What are “energy monitoring” and “demand response?” Why should I care?

The topics of “energy monitoring” and “demand response” are actually old ideas, but the discussion is being “reborn” in our current energy codes and attitudes towards green energy.  More, now than ever, everyone is caring about the amount of energy used at their homes, businesses, or even in government agencies.

The wide spread use of LED based lighting sources is GREATLY reducing the amount of energy that is being consumed by these different organizations.  However, it does not tell those same organizations how much energy they are actually consuming.  Instead, they have to manually calculate the amount of energy consumption.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have an electronic system that would tell you how much energy you are consuming so you could adjust accordingly?

ENERGY MONITORING

If your answer is YES, then you want Energy Monitoring (just a fancy way to say consumption).  Energy Monitoring allows end-users to know how much energy they are consuming at any moment in time, as well as to track and graph the amount of energy that has been consumed over a period of time.

Energy Monitoring can be done on a very broad basis, such as an electric meter that tracks the amount of overall energy that an organization uses at a facility.  In addition, it is possible to monitor the amount of energy on a per light fixture basis.  Finally, it is even possible to monitor the amount of energy on a load circuit basis.  These distinctly different energy monitoring options provide different amounts of useful data – but also cost different amounts to implement into your organization.

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Our company, Knight Sound & Lighting Inc., can provide metering options (broad), load circuit monitoring (relays and/or dimmers), and/or individual light fixture monitoring.  All of this is possible through different products offered by a wide array of manufacturers that we currently work with in the field on a daily basis.  Just contact us at info@goknight.com or call us at 866-457-5937 for additional information about Energy Monitoring.  This can be added to your system at any time.

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So, what is “Demand Response”?  Demand Response is a continuation of Energy Monitoring.  When you use a large amount of energy (think large house, business, or government building) you are charged for your energy consumption based upon your “Peak Demand,” (typically during the summer when you are using air-conditioners and a lot of energy).  This means that you can be charged at a higher rate, year round, just because you had a Peak Demand that occurred on one (1) day of the year.

So, again, you ask what is “Demand Response”?  Demand Response is when a lighting control system uses the Energy Monitoring feature to determine when your organization is approaching a Peak Demand Event and will automatically start shutting off non-essential lights, compressors, air conditioners, coolers, and any other high consumer of electrical energy.  This Demand Response can take out a few items to an entire building and is typically done in phases.

This is absolutely crucial to save anywhere from thousands to millions of dollars in electrical cost to an organization.  This can make a very BIG difference to the budgets of many organizations.

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This means that Energy Monitoring and Demand Response go hand in hand to help monitor and then reduce the amount of energy that is being consumed by an organization.

All of these features are possible with a variety of different manufacturers that we (Knight Sound & Lighting Inc) work with on a daily basis.  As you consider ways to become “green” don’t underestimate the savings generated by monitoring and responding to your lighting control system (relay, dimmers, and electronics).

Please contact us with any questions, comments, and/or ideas that you would like to discuss with your organization.  We are here to help.

E-Mail:  info@goknight.com

Phone:  866-457-5937

Links:

Demand Response on Energy.gov

Demand Response on Wikipedia

What do you mean my wireless may be PHASED-OUT?!

It’s true. Thousands of wireless microphone systems in churches, theaters and high schools across the country are currently operating under frequencies that are being PHASED OUT by the FCC. For example, if you have any type of Audio-Technica D-Band wireless that operates between the 614 – 698 MHz range, your system will eventually be prohibited from operating. The good news is that your system will be eligible for trade-in! Our friends at Audio-Technica have written a very clear explanation of what is happening and what you can do to be prepared. We urge you to read the information presented, below and to check whether your current system may be effected.

What brought about these changes to the 600 MHz band?
Congress authorized the FCC to use incentive auctions as a means to free up spectrum in the 600 MHz band for wireless broadband use. Bidding in the broadcast television spectrum incentive auction concluded on March 30, 2017. On April 13, 2017, the FCC announced the results of the auction and the repacking of the TV spectrum. One result of this auction and repack is that the use of wireless microphone systems in much of the 600 MHz band will eventually not be permitted. For additional information, please visit the FCC’s Broadcast Incentive Auction page.

If I have a 600 MHz wireless system, do I need to switch to a new system immediately?
Depending on your location, you may be able to use your 600 MHz system until summer of 2020. However, in some situations you will be affected sooner. In some locations auction winners will be able to register and start testing or using spectrum as soon as they are ready. There is no way to predict when that will happen. However, in those instances, wireless microphone users will have to cease operation in those specific frequencies. You should take this into consideration as you plan your purchases and budget for new wireless systems.

You can expect to see innovative new solutions from wireless manufacturers that operate outside of the auctioned spectrum. These, along with currently available technologies, will allow users to operate while complying with new regulations and in available spectrum. (You can view the Transition Schedule on the FCC’s website, and see which TV stations and regions of the country will be affected by each of the FCC’s 10 repack phases by viewing the Phase Maps at RabbitEars.info.) These tools will also show you what parts of the spectrum affected broadcasters are moving to, which should be considered when planning wireless purchases.

What has Audio-Technica done to address the 600 MHz transition?
Since introducing our first wireless microphone system in 1986, we have been a leader in developing innovative products for the wireless market. Over the past several years, in response to the incentive auctions and repacks (first in the 700 MHz band and now in the 600 MHz band), Audio-Technica has introduced several new systems that operate outside the TV bands, such as the various models of our System 10 digital wireless (operating at 2.4 GHz), our 6000 Series high density wireless (900 MHz), our ATCS-60 discussion system (infrared) and the GTX Series Ultra-Wideband wireless (6-10 GHz), which is produced by our affiliate Alteros.

How long will Audio-Technica continue to sell wireless systems that operate in the 600 MHz band?
We have discontinued all of our 600 MHz wireless systems in North America, effective April 21, 2017.

Which Audio-Technica wireless systems operate in the 600 MHz band?
1800 Series (D-Band), 2000 Series (D-Band), 3000 Series (D-Band), 4000 Series (D-Band), 5000 Series (D-Band), M2 (M-Band), M3 (M-Band).

Which Audio-Technica wireless systems do not operate in the 600 MHz band?
1800 Series (C-Band), 2000 Series (I-Band), 3000 Series (C-Band and I-Band), 4000 Series (C-Band), 5000 Series (C-Band), M2 (L-Band), M3 (L-Band), all System 10 digital wireless products, 6000 Series (S-Band), ATCS-60 discussion system (infrared) and the Alteros GTX Series.

When the time comes, which type of system should I switch to?
This will depend on your intended applications and your budget. For some users, it may make sense to move to a system that operates below the 600 MHz band. Others may benefit from avoiding the TV bands altogether and switching to a system such as our 2.4 GHz System 10 or 900 MHz 6000 Series. Please contact us at info@goknight.com for technical support on choosing your new wireless system.

Will Audio-Technica help wireless users transition to a new system?Yes. We are offering a 600 MHz Wireless Trade-in Rebate through March 31, 2019. Please contact info@goknight.com for information regarding a Trade-in Rebate.

Retrofits for Strand Dimming & Control Systems-Johnson Systems

There are a lot of legacy Strand Dimming and Control Systems throughout the world.  As these systems age, new parts for these legacy Strand Dimming and Control Systems are no longer available through Strand Lighting.

However, there is a solution.  The solution is a Strand Retrofit System by Johnson Systems.  Knight Sound & Lighting Inc, in partnership with Johnson Systems, has successfully retrofitted several Strand Dimming Systems at schools, churches, theaters, government, business, and many other facilities.

Whether it is a Strand CD80 Dimmer Rack, Strand CD80 Dimmer Pack, Strand Digital Environ (DE90) Dimmer Rack, or Strand Environ 2 Dimmer Rack; all of these dimmer racks and packs are able to be repaired and put back into service for many more years of reliable use.

You can find out more information about the various Strand Dimming System retrofits at the following website link:  http://www.goknight.com/johnson-systems/.  In addition, you can contact us directly at 866-457-5937 or through e-mail at info@goknight.com.

Knight Sound & Lighting Inc not only sells this equipment, but we also provide a full team of technicians that can repair and keep your Strand Dimming & Control System working for many years into the future.  We offer free phone support and 24/7/365 service through our 866-457-5937 phone number.

Below you will find a brief description and a picture showing the retrofit of the various models of Strand Dimming and Control Systems.

STRAND CD80 DIMMER RACKS

One of the most common Strand Dimmer Racks is the CD80 Dimmer Rack.  The Johnson Systems CD-2000 or CD-3000 Retrofits are capable of retrofitting your existing Strand CD80 Dimmer Racks with new electronics and power supplies in the existing enclosure. More information can be found at the following website link:  http://www.goknight.com/johnson-systems/.  The following is a picture of a Strand CD80 Rack with a CD-2000 Retrofit from Johnson Systems.

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STRAND CD80 PORTABLE PACK

The popular Strand CD80 Portable Pack is also capable of being retrofitted with a new control module, which provides DMX capability and so much more.    More information can be found at the following website link:  http://www.goknight.com/johnson-systems/.  The following is a picture of a Strand CD80 Portable Pack with a Johnson Systems Retrofit:

Johnson Systems CD80 Portable Pack Picture

STRAND DIGITAL ENVIRON OR DE90 DIMMER RACK

Many facilities have the Strand Architectural Dimmer Rack the Digital Environ or DE90 Dimmer Rack.  Johnson Systems offers a retrofit for the DE90, which provides for all of the expected features, plus new features.  More information can be found at the following website link:  http://www.goknight.com/johnson-systems/.  The following is a picture of the Johnson Systems Retrofit of a DE90 Dimmer Rack:

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STRAND ENVIRON 2 ARCHITECTURAL DIMMER RACK

The next Strand Dimmer Rack would be the Strand Environ 2 Architectural Dimmer Racks.  These are some of the simplest Strand Dimmer Racks, typically with analog control stations.  However, Johnson Systems has a retrofit for the control module of this dimmer rack, as well.  More information can be found at the following website link:  http://www.goknight.com/johnson-systems/.  The following is a picture of the Johnson Systems Retrofit of a Strand Environ 2 Dimmer Rack:

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STRAND DIMMERS, FANS, CONTROL STATIONS, AND PARTS-ALL AVAILABLE

Typically, the most common failure on a Strand Dimmer Rack is the control module, but don’t worry if other parts in the system have failed.  Through Johnson Systems we have spare dimmers, fans, dimmer cubes, retrofit control stations, and many other items available for your Strand Dimming and Control System.

For example, the following is a picture of NEW Johnson Systems CD80 Dimmer Modules:

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Another example would be the NEW Johnson Systems Strand Environ Dimmer Modules:

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Fans, you asked, yes, we can take care of those items, as well:

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Refurbished Strand CD80 Dimmer modules, yes, them too:

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The list goes on and on.

You can find out more information about the various Strand Dimming System retrofits at the following website link:  http://www.goknight.com/johnson-systems/.  In addition, you can contact us directly at 866-457-5937 or through e-mail at info@goknight.com.

Interactive Technologies-Wireless Control, Computer Interfacing, and Replacement Control Stations that can use the existing control wires

Who is Interactive Technologies and why should I care about them?

Interactive Technologies makes several control products for the lighting control industry.  Our company, Knight Sound & Lighting Inc has used their products on several retrofit projects to replace the existing lighting controls with Interactive Technologies.

What is so good about Interactive Technologies?

  1. The Interactive Technologies Cue Server (very small computer server) packs a lot of capabilities into a very small box called the Cue Server.  The Cue Server is capable of receiving DMX, transmitting DMX, connecting to a computer for remote access, connecting to a WiFi App for remote control, operating time schedules, receiving inputs, MIDI, and so much more.  More information can be found at the following website link:  http://www.goknight.com/interactive-technologies-cueserver-express-fully-loaded-cs-816-full/.Picture of Cue Server
  2. Many existing lighting control systems used hard wired control stations with proprietary wiring.  This means that you MUST use a specific type of control wiring.  If you replace the existing control station with a new control station, then you must replace the control wiring with new control wiring that can be expensive and take time to install.  However, with the Interactive Technologies 2 wire control station (Ultra Digital 2 Wire Control Station), you can use any control wire (and we have).  You can find out more information at the following website link:  http://www.goknight.com/interactive-technologies-cuestation-ultra/.Picture of Ultra Station
  3. Many users of lighting control systems have no way to access their system remotely.  However, with the Interactive Technologies Cue Server and a WiFi Router, you can connect to the system with a WiFi App on your phone and/or tablet and control the lights in your facility.  The following website describes the WiFi Apps:  http://interactive-online.com/cueserver/apps.  Don’t worry if you have an Android device, there is also an Android App that works fine.  We have used it on several sites and I use it on my phone.iphone-3
  4. Built-in astronomical time clock schedule for the automatic turning on and off of the lighting system.  timer
  5. Built in connection to the Cue Server via a standard Ethernet Connection.  This allows you to operate, program, and monitor the lighting control system through a standard ethernet connection and a computer.  The Cue Server comes with a small software program that allows you to setup the Cue Server and then you connect to the Cue Server via a standard computer’s brower window (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, and so forth).stage-3
  6. This system can be scaled up or down to meet the size of the project.  If you have one or up to 32 DMX universes of control, it is possible to increase the size of the system.
  7. PRICE-this system is very reasonably priced for the features listed above and the many features that I have not gone into during this blog.

In addition to the Cue Server System, Interactive Technologies also has the SceneStation, which is a DMX input and output, stand alone control station for small installations.  The SceneStation does not give you as many features as the Cue Server, but in a lot of applications, the SceneStation is the perfect fit.  You can find more information about the SceneStation at the following website link:  http://www.goknight.com/interactive-technologies-scenestation/.Picture of SceneStation

In conclusion, if you are looking for a price sensitive (does not cost an arm and leg), very capable, and expandable lighting control system; look no further than Interactive Technologies Lighting Control Systems.

​Do I HAVE to replace my Colortran ENR (aka Leviton or NSI Topaz) system?

No! –The Colortran ENR (aka Leviton or NSI Topaz) system can operate efficiently for many more years!Colortran ENR DImmer Rack

As a technician in the field, I hear this question all the time and my response is simply, “NO!” Knight Sound & Lighting has been working with this product line for over 25 years and continues to keep thousands of Colortran ENR systems functional to this day. The Colortran ENR dimming system – also known as Leviton or NSI Topaz – may be discontinued, but it remains as one of the true icons of theatrical and architectural dimming.

Knight Sound & Lighting has made it a priority to source replacement parts in order to keep our clients up and running. We can repair virtually every type of Colortran ENR or Viewpoint control module (these modules are the “brains” of the system). In addition, we can repair dimmer modules and wall control stations (including Viewpoint, Remembrance and other NSI brands). Finally, we can provide brand new replacement parts for certain dimmers, EE prom memory cards, and fans. So why replace the system when we can still repair and keep the system running smoothly?

There are many benefits – besides cost savings – to maintaining your Colortran ENR (aka Leviton or NSI Topaz) system. These systems provide smooth dimming and work flawlessly with all traditional lighting fixtures. They also provide excellent architectural control with the ability to pre-program different lighting “looks” at the touch of a button. Many of our clients also tell us there is much to be said for “familiarity!”

What about LED’s you might ask? It’s true that the Colortran ENR system was strictly designed to work with incandescent lighting and was never meant to control LED lights. However, in most cases these dimming systems are able to work successfully with newer LED technology.

It is important to note that these traditional dimming systems utilize Forward-Phase dimming and LED fixtures really prefer Reverse-Phase dimming. Knight Sound & Lighting has been working with a variety of LED manufacturers and has sourced several extremely reliable Forward-Phase dimmable LED’s for your theatrical fixtures. We have also partnered with well-known lighting engineers and can now provide a retrofit for your existing house fixtures. So, if you have a custom chandelier, sconce, pendant or – well, you name it – we can provide an LED retrofit that is right for you and your needs and that will work with your existing Colortran (Leviton/NSI Topaz) dimming system.

Every system will need to be upgraded eventually, but this can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $100,000 depending on the scope of the system. It is also important to factor in down-time for installation and adjustment to the new system. By contrast, most facilities can maintain existing Colortran ENR (aka Leviton or NSI Topaz) systems for an average of a few hundred dollars a year. Want to extend the life of your current system? Contact us for a one-time cleaning and inspection or for information about our Preventative Maintenance services. We can inventory, clean and inspect your Colortran ENR (aka Leviton or NSI Topaz) system and provide recommendations for component level repairs.

Please call us toll free at 1-866-457-5937 for further details or to setup a free consultation (travel fees may apply if out of state).

Thank you and have a great day.
Ed Gurski. Systems Consultant
Knight Sound and Lighting

Why will my new lighting console not control my existing Colortran ENR or Leviton Topaz Dimming System? You need a Leviton IF501 Converter!

This blog is designed to help the end users of Colortran ENR and Leviton Topaz Dimmer Rack Systems understand how their dimmer racks receive their commands to turn on, off, and dim their lighting loads.  The first thing to understand is that the Colortran ENR, NSI ENR, and Leviton Topaz are all the SAME dimming system; just different names.  I will use Colortran ENR in the rest of this blog, but they are all the same.

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The Colortran ENR Dimming System was developed in the 1980s and was being developed at the same time as the lighting industry was going from proprietary protocols of communication between lighting consoles and their dimming racks to a universal standard.  The universal standard is USITT DMX-512.  However, at that time period (1970-1980s) each manufacturer had their own protocol and Colortran was no different.  Colortran used a protocol called CMX.

DMX (universal language) and CMX (Colortran) are VERY similar protocols, but they are NOT the same.  You can use DMX to control a CMX controllable dimmer rack, but you will have flickering in the levels and random lights turning on and off.  Since you don’t want that to occur, you must make sure to use the correct protocol.

Back to the Colortran ENR Dimmer Rack, which is very unique in that the dimmer rack is “auto-sensing” and will accept either CMX or DMX.  The Dimmer Rack defaults to CMX if no control signal is present upon power up of the dimmer rack.   This is problematic, because most lighting consoles, barring those made by Colortran (built in CMX), use DMX (the universal language).

This means that if you use a “modern day” lighting console, the lighting console will output DMX, which will partially work with the Colortran ENR Dimmer Rack, but will not fully work with the dimmer rack.  Hence, you will have flickering and other random lights turning on and off in the system.

There are two solutions to this issue:

  1. Whenever you turn on your lighting console with DMX output, go and hit the “reset” buttons on the dimmer racks.  The Colortran ENR Dimmer Racks will see the DMX and will “auto-sense” to the DMX receiving mode.  This will ONLY last as long as the dimmer rack has power.  For example, if you turn off the lighting console, go home, and somewhere in the middle of the night, you lose power.  The Colortran ENR Dimmer Rack WILL revert to CMX control signal.
  2. The LEVITON IF501 Converter is the BEST solution.  The Leviton IF501 converter will convert the DMX input signal to the CMX output signal that is going to the Colortran ENR Dimmer Rack.  The Leviton IF501 Converter is simple to install and can be installed next to the lighting console.  All you need is the Leviton IF501 Converter, a power supply (comes with the unit), and a short DMX Control Cable (the standard is 5 pin, but 3 pin is possible).  Once the Leviton IF501 Converter has been installed, you will no longer need to reset the dimmer racks prior to using the system, because the dimmer racks will remain on their default CMX control signal.  This unit is available at our website store, click HERE for link.

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In addition to the two solutions listed above the Leviton IF501 Converter is also able to go from CMX input to DMX output.  You might ask why this would be important.  The answer is that a lot of Colortran ENR Dimming Systems use an architectural control system called Viewpoint, which can output CMX, but not DMX.  If you install the Leviton IF501 after the Colortran ENR Dimmer Racks, then you can control DMX controllable lighting fixtures with the Viewpoint Architectural Control System.  This unit is available at our website store, click HERE for link.

Next, the Leviton IF501 Converter can be used to convert from DMX input to AMX output.  This would be used whenever you want to use a modern DMX Lighting Console to control an older version of Strand Dimmer Racks.  The older versions of Strand Dimmer Racks used AMX as their proprietary protocol.  This unit is available at our website store, click HERE for link.

Finally, the Leviton IF501 Converter can be used to convert from multiple languages to other languages such as RS232 to DMX, Leviton Lumanet I to DMX, DMX to Microplex and a several additional languages.  This unit is available at our website store, click HERE for link.

The Leviton IF501 Converter is a work horse of a converter in a very small package, which can help to solve a whole lot of issues in the lighting controls field.  If you have a specific application that is not described in this blog, but you want additional help, please contact our office for technical support at 1-866-457-5937 or contact us at info@goknight.com.

Microlite (Musco) Lighting Controls Retrofit – Heinz Field Case Study

Musco Lighting’s Microlite 1000 Relay Control System at Heinz Field Retrofitted with Intelligent Lighting Controls (ILC) LightLEEDer Retrofit Control System by Knight Sound & Lighting

August 2016; Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Knight Sound & Lighting announced it has recently completed a lighting controls retrofit for PSSI Stadium Corp’s Heinz Field Stadium, home of the NFL Pittsburgh Steelers and the NCAA University of Pittsburgh’s Panthers Football teams.  The controls retrofit occurred throughout the entire arena, replacing the outdated and unsupported Musco Lighting Microlite 1000 relay controls with a new cutting-edge Intelligent Lighting Controls (ILC) LightLEEDer relay system.  The ILC LightLEEDer retrofit panels are fitted into the existing Microlite panels and utilize the existing line and load wiring, allowing for a much faster and much less expensive retrofit process.  Knight Sound & Lighting pioneered the ILC LightLEEDer retrofit as a time-saving and cost-effective means for facilities to update to a relay control system with strong technical support, ongoing technological updates and custom graphics controls including Android (available now) and iOS (coming soon) Mobile App accessibility.

The system was installed and commissioned over a period of 8 weeks (July-August 2016) by Knight Sound & Lighting technicians Ed Gurski and Mark Knight working in conjunction with Heinz Field’s in-house electricians.  Under Knight Sound & Lighting’s guidance, a crew of two of Heinz Field’s certified electricians removed the old Microlite 1000 relay and electronic insert panels and installed the new ILC LightLEEDer relay and electronic insert panels.  Knight Sound & Lighting provided the lighting control programming, created the custom graphics screens, and performed the system energization. Throughout the process, the site retained full access and functionality for all of its lighting.

The project was facility-wide and included retrofitting 40 Microlite panels with 40 ILC LightLEEDer retrofit panels.  These relay panels control the lighting for the playing field, suites, concourses, exterior, offices, corridors, signage, emergency lighting, and bathroom lighting.

Heinz Field was interested in replacing the Microlite system because the aging system is no longer manufactured and parts replacements are becoming obsolete.  Furthermore, there are no longer any updates being made to the Microlite software and the time clock function will not run beyond 2025. In addition, Microlite relay systems require computer control and are only compatible with Windows XP or earlier operating systems.  This means there is no access to the security features and functionality offered by Windows 7 or later platforms.  For these reasons, many facilities are looking to replace their Microlite System with newer lighting control systems that can operate using today’s technological platforms.

In the case of Heinz Field, the facility was looking for a new relay control system which would provide them with the same functionality as the Microlite 1000, but would also add control of DMX controllable LED lighting fixtures.  The stadium was also looking for updated lighting control graphics and wanted the assurance of running its lighting control system on the newest releases of Windows operating systems.

Knight Sound & Lighting proposed that Heinz Field install the ILC LightLEEDer Microlite retrofit product which would provide all of the new functionality that Heinz Field was looking to gain.  The ILC LightLEEDer controls work with Windows 7 and Windows 10 operating systems while providing more enhanced and detailed lighting control graphics.  The new system also allows for additional control options, including BACnet integration and Android (available now) and iOS (coming soon) Mobile App control.  It also provides for DMX input and output, low voltage switching and touchscreen control.

In researching its options, facilities management found that the only real alternative was a complete system replacement. This involved the costly and labor-intensive process of entirely removing the old panels, removing conduit throughout the facility and running new wiring as needed.  For a facility the size of Heinz Field, the replacement process would have taken approximately 4 times as long as the retrofit option, costing the operation critical downtime and a significant increase in labor hours.

The ILC LightLEEDer retrofit with Knight Sound & Lighting was extremely appealing to Heinz Field because the existing 40 panel system could be retrofitted and operational in approximately 4 to 8 weeks while simultaneously allowing the continued control of the lights during the transition period.  During the weeks when the Microlite system was being converted over to the ILC LightLEEDer system, both systems were in use and operational at the same time.  Consequently, Heinz Field was able to continue to control all of the lighting throughout the facility without any downtime, including hosting a number of scheduled major events that went off without a hitch.

As one of the premiere football stadiums and concert arenas in the country, Heinz Field identified a way to make a critical update to its operations while balancing cost with technology.  Knight Sound & Lighting’s ILC Retrofit has provided the advanced functionality and integrations that the site was looking for, while minimizing cost and down-time.  The arena looks forward to making the most of a customizable system that will be supported now and in the long-run.

BENEFITS OF THE ILC LIGHTLEEDER MICROLITE RETROFIT SYSTEM

  • Large cost savings due to quicker installation
  • Easy transition due to similarities between ILC and Microlite systems
  • Advanced and better looking graphics screens
  • Compatible with Windows 7 and Window 10
  • Compatible with DMX controlled LED lighting
  • Ability to control via Android app (available now)
  • Ability to control via Apple iOS app (coming soon)
  • Ability to be networked via BACnet or BAS system
  • Compatible with Ethernet connection

COST SAVINGS ACHIEVED:

  • Re-use existing enclosures
  • Re-use existing cabling and conduit
  • Re-use any existing low voltage switching (if applicable)
  • Reduced downtime/potential loss of income in comparison to a full replacement system
  • Reduced labor time and installation cost
  • Energy savings achieved with a more efficiently operating system which fully utilizes time schedules and BAS systems

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Contact us TODAY at info@knightsoundandlighting.com for more information about Knight Sound & Lighting’s ILC LightLEEDer Retrofit for Musco’s Microlite 1000 Relay Lighting Controls.  We can also help retrofit controls for a variety of older systems. Contact us Toll Free at 1-866-457-5937.

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