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New Lutron EcoSystem 5-Series Driver Provides Guaranteed Fixture Compatibility at an Affordable Price

the newest addition to Lutron’s line of digitally-controllable ballasts and drivers

Coopersburg, PA (February 20, 2014)Lutron Electronics, the leader in energy-saving, wireless light and shade control, continues to strengthen its leadership position in the LED controls arena with the addition of a 5-Series Driver to its EcoSystem lighting control platform. An affordable, high-performance solution, the EcoSystem 5-Series LED driver provides a high-quality dimming experience for any commercial application with smooth, continuous dimming down to 5%.

The Lutron EcoSystem lighting control system is comprised of digitally-addressable dimming ballasts, controls, and environmental sensors. Together, these components provide businesses with lighting energy savings of up to 60%1 while increasing space flexibility, improving occupant comfort and productivity, and reducing maintenance costs.

Lutron LED drivers ensure guaranteed compatibility with Lutron controls and sensors, in addition to 600+ fixtures from 60+ manufacturers, giving specifiers the ability to specify the fixture manufacturer of their choice with the confidence that with its unmatched LED dimming performance and reliability, the driver will provide the dimming experience users have come to expect from Lutron.

Built on the EcoSystem platform, digitally-addressable drivers allow easy implementation of stringent energy codes and green building standards (such as automatic shut-off, daylighting, and dimming for multi-level control) for small, medium, or large projects. With its ability to provide 2-way communication for light energy usage monitoring, LED module and driver failure reporting, and integration with building management systems, the driver makes it simple to manage energy usage.

“The new 5-series driver, which is rated for 50,000 hours of lifetime operation, lets specifiers, contractors, and building managers easily accommodate change,” said Eric Lind, Vice-President Specification Solutions at Lutron. “Spaces can now be easily rezoned without rewiring during the design or commissioning phases, or throughout the building lifecycle, making it an affordable, flexible solution for reliably controlling LEDs,” said Lind.

To help customer make a smooth transition to LEDs, Lutron has created the LED Control Center of Excellence which provides homeowners, specifiers, building owners, contractors, and the like with the information they need to correctly specify, install, and use LEDs in both residential and commercial spaces. Designed to provide the industry with a positive experience during this fast-moving light bulb transition, the LED Center of Excellence should be the first-stop for all LED-related questions.

Specialists are available to answer questions ranging from making the transition from incandescent lights top LEDs in the home, to correctly pairing LEDs with a building’s dimming system.

Visit www.lutron.com/findafixture for a complete list of fixtures that utilize the EcoSystem 5-Series LED driver.

About Lutron Electronics (www.lutron.com)
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 year2. 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.

1.Compared with manual (non-automated) controls, up to 60% lighting energy savings is possible on projects that utilize all of the lighting control strategies (occupancy sensing, high end trim, personal control and daylight harvesting). Actual energy savings may vary, depending on prior occupant usage, among other factors.
2. Estimated savings based on Lutron sales; 296kWh annual energy use for residential circuits (a); 2,492kWh annual energy use for commercial circuits (b); 20% savings from dimming (c); a U.S. average electricity rate of $0.11 per kWh (d); estimated greenhouse gas equivalency (e); and the average generating capacity of a coal power plant (d).
a. Computed from energy usage by room type from the report published by Navigant. [1] and surveys of installed room types [2].
b. Computed from 712W per circuit (Lutron project data.) and 3500 annual hours.
c. Information on dimming savings from the California study [3].
d. Energy Information Administration (EIA)
e. Information on CO2e emissions were computed using this source [4].