Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

Apr 9, 2017

Projects 1The Canadian headquarters of IT giant Cisco Systems, this award-winning project encompasses a 4-storey fit-out over 80,000 sq.ft. in Toronto, ON. The facility features a client-facing Innovation Centre that is one of a kind in North America. Aptly located within a new sustainability-leading downtown high-rise, the fit-up is targeting LEED Gold certification.

The Lighting Control Innovation Award was created in 2011 as part of the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Illumination Awards program, which recognizes professionalism, ingenuity and originality in lighting design. The award recognizes projects that exemplify the effective use of lighting controls in nonresidential applications.

Given the client’s “Internet of Things” mandate, base building fluorescent luminaires were replaced with LED Power over Ethernet (PoE) luminaires, boasting the first large-scale commercial installation of PoE-enabled luminaires in North America. This approach eliminated the need for line voltage power to the luminaires, reducing installed cost, adhering to budget constraints, and enabling the delivery of power and controls data via a single CAT6 data cable.

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PoE lighting zones are powered via an 8-port data switch, installed in custom enclosures in the ceiling space. Line voltage powers the data switches, which can power up to 8 PoE luminaires each via CAT6 patch cables providing a maximum of 25.5W at 36VDC using the PoE+ protocol. Effectively implementing this new technology, the Lighting Power Density was reduced to 52.6% below ASHRAE 90.1 2007 allowances.

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Approximately 50% of the PoE luminaires are outfitted with an integral occupancy/daylight sensor. Any luminaire without a sensor can be controlled via an adjacent fixture equipped with one.

Collaborating with the manufacturer, PoE fixtures were developed to match the base building luminaires for visual consistency.

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For ease of use, all luminaires, including the PoE-enabled fixtures and architectural specialty lighting, are digitally addressable through a networked lighting control system.

All enclosed rooms are outfitted with a capacitive touch-sensitive programmable 6-button digital wall switch for scene and dimming control. These are also connected via CAT6 data cables. The luminaires can also be controlled or commissioned wirelessly with a smartphone via the IR receiver within the integral sensors.

Project participants

Lighting and control design by Justin Lauzon, Bill Trapper, lighting designers with The HIDI Group, and Neil Whiteford, lighting designer with Philips Lighting Canada. Photography by Tom Arban Photography. DALI Control and Programming by Specialized Lighting Solutions.

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Electrician Forum Brought to you by Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric

June 25, 2018

Sponsored by Schneider Electric

Today we are all concerned with the energy we consume within our homes. But how many truly understand the ins and outs of home energy use, and where exactly does the electrician and the development of energy management systems come into play. There is much to consider when discussing home energy use. The consumer first off needs to be informed about energy use, how it is calculated and ultimately billed if they are to make changes to their energy consumption rates. But in terms of educating consumers does the residential electrician have a role? And beyond that are manufacturers developing products designed to help electricians and consumers better understand residential energy use? Throughout this article we will deal with each of these important questions.

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Schneider

A new “future ready” circuit breaker from Schneider Electric is described by the company as the next generation of power distribution for the Internet of Things (IoT) era. Masterpact MTZ increases efficiency and can adapt to ever-evolving needs for safety, reliability and sustainability. The world is becoming more connected, electric, digitized, decarbonized, and decentralized, says Schneider Electric. Power distribution is facing new regulations, becoming more seamless and connected. 

Masterpact MTZ is the latest in a series of circuit breaker innovations, following Masterpact M, and then Masterpact NT/NW.

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Total Electrical Solutions was founded in 2013 by Jeremy Herrington in Quispamsis, on the outskirts of Saint John, New Brunswick. Since 2013 Jeremy has steadily grown Total Electrical Solutions in the residential, commercial and construction sectors. The growth is primarily the result of Jeremy’s customer first philosophy, plus his over 20 years of industry experience.

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