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New Retrofit Kit From Lutron Makes Stairwell Fluorescent Light Fixtures Energy Efficient And Code Compliant


Committed to saving energy, Lutron announces new product at 2013 LIGHTFAIR International


Coopersburg, PA – Now, building owners can easily and cost-efficiently add wireless dimming and occupancy sensing capabilities to installed stairwell fluorescent fixtures. The new Stairwell Retrofit Kit Solution from lighting control pioneer Lutron Electronics saves energy, lowers costs, and meets stairwell safety code requirements.


The field-adjustable retrofit kit solution contains Lutron dimming ballasts with pre-wired leads, a Lutron wireless control (Powpak® stairwell controller), and optional rapid-start sockets, which allow any T12, T8, or T5 fluorescent fixture to be converted into a wireless stairwell solution.


Once installed, the fixture can communicate with Lutron’s Radio Powr Savr™ occupancy sensors to adjust light levels. The Radio Powr Savr sensor immediately detects when someone enters the stairwell. The sensor then sends a signal to the Lutron Powpak stairwell controller via Lutron‘s Clear Connect® RF technology, which illuminates the stairwell at the preset occupied (high end) level. When the person leaves the stairwell, the sensor sends a signal to the wireless control at the preset timeout which dims the light to the preset unoccupied (low end) level.


“Retrofitting existing stairwell fixtures with wireless sensing and control technology is a cost-effective way to reduce energy consumption,” said Eric Lind, vice-president, specification sales at Lutron. “The kit helps building owners meet code and targets an area of a building where tremendous amounts energy is wasted every day.”


The Lutron stairwell retrofit kit solution provides numerous benefits:

    energy savings – the ability to save over 70%1 lighting energy
    high-end trim reduces light levels when the stairwell is occupied
    occupancy sensing lowers light levels when the stairwell is unoccupied
    high return on investment – payback as low as 3.5 years; utility rebates available in most locations2
    flexibility – assign multiple fixtures to a single occupancy sensor and assign multiple occupancy sensors to a single fixture
    Meets codes and standards
        ASHRAE 90.1 2010 — Additional Control (
        IgCC (International Green Construction Code) — Interior Light Reduction Controls (609.3)


The Stairwell Retrofit Kit Solution is available now.


About Lutron Electronics (
Founded in 1961, Lutron Electronics is headquartered in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, in the heart of the Lehigh Valley.  From dimmers for the home, to lighting management systems for entire buildings, the company offers more than 17,000 energy-saving products, sold in more than 100 countries around the world. In the US alone, Lutron products save an estimated 10 billion kWh of electricity, or approximately $1 billion in utility costs per year.  The company’s early inventions— including the first solid-state dimmer invented by Lutron’s founder, Joel Spira—are now at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.

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