Table of Contents
- Time to Show What We Can Do
- Product Highlight - DALI Expansion Modules for Switching and Dimming
- Product Highlight - Advanced Occupancy Sensor
- Product Highlight - Wireless Daylight Sensor
- Product Highlight - Universal Dimming Module
- LightFair Quote
- Congratulations to the 2014 IESNYC Lumen Award winners!
- Crestron Commercial Lighting Controls - Specifiers (CLC-S) Training
- Greenbuild® Expo
Time to Show What We Can Do
Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s LightFair in Las Vegas! By all accounts, this year was an especially great conference and exposition.
But we also know that it’s tough to make it to every event in our industry and that you have to pick and choose where you can go – usually based on what you can really get out of it. Believe it or not, manufacturers also have this same quandary. While we exhibit at a lot of lighting shows, conferences and events; sometimes it is just as important for us to experience the show as attendees. We were lucky to have this opportunity at this year’s Light + Building Expo in Frankfurt, where Crestron was both an exhibitor and an attendee.
This event is by far the largest in our industry – from expansive displays of unique lighting fixtures to integrated building technologies featuring the latest in conservation and energy reduction. There was tremendous interest in the Crestron booth, where we showcased how integrated control systems are invaluable in getting the most out of lighting design and building automation.
But we were also able to experience the show as attendees, taking in nine different halls of lighting innovation from around the world. From the industry’s drive to use renewable resources more efficiently, to the flexibility afforded by open standards, it was clear exhibitors were focused on solutions that leverage integrated and scalable building control solutions. And of course there was a universe of amazing LED fixtures to explore!
Artistic use of LED from Light Building 2014 from Crestron Electronics, Inc. on Vimeo.
What I quickly realized as an “attendee” at the show, was that the array of products and different solutions available is really overwhelming. I couldn’t help but ask myself, “how do specifiers sort through all the options available and make sense of it all?” I really took it as my charge to learn what Crestron can do better as an “exhibitor” to make sure attendees walk away knowing why Crestron “makes sense” for them for every application—from technology, to product selection, to specification tools, to world-class support.
The answer I arrived at is actually pretty simple. We need to be a better partner for lighting specifiers. That means:
But the great part of industry events — it isn’t all work! We also got to have some fun in downtown Frankfurt as we checked out many of the Luminale installations. Throughout the city – inside churches, in public spaces, buildings and bridges – light is used as a medium to bring sculptures, installations and demonstrations by artists, architects and designers to life. Our camera was overloaded with images and videos of these “light happenings,” such as this one:
Luminale light installation from Crestron Electronics, Inc. on Vimeo.
This piece transformed LED lights into something organic and alive. Between the shapes and the movement of light, the interplay of moving color with changing intensity, the experience was not only hypnotic, but also strangely soothing. Seeing inspiring installations such as this helped us realize that our luminaire partners are such a big part of what we do at Crestron. And it’s why we decided to bring working fixtures to our future events to allow attendees to experience what lighting control offers.
This is the thought process that led us to our booth at LightFair this year. While we have many new products that help round out a lighting control solution, we presented them in really easy to understand demonstrations. We grouped products together so that a specifier could quickly see that, while there are many different technologies that could be used in one type of application, the simplest solution is often the best.
Visitors were able to see everything from how to put together a simple switching solution, to the seemingly unlimited ways to group and control open floor plans with DALI. We worked with a variety of fixture partners to ensure that we had unique and appropriate fixtures working live as part of each of our demonstrations. Across the booth, attendees were able to interact with our systems and interfaces on their own—a feature which garnered excellent feedback from all.
Keep reading to see what else we did and learn about the key technologies and products we showcased this year!
Didn’t make it to LightFair this year? Take a quick tour of our booth.
New Product Highlights from LightFair
One of our new series of expansion modules that makes DALI systems even more flexible to include a non-DALI load, eliminating the need for long wire runs and large modules just to connect a non DALI load with a distant control source. The series includes models for universal dimming, 3-wire dimming, 0-10V dimming, and switching.
One of two new advanced sensors that deliver accurate and reliable sensing that can be easily set up and adjusted from the floor with an IR remote the perfect accessory for our single or multiple room lighting control systems. Learn more about these sensors and how they make a simple, single room lighting control system even better.
Wireless, battery powered photocell that complements our commercial wireless portfolio designed not only to avoid control wires, but also eliminate the need for electrical wires.
As part of a complete Crestron® lighting system, the 8 channel universal dimmer module, CLX-2DIMU8, provides 8 channels of dimming for both forward and reverse phase type loads.
Read more about our announcements at LightFair
Learn how these products help you meet new code requirements as part of a lighting control system in our Commercial Lighting Control Specifier class or we'll come to you! Schedule a lunch and learn with one of our representatives by calling 855-644-7643.
"At Crestron, we understand the design challenges inherent in every project from a basic, single room switching solution to campus-wide integrated energy management and demand response systems. Our goal is to make life easier for lighting specifiers and to help them meet code requirements by providing user-friendly systems that can be easily commissioned and installed."
- Brian Daley, Crestron Vice President Sales, Commercial Lighting
People & Places
Congratulations to the 2014 IESNYC Lumen Award winners!
We especially want to congratulate Arup for winning the Lumen Award of Excellence - the highest level of recognition for permanent architectural applications - for their lighting design in the Parrish Art Museum. Crestron technology was used to provide curators with the sophisticated lighting, HVAC and AV controls necessary in each gallery to showcase and preserve the museum's stunning collection of art.
"It's beautiful, simple, well executed and plays against light and dark. It solves the concerns of seeing art in natural light and makes you feel as if you are viewing works of art in an outside setting."
- Lumen Awards Jury
Read the full story about the lighting integration and see a video tour of the museum
Crestron Commercial Lighting Controls – Specifiers (CLC-S) Training
Our revamped 2-day specifier training course makes it even easier to learn what makes Crestron Commercial Lighting Control different and how to start specifying immediately. Based on an application approach, you’ll learn how Crestron products outperform in any situation, from a single room to a fully networked solution. At the end, you’ll walk away with skills and tools you need to start designing your own systems.
We invite all lighting specifiers, lighting designers, architects and electrical engineers to email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to sign up for this course.
Get the brochure with the full agenda and class schedule
Oct. 22 - Oct. 24, 2014
Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, LA
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