Home Automation/Lighting Controls
Published: March 2012
1 Touchscreen > Honeywell’s Tuxedo Touch touchscreen enables users to centrally control security and automation functions, such as temperature and lighting. It has a bright, full-color, 7-in. display and uses a built-in controller that communicates with devices, such as thermostats, lighting controls, shades and locks, using the Z-Wave communications protocol. A built-in web server gives users the ability to control the system using Wi-Fi-enabled devices, including smartphones, tablets, PCs and Internet TVs, regardless of operating system.
2 Lighting Control > Panasonic’s Full-2Way panel components provide a building-block methodology for implementing lighting controls. Components are connected by a low-voltage (24V), polarity-neutral two-wire system using star, branch and/or T topology.
3 Room Control Module > Kieback & Peter’s RBW30x-L room control module application is a bus-capable room-control module with an LCD display. Different variants with a graded range of functions are available: Room temperature control, time and date display, weekly schedule, fan control, and presence button (present/absent). Models with two, four or eight additional keys also are available. Each key can be assigned to different functions (e.g., light or blind control). It can be used on a network.
4 Lighting Control > Home Automation Inc.‘s Omni-Bus lighting control network uses a worldwide standard for mounting DIN-rail, allowing load control of CFL, LED, electronic low-voltage, halogen and incandescent light sources. It is designed for the 220-240V/50Hz international marketplace. The products are broken down into four segments: core products (required), load control modules, switch interfaces, and accessories. Products are available for control of lighting loads, fans, motors, pumps and more.
5 Touchpanel > Extron’s TLP 1000MV and TLP 1000TV 10-in. touchpanels are fully configurable, have an integrated Ethernet port compatible with IP-enabled control processors, and receive power using the Ethernet connector, eliminating the need for a local power supply. The 1,024-by-600 resolution touchscreen surface provides ample room for sophisticated controls and graphics. An integrated MTP twisted-pair receiver accepts S-video or composite video and audio input signals over standard Cat 5 cable. The TLP 1000MV mounts on a wall, lectern or other flat surface, while the TLP 1000TV sits on a tabletop or on a VESA standard mount with an optional adapter.
6 Occupancy Sensor > Cooper Wiring Devices’ NEXION wallbox commercial occupancy sensor uses instinct technology decision-making software that makes adjustments in real time, preventing lights from falsely turning on or off. Sensor types include passive infrared (PIR), which are designed to turn lights on and off automatically by detecting motion from heat-emitting sources; ultrasonic sensors emit low intensity, inaudible sound to detect motion based on changes in sound waves; and dual-technology sensors combine PIR and ultrasonic methods, requiring both technologies to be triggered to turn lights on.
7 Energy Monitor > ThinkEco’s modlet plugs into an existing wall outlet and monitors and controls the energy consumption of plugged-in devices and wirelessly communicates to a PC through the USB receiver. Users can view real-time energy consumption, set schedules for turning devices off and on, and keep track of savings using web-based software.
8 Dimmer > Leviton’s universal dimmers control incandescent, dimmable CFL and dimmable LED bulbs and are available in two distinctive styles. The Leviton universal dimmers feature an on/off preset function which preserves the selected dimmer setting. The SureSlide model has a contemporary rocker switch; the IllumaTech model has a traditional pushbutton switch and slide bar.
9 Controller Package > Crestron’s MC2E-TPMC-PAK Isys provides a complete 8.4-in. Wi-Fi mobile wireless touchscreen technology control system package with a docking station/charger, 2-Series MC2E Ethernet control system, and four IRP2 IR probes. Sleek, rugged and lightweight, the Isys TPMC-8X-GA from Crestron provides an intuitive, mobile control solution. It features enhanced wireless performance, onboard multimedia and web-browsing capability.
10 Occupancy Sensor > Steinel America’s RHB 300 wireless occupancy sensor for high-bay installations mounts directly to a high-bay fixture and uses PIR technology, which communicates wirelessly to other devices to create lighting control groups. Three highly sensitive pyroelectric sensors provide uninterrupted 360-degree coverage. It can perform at mounting heights up to 45 feet. Devices are grouped together using an address set with a dual-inline package (DIP) switch.
11 Room Controller > Schneider Electric/WattStopper’s LMRC-310 series on/off/0–10 volt dimming room controllers with network bridge has plenum-rated controllers with line voltage relay(s) and 0–10 volt dimming output(s). It has plug-and-play automatic configuration for maximum energy efficiency and can be plugged into dynamic line management (DLM) local network and connect to BACnet-compatible DLM segment network. It has current monitoring of total connected load; exposes data on segment network.
12 Occupancy/Vacancy Sensor > Lutron’s Radio Powr Savr occupancy/vacancy sensor turns lights off in rooms where lights are often inadvertently left on, such as a laundry room or bathroom. Reliable Clear Connect RF technology ensures consistent performance. It detects fine motion and can communicate with up to 10 dimmers and switches, and up to three sensors can be added for maximum coverage. Plus, the user-replaceable batteries are designed to last up to 10 years.