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Greenville, S.C. — Hubbell Lighting, a provider of lighting innovation, recently announced that Beacon Products will extend its award-winning Beaconnect technology to its Viper, Traverse, Cruzer, and Endura products. It has been commercially available with the Orbeon since it launched in October 2015.
New LED products have opened the door for significant energy savings, and Beaconnect technology is a means of achieving even more in a cost-effective manner. The wireless system has been recognized by the industry as an innovative technology; it was selected to the 2014 IES Progress Report and won a PIA award in 2015.
"Our customers are concerned about lifetime cost of ownership, energy reduction, and the safety and security of the lighting environment," said Keith Hall, vice president of brand management, Beacon Products. "Beaconnect is a cost-effective, reliable technology designed to have a positive impact on these concerns. Simplicity has been a key factor to its success. Our customers tell us the date, time, and specifications. We program it accordingly at the factory, ship it, and it's ready to be installed."
Beaconnect is a built-in wireless control system that can dim by time, group to sensors with user-defined dimming schedules, and provide diagnostics such as temperature, hours, voltage, current wattage, and kWh metering.
Beaconnect luminaires arrive to the site pre-programmed and ready to install. Users, however, have the flexibility to modify the schedules in the field at any time. Its autonomous operation precludes the possibility of a system-wide failure because, unlike other systems, it has direct access to the LED engine and provides voltage, current, and temperature sensor readings, which can be useful if the need arises to troubleshoot. Since each luminaire operates in a standalone manner, there are no distance limits from luminaire to luminaire.
The cost and complication of field commissioning by factory experts is removed since Beaconnect luminaires are pre-programmed. It requires no access points and issues commands to luminaires in real time. Once programmed, the luminaires operate autonomously and have a real-time clock with battery backup to facilitate independent operation for more than a week in the event of a power outage or daily turn-off cycle, but it also functions as a mesh system. This means all luminaires can be scheduled to synchronize with sensors by group, by zones, or dimmed by time. The system eliminates complicated gateways, Wi-Fi, GPS, and third-party providers that incur recurring costs.
The Viper luminaire is available in two sizes with a wide choice of different LED wattage configurations and optical distributions designed to replace HID lighting up to 1000W MH or HPS and with five different mounting options for application in a wide variety of new and existing installations.