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Reliable and Cost-effective: Eaton Launches CEAG Distributed Power Supply and Monitoring System for Emergency Lighting

Distributed emergency lighting systems for small properties as well as complex industrial buildings can be implemented efficiently and reliably with the LP-STAR CEAG supply and monitoring system.
Mar 09, 2015

Power management company Eaton has introduced its new CEAG LP-STAR supply unit to the market, an innovative solution for supplying power to distributed emergency lighting in separate fire areas of a building. Thanks to flexible configuration options and easy installation, LP-STAR helps planers and installers save time and money. Emergency lighting systems can now be installed efficiently and reliably in small projects as well as in all properties where distributed installation in fire areas is advantageous.

The new devices, which are compliant with EN 50171 and provide up to 540 W of power from a 24 V battery, are designed for distributed power supply to CEAG emergency exit and safety luminaires with STAR technology. Should for architectural, lighting or environmental reasons the general lighting also be required to serve as emergency lighting, the luminaires can be integrated appropriately into the lighting plan and supplied from the 230 V AC or 220 V DC power network. To do so, the luminaires just have to comply with the requirements for emergency luminaires in the EN 60598-2-22 standard and a CEAG monitoring module with STAR technology must be available for monitoring individual luminaires.

A single cable handles power supply to the luminaires as well as data communication, permitting each of the connected luminaires to be individually checked and monitored automatically in accordance with EN 62034. CEAG STAR technology allows the switching mode of each luminaire (maintained light, non-maintained light or switched maintained light) to be programmed individually by the user and luminaires with different switching modes to be powered from the same circuit.

This approach offers valuable benefits: In a conventional system only one switching profile per circuit can be implemented and each of the three switching modes needs two circuits for redundancy, resulting in complex wiring and high wiring costs. With STAR technology on the other hand only two load circuits are necessary for the entire set of switching modes, allowing emergency lighting to be installed with significantly less labour and material for wiring. In addition, owners benefit from the fact that as the utilisation of a building alters during its lifetime changes can be programmed conveniently in a central location, with no need to make adjustments to the individual luminaires as in conventional systems.

In cases where power supply to the general lighting is not assured, for example in the event of lightning strike, the unit changes to battery operation and automatically switches on emergency lighting.

The LP-STAR units feature a user-programmable controller that enables installers to configure all settings quickly and easily using the proven CEAG operation concept. The controller monitors all functions of the connected emergency luminaires, the overall system (e.g. battery charge state, deep discharge protection and isolation monitoring), and mains/emergency power switch-over by the integrated three-phase monitoring device.

In the event of a fault, an optionally available web module automatically sends an e-mail to as many as ten recipients, for example when a luminaire fault is detected by an automatic functional test. Thus, ensuring staff responsible for building security and safety can be immediately informed about problems. In addition, they can use any standard web browser to access the web module and get an overview of the system status and determine which luminaire is affected.

Linking the external system to the powerful CGVision visualisation software represents the highest integration level of the LP-STAR system. CGVision, which handles the control and test functions across all systems, allows several LP-STAR systems and other emergency lighting systems (e.g. ZB-S, AT-S+ or CGLine+) to be monitored using a single program. This makes system extension easy. CGVision also generates a common electronic log book for the connected systems.


About Eaton

Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services. Eaton is positioned through its global solutions to answer today’s most critical electrical power management challenges.

Eaton is a power management company with 2014 sales of $22.6 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 102,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit


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