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Outdoor Site Lighting using Cree's OSQ Area Lights

Posted by Natalie Young

Oct 10, 2017 8:42:20 AM


This article is first in a series of 4 articles outlining Cree Lighting Applications in Southern California

Built in 1917, San Antonio Winery in Downtown Los Angeles is the last remaining winery in the area. As a historical landmark in Southern California for 100 years, it was important to the folks at Western Lighting & Energy Controls to assist in specifying the appropriate product solution for the outdoor site lighting.

Because San Antonio Winery is located in California, any appropriate solution would need to comply with the building energy efficiency sta


ndards set forth in Title 24. These measures are designed to ensure new and existing buildings achieve energy efficiency and preserve outdoor and indoor environmental quality.

OSQ2.pngCree’s OSQ Area Luminaire turned out to be a perfect solution for San Antonio Winery. The OSQ luminaire blends extreme optical control advanced thermal management and modern clean aesthetics. Built to last, the housing is rugged cast aluminum with an integral weathertight LED driver compartment. Versatile mounting configurations offer simple installation. Its slim low-profile design minimizes wind load requirements and blends seamlessly into the site, providing even quality illumination. Plus, delivering 62% more efficacy than the first generation, this product easily met Title 24 regulations. The result is better light with added architectural appeal.

Other Cree products used in this project were the LED Outdoor Wall Packs. Chosen for the building exterior, the Cree wall packs provide high performance, easy installation, backed by Cree quality. With a wide range of options in a variety of stylish designs, Cree wall packs offer long lifetimes with reduced power consumption.

San Antonio Winery outdoor site lighting will be a key component to taking this 100-year business into the future and beyond.

If you have questions, let me know. Also, make sure you check out our special Cree Better Light Event in LA on Nov 1, 2017!


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Topics: cree, better light changes everything, better light tour

Earn CEU's - Residential Shading - Next Week!

Posted by Natalie Young

Oct 10, 2016 12:08:00 PM


You're Invited to a CEU Training Event...

"Let The Sun Shine In"

Western Lighting & Energy Controls invite you to attend a Lutron Shade Training designed to update you on the latest Lutron Shading innovations, new products, and answers to any shade questions.

Hosted by Window Collections 

CEU Credits

AIA Program #LSS10111 (1.0 LU/HSW)

IDCEC (ASID/IDA) Approved (0.1 CEU)


Event Information

When: October 19, 2016 

Time: 11:30am - 2pm *Lunch will be served 

Where: Cafe Del Rey, 4451 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

To Register email or Click Here to RSVP to this Event! 

Attendee code is FILE1369


Course Description: This course will give participants a strong understanding of the effects of daylight on a residential space. With this knowledge, course attendees will leave able to specify the window traetment needed to meet overall aesthetic goals. Participants will also leave able to advise clients on window coverings that optimize the overall funtionality of each application.




About Lutron Shading Systems: Daylight has a quality that we respond to emotionally. As we become more conscious of our footprint on this planet, we realize that making the most of daylight in our homes simply makes sense. Utilizing daylight reduces our need for electric light, and saves energy. Lutron shading systems provide precision control of daylight – all at the touch of a button. Utilize your shading system to save additional energy beyond routine use of shades. “Winter warm” opens the shades, while “Summer cool” does the opposite by lowering shades and blocking solar heat gain, thereby reducing your cooling costs. In addition, Lutron shading fabrics are made from sustainable materials for complete environmental and energy savings.

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See what's New CEDIA & LUTRON Review!

Posted by Natalie Young

Sep 28, 2016 4:33:30 PM

CEDIA 16 has come and gone - but the excitement over product innovations is still abuzz! Download this awesome 20 page catalog to see what's new!




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Topics: lutron, sonos, cedia16

The Connected Home Starts with Lutron Products

Posted by Natalie Young

Nov 11, 2014 3:12:00 PM

If you're an electrical contractor in Southern California, you need to stay ahead on lighting control and technology. A survey released by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and Parks Associates shows continued strong growth of smart home products in U.S. homes.In fact, the survey showed that 20% of households with broadband intend to purchase one or more smart home devices within the next year!

"With the smart phone being so common these days, it only makes sense that the market for smart home devices will continue to grow." Said Jimm Reifsnyder of Western Energy Control Solutions. "Sales of smart home devices are projected to be over 20 million in 2014 but will grow to almost 40 million by 2017. That's a huge growth potential for our clients and distributors in the electrical fields."

electrical contractor in Southern California

Lutron Electronics has been at the forefront of this concept called “Connected Home”. What began as a slow trickle of smart home products has now turned into a stream of products for smart homes to include lighting, security systems, networked thermostats, automated shading solutions, smart water leak detectors, smart smoke detectors, and more.

Lutron’s Caséta Wireless system with Smart Bridge will be a perfect way for electrical contractors to get their feet wet in this new product category.  Caséta Wireless is designed as a simple-to-install, simple-to-use lighting control system for consumers who want to add automated lighting, motorized shades and more to their homes. 


Caséta Wireless Features


Currently the line includes the Caséta Wireless In-Wall Dimmer (which works with incandescent, CFL, LED and halogen lights), the Caséta Wireless Lamp Dimmer (plugs into a standard wall socket) Lutron Serena® and Sivoia® QS Trathlon® battery powered wireless shades, and Lutron's Pico® remote. The system is also compatible with a Honeywell Wi-Fi thermostat and other products.


Managing the devices within a Caséta-based system is the Smart Bridge unit. It acts as the central processor and gateway for the system. Lutron says the Smart Bridge supports as many as 50 devices.


Key to the system is the iOS or Android app which allows the user to operate all the integrated devices, run scenes and lighting zones, and access the system remotely from a smart phone or tablet.      


Electronic House Focus Series


Electronic House and Lutron have developed a handy guide entitled
"Smart Lighting Control Starts With Smart Devices". In the guide you will learn detailed information on:ebook-cta-cover--art

  • How smart phones and tablets can control your lights         
  • The importance of mobile device control         
  • Advanced light and shade control benefits         
  • Lighting and shade control for home theater or media room         
  • Lutron's Caséta™ Wireless system with Smart Bridge
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Topics: Connected Home

More Title 24 information....

Posted by Natalie Young

Jun 4, 2014 2:43:27 PM

CLTC’s updated Residential Lighting Guide is designed to help builders and lighting

residential lighting
industry professionals navigate the residential lighting portion of California’s newest Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24, Part 6). The new standards take effect July 1, 2014 and include updated requirements for high-efficacy lighting, lighting controls, and LED quality.

Explanation of the new requirements for residential lighting are organized by space type
(kitchens, bathrooms, outdoor lighting, etc.) and accompanied by best-practice recommendations and sample lighting plans. The new guide also includes information on current lighting technologies.

The guide was sponsored by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and developed in collaboration with the California Energy Commission.

It is available for download, at no cost, HERE

For more information on Title 24 - Check out our available training classes. 
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Topics: Energy Efficiency, Title 24

What is Caseta Wireless?

Posted by Natalie Young

May 28, 2014 12:34:00 PM


  • Want to learn more about Caseta Wireless?
  • Want to have access to 50% off this great new control solution?
  • Want to know how to sell tons of this product this summer?

Join Lutron for the 2014 Caséta Wireless Launch Tour Get engaged with simple and affordable lighting controls and shades for the connected home.

See Lutron’s newest products:

  • Lutron App and Smart Bridge Pro
  • Caséta Wireless dimmers, switches & Pico® remotes
  • Serena battery-powered window shades
  • Sensors and LED dimming
  • Get hands-on with live demos & support from the Lutron product team
  • Morning and afternoon sessions available - See more HERE!
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Cree Lighting Expands its "6 for 60" Trial Program

Posted by Natalie Young

May 28, 2014 12:16:00 PM

6for60 CTA

Cree has just announced an expansion of its “6 for 60" Trial Program.  Customers now have the opportunity to try up to 6 luminaires - with no obligation to buy - for 60 days on a variety of Cree products. The '6 for 60' Trial Program provides customers the ability to experience the performance and quality of a product firsthand while also providing Cree visibility into future orders to help improve on-time delivery.

Trial Programs like the "6 for 60" program can really make the difference when bidding on large projects”, Said Jimm Reifsnyder of Western Energy Control Solutions, “ not only do clients appreciate the “try before you buy” concept, but the visibility you get by using the trial program can improve on-time-delivery of larger orders.”

Cree has expanded the program to include the following products: CXB Series, ZR Series, UR Series, VG Series and EDGE HO Series.

CXB SeriesCXB Series - LED High Bay Luminaire

The CXB High Bay luminaire delivers 23,000 lumens with illumination performance to allow one-for-one replacement of 400W metal halide high-bay luminaires and multi-lamp fluorescent high-bay fixtures. Bringing great performance and unexpected value to high-bay applications, the CXB Series obsoletes the need to continue using energy-wasting and high maintenance fluorescent and HID high-bay fixtures.


ZR SeriesZR Series

The ZR Series LED troffer portfolio offers 2x2, 1x4 and 2x4 options targeted for both new construction and renovation. The ZR Series troffer delivers up to 4000 lumens of 90 CRI color quality with a pleasing aesthetic look and includes 0-10V dimming, which can increase energy savings and helps meet local energy codes. The ZR Series troffer embodies a breakthrough in balancing energy savings, visual comfort and payback.


UR SeriesUR Series

The UR Series LED Upgrade Kit is designed for existing T8/T12 linear fluorescent fixtures replacing the fluorescent lamps with the energy saving, long life, and enhanced color quality benefits of Cree LED technology.



VG Series LED Parking Structure Luminaire

VG Series

Cree VG Series parking garage luminaires are designed to deliver optimal, low-glare illumination by intelligently eliminating direct view of LEDs with a revolutionary optical system. The VG Series with its architecturally pleasing design delivers energy savings up to 73 percent compared to the outdated metal halide fixtures they replace, while simultaneously delivering exceptional illumination quality for improved garage security and safety. Best of all, the innovative VG Series lowers total cost of ownership and delivers payback in less than two years.

Edge HO


EDGE HO Series

The Cree Edge High Output featuring TrueWhite® Technology provides remarkable illumination and redefines what high output illumination performance can be. By incorporating TrueWhite Technology, the Edge High Output luminaire brings industry-leading 90 CRI color quality and performance to outdoor lighting applications, delivering superior color rendering with unprecedented high-output 5000K illumination. Designed for automotive dealership front lines, exterior retail applications and other high-lumen applications requiring high color quality, the Cree Edge High Output featuring TrueWhite Technology showcases inventory in vivid light while saving significantly on energy and maintenance costs compared to the metal halide fixtures they replace.


To take advantage of this promotion, customer should use the promotion code, PR-6FOR-60, must be indicated on the trial purchase order when submitted to Cree Customer Service where 60 day invoicing will be applied.

Review the 6 For 60 Promotion Overview document for more details. 

Or for specific questions call your rep at Western Energy – here is a list!

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CREE LED lighting and how it works in conjunction with Lutron

Posted by Natalie Young

Apr 3, 2014 11:14:00 AM


This article is the 3rd in a 4 part series on Prop 39 Funding. 
The California Clean Energy Jobs Act, known as Prop 39, was adopted in December 2013. The bill allocates funding to support energy efficiency and alternative energy projects, as well as improvements and repairs to help cut down on operating costs and improve health and safety conditions in public schools.
Over five years, schools will receive about $2.5 billion through the act.


Given recent research proving that a comfortable classroom is instrumental to student performance, many companies are striving to keep up with demand for the latest in technology to improve the learning environment. Two such innovators are CREE, Inc. and Lutron Electronics, developers of automated LED technology for classroom lighting solutions. Recognizing that proper lighting has been tied to increased student performance, higher standardized test scores, and reduced fatigue levels, these companies have partnered to design one the most ground-breaking illumination systems in the world. Each brings their own expertise to the table, combining state of the art LED lighting and “smart” technology that sensors room activity and light levels.

  • CREE LED Technology

A description of how CREE LED lighting works is central to understanding its advantages in educational institutions. The technology works by forcing electrical current through special energy conducting material. On the other end are light emitting diodes that become illuminated as part of the process. CREE excels at this innovative illumination solution, incorporating high efficiency lighting that’s eco-friendly and mercury free. LED technology comes with a low maintenance cost and, as such, is quickly replacing the wasteful incandescent bulbs and fluorescent bulbs of the past. 

  • Lutron Solutions for System Control

With an appreciation of how CREE LED lighting works to lower energy consumption and costs, you can see the benefits of programming its operations. Lutron has developed technology that enables users to gain control over their lighting, automating certain aspects of the solution while allowing for manual functions as necessary. The system incorporates sensors that measure occupancy in a classroom or read the illumination levels of natural light filtering in through the windows. These modules communicate with a ceiling mounted control box that dims or turns off the LED lighting in a room, thereby prolonging the life of the LED devices. Additional control boxes can be implemented that give users manual control to override the automatic operations.

  • Partners in Luminary Innovation

CREE and Lutron recently partnered to coordinate efforts to introduce proper lighting in schools, resulting in improved student performance, teacher job satisfaction, and reduced energy costs. Lutron’s innovative “smart” technology is embedded into CREE’s pioneering LEDs to create the most advanced lighting solution available. Students and staff are exposed to higher quality illumination, decreased eye strain, headaches and fatigue. Studies have also shown how CREE LED lighting works to increase productivity and elevate alertness levels, especially in mid-morning and mid-afternoon when the human body's circadian rhythms cause grogginess. 

At the same time, the product of the CREE - Lutron partnership has resulted in lowered energy costs for educational institutions where the technology has been implemented. Not only are electric bills lower, but the cost of broken bulbs and other maintenance expenses are reduced.

By combining the CREE's energy efficiency and high quality illumination LEDs with the innovative automation technology developed by Lutron, the companies have come together to create a superbly advanced lighting system. The benefits of installing these solutions in the classroom are an improved educational experience that's conducive to learning.

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Topics: cree, lutron, dimming, energy savings, fluorescent light alternative

Lutron Lighting products that are helping schools save energy

Posted by Natalie Young

Mar 12, 2014 12:33:00 PM

greeen learning lighting solutions for classrooms
This article is the second in a 4 part series on Prop 39 Funding. 
The California Clean Energy Jobs Act, known as Prop 39, was adopted in December 2013. The bill allocates funding to support energy efficiency and alternative energy projects, as well as improvements and repairs to help cut down on operating costs and improve health and safety conditions in public schools.
Over five years, schools will receive about $2.5 billion through the act.


With recent studies proving the advantages of high efficiency lighting in classrooms, school administrators can benefit from a thorough description of the various components of these systems. Proper lighting is tied to student performance by various studies that measure standardized test scores both before and after LED installation. Here are some Lutron products that are helping schools by increasing student productivity, making teachers’ jobs easier, and decreasing energy costs.

1. PowPak Dimming Module with EcoSystem

This device, mounted in classroom ceilings, automates the dimming controls of an LED lighting system. It reads the information communicated by various wireless sensors and responds by lowering the illumination at certain times of the day. Factors that cause it to take action are based upon room occupation, or other designated factors. The module can be integrated with your HVAC system to provide seamless environmental controls and a reduction in energy costs. 

2. Pico Wireless Controls

There are Lutron products that are helping schools automate their lighting systems, but manual operation may be necessary at times. Pico wireless controls can be conveniently located on the desks of teachers or administrators, or they can be mounted to the wall nearby. They're easy to use and modular, so they can be an add-on component as school administrators deem necessary. These devices give staff the freedom to adjust lighting levels based on classroom activity or other factors.

3. EcoSystem H-Series Digital Ballast

These strips are the focal point of Lutron lighting solutions, providing superior dimming capabilities to fine tune illumination in the classroom. They’re easy to install and maintain, resulting in lower costs for broken bulbs and replacement costs. The ceiling mounted EcoSystem H-Series apparatus is compact and light, so it’s non-intrusive in the classroom. It also enables schools to decrease energy costs by up to 60%.

4. Radio Powr Savr Daylight and Vacancy Sensors

The Daylight Sensor reads light levels in a space based upon the natural rays entering through windows and doors. It communicates with the PowPak Dimming Module to increase or decrease light in the classroom automatically when it's needed. Similarly, the Vacancy Sensor reports to the Dimming Module as it reads occupancy in the area. Both sensors lower costs by reducing or turning off lights when they're not necessary in the room. The sensors can be overridden if users prefer the manual Pico Wireless Controls.

5. PowPak Contact Closure Output Module

While there are Lutron products that are helping schools lower costs by controlling light levels, they can also benefit from automating their HVAC systems. The PowPak Contact Closure Output Module integrates with your heating and air conditioning components to regulate temperature at optimal levels. Third party systems can be adjusted to respond to the wireless commands as directed by the Lutron modules, thereby automating HVAC functions.

All the components work together to streamline lighting, heating and air conditioning in classrooms. By combining manual and automatic operation, this Lutron system is a cost effective way to regulate the teaching environment and reduce energy costs.


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Topics: lutron, prop 39, lighting for schools, schools, saving energy, light control

Don't Forget To Spring Forward!

Posted by Natalie Young

Mar 8, 2014 2:55:00 PM

Don't forget To Spring Forward!

Spring forward it is daylight savings time
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