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A Smart Light Shopping Guide

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Philips suggests retailers should use LEDs for more than merely, well, lighting up the aisles-- at Euroshop 2014 the company shows off LED in-store lighting able to communicate location-based info to shoppers via smartphone app.

Smartphone StoreThe system uses lighting fixtures to form a network acting not only as illumination but also a positioning grid. Each fixture has a specific identity, and communicates its position to the app on shoppers' mobile devices. This allows them to get specific information based on their position, triggering location-based services as they move around the store.

Philips gives the example of a shopper wanting to make a Mexican meal. The app acts as a "personal shopper," pointing the user to the aisles where one can find particular ingredients, as well as make suggestions of newly-available brands or alternate recipes.

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A Power Supply for Crestron Shades

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Crestron power supplyCrestron announces an "intelligent power supply" (CSA-PWS10S-HUB) replacement to all Crestron multi-shade power supplies-- one able to power up to 10 Crestron shade motors, each with an own replaceable fuse.

A built-in integrated 5-segment Crestron hub provides an isolated control network for each pair of shades, limiting the impact of any wiring faults. Built-in diagnostics allow installers to automatically shut down faulty branches, identify wiring issues without a multi-meter and trigger events based on problems the power supply detects (with smartphone notices or emails to service department).

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Belkin Expands WeMo Range at CES

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Belkin expands the WeMO devices portfolio at CES 2014-- the product range now includes the LED Starter Set, Smart LED Bulbs, Maker Kit and the Crock-Pot Smart Slow Cooker, as well as enhanced Android and iOS apps.

WeMo StarterThe LED Starter Set includes a WeMo Link and two LED Smart Bulbs, and allows one to control, schedule and dim smart LED bulbs from anywhere via internet connection. The Smart LED Dulbs replace standard light bulbs, are dimmable, and provide 800 Lumens of warm white light.

Bulbs are controllable either individually or in groups via wifi and WeMo app, with the Link unit handling up to 50 individual bulbs.

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A Switch for the Smart Era

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Software developer Goldee steps into the hardware arena with the Goldee Light Controller-- a minimalist black square promising to be the switch for the gesture-controlled smart lighting era.

Goldee controllerInside the controller are multiple sensors (proximity, ambient, sound volume, motion), an AMOLED display and a processor turning information from the sensors into Nest-style "smart functions that respond to your lighting needs." In other words, it can turn the light off when the room is empty and turns them back on when the room's occupants return.

It also offers various lighting presets such as a Sunrise Alarm (simulates sunrise to make waking up easier) a Sleep Timer (naturally fades light to encourage sleep) and a Night Mode (turns on dim lights if one wakes up in the middle of the night).

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ON World: "Tremendous" Growth for Wireless LED Bulbs

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Technology research firm ON World points out an opportunity in wireless LED light bulbs as it predicts such devices will make one of the fastest growing Internet of Things markets.

connected lightbulbAccording to the analyst global internet-connected light bulbs and lamps will reach 100 million by 2020 (up from 2.4 million in 2013) with wireless enabled ballasts and LED drivers making the majority of units.

ON World also predicts current wireless light bulb growth to exceed 250% Y-o-Y. A number of products are set to launch over the next few months from the likes of Osram, Samsung, SmartLabs, GreenWave Reality, TCP and Leedarson, among others.

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Savant Adds Lamp, Plug-in Modules to SmartLighting

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Savant launches 2 wifi-enabled Lamp Modules and 2 Plug-in Modules as part of the SmartLighting lineup, providing customers with easy control over plug-in devices without need for an electrician.

Savant SmartLightingLamp Modules are available in two versions-- one controls a dimmable load and the other provides an on/off switch. Compatible with Savant wifi lighting controllers and keypads, both are available with an optional tabletop keypad, giving users control over the connected appliance.

One can also adapt the keypad for additional functionality within a Savant control and automation system.

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Savant Lighting Gets Wifi Control

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Savant launches the SmartLighting wifi-based lighting control range-- a solution one can use as either standalone control platform or part of a larger Savant automation system.

Savant SmartlightingEach wifi-connected keypad carries a dimmer, making the solution ideal for both new construction and retrofit applications. Keypads connected to existing line voltage and lighting load wiring become a networked device controllable via Savant iOS app or larger Savant ecosystem.

The double gang keypad features an internal processor, eliminating additional expenses with external hardware and related wiring, and provide access to real-time energy consumption data.

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