Home Automation/Lighting Controls
Published: March 2009
1 Light Control > Lutron’s HomeWorks whole-home lighting control system can be accessed and controlled with iPhone and iPod Touch devices. Users can control lights, music and ambiance in the house, even when they are not home. The system connects all of a home’s light switches and dimmers to each other, and designated preset buttons on Lutron remotes can adjust light levels in multiple rooms based on the user’s preference.
2 Occupancy Sensor > Wattstopper’s FM-105 super-high-frequency occupancy sensor switches lighting on or off based on occupancy and can hold lights off when sufficient daylight is available. It detects motion through high-frequency electromagnetic waves and the Doppler principle. The sensor can detect motion through many dense materials other than metal and can be installed behind fixture lenses and hidden from view. It has adjustable time delay and detection sensitivity and a mounting bracket for flexible installation.
3 Home Control Center > Nokia’s Home Control Center allows users to monitor and control home applications and lighting; HVAC; electricity, gas, water and CO2; and home security from a PC or Nokia wireless device. It uses Zensys Z-Wave technology, compatible with more than 300 products, allowing the user to monitor and control energy use. The system can provide automated response to events such as motion sensing, luminance levels, moisture levels and temperatures.
4 Occupancy Sensor > Square D’s Clipsal dual-technology wall-mounted occupancy sensor prevents lighting from turning on when sufficient natural light is present. It has front-located adjustment for setting sensitivity and time delay as well as an isolated relay for use with building automation, security and HVAC systems. The sensor has a 180° field of view and up to 1,000 square feet of coverage. It employs passive infared technology to detect when a person enters a room and ultrasonic technology to keep lighting on while areas remain occupied.
5 Energy Management > HAI’s MicroControl is a tabletop, bedside or wall-mount display and control device for HAI controllers, Ominstat2 thermostats and Load Control Module functions. It can wirelessly control any of the functions and display load information. The display comes with a two-way RF transceiver and plug-in power supply.
6 Light Control > Cooper Controls’ Ilumin intelligent controls control fluorescent ballasts and non-dim loads using an LCD graphical interface and keypad. They have voltage and frequency conpensation to maintain light level during supply fluctuations and offer real-time power metering for each circuit, phase and the total panel.The controls are available in 6–24 circuit variants and single or three-phase versions.
7 Light Control > Crestron’s Integrated Professional Automation Computer (IPAC) 2-series control processor controls lighting and automation applications. It has built-in relays; sensor inputs; and Ethernet, Cresnet and RS-232 ports to connect to a number of devices, controls and networks. Its LCD display and front-panel controls allow programming for a complete switching system, including up to 210 switched loads, 16 keypads, 41 occupancy and photo sensors, and 100 time clock events. Its astronomical time clock can automatically turn lights on and off according to the time of day or time of sunrise/sunset.