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Outdoor Power Solutions Provide Safe, Convenient Electrical Connections - Legrand - Facility Management Product Release
Legrand, a global leader in power, light and data technologies, introduced a new offering of permanent outdoor power products during the 2016 International Facility Management Association (IFMA) World Workplace trade show in San Diego.
The outdoor power offering currently includes the outdoor power ground dox for use by facility managers and the outdoor power charging station for people who want to charge their cell phones on the go. Both products provide permanent outdoor power and low voltage connections that can be installed on college campuses, in commercial outdoor office spaces, outdoor retail shopping centers, amusement parks, sports venues and other exterior gathering spaces.
“Our research showed that there is a large movement to expand businesses into outdoor spaces and give employees the flexibility to enjoy time outdoors,” says Michael Cole, senior Wiremold product manager at Legrand. “To host more outdoor events, create outdoor classrooms and setup outdoor retail spaces, facility managers need permanent outdoor power sources. The new outdoor power offerings from Legrand are designed to enhance the value of your exterior real estate by generating more use, longer stays and increased productivity.”
Outdoor Power Ground Box
As the popularity of outdoor activities grows, so does the demand for outdoor electrical connections. Facility managers are often forced to set up a generator or run an extension cord to provide power for outdoor activities, such as collegiate, corporate and sporting events, food vendors and retail kiosks. Legrand’s outdoor ground box gives facility managers a safer, permanent electrical solution to reduce manual labor and setup time.
The ground box uses a “diving bell” design to create and maintain an air pocket that protects the electrical connections from getting wet in adverse weather conditions. To sustain a safe working product, there are holes on the bottom of the box which allows the water to drain into the ground. The Ground Box also has anti-float clips which prevent the cover from lifting up and keeps the protective air pocket intact. For added safety, it has a locking cover to prevent unauthorized use.
It’s the first UL listed while in use outdoor in-ground box. It earned a National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) 6P rating — meaning it can withstand “occasional, prolonged submersion in water” — and an International Protection (IP) 68 rating stating that it is “protected from total dust ingress and long term immersion up to a specified pressure.”
Designed for use in any climate, the Ground Box has gone through rigorous testing to prove it has the durability to withstand exposure to water and ice. It has a Tier 5 load rating — meaning it can handle an occasional 5,000-pound load — without cracking or breaking, in case it comes in contact with a mower, tractor or vehicle.
The ground xox features a modular design that allows the box units to be ganged together based on electrical needs and available space. There are three weather-resistant receptacle options available: a 20-amp duplex, a single 30-amp Turnlok locking receptacle L5-30R (125V), a single 30 amp Turnlok locking receptacle L6-30R (250V), and a low voltage version that can accommodate communications and A/V services.
The box sits flush with the ground to seamlessly blend into the existing landscaping. It is made of UV-resistant material and can be installed in a variety of surfaces. The ground box is offered in black, brown and gray finishes to match its environment.
Outdoor Charging Station
The second product in the new line is the outdoor charging station. It features standard outlets, as well as USB charging outlets, and is designed to meet the growing demand for mobile connectivity.
The charging station allows students and employees to charge cell phones, tablets and laptops while enjoying time outdoors. The charging station is available in three models and three standard finishes — black, bronze and silver — to accent the existing landscape. Each station includes a combination of two or three gangs of power devices and can be used for A/V or communications connectivity, if desired. In addition, some stations combine LED illumination with power to make outdoor spaces even more productive.
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