Lutron Offers New Commercial Building Wireless Lighting Controls

Lighting controls manufacturer Lutron Electronics has debuted a new 
wireless lighting controls system called Vive — aimed squarely at the 
nation’s commercial and educa-tional office space. <br><br>Vive, Lutron 
says, includes a family of simple and scalable solutions, ranging from 
sim-ple area switching and occupancy sensing to individual wireless 
control on each fixture, connected via wireless hub for central control 
and monitoring. Lutron Electronics

James R. Dukart

Lighting controls manufacturer Lutron Electronics has debuted a new wireless lighting controls system called Vive — aimed squarely at the nation’s commercial and educa-tional office space.

Vive, Lutron says, includes a family of simple and scalable solutions, ranging from sim-ple area switching and occupancy sensing to individual wireless control on each fixture, connected via wireless hub for central control and monitoring.

A key feature of Vive is its app-based software interoperability, designed to run on any smartphone, tablet or PC. The company claims Vive can be installed and operating up to 70 percent faster than wired systems, with minimal disruption to building occupants.

The system’s software also reduces maintenance time, by automatically locating the nearest sensors and controls on any device. Thus, energy management staff can monitor remotely from a centralized location — say, for instance, a facilities management office or building on a college campus — or take their smart phone or tablet into a specific building, office or classroom to adjust, troubleshoot or monitor controls in that particular space.

Vive integrates with existing BACnet-based building information systems as well as proprietary building-energy management, HVAC, IT and audio-visual systems. The Vive wireless hub provides centralized functionality including time-clock scheduling, demand response and energy reporting.

Vive sensors are designed to work with existing lamps, meaning retrofits can sometimes be done simply by installing the software and sensors, without the need for ladders, lifts and contractors to re-wire or install new fixtures. A further advantage is that Vive allows for on-the-fly lighting controls changes called for by building churn or space re-use such as a former office space becoming retail floorspace, with different lighting needs.

Vive became available for spec early in 2016 and will begin shipping in October 2016.


Photo courtesy of Lutron Electronics

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