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Lutron Lighting Control

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Lutron Commercial Light Control


Ready to feel liberated? Rid your next commercial project of, dare I say, wiring… Well, hold on a minute, we don’t want to encourage too many wireless features (we would be out of a job pretty quick). However, the commercial solutions Lutron Lutron Website provides for switching, occupancy sensing, vacancy detecting, and programming are 100% cool, and 100% wireless.


Recently we attended a Contractor Workshop through North Coast Electric Website in which we learned the ins and outs of the available wireless solutions. Not only that, they also touched on green design, incentive programs, the power savings and increased lamp life of using dimmers, & solar fabrics.

Ceiling Mounted Sensor Above

Do you know the difference between, an occupancy sensor and a vacancy sensor? Well, as you may have experienced an occupancy sensor detects motion and turns the light fixtures on, and can time out with a timer setting after there is no more motion sensed.  With a vacancy sensor, a person can walk into the room, and they must turn the lights on manually but when they leave the room the timer setting will set in and the lights will automatically turn off after a set period of time. Now that you understand the difference between the two, we bet you can come up with a project or area this would be useful.  


Wall Mounted Sensor Above.

Why go wireless in a switching scenario? Well, as a customer you pay less for the installation because there is no wiring between the switch and the light fixtures, and the end user has more options for changing the layout of a space after the fact with no worry of needing to relocate wiring in the walls for the new switching locations. Still scratching your head? Essentially there are “receivers” which come in a few forms but they connect to the electrical load for example they can be mounted to the end of a run of light fixtures all tied together and they listen for direction (whether to turn the lights on or off). There are also “transmitters” which take inventory of a room and communicate ::wirelessly:: with the receiver if motion is detected etc. Another type of transmitting device is an adjuster… this essentially is a wireless switching location; it can be wall mounted, hand held, or a tabletop mount. It also transmits to the receiver giving it further direction for example dimming.


If we lost you somewhere in there, here is another way to look at it. Are you looking to have more types of control over a space that has changing needs or a regular or irregular basis? Do you have an area with a lot of natural light during ½ of the day and no way to dim only the lights along the window wall? Are you at the mercy of your contractors cost each time switching wiring needs to be relocated? If yes to any of these questions, ask us about these wireless solutions for your next project.


One last worry to put to rest. Lutron really does a fantastic job of testing all their products, which includes their batteries.  Every battery has a 10 year guarantee. It’s natural to feel concerned that a battery will fail and then all of a sudden the lights don’t work- But there is actually a warning system in place with a glowing red light helping to indicate when a batteries life is with in a certain percentage of drained. What more can you ask for?


Thanks to Lutron for your product presentation and we look forward to being able to use this product line in our next project.


ICE Co. Signing Out

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