Lighting control specialist Lutron Electronics has announced the  launch of its Vive wireless lighting controlsystem, created to make it easier than ever to bring energy-savings andcomfort into new and existing commercial buildings.

Lutron says Vive is easy to design, simple to install, and flexible, adapting to the changing needs of a building over time. 

It is a good match for all sizes of commercial office spaces, primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities with options that specifically suit the unique needs of each different space type, with scalable solutions that offer the right level of control to meet each tenant’s specific needs, says the maker.

The solution was triggered by the needs of European installers and commercial end-users, who need to install products quickly and efficiently due to tight time requirements – which if not met, can lead to a loss of revenue. In answer to this, Lutron claims the Vive system installs up to 70% faster than wired systems, reducing labour time and cost. 

Now in force EPC regulations also demand landlord’s premises meet a minimum energy standard, meaning retrofitted offices must be remodelled in the most efficient way possible. To help meet regulations, Vive offers a limited impact on buildings through the use of wireless technology.

For building owners and facilities managers, Luntron says Vive represents a flexible lighting control solution that easily transforms any building into a more versatile and productive environment.

Scalable components allow owners to start small with one room, and progress to full floors, full buildings, and even to a multi-building campus, all managed as a single system. 

David Ribbons, senior director of sales, Europe & Africa at Lutron says, “We are delighted to bring to market a solution that addresses the needs of our European customers on so many levels. The simplicity and speed of installation means Vive is perfect for retrofit and renovation of existing and listed buildings, and also meets regulations for new buildings.”

David continues, “We’re proud that Vive can improve building productivity from a maintenance point of view, while also minimising downtime and disruption to work for occupants. The fact that it can be used on any smartphone, tablet, or PC also makes it very intuitive and easy to use, and creates a more comfortable environment for occupiers all round.”

Design flexibility

Existing buildings, which account for billions of square metres of potential lighting retrofits, face significant challenges with lighting controls that require extensive new wiring, or are expensive and disruptive to the space. Vive is designed to offer a simple and scalable solution, allowing anything from area switching and presence detection, to individual wireless control of each fitting, all tied together with a wireless hub for central control and monitoring. Controls can be matched to a fixture package — switching, DALI, 0 –10V, in any combination – and the system can be expanded at any time, adding control options, new areas and upgrading software to add new features. By using BACnet protocol, it is also simple to connect with other building systems at the time of initial installation or when there is a decision to expand.

Components 

Vive leverages Lutron’s Clear Connect RF wireless technology. The Vive system components include load controllers, sensors, wireless remotes, and a wireless hub. Vive can integrate via BACnet with other building/energy management, HVAC, IT and audio-video systems. Lutron sensors employ patented XCT sensing technology which provides prevention of false-ons and false-offs, and recognises the difference between fine human motion and background noise.

Maximise productivity and building performance

Vive allows facilities managers and building owners to monitor, adjust and manage their system from any smart device, and quickly adjust lighting controls to accommodate building churn, improve occupant comfort and enhance energy efficiency. Vive Vue software also provides the ability to tie multiple Vive hubs together in one software interface. Built with the Vive wireless system, Vive Vue software delivers the intelligence necessary for today’s smart buildings and the IoT.  

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