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Controls


Residential - Fayaz Kermali, Residential System Sales at Lutron


Increasingly we are seeing homeowners are becoming more tech savvy, and are looking for the ultimate in home control in their properties. We are seeing an increase in demand for systems that control lights, but also the heating, air-conditioning, curtains, roman and even venetian blinds. In addition, the last five years has seen a dramatic increase in the use of a wide range of fixture types and light sources. One of the keys to successful residential light control is finding a solution that is versatile enough to manage all of these technologies as simply as possible. This is one of the key reasons we have launched our new light control system HomeWorks QS, as well as our new cellular shades solution - Serena. It has the ability to control not only a home's temperature and air-conditioning but also


shades and curtains as well as all of a home’s lights, including high efficacy light sources such as LEDs and fluorescents. HomeWorks QS brings powerful new features within the grasp of residential users and designers alike.


Taking Control


Lighting control is serious business, and what is suitable for a hotel is not going to hack it on an entertainment stage, and vice versa. In order to get the full story, A1 Lighting gave different controls specialists the opportunity to discuss what lighting controls meant for their sector.


Hospitality - David Fitter, Lighting Design Director at Multiload Technology


While no one can deny the brilliance of chip technology in lighting controls, new advances in analogue electronics are affording lighting professionals a simpler and more effective way to communicate between devices. In some circumstances, this technology is


more reliable, since it doesn’t rely on microprocessors. These are prone to corruption as a result of high voltage spikes and magnetic surges. Furthermore, unlike digital systems, it doesn’t require expert installation or on-going maintenance carried out by software specialists. The most recent controls and drivers communicate using an updated 0-10V signalling protocol, now often referred to as linear control. This 0-10V communication protocol is exceptionally effective, reliable and contractor friendly, and the signal can now run practically unlimited distances without any degradation.


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Multiload Technology’s revolutionary scene setting system, the MoodMaker, uses this communication protocol, and makes it easy to modify colour and light at any time the user chooses. By using the very latest in analogue lighting controls, the AECOM lighting design team managed to create a highly reliable, effective lighting system in challenging surroundings with stunning results.


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