By Joshua Burd
A religious school in Clifton has tapped the Walsh Company to install a new specialty lighting system and oversee renovations and improvements at the facility.
The firm, which is based in Morristown, announced that it will perform general contracting services for the Cheder School at 1333 Broad St. The scope of work includes renovating some 30,000 square feet of interior space, installing new HVAC equipment and fire sprinkler systems and electrical upgrades, along with the integration of what’s known as PoE lighting.
Short for Power over Ethernet, the lighting platform and its fixtures use Ethernet cables to power LED lights and transmit data between the luminaire and the control software, according to a news release. Using preprogrammed switches, staff will be able to adjust the lighting settings based on classroom activity, while the system also collects data using motion sensors to detect the presence of people and signals the network to turn off when areas are not in use.
All the data collected and the programmable lighting system are integrated into the school’s network, which is controlled on a PC.
“We are honored to have been awarded the opportunity to work with the Cheder School and perform multiple services,” said Ed Walsh, president of Walsh Company.
The Cheder School is a Jewish elementary school for boys. In the news release, Walsh said the school has embraced PoE lighting and its ability to benefit the student’s learning environment, noting that the system’s tunable white LED light fixtures allow for the color temperature to be adjusted to the activity and needs of the classroom.
This results in a better learning environment to support better focus during testing or facilitate quiet thinking, Walsh said. The platform also improves overall lighting control and quality, while helping lower energy costs.
The project team also includes Ben Horton Architecture & Design and Frontier Engineering Services LLC.