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URC Reemphasizes
Lighting Control with
Next-Generation Features
LIGHTING IS NOT SOMETHING new to the New York-based
control and AV manufacturer URC.
Back in 2008 URC entered the lighting control category
via an alliance with Lutron using RF communication technologies.
Fast forward to 2021 and URC is reintroducing a full
line of lighting control solutions that use the state-of-the-art
Z-Wave platform with S2 security encryption.
Looking at what's gone on over the past decade-plus since
the company first entered the lighting category, Joe Spinelli,
director of product development, URC, explains the company
evaluated its lighting products and determined what it needed
to do to better ensure the
products' integration into its
Total Control platform.
" We examined the core foundation
of our control system
and how we can complement it
with lighting and expand how
the user interacts with Total
Control, " he points out.
" The line needed an update
URC Lighting's ecosystem
of dimmers and switches
offer installation ease,
according to the company,
and come in seven colors.
to be more current, so we
looked at what is the next step
for lighting and realized that
it is adding more functionality
to dimmers and switches for
whole-house controls of AV
gear and other equipment. "
One of the major focal
points of URC's latest product
line is ease-of-install for integrators and ease-of-use for
homeowners. URC developed dimmers and switchers that act
as scene controllers and load controllers.
Spinelli explains the dimmers don't require neutral wire
connections in existing home environments, and they support
a range of fixtures and bulb types that include LED, halogen,
incandescent and dimmable CFLs.
Other features built into the product line include LED bars
on the side of the paddle that help users to dial in the desired
color temperature for a room. These LED indicators also communicate
the status of other devices within the home.
Augmenting the capabilities of the LED indicators, the
brightness of the LED lightbar can be programmed to specific
levels. For example, Spinelli says, when a client is sensitive to
the amount of light the indicators are emitting in a dark room,
integrators can turn off the LEDs if necessary.
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Crestron Home Adds
Integrations with
Josh.ai, Somfy
CRESTRON DEALERS recently learned more good integration
news about Crestron Home, as the company announced
collaborations with Somfy and Josh.ai to facilitate
integration with their respective technologies.
Somfy and Crestron will help integrators more easily
control outdoor and indoor motorized solutions. With the
newly available Crestron Home driver for Somfy's TaHoma
Gateway interface, the companies say users can seamlessly
control the smart shading offerings.
Crestron Home can now control Somfy motors in pergolas
with motorized louvers or motorized screens. Combine
with other smart home solutions like lighting, music, and
more to create a vacation atmosphere for homeowners
without leaving the backyard, the companies note.
" This highly requested collaboration will make it simple
for integrators to incorporate Somfy motorized components
into the Crestron Home environment, " says Brittany
Mier y TerĂ¡n, partnership and custom integration channel
manager, Somfy. " By working together, we've made it easier
for Crestron Home integrators to automate rolling shutters,
pergolas, awnings, exterior screens, projection screens, and
solar shading that use Somfy motors. "
Meanwhile, Josh.ai has expanded its artificial intelligence
(A.I.) voice control platform through an update that supports
its integration into Crestron.
Thanks to a close engineering relationship between the
companies, Josh.ai was given exclusive development access
to expand its audio and video distribution capabilities to
Crestron Home systems. Crestron Home clients are now
able to enjoy intuitive control of their AV content using
natural voice commands, all without requiring a professional
installer to pre-program scenes or quick actions, according
to the companies.
The deployment of Crestron Home projects will follow
the same process that integrators have previously followed
with one addition. After connecting to the network, Josh.ai
automatically detects and requires the authorization of the
Crestron Home hub. A second authorization token is now
needed to support AV distribution, set by the installer.
After both authorization steps have been taken, Josh.ai
will begin auto-populating all compatible devices that have
already been programmed within Crestron Home's interface.
In addition to AV source distribution, Josh.ai natively works
with Crestron Home's lights, shades, thermostats, locks,
scenes, and quick actions.
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