Determining the best smart lights and lighting components is by no means and easy task. But each year, the judging committee and Electronic House magazine selects from numerous submissions entered by many manufacturers the top products and systems for your home. The judges consider innovation, uniqueness, and practical benefits to end users when choosing the winners of categories including audio, video, home control and automation, home theater, smart lighting, and home security. In this, our second announcement of our Products of the Year, (see here, here, and here for other winning smart home products) we present the best smart lighting products of 2017. We will reveal the winners of the remaining categories in the weeks ahead, so be sure to visit electronichouse.com often.
Fixtures, LED Bulbs, Fiber Optic
WINNER: Impact Lighting Inc. LUMI Mini Downlight
Developed by Impact Lighting Inc., the 2-inch-diameter LUMI Mini LED Downlight is designed for use in high quality architectural, commercial and home applications. It can be powered through CAT5 Cable with RJ45 connector or through direct connection to a 12VDC power supply.
The industry standard RJ45 power connector offers ease of installation. The fixture is dimmable and controllable, and uses just 3 watts for remarkable energy efficiency. for home integration companies. Modular design for expandability. Dimmable and controllable. Low wattage for energy efficiency…only 3 Watts each!
Optional Color Temperature
Choice of Housing Color
Dimmable or Non-Dimmable
Choice of RJ45 or Low Voltage Wire Connection
Available pre-wired in acoustical panels with or without fiber optic stars
WINNER: Vantage Controls InFusion Universal Dimming Module (UDM)
The InFusion Universal Dimming Module (UDM) is a component of Vantage Control’s lighting control system. It features a plug-and-play design that eliminates the need for field wiring to the UDM. The module locking mechanisms allow for easy in-field installation, service, and replacement. It can be mounted in a main or secondary power enclosure and supports control of up to eight dimmable, forward and reverse phase type loads with up to four line feeds supporting up to 32 amps of total load per module.
The UDM automatically detects load type, forward or reverse phase, providing exceptional support of the widest range of lighting source types and allowing lighting professionals to seamlessly integrate lighting without compromising performance. With current sensing built in, the UDM supports enhanced conditional programming in Vantage’s Design Center for increased support of energy management scenarios.
Vantage InFusion systems are fully compliant with California 2013 Title 24 requirements for both residential and non-residential buildings. Additionally, the UDM is UL, CUL, and CE listed.
Vantage Control’s InFusion Universal Dimming Module provides effective dimming control of multiple lighting sources. A key product for LED migration, the module provides exceptional support of the widest range of lighting source types.
Motorized Window Treatments
WINNER: MechoShade Home Systems MechoNet Wireless Daylight Sensor and Controller
The MechoNet Wireless Daylight Sensor and Controller keeps window shades up and lowers them automatically using a wireless, battery-free sensor to measure the amount of daylight coming through the windows. The shades can stop at customizable intermediate, full-up/down points to stop glare/heat. Moving a home’s shades fosters daylight harvesting, contributes to sustainability, and helps meet energy codes.
The small, easy to hide sensor allows for fast set-up and lowers costs due to the minimal installation effort required. The MechoNet system employs the EnOcean wireless communications technology platform, which ensures that other manufacturers providing EnOcean capable sensors and switches can work via the MechoNet Controller to move shades. So, for example, an occupancy sensor can also move the shades based on occupancy or vacancy of a room.
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