Hubbell and Lutron Collaborate to Control Electrical Outlets and Plug Loads
Hubbell Wiring Device-Kellems ("Hubbell") and Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. announced the collaborative development of new products that will enable the electrical industry to better comply with new building code requirements for controlling electrical outlets and their associated plug loads. Hubbell will embed Lutron's Clear Connect™ radio frequency (RF) communication technology directly into Hubbell's Load:Logic™ plug load control products. This announcement expands the interoperability of Clear Connect-enabled devices, provides the industry with a much-needed, code-compliant solution, and allows installers to easily control electrical outlets in new and existing facilities without learning new systems or performing extensive commissioning.
The use of automated controls for lighting and HVAC has dramatically increased efficiencies of these systems in modern facilities. In contrast, miscellaneous plug loads connected to electrical receptacles have been left uncontrolled and can now approach 50% of a high performance building's energy footprint. To address this, ASHRAE 90.1-2010, California Energy Commission, and LEED v4 require that 50% of power outlets must be controlled in most areas of a building.
â€œThe reliability and openness of Lutronâ€™s Clear Connect wireless technology, coupled with their nearly 20 year history of wireless device expertise, will make this strategic alliance a success,â€ said Vic Flagello, Director of Energy Management Products at Hubbell. â€œWe look forward to offering plug load control products embedded with Clear Connectâ„¢ technology based on its reliability and ease of configuration.
Effectively controlling plug loads presents some challenges to our industry, but Hubbell is committed to providing solutions that enable our customers to comply with these new requirements with ease. Wireless, device-to-device communication is an important component of this commitment and Lutron's Clear Connectâ„¢ technology has a track record of consistent, reliable performance, said Flagello."
â€œThe Hubbell name is synonymous with high-quality, expertise, and reliability,â€ said Mark Jenner, New Business Alliances Director at Lutron. â€œCombining our wireless expertise with Hubbell's 125-year experience in controlling general purpose loads, including its patented zero cross switching technology, will result in an increased range of Clear Connect-enabled devices, which today includes energy-saving dimmers and switches, daylight and occupancy sensors, home and building management systems, thermostats, appliance controls, and motorized window treatments. Lutron and Hubbell are pleased to offer the industry this much-needed solution and are committed to helping our customers save energy and enhance their corporate sustainability programs,â€ said Jenner.