Crestron Zum Offers Professional Wireless Lighting for Homes, Businesses
Crestron's Zum (pronounced Zoom) is the automation company's attempt at creating a lighting management system aimed at being "easy, fast, and affordable."
Following a successful line of hardwired lighting systems, this is Crestron's dramatic entrance into the world of wireless systems. Their approach is designed around a building block, giving integrators the option of adding new blocks as customers expand. Component blocks include sensors, dimmers, switches among other home automation essentials.
A single Zum Controller can support as many as 32 devices, giving each device a range of 150 feet. This can be expanded to 2.25 million sq ft using a mesh network. Zum is controlled by a system controlled by a wall dimmer, keypad, or mobile app to remove interface boxes and exposed antenna hanging from ceilings.
Crestron notes that setup is frictionless and "building-wide control is just as easy as a standalone system" because it uses the same hardware.
“Setting up standalone lighting control in any space is as easy as “pair and play,” said Even Ackmann, Technology Manager, Lighting at Crestron. “With just a few taps, everything just works. Zūm devices are self-aware and communicate with each other to provide intelligent wireless lighting control without any programming or commissioning.”
Zum offers four different Load Controllers, that let all the devices talk to each other. This includes wireless wall box dimmer and keypads; battery-powered keypads, which allows placement anywhere – even on glass or brick; occupancy sensors for automation and data collection, and a daylight sensor.
A network bridge snaps onto the load controller to enable remote Bluetooth setup from the app. It also enables remote management, including time clock scheduling, room usage data collection, and the ability to control the lights remotely.