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HAI adds integration with Lutron


Home Automation, Inc. (HAI) recently updated its firmware till version 3.1. The new firmware brings to the Omni and Lumina home control systems integration with Lutron HomeWorks. It provides wireless or wired sophisticated lighting and window shade control (using Lutron’s Sivoia Quiet Electronic Drive Roller Shades) with seamless integration in either new or existing homes.

The Lutron HomeWorks integration can be easily added to either the OmniPro II or the Lumina Pro home control system with a free firmware update for current registered users with flash-updatable controllers.

Wireless Lighting Control with JetStream


Recently I found an interesting wireless lighting control system which doesn’t need a separated controller. Its name is JetStream. It uses reliable mesh network ZigBee to communicate between devices. Here is a few main features of the system:

  • Up to 100 scenes
  • Up to 50 timed events (requires RS-232 or Ethernet Bridge)
  • 512 dimming levels
    • Preset dimming levels for each load
    • Every load is capable of dimming
    • Soft On/Off: 0 – 800 seconds each control
  • Simple installation and configuration
  • Intuitive PC configuration software accessible (requires USB Bridge)
  • Configuration is stored in each device. A backup file is also created on the PC during configuration.

The system includes two 3-button dimmers, three 1-button dimmers, one car remote and has four pre-programmed scenes Welcome, All on, Goodnight and Entertain. All of that is $700. Additionally tabletop 8-button keypads, lamp modules, IR receivers and USB/RS232/Ethernet bridge can be added. Also the JetStream can be easily integrated with JetPak security and HVAC control system.

Lutron Abella – dimmer with extended functions

Lutron Abella

Lutron Abella is not just a simple dimmer. Except possibility to set lighting level it offers another good feature. If the on/off button is pressing till the LED flashes and then releasing, the Abella dimmer gives you 30 seconds delay before your lights fade to off. It might be useful if you don’t have emote control but don’t want to go to bed in the dark. The Abella has buttons featuring a sleek, curved design that is comfortable on your fingertips. Built-in LED which moves as you change the light level, makes the lighting control more user friendly. Included power-failure memory will save your preferences even power will be down some time.

Play with flash demo of Abella dimmer from Lutron. You can see it in action.

Stylish dimmers from Leviton Acenti

Leviton Acenti Dimmer

Lighting control is one of the most important aspects of home automation. Its elements (switches, dimmers etc) should be not only good designed inside but they have to look nice and stylish. Dimmers from collection Acenti produced company Leviton can be a good example of that thesis. Highlight of control bar, indication of dimming level, memorization of last level and stylish design will help you feel comfortable in your home.

The Leviton Acenti dimmers is available on Smarthome site at price $39.99 in six colors: Natural, Driftwood, Onyx, Slate, Quartz, and Alabaster.

LED Dimmer by Lutron

LED Dimmer by Lutron

Lutron presented its new Vierti LED Dimmer. It allows to adjust lighting levels at the touch of a finger. The control element looks like a single vertical bar of light divided into two sections. The small bottom section can be pressed to turn the light on and off, while the long top section controls the light’s intensity. The Vierti looks clean and intuitive with LED lights which provide an interactive display visually indicated the light’s current setting.

Vierti is available with LED lights in blue, white and green with wall plates in a selection of finishes. So, it brings precise control and a wonderful technical style to your modern house.

[via Trendir]

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