wiHUBB Access Point by Hubbell Building Automation: A web-based access point for commissioning and monitoring devices in the wireless mesh network.
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL, installed a light control system from Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. The Propellants North Administrative and Maintenance Facility is using innovative light control strategies to dramatically reduce energy consumption and maximize the use of available daylight.
Radio-frequency (RF) wireless communication is a significant emerging lighting control technology. In a typical hardwired lighting control system, control signals are sent using communication wires. In a wireless RF system, control devices communicate through the air using radio waves, eliminating the need for control wiring. The resulting advantages enable advanced lighting control with greater installation flexibility and lower labor installation cost, ideal for hard-to-wire applications non-accessible ceilings, hard ceilings, asbestos abasement issues, and brick and mortar existing buildings.
Wireless RF lighting control first became popularized in residential applications, with typical applications including home theater, kitchens and other common areas, master bedrooms and exterior and security lighting. In recent years, however, wireless RF lighting control has emerged as a viable alternative to hardwired controls in commercial building applications. What benefits does RF wireless communication provide?
The first benefit is flexibility. Wireless control devices can be placed where they are needed without limitation imposed by wiring, including areas that are difficult to wire. More flexibility is provided in unique applications. Electrical planning may be shortened. After installation, devices can be moved and the system expanded with relative ease.
The second benefit is labor and material cost savings, which may result in net installation savings after the typically higher product cost is figured. Wireless control eliminates the need for dedicated control wiring and associated switch legs, traveler wires and other raw materials. The system installs more quickly, producing labor savings. With no damage to walls or ceilings, and little to no disruption to business operations, wireless control lends itself well to existing building applications demanding the benefits of advanced lighting control.
The advantages of wireless control make these solutions particularly suitable for commercial building applications where the cost of running control wires is too costly or simply not possible, such as outdoor lighting, parking garages, warehouses and retrofits.
EE301: Wireless RF Lighting Control, written by LCA Education Director Craig DiLouie, provides a basic understanding of wireless RF control, including functionality, benefits, power, networking, protocols, range, programming and integration issues.
Leviton Manufacturing Company’s LevNet RF™ wireless lighting control products were just chosen by Consulting-Specifying Engineer (CSE) magazine as the Best Product of the Year for the second consecutive year. The high-performance line of wireless occupancy sensors, switches and accessories combines Leviton’s legendary styling and superior performance features with reliable wireless technology from EnOcean, the leader in self-powered wireless lighting control solutions.
Light control manufacturer Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. recently introduced 12 new Maestro® Wireless programming videos to emphasize the simplicity of programming the Maestro Wireless system. The new videos are available online at www.lutron.com/maestrowirelessprogramming.
Leviton Manufacturing Company’s LevNet RF wireless self-powered lighting energy management devices and innovative Light Logger were chosen by judges at Design Journal magazine as recipients of its 2010 ADEX Awards.
Leviton Manufacturing Company’s LevNet RF™ line of lighting controls was selected by Buildings Magazine as one of its Top 81 Money-Saving Products. In selecting their top picks in the category, buildings
editors took into account criteria such as: initial cost, life-cycle costs, sustainability, longevity, energy efficiency, occupant productivity and maintenance requirements. LevNet RF, along with 80 other products that help companies operate more profitably, was profiled in the June issue, Product features such as LevNet RF’s suitability for installation in a wide range of commercial retrofit applications, self-powering feature, signal transmission range of up to 150 feet and its ability to operate without batteries or new wires were highlighted in the issue.
Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. combines convenience, exceptional energy savings, and ease of installation with the new Radio Powr Savr™ wireless daylight sensor.
Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. builds on its GRAFIK Eye QS Wireless system with the debut of the new GRAFIK Eye QS Wireless Design Tool.