Philips & Armstrong Ceilings Announce DC Lighting Solutions & Grid Compatible with On-Site Power Generation

  Philips & Armstrong Ceilings Announce DC Lighting Solutions & Grid
  Compatible with On-Site Power Generation

   DCFlexZone ceiling system integrates Philips lighting solutions, helping
       building owners lower energy costs and meet sustainability goals

Business Wire

SOMERSET, N.J. -- December 05, 2012

Philips is partnering with Armstrong Ceilings to develop lighting solutions
that are compatible with Armstrong’s low voltage DC FlexZone ceiling systems,
which can help building owners reduce energy usage and implement cost
effective site-based power generation and storage strategies. The new
offerings are intended to support recently adopted EMerge Alliance open
industry standards that call for the use of DC power. Because the lighting
solutions better facilitating the use of site based power generation and
storage, they are considered by experts as key to reaching Net Zero energy use
in commercial buildings.

Super-storm Sandy and its devastating effect on the East Coast, including
buildings left without power for weeks, highlighted the susceptibility of
public utility grids to power outages and made site based power generation,
storage and the technologies that can support them more top of mind for
building owners and tenants.

“ DC FlexZone can contribute to the sustainability of buildings by more
effectively combining energy efficient systems, like the advanced LED lighting
solutions made by Philips, with newer sources of electrical power, such as
solar, wind, bio-fuel cell and other on-site, natively DC, renewable energy
resources,” said Brian Patterson, general manager at Armstrong Ceilings. “By
providing a greater degree of modularity and plug and play flexibility, DC
FlexZone can also greatly simplify the power management and control of other
non-lighting devices often found in the ceilings of commercial buildings,
further providing energy and cost savings.”

By developing DC FlexZone compatible lighting products, including popular
general area lighting styles such recessed and down-lighting, the two EMerge
partners are looking to accelerate adoption of DC technologies. The Philips
lighting systems are specifically engineered to easily integrate directly with
the Armstrong DC powered ceiling system, using plug-and-play connectors that
simplify initial installation, as well as future moves and changes.

“Working with a standards compliant ceiling system like Armstrong’s DC
FlexZone, we can give building owners the ability to distribute safe, low
voltage direct current power to our advanced lighting solutions, which can
help them achieve their sustainability goals, while offering them better light
quality over their conventional lighting solutions, ” said Philips general
manager of indoor lighting, Peter Kuehnel. “It also improves the flexibility
and reuse opportunities of interior spaces by enabling faster and easier
repurposing and reconfiguration of the lighting to satisfy the changing needs
of occupants without the need for costly rewiring.”

For additional information on Philips compatible products, visit: and
For additional information on Armstrong DC FlexZone grid systems, visit:

For additional information on the EMerge Alliance and its Standards, visit:

About Royal Philips Electronics

Royal Philips Electronics is a diversified health and well-being company,
focused on improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation in the areas
of Healthcare,

Consumer Lifestyle and Lighting. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips
posted 2011 sales of EUR 22.6 billion and employs approximately 121,000
employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. The company is a
leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient
lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as male shaving and
grooming, home and portable entertainment and oral healthcare.

About Armstrong World Industries

Armstrong World Industries, Inc. is a global leader in the design and
manufacture of floors and ceilings. In 2011, Armstrong net sales from
continuing operations totaled nearly $2.7 billion. Based in Lancaster, PA,
Armstrong operates 32 plants in eight countries and has approximately 8,500
employees worldwide.

About The Emerge Alliance

The EMerge Alliance is a nonprofit, open industry association creating and
promoting new global standards for the contemporary use of DC technology for
power generation, storage, distribution and use in commercial buildings.
Comprised of more than 100 organizations from industry, government and
academia, the Alliance is headquartered in San Ramon, CA.


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