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Controls, Products + Technology

Product Monday: Bluetooth Goes Long-Range And Outdoors

An increasing number of manufacturers of Bluetooth® wireless lighting control components have recently released long-range / outdoor components. Some examples include: LiteTrace Casambi McWong in partnership with Silvair These long-range components can include: fixture controllers, sensors, and signal boosters. Most of these manufacturers utilize external antennas to achieve ranges between 500 to 1,000 feet between [...]

Controls, Lighting Industry

Matter-Compatible Smart Lighting Products Hitting The Market

There are many Matter-compatible smart lighting products beginning to hit the market. Matter is a smart home standard developed by the Connectivity Standards Alliance (formerly the Zigbee Alliance) in collaboration with other leading companies in the smart home industry. Matter is designed to provide greater interoperability between smart home devices, allowing them to work seamlessly [...]

Controls, Events

A New Lighting Controls Trade Show & Conference: NYControLED

Two weeks ago, ran a one-paragraph mention about a new lighting controls trade show and conference being launched, called NYControLED. The preliminary date is November 14th, 2023, to be held at Metropolitan Pavillion, in Manhattan, NYC. The show is being launched by IESNYC and DLFNY, which manages LEDucation. As of 4/9/23, no website nor [...]


Seven Smart Building Certifications

  The commercial real estate market is adopting smart building technologies and in many cases, wants third-party certifications to prove that they have done it well. Below are short summaries of seven smart building certification programs that are gaining traction. Certification name:               Living Building Challenge (LBC) Run by:                                  International Living Future Institute Description:  All [...]

Controls, Lighting Industry

Residential Smart Lighting Gaining Market Share

Both Forbes and the E-commerce site Houzz have recently published about the growing adoption of residential smart lighting. According to Houzz smart lighting grew from 14% of Houzz lighting purchases in 2021 to 17% in 2022. The March 31, 2023 Forbes article interviewed designers and found ever greater adoption rates. Designers around the country shared [...]


DLC Report Quantifies The Non-Energy Benefits Of Networked Lighting Controls

  In January, the Design Lights Consortium (DLC) published a new report about quantifying the non-energy benefits (NEB) of networked lighting controls (NLC). The most valued non-energy benefits varied by stakeholders, but included: extending the life of lighting equipment improved safety and security reduced maintenance improved light quality The top three takeaways of the report are: [...]


Towns In France Let The Citizens Control The Streetlights

A company named Photon Group created a mobile APP called, J’Ignite Ma Rue,” which enables citizens to control the streetlights in their neighborhood. Currently, eleven towns in France are allowing citizens to use the APP to control local streetlights. The primary benefits are saving energy by allowing citizens to turn down or off the lights [...]

Controls, Energy + Environment

First Smart Home Energy Management System (SHEMS) Receives ENERGY STAR Certification

On January 4th, 2023, the U.S. EPA announced the first Smart Home Energy Management System (SHEMS) to receive ENERGY STAR certification. Samsung SmartThings is the first platform to earn ENERGY STAR certification for a SHEMS. SmartThings creates smart home IoT control, integrated across any phone, any device, and any brand. With ENERGY STAR certification of [...]

Controls, Products + Technology

Product Monday: Mui Board Smart Home Control Panel

  Mui Board is a smart home system that allows you to control and manage your smart home devices through a single-touch interface. It has a sleek, minimalist design and can be mounted on a wall, making it a convenient and elegant way to interact with your smart home devices. The Mui Board supports a variety [...]

Awards, Controls

Zhaga Consortium Launches New Award Program For Smart City Sensors

The Zhaga Consortium is launching a new awards program, the global Zhaga Smart City Sensor Awards, to address the needs of many cities that have installed Zhaga-D4i certified streetlights. The awards encourage and recognize excellence in smart city sensors that can be installed on streetlights using the Zhaga Book 18 standard and are suitable for [...]


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