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As new data establishes the effectiveness of lighting control systems, new innovations lead to a launch of new Wattstopper occupancy sensor.

Wattstopper has launched a new passive infrared (PIR) occupancy sensor that offers greater versatility when programming lighting control systems to reduce energy consumption in larger office and commercial spaces with ceilings of 20 feet or higher. In conjunction with a new Digital Lighting Management (DLM) extended height technology, the LMPC-100-5 sensor are easy to install, reliable and perfect for locations like gymnasiums, warehouses and distribution centers.

"The addition of the new occupancy sensor allows projects that formerly required traditional sensors for certain rooms to incorporate DLM solutions facility- or campus-wide, which not only simplifies maintenance, but opens up opportunities for centralized control and integration," said Cheryl Burke, the product line manager at Wattstopper. "Digital Lighting Management now also offers an ideal control solution for warehouse facilities that are retrofitting high bay lighting fixtures to more energy efficient sources including LEDs. The combined savings from lower wattage sources and occupancy-based control provides building owners an excellent return on investment."

New advances in communication technology
Featuring an attractive, low profile design with a digital LCD display, the LMPC-100-5 can detect walking motion within a 35 foot radius when mounted 40 feet above ground thanks to its specialized lens that enables 360 degree coverage. Compatible with a wide range of DLM devices, Wattstopper's new occupancy sensor maximizes energy savings and adds flexibility and customized control settings. Plus, it also features IR communication technology. Just a simple wireless hand-held device can communicate and configure each sensor.

"The lighting controls industry is taking full advantage of innovations in IT and telecom sectors, leading to a new generation of lighting control products known as Luminaire Level Lighting Controls (LLLCs)," stated Kelly Sanders, senior product manager at the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance. "These LLLC products are well positioned to transform energy efficiency and lighting use in the commercial sector through more sophisticated, individualized controls."

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, buildings approximately consume 74 percent of all electricity in the nation, while lighting alone uses 38 percent of the energy in commercial buildings. However, nearly 86 percent of all residential lights and 70 percent of commercial lighting employ only on and off switches as their primary lighting control mechanism. The simple adoption of such systems, like the Wattstopper occupancy sensor, could reduce energy consumption by as much as 30 percent.