Lutron Takes Lighting Controls Outdoors

Lutron Electronics, long known for indoor lighting controls (its founder
 invented the first dimmer switch, after all) has now entered the 
exterior lighting space, with a software offering called “Limelight by 
Lutron” aimed at parking lots, shopping mall parking ramps, factories, 
stadiums and fields with exterior lighting requirements. Lutron Electronics

James R. Dukart

Lutron Electronics, long known for indoor lighting controls (its founder invented the first dimmer switch, after all) has now entered the exterior lighting space, with a software offering called “Limelight by Lutron” aimed at parking lots, shopping mall parking ramps, factories, stadiums and fields with exterior lighting requirements.

Limelight’s universal wireless modules are designed to work with any LED fixture whether factory or field installed. The controls leverage occupancy sensing, daylight harvesting, event scheduling, and zoning and allow for automatic settings as well as manual override for time-of-day usage, weather-related demands or other extraneous circumstances, such as non-recurring events like concerts or re-scheduled outdoor games. Lutron says the system is designed to result in exterior lighting energy savings of at least 50%.

Limelight is a result of a recent partnership between Lutron and TwistHDM, which has been offering outdoor lighting controls since 2008.

“As a company devoted to simplifying the smart building and bringing IoT connectivity to more spaces, we recognized an opportunity for an outdoor solution that was simple to design and supported by our Enterprise Vue management software,” said Scott Hanna, Vice President, Commercial Systems and Communications at Lutron Electronics. “We chose to partner with TwistHDM because of their quality offerings, deep expertise and the strong alignment of their wireless platform with our existing software. The data available through Limelight by Lutron delivers an unparalleled experience for customers that have come to expect the usability and control of our interior offerings.”

In addition to remote control management, Limelight offers universal code compliance and a streamlined specification process. To specify Limelight by Lutron, lighting designers must simply identify the number of fixtures covered by the software. The system then provides facility managers with energy usage metrics and system alerts that enable more informed management of outdoor lighting. All data provided is compiled within Lutron’s Enterprise Vue software platform so that interior and exterior lighting can be controlled from one dashboard.

Limelight also decreases maintenance costs with email alert notifications, fault detection, and remote monitoring, Lutron says.


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