amBX to Launch Wireless DMX Lighting Control at ISE

With rising popularity of LED lighting, especially for RGB lights, amBX thinks WDMX could contend with Z-Wave and ZigBee for residential lighting control market.

At CEDIA Expo 2011, amBX demonstrated RGB lighting control via the DMX protocol (shown). At ISE 2012, amBX will demonstrate a new wireless solution utilizing WDMX.
Julie Jacobson · January 26, 2012

Is WDMX the future of wireless lighting controls? amBX is using the platform for a new line of wireless lighting controls to be introduced at Integrated Systems Europe in Amsterdam next week.

Last year, we lauded amBX’s entertaining demo of multicolored (RGB) LED lights based on DMX – a popular protocol seen mostly in Europe and in commercial installations, but making inroads into the residential market.

The new wireless version of the amBX system taps WDMX, which has “been around for a couple of years and is established in the performance and entertainment sector,” says CEO Neil MacDonald. “We’re already with DMX so it was a natural progression for us.

The U.S. residential market is heavily focused on Z-Wave and ZigBee protocols for wireless lighting, as well as such powerline-based technologies as Universal Powerline Bus (UPB) and Insteon; however, there appears to be little activity among these staples for controlling RGB LEDs—one notable exception being Fujikom’s new Z-Wave-enabled LED lighting controls shown at the recent Consumer Electronics Show.

MacDonald sees WDMX as a strong contender in the space.

Example wireless DMX portable LED lighting fixture from The Components Co., using W-DMX technology from Wireless Solutions.

“It’s definitely a technology to watch as it is simply a wireless extension of DMX which we see becoming an increasingly important part of lighting control in a number of sectors thanks to the evolution of LED.”

CE Pro named LED lighting as one of the Top 5 Home Technologies for 2012.

“Both of these exist in the theatrical performance lighting market,” he adds, citing Wireless Solutions and Lumen Radio as leading providers.

MacDonald says amBX is working with manufacturers of wireless lighting fixtures, including rechargeable units that can provide up to 16 hours of use per charge – perfect for special events or “where you simply want to move the lights around for the best effect,” MacDonald says. “The capabilities are now way beyond wireless wall switches.”

At ISE 2012, amBX can be found at the Control4 booth 11H78. At CEDIA Expo last year, Control4 partner Extra Vegetables demonstrated the integration of amBX lighting controls with Control4 home automation systems. amBX controls are also compatible with AMX and Crestron systems.

amBX is also in the Quadra Concepts booth 12B74.

VIDEO: amBX demos RGB lighting control at CEDIA 2011

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  About the Author

Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at

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