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Fibaro Controls Lighting With Dimmer 2

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The Fibaro home automation system gets lighting control with the Dimmer 2-- a Z-Wave Plus-certified module handling light control, switching and dimming.

Dimmer2The Dimmer 2 uses a specially designed algorithm to automatically recognise the type of connected light source in use, before it calibrates the system to ensure optimum control. The controller also acts as a scene manager, with intuitive scene activation within a room with the touch of a switch.

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Twist Aims at Whole Home Audio/Lighting

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Twist announces an LED/speaker combo in the shape of the CR90 LED light with a built-in speaker-- one the company says does not require a wifi hub or any kind of wireless controller.

TwistInstead customers simply screw the LEDs into a CR90-compatible can light to automatically get an Apple Airplay-capable wireless speaker.

The bulbs automatically change colour temperature from 5000 to 2700 Kelvin throughout the day, and offer the equivalent brightness of a 60W bulb (800 lumens) while using less than 10W. Connectivity comes through wifi and Bluetooth, while the 18mm built-in speaker is specced at 250Hz-20kHz @ 12dB and features Neodymium magnets in an aluminium cone.

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GreenPeak Intros Next-Gen LED Lighting

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GreenPeak Technologies launches a wireless LED lighting solution-- a low-cost ambient lighting application based on the GP651 communication chip with support for various ZigBee and IEEE 802.15.4 protocols.

GreenpeakThe lighting solution combines LED lights with smart ambient applications, allowing the creation of lighting scenes to match mood and function. It supports 1-, 2- or 4-channel LED bulbs, allowing bulb makers to build products for customers wanting to either dim bright LED bulbs into a warm white or create more colourful scenes.

Control comes through smart home system, smartphone or even basic wireless switch.

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RTI Ships KX3 In-Wall Controller

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Remote Technologies Inc (RTI) starts shipping the KX3, a "unique" 3.5-inch in-wall touchpanel keypad ideal for both residential and commercial installations.

RTI KX3The KX3 combines an in-wall touchscreen and a control processor into a customisable and powerful easy to use unit. It is complete with proximity sensor and room status LEDs, while installation options include wired 10/100 Base-T ethernet and wireless ethernet capabilities for viewing video from network security cameras and remote programming updates.

Future firmware updates promise to add direct 2-way control via IP and RS-232, an astronomical clock for time-based events and an embedded 2.4GHz ZigBee antenna for connectivity with RTI wireless remotes.

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Lutron Extends Keypad, Dimmer Family

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Lutron announces a number of expansions to its signature lighting control systems, promising to bring both fashion and functionality to the HomeWorks QS and RadioRa 2 control systems.

Lutron keypadThe HomeWorks QS system gets "subtle elegance" with the Palladiom keypad, a minimalist number featuring simple operation and a "beautiful architectural aesthetic." In a company first the keypad has buttons and faceplates in the same material (plastic, glass or metal) for a coordinated look, as well as large, tactile buttons with backlit engraved text.

Lutron Dynamic Backlight Management allows customers to set the right backlight intensity for any ambient lighting conditions.

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Helvar Launches Active+ Lighting Control

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The Helvar Active+ is an out-of-the-box standalone lighting solution consisting of an LED driver and what the company describes as its "smallest sensor yet" built into the luminaire.

Helvar Active+Being self-learning, the Active+ driver and sensor use 60-100 hours to learn about the surrounding environment-- as in external daylight conditions and other luminaires around it. The system detects human presences, and in areas with several luminaires if the surroundings are vacant and lighting is not required it switches the luminaire to into daylight energy saving mode.

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Philips Hue Gets Dimming

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Philips adds dimming to the Hue app-controlled lighting system in the shape of a "straight out of the box" wireless dimming kit consisting of a battery-operated dimmer switch and one Hue bulb.

Philips Wireless DimmingThe dimmer switch connects automatically with Hue bulbs, and handles up to 10 bulbs simultaneously. It can be mounted as a normal wall switch or used as a portable remote, and Philips promises "perfect" flicker-free dimming.

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