July 2013 Announcement

We are pleased to announce that we are now members of the Electrical Council

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July 2013 Edition

The Electrical Council Welcomes New Members

Electrical Council – Distributor
Mercor Lighting 

mercorMercor Lighting is a leading independent supplier of  lighting in Canada. The company takes a  SOLUTION-BASED APPROACH to working with their clients to address the supply of any lighting requirements, lighting design, energy retrofit solutions — with an emphasis on strong lighting credentials and experience. Mercor Lighting has offices in both Montreal and Toronto and has over 40 employees. For more information, visit http://www.mercor-lighting.com. The EFC official representative is Eric Tordjman.

MERCOR Lighting’s First Annual Curling Event – benefiting ALEH Hospitals for Disabled Children

DSC_0473What an evening of great fun for Mercor’s Toronto office employees and select clients at the Brampton Curling Club! Not only did we raise over $2000 with this event, but the experience and camaraderie that resulted was made even more memorable with the discovery (for most attendees) of this venerable sport that was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Most had only had a glimpse of curling on TV, but little did they suspect that this engaging sport would give them such a workout (and sore muscles the next morning!). With all the positive comments and the great cause it supports, Mercor is more than inclined to add this event to its annual events’ calendar.

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Fairweather store in Mississauga doubles in-store foot traffic by updating lighting

Thanks to the deisgner’s trust in MERCOR’s toronto office for their lighting consulting and judicious product choice for this application, the revamped lighting at Fairweather’s Mississauga store brought in twice the foot traffic by attracting a younger demographic with their upgrade.

You can read all about it at: http://vmsd.com/content/fairweather-mississauga-ont

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G.E. Lighting North America Highlights MERCOR’s contribution in Case Study

Our previously published story of Arrow Furniture’s success story for their conversion to LED lighting in their stores has been chosen to be G.E. Lighting’s case study showcasing their LED PAR lamps used on the project. MERCOR’s contribution to bring this project to fruition and the collaboration with the client has been highlighted as well.

Please consult G.E.’s site at the following link for all the details:

http://www.gelighting.com/LightingWeb/na/case-studies/arrow-furniture.jsp

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INDY RETROFITS – the revolutionary “3 minutes to install” LED kit that replaces any existing standard recessed potlights

Indy Retrofit

Using nearly any existing fixture frames, the INDY Retrofit LED Downlight Kit will easily convert your old technology systems in less than 5 minutes! (just watch the Youtube video at the link below)

Youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rw_V2_8HypA

With its expected service life of 50,000 hours, this maintenance-free kit will help any and all property managers/building owners instantly reduce their operating costs by eliminating lamp inventory, incorrect lamps/colour temperatures, and any related usual servicing “man hours” for more than 10 years! And its 70LPW performance will translate to over 40% in energy savings.

It replaces 4″, 6″, and 8″ versions of existing incandescent, HID, and even vertical or horizontal CFL housing frames, with available lumen packages ranging from 800 to 2800 lumens to accommodate all standard ceiling heights, while still delivering 80+ CRI in 4 different colour temperatures (2700K, 3000K, 3500K & 4000K CCT) – available in 120, 277 or 347V versions.

All these retrofits are Energy Star Qualified, ‘Made in the USA’, dimmable* (*except for 347V version), UL/cUL damp-location listed, and maintain listing after retrofit!

Inquire at MERCOR for more info and product demos.

 

 

MERCOR’s annual hockey classic: another successful event!

 

The high scoring night (final score: 10-7 in favour of the Mercor Panthers over the Corlite Canadiens) was another fun-filled event that once again reunited some of MERCOR’s top brass and employees, and select clients and suppliers to flaunt their skills on the Bell Centre ice this past Friday, November 30th.

The evening was a great way for all participants to create new bonds and strengthen existing ones. The players also had the opportunity to display their competitive side while still sharing some laughs on Bell Centre’s famed ice rink – making this friendly competition a memorable encounter for all (even for the lucky passenger on the Zamboni!)!

MERCOR would like to thank again all the participants of this year’s event for another successful annual Mercor Hockey Classic, and we hope to continue this tradition that proves once again that business and pleasure make a great mix!

Field-induced polymer electroluminescent (Fipel) technology: the new fluorescent?

US researchers say they have developed a new type of lighting that could replace fluorescent bulbs. The new source is made from layers of plastic and is said to be more efficient while producing a better quality of flicker-free light.

The new light source is called field-induced polymer electroluminescent (Fipel) technology. It is made from three layers of white-emitting polymer that contain a small volume of nanomaterials that glow when electric current is passed through them.

The inventor of the device is Dr David Carroll, professor of physics at Wake Forest University in North Carolina. He says the new plastic lighting source can be made into any shape, and it produces a better quality of light than compact fluorescent bulbs which have become very popular in recent years.

“They have a bluish, harsh tint to them, ” he told BBC News, “it is not really accommodating to the human eye; people complain of headaches and the reason is the spectral content of that light doesn’t match the Sun – our device can match the solar spectrum perfectly.

“I’m saying we are brighter than one of these curly cube bulbs and I can give you any tint to that white light that you want.”

There have been several attempts to develop new light-bulbs in recent years – Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) have come a long way since they were best known for being indicator lights in electronic devices. Over the past decade, they have become much more widely used as a light source as they are both bright and efficient.

Light not heat – Another step forward has been organic LEDs (OLEDs) which also promise greater efficiency and better light than older, incandescent bulbs. Their big advantage over LEDs is that they can be transformed into many different shapes including the screens for high-definition televisions.

But Prof Carroll believes OLED lights haven’t lived up to the hype.

“They don’t last very long and they’re not very bright,” he said. “There’s a limit to how much brightness you can get out of them. If you run too much current through them they melt.”

The Fipel bulb, he says, overcomes all these problems.

“What we’ve found is a way of creating light rather than heat. Our devices contain no mercury, they contain no caustic chemicals and they don’t break as they are not made of glass.”

Prof Carroll says his new bulb is cheap to make and he has a “corporate partner” interested in manufacturing the device. He believes the first production runs will take place in 2013.

He also has great faith in the ability of the new bulbs to last. He says he has one in his lab that has been working for about a decade.

I guess we won’t have to wait too long to see what a bright (and efficient) future looks like…

source: BBC NEWS – By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent

Philips Lighting introduces new “hue” – the smart personal wireless lighting solution

Hue enables you to control light wirelessly, create and personalize light with an app on your smartphone or tablet (Available at Apple stores from October 30th., 2012)

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Philips Lighting hue – package of 1 or starter kit (3 bulbs and wireless bridge)

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, – Building on its innovation capabilities, today Philips unveils hue, the world’s smartest web-enabled LED home lighting system. Philips hue signals a new era in home lighting both in the way we think about and experience light in our homes. It allows you to create and control the light using your smartphone or tablet. Bringing endless possibilities to help you get creative and help you personalize your lighting to suit yours and your family’s lifestyle. A starter pack includes three bulbs that simply screw into your existing lamps, and a bridge that you plug into your home Wi-Fi router. Simply download the hue app to start experiencing light in a completely new way.
Philips hue can be setup in minutes. The intuitive app allows you to remotely control your home lighting to help secure your home, personalize your home lighting experience with custom settings and program timers to help manage your daily schedules, all through the convenience of a smart device. An intuitive and seamless system, Philips hue is upgradeable and future-proof, with the potential for more features to be downloaded and enjoyed in the future.

With its high quality energy-saving LED light, Philips hue allows you to tune shades of white light or create any color. In addition, Philips hue can:

  • Save your favorite light scenes for each room or time of day and recall them in an instant
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Use any photo on your phone as a color palette to paint your room with light and bring your memories back to life
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Tune white light from warm candlelight to vibrant, cool white light
  • Create ambiance or complement your decor with the colors of the rainbow
  • Control and monitor your lights remotely when not at home for security and peace of mind
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Set timers to help manage your daily routine
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Let light wake you up refreshed or help your loved ones fall asleep

The app for Philips’ hue also features expert Light Recipes: four pre-programmed lighting settings based on Philips’ research around the biological effects that lighting has on the body. These scenarios adjust bulbs to the optimum shade and brightness of white light to help you relax, read, concentrate or energize.
Jeroen de Waal, Head of Marketing & Strategy at Philips Lighting commented: “Philips hue is a game-changer in lighting – a completely new way to experience and interact with light. In the way phones, media and entertainment have been revolutionized by digital technology, now we can also personalize light and enjoy limitless applications. Philips continues to redefine the possibilities of LED technology, and hue pushes the boundaries even more, not only in offering great light quality, but in how lighting can be digitized and integrated with our world to further simplify and enhance our lives.”
In home tests conducted in New York, Berlin and Shanghai, users highlighted hue’s great quality light, programmable timers and the fact they could control their lighting from outside the home as features they most appreciated. Moreover, consumers liked the ability to save personal light settings and recreate them at the touch of a button as well as the convenience of managing their lighting from their mobile device.
Philips is opening up the hue app to the developer community and has created an open source platform at www.meethue.com inviting developers to explore the app and unleash even more possibilities to show what light can do to enhance your life. You can share light scenes or get inspired on the meethue.com community site. Philips hue uses the open ZigBee Light Link standard so that it can be integrated with other ZigBee certified systems.
Building on the success of its AmbiLight experience, Philips is developing future product features, such as allowing hue to integrate with other media including sound and video. Philips is also working on features such as geo-location services, allowing hue to sense when you are close to home and automatically turn on the lights, or turn them off when you leave.

To find out more, visit www.meethue.com.

New Quebec Regulations and ECO-FEES for mercury-containing lamps recycling program

The Quebec Regulation respecting the recovery and reclamation of products by enterprises obligates all “brand owners/first suppliers” of mercury-containing lamps (including manufactures, distributors and retailers) to either operate or be a member of an approved program to recover and reclaim end-of-life mercury-containing lamps in Quebec.
Product Care Association (PCA) has been chosen by the lighting industry to manage our obligations and has finalized an agency agreement in June with RECYC-QUÉBEC, the oversight agency in Quebec for product stewardship programs.  Product Care is a non-profit association registered in Quebec under the name Association des Producteurs Responsables (APR) and as such, has implemented a “recovery and reclamation system” for mercury-containing lamps on behalf of its members, pursuant to the Regulation. Any enterprise that is obligated under the Regulation is invited to join the Product Care program in order to satisfy the requirements of the Regulation.
Product Care’s recycling program was launched in Quebec on July 14, 2012, however, collection of fees is delayed until October 1, 2012 for the replacement lamp market, and July 14, 2013 for lamps integrated into fixtures.

Regulation requirements:
The program will be funded by “eco-fees” applied to the sale or supply of new mercury-containing lamps in the province of Quebec on a per-unit sold basis. These fees will be paid to PCA/APR by the program members (manufacturers, distributors, retailers etc).
MERCOR must ensure that all obligated parties comply with this new regulation, and non-members will see the new eco-fees added, when applicable, to their invoices for orders placed as of October 1st, 2012.

Eco-Fees for Quebec will be as follows:

Lamp category Typical Size              Eco-Fee/unit
Fluorescent tubes (=<2 feet) 2 feet $0.30
Fluorescent tubes (=<4 feet) 4 feet $0.50
Fluorescent tubes (4<=8 feet) 8 feet $1.00
Fluorescent tubes (CFL) CFL $0.20
Metal Halides, Mercury Vapour, etc. All $1.10

For more information on this legislation and program, please consult these websites:
http://www.productcare.org/Quebec
http://www.recyc-quebec.gouv.qc.ca/client/fr/programmes-services/Rep-lampe.asp