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Control Issues Breakthrough technology empowers homeowners with just the flip of a switch Imagine being able to offer your clients an advanced and eco-friendly lighting solution that complements any lifestyle and provides cost and energy savings, as well as flexibility and a really cool technology. With the recently launched whole-house lighting control system from Verve Living Systems, it’s not only possible, it’s desirable. Welcome to the future of home lighting control. By the way, you read correctly, living systems, not lighting systems. Masco Corp. added this new brand to its already solid stable of offerings this past June, when it was unveiled at PCBC (formerly the Pacific Coast Builders Conference). It was showcased more recently at West Coast Green. The idea is that this revolutionary technology will provide a way to make life better for its users—to improve living (hence the name). And who’s not on board with making life a little better—and a little easier—for their clients? Verve supports the way people live, whether having an intimate dinner, hosting a party for friends, helping kids with homework, relaxing with a cup of coffee or watching a movie with the family. From whole-house dimming and pathway lighting to creating lighted “scenes” throughout the house, Verve makes it possible for homeowners to personalize their control system to support and enhance their moods and activities. movement, light or changes in temperature rather than electricity or batteries. In other words, going back to the whole-house system, energy is gathered from the simple act of clicking a switch on or off—and then used to transmit a compact radio signal wirelessly at a remarkable speed across distances as great as 300 ft. In plainer language, light switches communicate with a central, 10-channel controller (which is hardwired to line voltage) via RF. The pièce de résistance is that the switches do not require any power. The protocol uses harvesting technology, in which the “power” is self-generated by the homeowner when they physically flip the switch. Pisarek said, “EnOcean has developed a truly groundbreaking technology that supports green building initiatives and will change the face of not only residential but commercial and industrial building construction for years to come.” WHAT THIS MEANS But all of the tech talk aside, what makes it a must-have system not just for homeowners but for professionals? Well, it’s flexible and convenient. Because they’re wireless and battery-less, the Verve switches are completely movable; unlike conventional switches, homeowners can easily change the switch locations to accommodate changes in their lives and homes, and designers can create spaces with maximum aesthetic appeal. No more visual chaos resulting from unsightly light switches! “The switches can be concealed,” said Pisarek, “and when it comes to kitchens, especially, where there is so much lighting and so many types, that’s a real plus. Instead of numerous switches and multiple switch points, you can gang more lights together on a single switch and place it inside the cabinet door or on the side of the cabinet out of view.” And just think, furniture and the like Continued on page 40 HOW IT WORKS OK, very cool but pretty typical of lighting control systems. So what makes this system really unique? “The new lighting control system combines energy-harvesting and radio-frequency technologies to offer wireless, battery-less lighting control that This lighting control system uses can offset builder costs while providing energy-harvesting, radio-frequency homeowners numerous lifestyle and enertechnology, making it both smart gy-savings benefits,” said Dianne Pisarek, and green. Moreover, it provides design flexibility: The switches can VP responsible for Verve Living Systems. be placed anywhere, even This patented technology, developed on tile and glass. by EnOcean GmbH, a spin-off of Siemens Corp., is a breakthrough in energy-harvesting, radio-frequency (RF) science: The self-powered, maintenancefree, wireless control system is powered through energy drawn from 38 + K BB November July 2004 2008 / www.kbbonline.com / The Official Sponsor of K/BIS www.kbis.com http://www.kbbonline.com http://www.kbis.com

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K+BB - November 2008
Contents
Online Contents
Online News
Feedback
Products
Trends
Special Green Section
Editorial/Green Intro
California Greenin'
Buying Green
Serious About Green
Natural Selection
Q&A
Control Issues
Green on a Budget
Airing Out
Earthly Wonder
Under the Influence
Cover Story: Under the Influence: An Asian-Inspired Kitchen with Green Appeal
Green Products
Ad Index
Editorial Index
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