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November 2011 issue of EPS Magazine

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  • PUBLISHERDanny J. Salchert

    OFFICE MANAGERAnita Salchert

    NATIONAL SALES MANAGERJerry DiChiara

    jerryd@epsmag.net

    CREATIVE DIRECTOR Derek Gaylard

    CONTRIBUTING WRITERSJoseph Forsman Darrell Igelmund

    John Phillips Frank Heflin

    CIRCULATION DIRECTORPam Fulmer

    PRESIDENT Danny J. Salchert

    Executive and Advertising Offices3591 Cahaba Beach Road

    Birmingham, AL 35242toll free: 800.981.4541 phone: 205.981.4541

    fax: 205.981.4544www.epsmag.net danny@epsmag.net

    Electrical Products & Solutions is publishedtwelve times a year on a monthly basis by ABDCommunications, Inc., 3591 Cahaba Beach Road,Birmingham, Alabama, 35242, USA. ElectricalProducts & Solutions is distributed free to qualifiedsubscribers. Non-qualified subscription rates are$57.00 per year in the U.S. and Canada and $84.00per year for foreign subscribers (surface mail). U.S.Postage paid at Birmingham, Alabama and addi-tional mailing offices.

    Electrical Products & Solutions is distributed toqualified readers in the electrical contracting industry.Publisher is not liable for all content (including edito-rial and illustrations provided by advertisers) of adver-tisements published and does not accept responsibilityfor any claims made against the publisher. It is the ad-vertisers or agencys responsibility to obtain appro-priate releases on any item or individuals pictured in anadvertisement. Reproduction of this magazine inwhole or in part is prohibited without prior written per-mission from the publisher.

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    P R I N T E D I N T H E U S A

    FEATURES

    CASE STUDY

    6 Energy Lighting Solutions for Todays Manufacturing and Warehouse FacilitiesBy Joseph Forsman

    18 Power Over Ethernet Becomes Part of the JobMore and More Network Devices and Peripherals are Powered by PoEBy Darrell Igelmund

    22 Installation Accessories for Speed, Safety and Cable ManagementTools That Can Cut Labor Costs, Reduce Installation Time and Improve Installer SafetyBy John Phillips

    14 Making a Lake House Even More InvitingBy Frank Heflin

    DEPARTMENTS

    2 Electrical Products & Solutions November 2011

    CONTENTS

    622

    28 Industry News32 Product Focus40 Ad Index

    ON THE COVERPhoto courtesy of Neptun Light, Inc.

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  • 6 Electrical Products & Solutions November 2011

    FEATURE Neptun Light, Inc.

    BEFORE

    AFTER

    Energy consumption (Lighting)in todays manufacturing and warehousefacilities is a significant portion of anycompanys operating expense. This op-erating expense remains unchanged atmany companies since it has been a con-stant with little attention paid by most fa-cility managers, or COO administrators.

    The larger power consumption deviceslike HVAC, Generators, and Pumps arelooked at when trying to reduce energyconsumption within most manufacturingand warehouse facilities, but lightingwhich typically has the best rate of return,has not been often considered.However, this trend is changing with

    the introduction of several energy savinglighting solutions. Fluorescent T-5 and T-8 tubes have been a common solutionover the years offering Continued on page 8

    Energy Lighting Solutions for TodaysManufacturing andWarehouse FacilitiesBy Joseph Forsman, Neptun Light, Inc.

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    energy cost savings at this time.LEDs do appear to be the futureof lighting with their energy sav-ings and solid state reliability,but until the volumes are in-

    creased and the costs to producethese units improves, other lighting

    solutions will remain better op-tions in todays currenteconomy.

    An energy savingslighting solution startingto take hold in the mar-ket is induction light-ing. Induction lighting

    is a form of fluorescentlighting with a magnetic field gen-

    erating the electrical energy to power thebulbs. With the power being generatedthrough the magnetic field instead of com-mon cathodes found in a standard fluores-cent, the failure mode is also removedgiving this lamp a potential life span of100,000 hours. This evolving technologycan also reduce the energy consumption

    of a standard metal halide or high pres-sure sodium by 40-50 percent while main-taining or improving the current lightoutput levels. Because induction lightingis a fluorescent based technology it alsocan be utilized with any motion sensor orphoto cell controls due to its instant on ca-pability unlike the older MH and HPSbulbs which need time to cool down priorto restarting. An additional benefit thatinduction lighting has brought is the abil-ity to replace higher wattages like 750Wor 1000W MH and HPS fixtures with400W or 500W units depending on the re-quired light levels of each application.This higher output in the standard fluo-rescent tubes and LED products has yetto be achieved giving induction a leg upon the other options when consideringthese higher output fixtures. To illustratethe effectiveness of induction lighting,please reference the before and after pho-tographs on page 6 showing a typicalmanufacturing facility lit with 400W highpressure sodium fixtures

    good energy savings at 40-50 percent,and low installation costs whenreplacing the existing older light-ing technologies like metalhalide (MH) or high pressuresodium (HPS). They work well onmotion detectors and photo cellsproviding even more energysaving options when utilizedin a manufacturing orwarehouse location. Themain drawback when go-ing with fluorescentlighting is the mainte-nance cost that can beassociated with having tochange out the individual bulbs asthe product ages depending on the lifehours of the installed bulbs. LED light-ing solutions are another energy savingslighting making progress within the in-dustry, but its current higher unit costshave prevented its growth in this area withother lighting solutions providing a betterreturn on investment (ROI) with the same

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    energy consumption cost. Now you havea well-lit work environment consuminghalf the energy and providing a 100,000hour life span avoiding the maintenance

    cost of re-lamping within your manufac-turing or warehouse space along with atypical ten year warranty provided by mostcompanies producing this style of lighting.The other lighting technologies will have a30,000 to 50,000 hour life based upon itbeing T-8 or T-5 fluorescent, or LED unitwith a 3 to 5 year warranty.

    Based upon the mentioned improve-ments in these energy savings lightingtechnologies there are certainly good op-tions today to improve the power con-sumption and energy savings within anymanufacturing or warehouse location.These lighting improvements should beevaluated thoroughly by all facility man-agers and contractors working with thosefacilities when servicing there locations.Most offer an ROI of two to three yearsand can be financed in many differentways thanks to the low ROI on thechange out. Good rebates are also offeredon these energy savings lighting solutionsby most utility companies or state energyrun corporations.

    before being switched out with 200W In-duction fixtures.

    As you can see the visibility and lightlevels are improved greatly with half the

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  • the local load as well as remotely controlother Vizia RF + switches and dimmersthroughout an area. The 4-Button con-troller can also assist in minimizing wallclutter. The homeowner was particularlyinterested in the advantages provided bythe systems key pad solution, as an alter-native to the installation of numerousswitches. With labeled buttons on the keypad, the homeowner

    Renovating older homes withmodern designs and conveniences oftenpose unique challenges for electrical con-tractors, as is evident in a recent projectcompleted by Kleyn Electric. Kley