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DALI Ballasts Give IEEE Employees Individualized Lighting Control

SYLVANIA and STARFIELD CONTROLS Install Controllable Dimming System at IEEE Facility

The Situation

IEEE, with headquarters located in Piscataway, New Jersey, is the world's largest technical professional society, and a leading authority on areas ranging from aerospace, computers and telecommunications, to biomedicine, electric power and consumer electronics. The IEEE Command Center is a 24-hour a day, seven day a week facility, occupied by two different groups of employees in one room, help desk operators and data center operators. Due to the nature of their tasks, preferences varied among the differing groups of employees. The Command Center was equipped with general 2x2 light fixtures that had no dimming capability. Surveys noted that levels and glare were a problem for both groups of employees.

The Solution

John P. Hunt, the director of IEEE facilities, consulted with Howard Wolfman regulatory affairs manager for Electronic Control Systems at OSRAM SYLVANIA and a member of IEEE, and Mike Williams product marketing manager at OSRAM SYLVANIA, about how to solve the problems in this shared space. "We needed to give the team at IEEE an extremely flexible installation so that the space could adjust to the individual preferences of all the workers in the facility," Williams said. "Our QUICKTRONIC(r) T8 DALI system was integrated in such a way that the IEEE facility was able to achieve dimming control over a 100- 1% dimming range, allowing individual workers to choose their optimized personal scene." The control system to power this installation was the work of STARFIELD CONTROLS, a manufacturer of commercial grade controls based in Westminster, Colorado. "There is no way to predict what level of light an individual may be comfortable with so it was very important give people control over their own environment," said Wayne Morrow, president of STARFIELD CONTROLS. "Human factor research over the past three decades has shown that individuals who feel like they are in control of their environment are more tolerant of that environment." OSRAM SYLVANIA, STARFIELD CONTROLS, and the technical team at IEEE worked closely on a phased retrofit, which began in September 2003, starting with lamps and ballasts that had only ON/OFF switching. Progression started with local wallbox control, and finally individual desktop controls were installed.

The final product produced the capability for each user to adjust the light levels in their own work area throughout the day from an icon on their desktop. Recent surveys showed that the staff was highly satisfied with the in the Command Center, and generally more comfortable with their work environment as a whole.

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Piscataway, New Jersey

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Headquartered in Danvers, Mass., OSRAM SYLVANIA is the North American operation of OSRAM GmbH. Together we are the second-largest and materials enterprise in the world, serving customers in more than 140 countries. We manufacture and market a wide range of products, including automotive, electronic and magnetic ballasts, and precision materials and components for industrial and commercial users, original equipment manufacturers and consumers, sold primarily under the SYLVANIA brand name, but also under the OSRAM brand. OSRAM SYLVANIA also offers systems installation and maintenance services. For further information, please refer to our Web site at

STARFIELD is a leading manufacturer of commercial grade networked control systems for the North American market. The company offers complete enterprise level solutions including multi-level networking and a comprehensive BACnet interface to other building management systems. Products include a full line of user controls, the RT03 TCP/IP to DALI router, and the DALInet(tm) Lighting Management Software.

About IEEE
The IEEE is the world's largest technical professional society with approximately 365,000 members in more than 150 countries. Through its members, the IEEE is a leading authority on areas ranging from aerospace, computers and telecommunications, to biomedicine, electric power and consumer electronics. The IEEE products 30 percent of the world's literature in the electrical and electronics engineering and computer science fields, and has developed more than 900 active industry standards. The organization also sponsors or cosponsors more than 300 international technical conferences each year. Additional information is available at