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Nexxus Lighting announces distributor agreement with PolyBrite

BY HBSDealer Staff

Nexxus Lighting has executed a distributor agreement with PolyBrite International. Under the agreement, Nexxus will begin offering all of PolyBrite’s Borealis LED lighting solutions to Nexxus’ customers.

Naperville, Ill.-based PolyBrite International has spent more than 17 years developing the LEDs.  Key components of the expanded product line are indoor and outdoor lighting fixtures, including LED recessed flat panels, low-bay and canopy lighting systems, and area site and roadway luminaires.  In addition, Charlotte, N.C.-based  Nexxus will feature Borealis’ new LED T8 tubes, A19, R20, R30, candelabra and other decorative lamp products, along with its premier Array line of LED replacement lamps.

"Part of our strategy with Nexxus is to provide leading edge products and superior service," said Robert LaPenta , founder of Aston Capital and board chairman for Nexxus Lighting. "Research shows the growth for LED fixtures is expected to rise faster than that of other light source replacements. The market share for new LED fixture installations is estimated to rise from approximately 7% in 2011 to more than 45% in 2016 and approximately 70% in 2020."

"This agreement allows Nexxus to provide a broader range of lighting solutions to the commercial, industrial, institutional and municipal markets," added Mike Bauer, president and CEO of Nexxus Lighting.  "By partnering with PolyBrite, we quickly and efficiently added a full assortment of complementary bulbs and new luminaires with new technology that is clearly differentiated."

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NPD: More consumers to spend same or more this holiday versus last year

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The majority of consumers intend to spend the same (67%) this holiday season than last year, and 10% plan to spend more while fewer that say they plan to spend less, according to the NPD Group’s 11th Annual Holiday Survey.

“Looking at this year’s responses, I see a light at the end of the tunnel with more consumers telling us they plan to ‘spend about the same’ and less planning to ‘spend less’,” said Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst, The NPD Group, Inc. “While consumer confidence seems to be up retailers will still face some challenges. They will need to develop creative ways to lure shoppers into the stores.”

Owing to the upcoming election, overall the holiday shopping season will be off to a late start, the report said.  While more consumers last year started already by this time, this year there will be an increase in the number of consumers who will begin their shopping before Thanksgiving.

“Consumers and the media will be thinking about the election more than shopping, but when the election is over consumers will get into the holiday spirit,” Cohen said,

There is an increase of 1% to 2% in the number of consumers planning to shop at Off-Price Retailers, Drug Stores, and Specialty Stores this year versus last. Off-Price Retailers and Specialty Stores also did better than Catalogs/Mail Order on the list.

“Retailers at all levels are likely to be challenged this year with the channel lines increasingly becoming blurred. Among the competition for traditional retailers this year are Drug Stores and Supermarkets,” said Cohen. “Now that consumers are less attracted to sale prices and more attracted to selection as well as convenience, stocking the right items will be essential to drive foot traffic.”

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HAI by Leviton unveils home control system

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HAI by Leviton has launched its new Omni LTe home control system, which offers enhanced comfort, safety, convenience and energy savings by coordinating multiple subsystems, including lighting, heating and air, security, audio/video, scenes and messaging.

The Omni LTe system controls homes and businesses by schedule, motion detection, door openings, sunrise, sunset, alarm activation/deactivation and more. The system features an Ethernet port and may be controlled remotely from a PC, laptop, tablet, Smartphone or e-Reader, as well as onsite from in-wall or tabletop touch screens. Mobile apps are available for Android and iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) devices.

Omni LTe controllers are CP-01 compliant and UL Listed residential security and fire systems, detecting intrusion, smoke and fire, carbon monoxide, water and other hazards with wired or wireless sensors. The Omni LTe can control up to 32 individual lighting loads, accommodate up to four access control readers and coordinate up to four thermostats. 

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