Lumenpulse Wins Architectural SSL Product Innovation Award for Buckley Recital Hall

Awarded Best Retrofit prize for modernization of Amherst College performance space

Montreal, QC and Boston, MA

Lumenpulse Inc., the leading pure-play specification-grade LED lighting solutions provider, has won an Architectural SSL Product Innovation Award (PIA 2014) for its LED retrofit project at Amherst College’s Buckley Recital Hall in Massachusetts. The award, which was announced in the February issue of Architectural SSL magazine, is in the category of Best Retrofit/Renovation Using SSL. It is the company’s tenth PIA in the last four years.

Using Lumenpulse’s luminaires paired with its patented Lumentalk technology, Amherst College converted the 45-year-old Buckley Recital Hall to LED lighting and smart digital technology – without costly re-cabling or intrusive remodelling of the architecture.

Designed by Horton Lees Brogden (HLB), the new solution successfully paired Lumenpulse’s Lumenbeam luminaires with existing DMX stage lighting controls, adding multiple zones of control, with smooth dimming down to nearly 0%. The lighting scheme has reduced energy consumption and maintenance costs, eliminating the annual lamp replacement process, which involved extensive scaffolding and a three-week closure of the recital hall.

“Lumentalk technology allowed us to use the existing wiring and controls, which gave us a lot of options and helped us overcome challenging architecture. Everything can now be dimmed, zoned, individually programmed and addressed, with a series of separate control points for the stage and the audience," said Carrie Hawley, HLB Senior Principal.

“The previous house and stage lighting, mounted approximately 30 feet above the audience, would frequently burn out and required the construction of scaffolding each summer for relamping at a cost of $50,000 per year. The move to LED has also reduced energy consumption by 60%,” she said.

Launched at Lightfair 2012, Lumentalk brings instant digital control to legacy wiring systems. The technology converts existing electrical wiring into a robust, stable and noise-free high speed communication link for data.

"We’re immensely proud to receive the PIA award for Best Retrofit,” said Francois-Xavier Souvay, President and CEO at Lumenpulse. "The Buckley Recital Hall really illustrates the impact Lumentalk can have on an older, multi-purpose building, allowing a seamless transition to LED and smart digital control. It’s an easy way to modernize lighting and control systems, without costly overhaul of existing infrastructure,” he said.

The annual PIA awards strive to honor the most innovative LED, solid-state luminaires on the market, while also recognizing industry leaders in R&D and sustainability.

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Editor’s Notes:

About Lumentalk
Lumentalk is a patented technology that enables digital control of LED lighting over existing AC power lines, thus reducing installation costs and facilitating the conversion to LED lighting. With Lumentalk, electrical wiring becomes a stable, noise-free, high-speed communications link, enabling LED fixtures to be controlled without additional wiring for data. The technology is protocol independent, making it compatible with common dimmer and control standards such as Triac, 0-10V, DALI, DMX and ELV.

About Lumenpulse Inc.
Founded in 2006, Lumenpulse designs, develops, manufactures and sells a wide range of high-performance and sustainable specification-grade LED lighting solutions for commercial, institutional and urban environments. Lumenpulse is the leading pure-play specification-grade LED lighting solutions provider and has earned many awards and recognitions, including several Product Innovation Awards (PIA), three Next Generation Luminaires Design Awards, a Red Dot Product Design Award and a Lightfair Innovation Award. Lumenpulse has more than 225 employees worldwide, with corporate headquarters in Montreal, Canada, and offices in Boston, Massachusetts and London, England.

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