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...the other day at some JoAnn Fabric stores. Pretty nifty new tech: the emergency ballast is plugged into a modem that communicates with the mother ship; monitor's battery, charger, lamps, inverter, etc.
 

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Are those standard ballasts or are they for LED? We did an entire laundromat with retro LED setups-- no modem connections just LED--

Wasn't sure the inspectors would buy it but I gave them all the info up front and they were okay with it.

What is the reason for a connection to a modem?
 

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Standard, T8's.
The modem's communicate with the lighting contractor's server the unit's status.
I saw another similar setup outside of the store used for the MH's over the parking lot.

 

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Dennis Alwon said:
Are those standard ballasts or are they for LED? We did an entire laundromat with retro LED setups-- no modem connections just LED-- Wasn't sure the inspectors would buy it but I gave them all the info up front and they were okay with it. What is the reason for a connection to a modem?
Its so corporate has control of switching. If they only realized they went from a 1.5yr payback to about 7 yrs due to the high tech added cost of switching super efficient leds. I could see for 1000w parking lot lights but geez
 

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I'm certain this will be a brief sidestep in their eventual upgrade to LED's.
 

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Its so corporate has control of switching. If they only realized they went from a 1.5yr payback to about 7 yrs due to the high tech added cost of switching super efficient leds. I could see for 1000w parking lot lights but geez
I agree, but for a multi floor large building the ROI is much less.
 

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Its so corporate has control of switching.
More importantly, they can find out the exact problem with the unit and send out a tech with the proper part and instructions; saves T/S'ing time.
 

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...the other day at some JoAnn Fabric stores. Pretty nifty new tech: the emergency ballast is plugged into a modem that communicates with the mother ship; monitor's battery, charger, lamps, inverter, etc.
How accurate and detailed is the logging? Could be pretty convenient for service calls, especially if you have a pretty large range in the life of whatever's installed and the business couldn't care less to track that type of stuff.
 

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Looks like another piece of junk to break and require servicing.

Bring it on.
that could very well be the case: I had a return trip a few days later to replace two that I already replaced.
 

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:whistling2: Sounds about right.
So they had a tech guy with me, the computer set up dude who was on the phone etc. getting the ballasts to sync up with the mothership; they could tell after awhile if everything with it is gravy or not, saving a future service call, although I was there for 4 hours correcting just a few ballasts., plus they pay the techie. You pay that guy, you pay me...ROI must work out I guess.:blink:
 
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