Press Release Summary:
SuperSwitch(R) uses passive infrared technology to automatically turns lights off when room is vacated and adjust itself to make sure lights stay on when someone is in room. It adjusts sensitivity and time delay automatically and immediately in response to occupant behavior, eliminating need to learn behavior patterns over time. It can cut lighting energy usage by 30% during peak hours, and 90% of lighting energy after 6 pm.
Original Press Release:
Novitas(R) Announces The Next Generation In Automatic Wall Switches For Lighting Control
TORRANCE, CA, January 29, 2002-Novitas presents the next generation in automatic wall switches: SuperSwitch(R) 2 is the first automatic light switch designed to please users, building owners and energy managers. Using advanced passive infrared technology to detect occupancy, SuperSwitch 2 automatically turns lights off when a room is vacated, and it's so smart, it adjusts itself to make sure lights stay on when someone is in the room. SuperSwitch 2 is engineered to maintain optimum performance by adjusting sensitivity and time delay automatically and immediately in response to occupant behavior, eliminating the need to "learn" behavior patterns over time. It also automatically resets its time delay to a more convenient 10 minutes if the installer leaves the switch at the test setting of 15 seconds, thus eliminating the need for follow-up adjustments. Additional occupant-pleasing features include a sleek, low-profile appearance. Like other Novitas wall switches, the SuperSwitch 2 is attractive and unobtrusive. It fits into a designer-style wallplate. When occupants leave a room, SuperSwitch 2 will always turn out lights automatically, but when a room is occupied, SuperSwitch 2 gives the occupant control over the lights. Users can turn off lights even when a room is occupied by simply pressing the touchplate. SuperSwitch 2 is also available in a dual-level version that makes possible the control of two separate loads with one switch. In spaces with dual level lighting, users simply press the touchplate to select the lighting level they prefer. Energy-saving features include: * Superior detection of minor motion allowing a shorter delay setting resulting in greater savings. * Sliding lens blinders that restrict the sensor's "field of view" to prevent false activation from corridor activity. * A selectable Manual On mode. In this mode, lights are not switched on until the occupant presses the switch's touchplate. This avoids unnecessary lighting in offices with adequate daylight or during brief periods of occupancy. * In the dual-level model, the exclusive Energy Saver feature, when selected, ensures the primary lighting load only is activated whenever the switch turns lights on. The occupant can, however, switch both loads on or select the alternate load simply but tapping the touchplate. SuperSwitch 2 can cut lighting energy usage by as much as 30% during peak hours, and can save more than 90% of lighting energy used after 6 p.m. The dual-level model allows selection of a reduced level of lighting that can increase savings during daylight hours to 60%. SuperSwitch 2 ensures that lighting energy is not wasted during normal working hours when energy usage peaks. These savings will become crucial as more energy providers move toward a system of rates based on the time of day. Energy used during peak hours will become more costly than energy consumed off-peak. The payback and return on investment offered by the SuperSwitch 2 are impressive. On average, when installed in a small office, the SuperSwitch 2 will produce energy savings that will pay for itself in less than two years. Both models offer a return on investment of more than 55% per annum. SuperSwitch 2 is just one in a complete line of Novitas occupancy sensors for control of lighting and HVAC in every indoor application.