Green Technology
Lutron’s Green Button Saves Energy
New feature makes it easy to dim lights even more.
The Green button is part of the Lutron HomeWorks lighting system.
November 24, 2008 by Steven Castle

I got a good look at Lutron’s energy-saving Green button at the Greenbuild showin Boston last week.

The Green button can be used with a wired or wireless Lutron HomeWorks lighting system, and enables lights to be dimmed to a preset degree. Say you have the lights on full in your media room and you want to dim them to be more energy efficient: Instead of pressing a button on a keypad until the light dims to the desired level, you just press a Green button that dims them automatically.

The amount the Green button dims the lights is determined by the homeowner and then programmed it the system by a certified installer.

But gee, you say, it seems like any other lighting “scene” that can be preprogrammed and enacted at the touch of a button. And it is, only the Green button will dim the lights from any scene by that preset amount. So if you have a button that dims the lights 50-percent, then press the Green button, those lights will dim some more. If you had the Green button set to dim by 10 percent, it will dim any scene 10-percent; if you had it set to dim 25-percent, it will dim any scenes 25-percent. Get it?

The Green button comes at no additional cost to a new HomeWorks system, though existing HomeWorks systems may need a software update to support it. You can also have a Green button in different rooms that dim lights to different levels.

For those who can’t swing a pricey HomeWorks system, Lutron’s has dimmers available with an eco-dimtechnology that automatically dims lights 15 percent.

Dimming a light 10-percent can save 10 percent in energy, and dimming to 25-percent can save 20-percent in electricity costs. Dimming also lengthens the lifespan of a light bulb.

Follow Electronic House on Facebook and Twitter.

Steven Castle - Contributing Writer
Steven Castle is Electronic House's managing editor. he has been writing about consumer electronics, homes and energy efficiency topics for two decades. He is also the co-founder of GreenTech Advocates.

FREE Charter Platinum Membership
Claim your FREE Charter Platinum Membership to EH Network and receive 6 FREE issues of EH Magazine.*
First Name
Last Name
Email Address

We understand your email address is private. By granting you access to the EH Network, you agree to receive email communications from us, including our newsletters. You can manage your subscription at any time in the future.
* The new EH Network launches and your free subscription begins December 2014.


Commenting is not available in this weblog entry.