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LIGHTFAIR RECAP #3

Updated: Aug 12, 2019

To wrap up our series on Lightfair 2019, we'll talk about lighting controls.  A few new players showed up, a few left the controls side and several platforms really stepped up their game for this year's show.  A common theme with many manufacturers was - we do not offer our own controls, but we are happy to install your favorite controls in our fixtures.  This is probably a good step in direction of having the right people doing the right work with really good light fixtures and really good controls getting paired up in buildings.  There are a few larger companies that are really good at both, but only a few.

Taking a look at four of our notable controls lines, we have a couple improved and a couple new companies that really stood out for our retrofit world.

1. Eaton WaveLinx has grown tremendously in the last two years.  A bunch of added functionality and new devices that work with the system to make it a true technology backbone in the ceiling.  The open API will allow others to add even more to the system in the coming months.

2. Cree Smartcast and Audacy are now both owned by IDEAL Industries.  Both systems have some great advantages as simple to use and set up while providing robust functionality for the owner.  With BACNET integration in these systems, there is a lot that can be done to leverage the rich data collected by these systems while keeping it easy to operate for building occupants.

3. RAB Lightcloud is a new system to the scene and is also a very simple architecture.  With just 6 parts and software, you can build a great lighting control system that will not break the bank at installation.  

4. Sensorworx is a new company from the folks that brought you Sensorswitch years ago.  They have branched on their own again to make very solid controls devices for wired applications only today.  They will be adding wireless later this year.  They will be a company to watch closely in the next few years as they will no doubt introduce great innovative products for years to come.

With that, we wrap up our notes on Lightfair 2019.  Thanks for reading our first Lightfair recap and we'll look forward to covering for you again in 2020.  Let us know if you have any questions and have a great day!

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