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Crestron New Wireless Dimmers Promote High Energy Saving

While LED lighting and lighting system may prove very viable solutions to energy saving issues in commercial building as well as residences, they miss out a thing - dedicated control wiring. Wiring remains a huge challenge for lighting system adopter because not only it require substantial efforts and costs to install, it can also turn impossible for some building or resident structures. Trying to come up with an answer for the wiring issue, Crestron today introduces Cameo InfiNET EX CLW-DELV wireless dimmers which feature energy saving-LED technology and the latest infiNET EX wireless technology for reliable wireless performance.

Retaining some typical traits of Cameo dimmer lineup such as compact footprint and versatile button configurations, CLW-DELV wireless dimmers offers a better energy management with electronic low voltage fixtures which is on par with halogen, incandescent, or LED light in terms of energy saving. In fact, the CLW-DELV wireless dimmers are a step ahead thanks to the ambient light sensor feature. It will come in three different voltage options for both residential and commercial use: 120, 230V, and 277V. However, only 120V and 277V will be available at launch while 230V variant will enter the market at a later time on April.

From all of the dimmers lineup of Crestron, Cameo wireless in-wall dimmers is among the most popular ones for applications in both residential and commercial setups. They are well-known especially for their extra light weight and small design, which of course relates to their electronic transformer nature, and the new CLW-DELV wireless dimmers are no exception. Not only is that, these wireless dimmers also fitted with customizable buttons as other Cameo dimmers do. With the customizable buttons, users can easily configure the keypad control to support two to eight buttons. What's more, the blank buttons offers greater flexibility to allocate different applications. Compared to previous models such as INET-CBD, it actually now comes with four different sizes of button caps for easier fit in various physical layouts. But if any can set the new CLW-DELV wireless dimmers apart from the rest of Cameo family, it will be the latest infiNET EX wireless technology which ensures a more reliable 2-way RF communications throughout the area and support integration with Crestron control system via CEN-RFGW-EX wireless gateway unit which is sold separately. With the integration to Crestron control system, users can save hassle and use the Cameo Wireless Keypads to control all the wireless dimmers and switches within the same network.

Other interesting features of CLW-DELV wireless dimmers include ambient light sensor and auto-dimming backlight. The light sensor works to automatically adjust LED backlight and intensity accordingly to ambient light, further optimizing energy saving. On different note, the auto-dimming backlight lights up or down button text for better visibility under dark or too bright rooms. While these wireless dimmers certainly live up to your expectation in terms of functionality, they also impress in design department with up to twelve color and texture options which will seamlessly match any modern interior and decors.

Speaking generally, Crestron also highlights the growing popularity of wireless lighting controls and LED technology including the new CLW-DELV wireless dimmers because they promotes high energy saving than any lighting solutions. Mike Malone, Crestron VP of Commercial Lighting Controls explains that the CLW-DELV wireless dimmers will bridge the gap between wireless LED-based dimmers and traditional light solutions such as incandescent and halogen thanks to their energy saving nature and longer lifespan. In particular, the latest Cameo wireless dimmers are said to extend simplicity, flexibility, energy saving.

Simplicity

With less wiring, comes less hassle. One of the biggest problems with dedicated control wiring is the complexity of both installation and management. To control a switch, it takes around two wires so imagine how many wires are needed for the whole offices or even a building. Not that it is impossible but you certainly do not want such complex systems to begin with. Wireless system, on the other hand, is made of wireless dimmers, switches, and lights all connected in�mesh" architecture under single controller. As such, everything can be managed from either a centralized local or remote controller or web-based management tool. If you are building a new infrastructure, you can have custom presets configured at installation or customizable buttons for later applications like the ones existing in the new CLW-DELV wireless dimmers. Some wireless dimmers and switches can actually use remote control options, making it even easier to use.

Flexibility

If you do not have to put wires, then of course you do not have to make holes in the wall or ceiling for wires to get through. With this, you can also save cost and time for installing the whole wiring system, which often take less for wireless lighting system. Now, you can have all glass or concrete structures for rooms, or even the whole office. In terms of control, it is also more flexible because you can control multiple wireless dimmers and switches from one panel or have different panel to control the same dimmer or switch.

As mentioned before, traditional wiring system is not applicable in some building structures. You will need to build it from the scratch because it is impossible to retain the existing structures. This is where wireless dimmers and lights come in. In the first place, you can retain the old structures and save the whole lot money for system design and installation. Next, you can also practically put the wireless dimmers and switches anywhere in the room as you see fit. Adding more dimmers, lights, or switches is also highly possible and easy because it can be managed from the same management system or integrated with other automated system control.

Energy Saving

The basic idea of a dimmer is clear: the dimmer, the better. The same goes for wireless dimmers. A typical dimmer can be dimmed with various options of energy saving ranging from 10% to 40%. The energy saving plan is also customizable through different features inside or outside the wireless dimmers. Among them are timers and task tuning which will dim the lights based on the predefined schedule or presets. Or you can dim it manually with personal control. Other advanced option to maximize energy saving is occupancy sensors which will detect if there are occupants in the rooms or spaces and dim or turn on/off lights accordingly.

Similarly, wireless lighting system also allows better monitoring, analysis and thus management of energy usage when coupled with energy management software such as Fusion EM from Crestron. It enables users to set necessary actions or behavior of wireless dimmers or lights as response to different kind of occupancy scenarios in each and every room. This way, you can effectively arrange effective energy saving plan and strategies for optimum results.

(Date: 22 March 2013; Lidya)

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