Lighting the Future
That new look has a lot to do with why Control4 is introducing such an expansive lineup all at once. “The world is changing around us with regard to lighting,” Stephenson says. “There’s incredible growth of LEDs, and we knew we needed to have a product line that addresses that properly, and addresses it intelligently, in one product. That’s why the Adaptive Phase Dimmer was at the center of the entire design process.”
And for Control4 dealers like Shawn P. Lemay, president of Sound & Theater in Williamsville, N.Y., the Adaptive Phase Dimmer is going to be the go-to product in the new lineup.
“Going forward, unless I know I need more than 600 watts at a location, the Adaptive Phase Dimmer is the only dimmer we’re specifying. Because I can’t tell you how many times customers have put incandescent bulbs in and a year later decided to put LED or CFL lights in. And of course forward-phase doesn’t like that. So that’s going to be huge. It’s going to make supporting our lighting installations a lot easier, especially down the road, when incandescent bulbs are harder to come by.”
“But,” says Control4’s Stephenson, “we couldn’t just roll out the new dimmer by itself, because it doesn’t look anything like the other products. So a big overhaul was in the works, obviously, and it’s fortunate that we were at a place as a company where we could put a team of 15 people to work on the project for 18 months.”
In those 18 months, Stephenson and his team put a lot of thought not just into the nuts and bolts and the overall aesthetic, but little touches as well. Like perfecting the custom engraving process—not merely for the keypads, but for the dimmers and switches, too. “I’ve lived in houses for five years and still walked up to a bank of four-gang switches and thought, which one is which?” he says.
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