Having an automated lighting system is no longer the expensive and daunting project that it used to be. Today, there are several wireless lighting solutions designed to put the magic of home automation into any home—and quite easily, too.
The latest is URC LED Lighting, a ZigBee-based wireless lighting control system that doesn’t need high voltage or even an electrician. (However, you will still need a pro, since the system is exclusive to authorized URC dealers and distributors.) Instead, everything in the system is tied into the TRF-GT1, a ZigBee controller that connects to your existing wireless network. That controller then works in conjunction with one (or both) of URC’s two bulbs.
The A19 Standard LED Bulb is built for existing lamps in the house, while the BR30 is a “high hat” lamp bulb better suited for kitchen and living room ceilings. Both boast energy savings, as well as a lamp life of up to 20 years with normal use. Of course, they also offer the types of features you’d expect from automated lighting, such as dimming capabilities, when connected to a Total Control or ccGEN2 installation. Both bulbs also offer options for lighting scenes and grouping, which can control up to 11 lamps with the touch of one button.
The company also plans to add the newly announced Vivido two-way designer RF lighting solutions to the lineup in the coming weeks.
“Now, with two completely new lines of lighting from URC, dealers have more options than ever before to satisfy customers’ needs, moods, and interests,” says Cat Toomey, director of marketing at URC. “And both of these come on the heels of our new Lutron Caseta two-way driver released in December.”
The URC LED Lighting system is shipping now.