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Nextek Receives New UL Classification for Ballast Retrofit:Change Lets Customers Save by Switching to DC Ballasts

Nextek Power Systems Inc. has received a new Underwriters Laboratories classification that makes it possible to quickly and easily retrofit AC ballasts with safe, low-cost DC ballasts. The new classification, UL 2108, replaces UL 1598. A team of Nextek engineers and employees authored the document, with guidance from UL regarding safety certification requirements for this innovative retrofit product. The classification and Nextek’s instructions make it easy for building owners and managers to switch out AC ballasts and replace them with DC ballasts, which can reduce the cost of operating luminaires significantly.

Usually, no other changes to the luminaires or the lamps are necessary to accommodate the DC ballasts.

Paul Savage, Nextek Power System’s CEO, said, “We believe our low voltage DC lighting ballasts are the most efficient dimming fluorescent ballasts in the world. Connecting them to our Direct Coupling® Power Server Module (PSM) makes the total system the most efficient commercially available anywhere.

Nextek manufactures ballasts and power supplies for multiple types of T8, T5, CFL and Biax lamps, Emergency Ballasts, and DC Ceiling Fans.  All products are registered with the EMerge Alliance and compatible with that organization’s 24V DC Occupied Space standard.

To view the press release in its entirety, please see this article.

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Nextek Receives UL Approval for PSM 1600-C2

The Nextek Power Systems facility has received UL approval to manufacture the Power Server Module Model 1600-C2. Customers can now place their orders for the PSM at 1-877-24VOLTS or checkout the PSM 1600-C2 in the Power-Shop.

Nextek Power Server Module Model 1600-C2 DC Power Supply

Nextek’s Power Server Module converts 208 or 240 VAC power to 24 VDC through 16 individual Class 2 outputs. The Power Server Module has a wireless remote control and monitoring system. The system advantage is that the Power Server Module provides a safe, low-voltage DC distribution system that allows quick plug-and-play, energy efficient and individually controllable Direct Current (DC) lighting and other loads. The patented triangular design of the Power Server Module makes for a clean fit into a suspended ceiling grid for ease of installation and removal of ceiling tiles. Download the Power Server Module 1600-C2 spec sheet.

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Nextek Power Server Model 1600 C2 Heads to Underwriters Laboratories for Testing

In order to meet the National Electric Code requirements for Class 2 power units, a number of power servers are being sent to Underwriters Laboratories (UL) for rigorous testing. The power servers will be a part of a system conforming to the EMerge Alliance®, a standard for low-voltage DC power distribution and use in commercial building interiors. Our power servers are being tested for temperature tolerance, mechanical strength, power ratings and overall safety requirements according to UL Standards 1310 and 2577. Additional servers were sent to UL for a 2043 Burn Test. We anticipate receiving their findings soon. UL is the resource across North America for product safety certification and compliance solutions. Once the power server receives certification it will be released to market first in the United States. Guest Blogger John Jahshan, Director of Engineering

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