Looking to save the maximum amount of lighting energy for existing buildings as quickly as possible, with no disruption to your business and at the lowest cost? Look no further! For less time than it takes to draw up an engineering drawing for the lighting control plan for most other lighting control projects, you could have already converted all your fluorescent lights to smart LED lights and start saving lots of money (and saving tons of CO2) immediately. ALEC SLC is a true no-brainer choice for the following reasons:
Quick conversion: Typically takes less than 10 minutes per fixture. The LED driver, LED lighting strips, and lighting controller all have magnetic backing, which allow them to be magnetically snapped onto the fixture body without requiring any tools.
No project overheads: Conversion is almost as quick and simple as a routine re-lamping effort. Since no changes to the electrical wirings, the facility managers do not need to deal with costly project planning, specifying, and commissioning normally associated with smart lighting installation.
No disruption to current operation: Thanks to the quick conversion process.
No disposal cost of existing fixture body: Minimizes waste, hence more environmentally friendly.
No above-ceiling re-wiring required: The electrician simply switches the AC wiring from the ballast to the LED driver within the troffer body. No need for Hazardous Building Materials Assessment (a legal requirement that protects workers against harmful materials such as asbestos, lead, mercury, etc).
Integrated Control: The integrated lighting controller in the ALEC-SLC provides the occupancy, vacancy and daylight harvesting control function to every converted luminaire to minimize energy wastage. The lighting controller is designed to be able to perform seamless dimming and brightening of the light with programmable fade ON and fade OFF time.
Flexible sensor location: The lighting controller is connected to the LED driver using a flexible cable, it can be positioned to the best location nearest to the occupant, or directly above the work surface to more accurately control the daylight location.
Long Lifespan: Since the LED lamp’s lifespan is rated based on full power lighting, a retrofit LED light with smart control extends the lamp lifespan beyond its rated L70 life, because these lamps spend a good part of the time in DIM mode.
Robust and reliable: The controller on every luminaire works completely independently. No single point of failure that may cripple the whole system.
Totally Secure: Compared to wireless lighting controller, the ALEC-SLC is not hackable and therefore is inherently secure.
Low hardware and installation cost: Very fast payback just from the energy dollars saved.
The fully programmable LC1 Smart Lighting Controller included with every SLC is incredibly simple to setup. Just connect a PC or a smart phone to the LC1 using a USB cable, and select one of the pre-defined profiles. Then click the “Write Settings” button on the screen, and the controller is setup and ready to deploy! You can further fine-tune every configurable parameter for special applications:
Note: LC1 can be powered by the USB cable directly for programming purpose and hence can be configured quickly without being installed first!
Once deployed in the field, the electrician can adjust the 4 most common parameters using nothing more than a screw driver: Vacancy time-out, User-set working brightness, Vacancy dim-to brightness, and enable or disable Daylight harvesting. Need more fine tuning? Just connect a smartphone to the controller anytime. Nothing but extraordinary flexibility in this incredible, low cost Smart LED Conversion kit.
It should be obvious that you can really save a staggering amount of energy by auto-dimming unused spaces, especially in areas that require 24/7 lighting, such as carparks, stairwells and any pathways used for emergency exit.
However, the largest amount of wasted lighting energy in commercial space is actually in lighting up the open-plan offices (aka “open offices”) which are common throughout the world. Unlike enclosed spaces where simple on/off occupancy-based lighting control may be a code-compliant, albeit non-ideal compromise, open offices present a big challenge to lighting control because the space is shared. However, with luminaire-level lighting control attainable only with ALEC SLC, you will now be able to instantly convert the fluorescent lights (commonly used in open office lighting) to Smart LED lights and save more than 80% energy, with no disruption to your existing operation. For more details, please click the white paper link next to find out why and how to save vast amounts of otherwise wasted energy in open-plan offices.
Another option for upgrading your fluorescent fixtures is to replace them with brand new LED panels or fixtures. Sure, these new lights may look cool. But, do you know that in many jurisdictions, upgrading > 10% of your lighting load would mandate installation of advanced, often costly lighting control to comply with new building energy codes such as ASHRARE 90.1, NECB or Title 24? With its built-in smart controller and sensors, the Alec Smart LED Conversion Kit offers many advantages over the new LED panel option for upgrading an existing fluorescent fixture:
Ease of Installation
=> Lower Installation Cost.
Takes only 10 minutes per fixture to convert using SLC.
No need to remove existing fixture to install new panel.
No need for above-ceiling re-wiring of AC mains to accommodate lighting control system.
Lower Hardware Cost
Cost only a fraction of a new dimmable LED panel light (before adding any control).
Energy Code Compliant
SLC’s built-in dimming controller is fully configurable to meet any of the building energy codes (ASHRAE 90.1 NECB, Title 24 etc). No need to spend hundreds of dollars to add control hardware for compliance.
No need to dispose off perfectly good fixture body. Save on disposal cost.
Similar lifespan as standard LED panel – up to 50,000 hours when operating at full power, and carry a 5-year manufacturer’s warranty. However, thanks to the vacancy and daylight dimming by the smart controller, the LED lamps’ lifespan is expected to extend well beyond the rated full-power lifespan.
Ease of Maintenance
When an LED panel fails or reaches its end-of-life, the whole panel must be replaced by a qualified electrician. With SLC, every individual component is quickly replaceable using its quick connectors. E.g. Each individual LED lamp on the SLC can be quickly detached from the low voltage DC power, and a new lamp can be replaced within < 1 minute!
For irregularly occupied spaces such as the stairwell or corridor areas which require 24/7 lighting for security reasons, an Alec Smart LED light automatically dims down to 10 or 20% (or any preset percentage) brightness when there are no occupants or when there is abundant natural light. The Smart LED will increase its brightness immediately when it senses occupants, or when it senses a reduction in natural light during cloudy days and in the evenings. By being far more energy-efficient, the Smart LED can reduce your electricity bill from > $280 per year per fixture for fully-on 4-tube fluorescent lighting, to as low as $14 per year per fixture after conversion (i.e. Saving 95%!)
The following table illustrates the savings calculations depending on the hours of operation and electricity rate. Please enter your own local billing rate (including taxes) for instant computation:
*Based on electricity rate = $/kWh
4-tube T12 Fluorescent Fixture
Converted Alec Smart LED
24hrs/day, 7 days/week
(i.e. always must have lights, but not rarely occupied – e.g. stairwell, emergency corridor) Annual ON hours = 8760
Power when ON = 160W
Energy per year = 1,402 kWh *Energy cost per year = $280
90% of the time space is vacant and the light stay dimmed @ 10%. Brighten to 100% when occupied.
Average power when ON = 0.9*4 + 0.1*40= 8W.
Energy per year = 70 kWh
*Energy cost per year = $14
SAVE $266 per year, per light!
60 hours per week
(12hr/day, 5 days/week) Annual ON hours = 3120
Power when ON = 160W
Energy per year = 499 kWh *Energy cost per year = $99.80
Dim to 10% when vacant or strong daylight. Save 50% on average.
Average power when ON = 0.5*40 = 20W
Energy per year = 62.4 kWh *Energy cost per year = $12.48