WaveStream and Metalux SkyRidge FAQs

Cooper Lighting Skyridge with Wavestream Technology

 

1.) Is there an outdoor solution for the Metalux SkyRidge Series?
2.) How does the SkyRidge lumen package compare to the light output of standard 2x2, 2x4, 3 and 4 lamp troffers?
3.) Is there a warranty for SkyRidge? What does it include?
4.) Are the SkyRidge fixtures dimmable? If so, what dimming manufacturers do they support?
5.) Compared to traditional fluorescent lighting, are the T-8 or T-6 tubes less efficient fluorescent tubes?
6.) Is there a surface mount version available for SkyRidge?
7.) What is Fifth Light?
8.) How does SkyRidge control glare?
9.) How does SkyRidge deliver more foot candles with less lumens?
10.) How long has the SkyRidge product been in production?
11.) Are labor costs factored into the ROI calculations for the one-for-one swap outs on the SkyRidge LEDs?
12.) Does Cooper have a wraparound at a similar price point?
13.) Where can I find the payback calculator?
14.) When is it recommended to spec the Fifth Light verses Lutron Controls? What are the differences between the two?


1.) Is there an outdoor solution for the Metalux SkyRidge Series?

Currently, Metalux SkyRidge is rated for indoor use under UL1598 and includes a damp location and IC rated listing. However, WaveStream LED technology is used in the latest release of TopTier from McGraw-Edison, which is targeted at parking garage applications. Cooper Lighting is working on future generations of products with WaveStream technology, which will include more outdoor applications.


2.) How does the SkyRidge lumen package compare to the light output of standard 2x2, 2x4, 3 and 4 lamp troffers?

The current lumen packages for SkyRidge provide an excellent comparison to the light output of fluorescent architectural and specification grade troffers, along with parabolics up to 3 lamps. For higher lumen levels (compared to standard 3 and 4 lamp T8 troffers) the Encounter series is recommended. The Encounter series also uses WaveStream technology and can be purchased from your local Graybar branch. It's important to note that LED as a light source is far more precise and uniform compared to fluorescents. Many people are finding that they can actually light a space better with less lumens using LED than they had previously with a higher lumen package using fluorescent.


3.) Is there a warranty for SkyRidge? What does it include?

A complete five year warranty (housing, LEDs and driver) is offered for SkyRidge. A 10 year warranty can be provided at an additional cost. It is also important to note that while the life of the LEDs is stated as 60K hours, the drivers are only rated to five years. As driver manufacturers extend their life ratings, full warranty of the fixtures may also be extended.


4.) Are the SkyRidge fixtures dimmable? If so, what dimming manufacturers do they support?

YES! The SkyRidge and all other Metalux commercial and specification-grade LED fixtures come standard with a 0-10V continuous dimming driver. This allows the fixture to work out of the box with 0-10V dimmers, sensors, photocells, room controllers and lighting control panels. The fixtures will work with devices from Cooper Controls (Skye and Devine dimmers), Lutron and Leviton just to name a few.


5.) Compared to traditional fluorescent lighting, are the T-8 or T-6 tubes less efficient fluorescent tubes?

Compard to popular efluorescent fixtures using T8 or T5/T5HO lamps, SkyRidge provides superior energy savings (up to 60 percent) and efficacy (as much as 54 more lumens per watt). This delivers a payback of less than two years when comparing the same number of fluorescent fixtures to the SkyRidge in an application. Please note that this payback improves dramatically if you factor in any available rebates for the SkyRidge or if you add a dimming solution to the fluorescent fixtures.


6.) Is there a surface mount version available for SkyRidge?

Unfortunately, a clean room version is not currently available. However, there is a large selection of LED fixtures under the FailSafe brand which may meet your application.


7.) What is Fifth Light?

Fifth Light is a Cooper Controls lighting control system and brand-name. Fifth Light controls are based on the Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI) open standard, which offers substantial benefits to the installing contractor and the end-user because of its flexibility and energy management functionality. The Fifth Light product line includes lighting control panels, multi-purpose sensors, control stations (hardware) and sophisticated software, used to configure the system and provide user controls from mobile devices, web access and even IP-telephone integration. Copper Lighting brands its fixture-based control products, like dimmable LED Drivers, as "Powered by Fifth Light." This indicates that the luminaires can be used with Fifth Light controls, as well as other brands of lighting control systems from Cooper Controls and third-party brands.


8.) How does SkyRidge control glare?

WaveStream Technology uses a patented optical coupling process that maximizes the amount of light injected into a uniformly lit luminous panel which dramatically improves LED light quality and brightness control. The SkyRidge projects the light vertically and by using AccuAim™ optics, pulls most of the light out through the sides of the panel to create an optimized batwing distribution. The light is optimized to pull out the sides as well as the length of the panel itself and the light that comes out the bottom edge to create the most efficient and affordable cutting-edge fixture that is also fully dimmable.


9.) How does SkyRidge deliver more foot candles with less lumens?

The use of WaveStream LED technology along with the patented AccuAim optics, provides better control to where the lumens (footcandles) are placed. This allows optimal distributions to be tailored to each fixture's specific application. For SkyRidge, a batwing distribution places more of the lumens in the target regions (horizontal and vertical) of the zonal cavity compared to other fixtures.


10.) How long has the SkyRidge product been in production?

Metalux began manufacturing LED fixtures in 2010 and began working with WaveStream LED technology in 2013. The initial launch of the technology was in June 2013 with the introduction of Encounter. The SkyRidge was first commercialized in September 2013. Cooper tests all of its initial LED products to ensure that they meet the rigid quality and specification control parameters.


11.) Are labor costs factored into the ROI calculations for the one-for-one swap outs on the SkyRidge LEDs?

Yes, the ROI calculator allows for labor costs to be associated with each of the two style fixtures being compared.


12.) Does Cooper have a wraparound at a similar price point?

Unfortunately, there is not a wraparound in a WaveStream format, but Cooper has just launched its WNLED series (LED wrap) which can be used in a broad range of commercial and light industrial applications. You can learn more about this product here: WNLED Series.


13.) Where can I find the payback calculator?

The payback calculator is listed on Cooper's website under the Calculators-Audit Tools section of the Energy Solution tab. You can also access it here: Payback Calculator.


14.) When is it recommended to spec the Fifth Light verses Lutron Controls? What are the differences between the two?

Cooper Controls and Lutron are competing lighting control manufacturers. Both offer a variety of control platforms with Fifth Light being one of those platforms/brands. The Fifth Light brand would compare closely to the Lutron Eco System platform, however there are no exact comparisons between different manufacturers.

One specific point is that Cooper Lighting products with Powered by Fifth Light components are based on open standards, allowing them to be used with many different brands of controls, while Lutron tends to supply proprietary controls, protocols and systems. Cooper controls also offer other platforms, including Greengate and iLumin, which compare to various other Lutron platforms, as well as lighting controls offered by other manufacturers. Since the topic is complex, additional training on the Fifth Light system is recommended, as well as the other Cooper Controls brands. Please contact Cooper Controls directly for additional trainings.