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Lutron Adds Audio, Thermostat To Wireless Lighting Controls

9/09/2009 09:00:00 AM Eastern

CEDIA Expo 2009 Atlanta
- Lutron is launching two new wireless-RF lighting-control systems that
incorporate such improvements as wireless control of thermostats and basic home-AV
system functions from their wireless in-wall keypads.

LutronThe upgraded versions are the HomeWorks QS Wireless and the
RadioRA2. Controlled audio functions include on/off, volume up/down, and mute.

Both systems get the company's new Clear Connect wireless RF
technology for improved reliability. Both systems also get new
energy-management features, such as occupancy sensors to turn off lights when
no one is around. Both also add daylight sensors to automatically balance light
output with interior daylight.

To those features, the HomeWorks adds dimming of fluorescent and
LED lights, energy-use tracking via a display screen, and solar adaptive
shading, which calculates the best position for a motorized window treatments
and shades  based on time of day and a window's
location.

Like before, both systems wirelessly control compatible motorized
window treatments and shades.

A HomeWorks QS system can connect up to 1,500 devices and
includes dimmers, switches, keypads, sensors, and shades. RadioRA2 connects up
to 200 devices and features a wireless handheld Pico keypad that can also be
used as a wall-mounted or tabletop keypad.