Engineered Systems Magazine

Wireless lighting controls

January 5, 2009

Leviton Manufacturing Company has entered into a strategic partnership with EnOcean GmbH to offer a line of self-powered occupancy sensors designed to dramatically increase energy efficiency, requiring absolutely no new wiring. The companies say that the high-performance occupancy sensors combine Leviton’s legendary styling and superior performance features with EnOcean’s reliable wireless technology. The intended result is a commercial product offering that offers significant energy-savings benefits and reduced installation time and expense.

Leviton’s new wireless offering includes occupancy sensors, remote switches, wall switches, and integrated wireless receivers that automatically turn lights ON when occupancy is detected and OFF when the room is no longer occupied. The products provide a long service and trouble-free, “install-and-forget” operation. They are suitable for a wide range of commercial applications, including use in conference rooms, classrooms, open areas of buildings and private office spaces.

Ideal for retrofit applications, the wireless sensors, which can also be used in new construction applications, make installation quick, easy, and highly affordable. The installer replaces the existing wall switches with the wireless receiver switches and installs the matching occupancy sensor and the installation is completed.

For flexible operation, the wireless sensors include an automatic shutoff feature that lets users set the time-to-shut-off to match their precise requirements. The sensors also include an integrated solar cell that provides power from the ambient light in the room, eliminating the need for batteries. The receiver switches are rated up to 10 amps 120-277V 50/60 Hz and are available in white, ivory, grey, brown, black and light almond.

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