Control4 Launches Wireless Lighting Control Line
New family of Control4 Wireless Lighting control products features adaptive phase dimmers, ambient light sensors and stylish finishes for both commercial and residential applications.
Jason Knott · May 7, 2013
Control4 has seen the light. Just a few short months after announcing its panelized hardwired lighting control system, Control4 is unveiling a new family of wireless lighting control products aimed at both residential and commercial projects.
Control4 Wireless Lighting control products, which are compatible with the new Control4 Panelized Lighting products, will be available in early June 2013 on an a la carte basis. The line provides a range of ZigBee-based solutions, including adaptive phase dimmers and combination keypad/dimmers, 0-10V dimmers for LED applications and configurable keypads for control. Other features include a palette of color and finish options, custom backlit engraved buttons, and programmable status LEDs supporting customizable color hues.
Each new switch, dimmer, and keypad includes an ambient light sensor to automatically adjust the brightness of status LEDs and button backlighting, which means there is no programming necessary to set up various LED light strengths. For light commercial applications, the line has 277V capability for conference rooms, sports bars, etc.
“We spent eight years learning a lot about lighting,” says Scott Stephenson, Control4’s senior product manager of lighting and comfort. “We have been watching the way the world is changing with LED and have incorporated everything dealers have asked for. This new Control4 Wireless Lighting is incredibly sophisticated.”
Pinpointing the primary advantage for integrators, he adds, ““It’s not ‘integrating,’ it’s ‘mating’ because it’s all the same system. It’s native to Control4.” That means there is no extra programming required to integrate another manufacturer’s lighting control into a Control4 ecosystem.
Why Lighting Now?
According to a report from Pike Research, the global market for intelligent lighting controls will enjoy steady growth through this decade, rising from $1.5 billion in 2012 to more than $4.3 billion in 2020.
“Our focus has always been on the connected home to make it a more personalized environment for a family,” says Martin Plaehn, Control4 CEO. “Consumers look at home automation through different lenses, whether it be home theater, multiroom audio, security, window treatments, lighting control or energy management. We span the entire spectrum. We have be putting in significant investment into our platform and into specific ‘lenses.’ One ‘lens’ that is growing is lighting control. Everyone is going through the transformation from incandescent to LEDs. Recognizing that this transformation was coming, two years ago we began our effort to develop lighting control both hardwired and wireless.”
Plaehn continues, “Lighting control, when integrated with automation, is quickly becoming an essential smart home application. Intelligent lighting enhances the aesthetics of the entire home, helps manage energy consumption, and with Control4 technology can integrate with security, Audio/Video and climate-control systems, as well as with window shades and other devices to create truly personalized experiences for homeowners.”
Control4 integrates lighting control with other automation functions to create “scenes,” including a “Home” scene that creates a lighting path from the entry to the kitchen and disarms the security system; an “Entertainment” scene which dims all the lights and cues the A/V system; an “Away” scene which lowers the shades, places the AC into energy savings mode, shuts off all but a few select lights, and activates the security system.
Breaking Down the Products
The Control4 Wireless Lighting family includes:
Wireless Configurable Keypad: creates a customizable user interface. The keypad can be configured with two to seven custom-engraved, LED backlit buttons, using four different button sizes, for a total of 37 possible configurations. For dealers, it means managing inventory is simpler. (120V/277V or 240V) U.S. MSRP $200.
Wireless Adaptive Phase Dimmer: eliminates much of the guesswork associated with choosing the right dimmer for a project and alleviates the need to replace the dimmer when the load type changes in the future. The Wireless Adaptive Phase Dimmer is compatible with a broad range of dimmable load types including most LEDs, incandescents, halogens, electronic low voltage (solid state) transformers, magnetic (iron core) low voltage transformers, fluorescents, and compact fluorescents. (120V, 240V, or 277V) U.S. MSRP $180.
Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990. He joined EH Publishing in 2000, and before that served as publisher and editor of Security Sales, a leading magazine for the security industry. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He is currently a member of the CEDIA Education Action Team for Electronic Systems Business. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California. Have a suggestion or a topic you want to read more about? Email Jason at [email protected]
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