June 2013
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Jim LoughreyEMAIL INTERVIEW Jim Loughrey and Ken Sinclair

James F. Loughrey, Inventor, Entrepreneur, Logica Lighting Controls, LLC

Jim has been a Minnesota resident since 1949, when his parents left rural Iowa and brought their young son to the St. Paul area, where he would spend the rest of his adult life.  He graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul in 1963 with a BS in Business Administration, a minor in theatre.  He worked sales jobs in Building Maintenance, Real Estate sales and Property Management, before settling into the area of his real passion:  theatre lighting and design.  He first started this work in 1968 with Strand Electric of London, England in theatrical control sales.  The entrepreneurial bug finally took its dominating bite and he started Stage-Brite in 1970 and sold it in 1982 to Sterner Lighting of Winsted, Minnesota.  He worked out his obligations to Sterner in 1987 and started LINK Corporation.  Not content with traditional analog lighting controls Jim began designing a digital system of light-level controls that didn’t involve dimming in 2007, creating what is now Logica Lighting Controls, LLC.  He holds patents to his proprietary designs.



Lighting Controls, made simple

By putting a microprocessor in the ballast of the fixture you will be able to turn on one lamp at a time and provide multilevel illumination without using a dimmer.


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SinclairWhat is the current state of lighting control in commercial buildings?

Loughrey: 

SinclairHow would you change the way we control the lighting in commercial buildings?

Loughrey: 

SinclairWould the existing wall switch and circuit breakers still work if there was a microprocessor in the fixture?

Loughrey:

SinclairWhat’s wrong with using a dimmer?  Aren’t DALI dimming systems the standard in commercial buildings?

Loughrey:     

SinclairWill the retrofit market be able to use a smart ballast?

Loughrey: 

Control Solutions, Inc SinclairWhat if I don’t want to have to stand there and toggle the light switch to get the light level I want?

Loughrey:

SinclairWhat if the customer wants to use LED fixtures in some areas?  Will they work on your proposed lighting system?

Loughrey: 

Sinclair:   How do you control lights in this new system without rewiring the lights?

Loughrey: 

SinclairWhat do you mean by “lighting zones”?

Loughrey:

SinclairHow important is local control to the user of the space?

Loughrey:

SinclairHow can the building owner sample this technology to prove that it works?

Loughrey:

SinclairHow would you do a grocery store?

Loughrey:

Reliable Controls SinclairHow would you do a law office? 

Loughrey:

SinclairWhat is the future for lighting controls?

Loughrey:

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