Lighting

Lutron to Acquire ‘Natural Light’ Maker Ketra

By Jason Knott · April 17, 2018 • Lutron takes its first-ever step into light source/bulb manufacturing with agreement to buy Ketra's 'natural light' solutions that emulate daylight in interior spaces.

Why SnapAV, Lutron Partnership is Such a Big Deal for Smart Home Channel

By Julie Jacobson · April 5, 2018 • Way beyond a "distribution deal," the partnership between Lutron and SnapAV is an ambitious effort to expand the lighting-control universe, and to extend the ecosystem of OvrC-enabled managed services for the home-technology channel.

LumaStream Aims to Simplify ‘Complex’ LED Lighting Fixture Channel

By Jason Knott · February 19, 2018 • Low-voltage lighting fixture manufacturer LumaStream sees ‘exponential’ growth in CE pro channel for margin-laden LED lighting fixtures, design service.

Lutron’s ‘Hi-Fi Lighting’ Automates both Color Temperature and Brightness for Best Daylighting

By Julie Jacobson · February 7, 2018 • At ISE 2018, Lutron shows "two-channel" lighting to control both color temperature and intensity for optimal daylight simulation.

Control4’s New $350 Home Automation Hub: Affordable, Powerful IoT, No A/V

By Julie Jacobson · February 6, 2018 • At ISE 2018, Control4 introduces most affordable smart-home controller yet: CA-1 with Wi-Fi, ZigBee, optional Z-Wave targets production-home builders. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Ring Settles with ADT in Zonoff Lawsuit, Acquires Lighting Co., Plans Spring Launch of Ring Alarm

By Julie Jacobson · January 18, 2018 • CES 2018: Ring reportedly settles with ADT in Zonoff lawsuit for $25 million, plans to launch super-cheap 'Ring Alarm' security system soon, adds Z-Wave sensors, acquires Mr. Beams (Wireless Environment, LLC). (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)

Crestron Dealers Get Google Assistant for Lighting; Full Smart-Home Voice Controls Up Next

By Arlen Schweiger · January 11, 2018 • Crestron systems can now integrate Google Assistant to activate lighting controls, and Crestron is working with Google on the second phase of voice control for complete smart-home systems.

HTSA Pushes Lighting Design & Fixtures as Next Big Profit Play for Integrators

By Jason Knott · October 27, 2017 • Home Technology Specialists of America (HTSA) plans to disrupt ‘convoluted and almost crooked’ lighting design and fixture business; buying group picks up Ketra, Q-Tran, Lightology, DMF Lighting.

Asking the Right Questions for the Perfect Lighting Installation

By Advertorial · May 24, 2017 • Or in short: How to become a lighting expert within 1 hour.

Adding ‘Smart Fixtures’ to Your Lighting Control Business Mix

By Advertorial · May 1, 2017 • Boston-area integrator System 7 and 5-Star Lutron Showroom lighting fixture retailer Wolfers combine forces due to solve the massive incompatibility problems between lighting fixtures, bulbs and controls.

Doing Smart Business with Smart Lighting

By Advertorial · August 31, 2015 • Teaming up with an electrician could prove to be a successful and profitable strategy for smart home dealers.

Replacing Savant’s LiteTouch Lighting Control System: How Much Will it Cost?

By Julie Jacobson · July 24, 2015 • Since home automation vendor Savant its killing LiteTouch hardwired lighting-control, we look to Vantage, Crestron, Lutron and others for replacements. Customer wants to know: how much it will cost?

#TBT: Creating a Dazzling Dome Display Using 4 Projectors

By Lisa Montgomery · July 23, 2015 • In this edition of Throwback Thursday, see how with home used projectors, lights and control, DSI created a 35-foot-wide ceiling dome that displays images from abstract color patterns to clouds to blazing sunsets.

Connecticut Dealer C&T Gets Ahead of LiteTouch Situation; Promotes Home-Grown Lutron Replacement

By Julie Jacobson · July 15, 2015 • Home automation manufacturer Savant is killing its LiteTouch hardwired lighting-control line, offering a new Lutron system in its place, but a Connecticut dealer C&T Systems has developed its own Lutron replacement solution.

Savant Kills LiteTouch; Lutron to the Rescue; Debating Hardwired Lighting Control

By Julie Jacobson · July 15, 2015 • Three years after acquiring lighting control manufacturer LiteTouch from Nortek, home automation leader Savant kills the platform, leaving long-time dealers in a quandary, and hopeful for a Lutron or Vantage replacement. (Julie Jacobson, CE Pro)

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