We take a look at the benefits of the most common lighting control systems available in the market, which are compatible with our fittings.
Over the past decade LED technology has developed exponentially. We’re seeing new applications, new effects, smaller designs and punchier outputs. And this has given users and designers greater control over the quality and versatility of light in their projects.
To take full advantage of these developments we often need an effective controls system that allows the user to adapt the light to suit their various everyday tasks, especially during the dark winter months when we rely heavily on artificial light.
In an extract from the Telegraph, architect George Clarke commented: “there’s no doubt that our needs change as winter sets in and given light affects our mood so much it’s something you need to get right.” Lighting control systems will help adapt to these needs.
Newer systems now include wireless technology so that you can control your light with a smart device and cleanse your walls of the old fashioned switches.
Here are our top five lighting control systems to help you decide which to specify:
Casambi offers a wireless dimming control system via Bluetooth and works with most luminaires or pre-installed wall switches.
The system can be easily integrated into LED drivers, LED lamps or LED modules.
User interaction is via app on any smart device (phone, tablet, smartwatch) or via push buttons/wall switches and Casambi’s own scene controllers.
Casambi is compatible with our INF drivers used with Zep 1 and Zep 6 downlights, and it is small enough to fit through the ceiling cut-out.
However, this system is a premium solution and one module is required per light.
Rako is available as a wired or wireless dimming system and suitable for individual rooms and entire buildings. It is a rack-mounted system with control modules, control panels and cover plates.
It can integrate with the ‘Internet of Things’ and is controllable via an app.
The commissioning process is often stress-free; but if you do require assistance, the company offers excellent customer service support, and are UK based so if necessary they will visit site.
We would recommend our INF35018RTD driver for the Zep range.
Lutron control systems offer wired and wireless lighting solutions, which are suitable for individual rooms or entire buildings. They are usually available with cover plate interfaces.
Lutron are extremely reliable and are compatible with most of our fittings.
Vailight offer wired dimming solutions suited to residential and commercial buildings. They are available with plate switch-based interfaces.
The V-Pro module is an extremely reliable system and our top pick for simple TRIAC (mains) dimming.
Harvard offers two main systems: LeafNut and EyeNut.
The LeafNut system is a wireless control and monitoring system for outdoor applications, which includes street lighting.
EyeNut is more relevant to Ecoled fittings; it is a web-based wireless control, monitoring and management system for indoor lighting. Users have the freedom to commission, configure and completely control their lighting to maximise energy savings and reduce carbon emissions.
The system has a robust and secure ZigBee wireless mesh network that manages up to 500 EyeNut devices from a single wireless gateway.
EyeNut is suitable for new build or retrofit and it is an application that we will be looking to for future developments with our fittings.
- This is some of the most popular systems in the market, but is by no means the exhaustive list. If you would like to discuss control compatibility with us, or would like any further information, please get in touch with one of our light engineers at: https://www.ecoledlight.co.uk/contacts/