Lutron Electronics recently announced the release of RadioRA 3. Featuring the first-ever line of wall controls with both light bar design and Internet of Things connectivity, a new all-in-one processor powered by PoE, and new simpler PC programming software and app-based editing features, RadioRA 3 is designed to transform how installers – and their customers – experience home lighting control.
In recent years, the Next Generation Lighting Systems (NGLS) program has studied the ease of installation and use of connected lighting systems and their everyday effectiveness in two Living Labs—an indoor lab at Parsons School of Design in New York City and an outdoor lab at the Corporate Research Center adjacent to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) in Blacksburg, Virginia.
The International Trade Administration (ITA) announced the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) as one of its grantees to expand U.S. participation in technical standards related to advanced manufacturing systems. Under its Market Development Cooperator Program, partnerships are established between ITA and non-profit industry groups for targeted projects that promote U.S. exports in international markets and remove, reduce, or prevent trade barriers.
While networked lighting controls can deliver significant value in both energy and non-energy benefits, a challenge remains in translating these capabilities to one’s applications. What could be done with greater lighting control in my building? How is the system operated to save energy while deriving other benefits specific to my applications? How could the data be used to benefit my stakeholders? To answer this question, let’s look at three theoretical applications.
Adoption of the most robust connected lighting systems has been slower than expected. Training, education, field validation, greater interoperability, and greater standardization of utility rebate programs are strong opportunities to meet the challenges. These are some of the conclusions of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Connected Lighting Systems Stakeholders Research Study, published in September 2021.
This month, we explore a highly energy-saving application of networked lighting controls at the Ontario Association of Architects Headquarters, which earned a 2021 Design Excellence in Networked Lighting Control Award for Energy Management. Lighting control design by Gottesman Associates. Lighting control system by Lutron Electronics.
Leviton recently introduced a Zigbee™ 3.0 Controlled Receptacle. The Zigbee Controlled Receptacle (ZSTLR-1HW) is compatible with a Leviton Wireless Room Controller or third-party Zigbee 3.0 compatible hub, gateway or controller to provide wireless ON/OFF plug load control.
On December 2, 2021, PG&E will host a 3.5-hour webinar, “Lighting Controls Success Stories” from 9AM to 12:30PM. In this course, attendees will see case studies demonstrating successful application of lighting controls.
Toggled, a wholly owned subsidiary of Altair focused on smart building management solutions and lighting technology, recently announced the roll-out of its comprehensive connected building data and device management solution, Toggled iQ. Leveraging the Internet of things (IoT), Toggled iQ helps businesses optimize their building environments by streamlining operations, improving energy efficiency, saving money, and reducing their carbon footprint, through the connection of smart connected lighting with wireless sensors, controls, and intuitive analytics.
Legrand has published a whitepaper, “Understanding the Essential Strategies for IoT Security,” which is available for free download.