of EnOcean based products and solutions, such as installers, specifiers, facility managers and system integrators. Learn about the energy harvesting wireless technology for flexibly positioned and service-free sensor solutions.

Impact of intelligent lighting control on heating & cooling costs?

There is no doubt that significant direct energy savings are achieved using smart lighting solutions with intelligent light fixtures. However, there are also indirect energy savings. For example dimmed lights will generate less heat reducing cooling loads on HVAC plant. So are there any studies that have evidenced such and what are the indicative numbers?

I recently asked this question on one of my LinkedIN threads and here are the best of the replies:

Indirect heating and cooling load impact, here are some links that might help …
http://www.lightsearch.com/resources/lightguides/hvac.html
http://www.csemag.com/single-article/integration-lighting-and-hvac-systems/6cdbfda10abe16e4770416fd60235987.html p23 and following of http://isites.harvard.edu/fs/docs/icb.topic1136043.files/07%20ASHRAE%20Standard%2090.1-2010.pdf

This link takes you to an on-line calculator, which claims to determine anticipated heating load from a given lighting deployment, http://liacs.omslighting.com/

Additional comments were as follows:

Unless a software is used (like is nowadays mandatory in many parts of the world) to do a real calculation a rule of thumb is to count with 5% extra savings due to reduction of needed HVAC when using controls relative to not using controls (in new construction, usually the lighting upgrade itself will cut away the biggest heat load by using more efficient sources and fixtures in renovations).

It is also suggested that the heat introduced into your space by lighting is the plug power times the usage time(if undimmed) = conservation of energy, even the light emitted will be converted to heat eventually !!! Unless of course you have ventilation and especially if you have air extraction over the luminaires … a good luminaire supplier will be able to give you data on their luminaires about noise, pressure drop and heat load reduction as a function of air flow …

Need energy efficient lighting advice?

This report by the Carbon Trust provides a great overview on how to reduce lighting costs. Read more

Energy Efficiency’s Effect on Building Valuation

Did you know that energy use is many times the largest single line item on an expense statement, according to Schneider Electric?
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Why not use taxable profits to improve your business instead of improving the Governments Tax income?

Enhanced Capital Allowances (ECAs) are a straightforward way for a business to improve its cash flow through accelerated tax relief.
Reduce your operating costs –
Businesses are often tempted to opt for equipment with the lowest purchase cost. Such immediate cost savings often prove to be a false economy. Considering the future operating cost of the equipment before investing can help make the right investment decision – one that reduces future expense.
Investing in ETL equipment reduces operating costs. Improved energy efficiency results in lower energy bills, reduced climate change levy payments and shortens payback periods.
So the next time you’re thinking about investing in plant or machinery, think about future operating costs – not lowest purchase cost – and see your utility bills fall.
Download this ECA Guide to learn more or visit the Energy Technology List Website

elitedali for Niagara® is a BAS integrated lighting control solution for commercial and public buildings that delivers everything and more identified in Michael Chow’s article for Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine

“Incorporating day-lighting and lighting controls with a building automation system (BAS) can result in significant energy savings. There are other benefits as well, including compliance with energy codes, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED, credits, and Energy Star.
A successful BAS design that incorporates day-lighting and lighting controls will help meet energy codes, achieve LEED prerequisites and credits, save energy while maintaining appropriate lighting levels for the building occupants, and provide the facility manager with a system to collect and analyze data relating to lighting energy usage. The designer should advise the facility’s owner of the added design and implementation costs of the system against the calculated energy savings and return on investment.”
Michael Chow is the founder and owner of Metro CD Engineering.
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The Great News is that the President’s 2014 Budget Proposes to Extend, Enhance §179D Energy Efficient Commercial Building Deduction

The President has called for a new Better Buildings Initiative that would reduce energy usage in commercial buildings by 20 percent over 10 years. This initiative would catalyze private sector investment to upgrade the efficiency of commercial buildings. Enhancing the current deduction for energy efficient commercial building property –which is primarily used by taxpayers constructing new buildings –and allowing a new deduction based on the energy savings performance of commercial building property installed in existing buildings would encourage private sector investments in energy efficiency improvements. See more …..President’s 2014 Budget Proposes to Extend, Enhance §179D Energy…

Existing Energy Saving Federal Tax Incentives under 179D end December 2012!

What is the 179D federal tax deduction?
Section 179D of the Federal Tax Code provides a tax deduction for energy efficiency improvements to commercial buildings. A building may qualify for a tax deduction under Section 179D not to exceed $1.80/ft² for whole building performance or $0.60/ft² for a partially qualifying property for envelope, heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC), or lighting improvements. In addition, a building may qualify with a reduced installed lighting power under the interim lighting rule. Energy simulations are required to show compliance with the energy and power cost savings requirements…. see more What is the 179D federal tax deduction?

Is the advantage to having motorized exterior shades worth the cost of installation, integration and maintenance?

Is the advantage to having motorized exterior shades worth the cost of installation, integration and maintenance? Or further, is there definitely an advantage over “static” shades? Daren Whistler of Somfy, a worldwide supplier of automated exterior shade control solutions offers his thoughts to these questions. Read the full article here

What Exactly is “Network Integration”

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Comparing the world’s most vendor independent and open standards dependent DALI lighting solution to a broadband power line option

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BMS/BA Niagara native and converged Smart DALI lighting solution

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LED, Fluorescent, HID or Incandescent light source for public and commercial buildings, how do they compare today?

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The impact of lighting quality on worker productivity and well being

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DALI ENLIGHT – The official AG DALI newsletter, Issue 1

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The vital role intelligent lighting control can play in the emerging Demand Response Management business

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DALI the only Standard in Intelligent Lighting

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An overview of Smart Building Solution Benefits for Owners and Users

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Commercial Lighting Energy Savings Potential & Payback Times

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How does elitedali compare with traditional LCM Solutions?

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Example elitedali solutions for Niagara connectivity

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How does elitedali compare with traditional Lighting PLC Solutions?

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elitedali reduces DALI lighting commissioning time!

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Impact of elitedali on your Carbon Footprint and Energy Consumption

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David Mooney, Regional Associate at Parsons Brinckerhoff asks – Is natural light the forgotten source of renewable energy?

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Commercial Lighting Energy Savings Potential and Payback Time

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ROI Increases For Sustainable Buildings

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Example Energy Savings from Lighting Control

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Why the US needs products like eLighting and companies like ESSI now

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Benefits, Comparisons and New Developments in eLighting for Niagara presented

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What are the benefits of using EnOcean’s energy harvesting wireless technology?

Watch this great video by the EnOcean Alliance to find out: