The Latest and Greatest
What's new from the leaders in home control and media distribution?
By Joe Paone
Automation, control and networking companies have been busy introducing new products over the last few months. To wit:
Lighting and shade control. Some lighting control vendors are looking to appeal to consumers with existing homes by employing wireless technologies. CentraLite's new RF-based StarLite Wireless Lighting Control System, for example, can handle up to 96 devices, 288 buttons, 512 dimming levels, 50 timed events and 100 scenes. Crestron's new wallmount CLW-DIM1RF infiNET wireless mesh network dimmers are another example of this trend.
Lutron introduced a redesigned, color-changeable dimmer for its RadioRA Home Dimming System. A new adaptive dimming module enables its HomeWorks lighting control system to control any dimmable lighting load by automatically detecting load type and adjusting dimming output characteristics, and stabilizes light levels by monitoring power quality in real time.
Lutron is also beefing up its shade control offerings. A modified power panel for its Sivoia Quiet Electronic Drive (QED) roller shade system allows it to communicate with its HomeWorks lighting control systems. Lutron offers Roman and natural woven shades for Sivoia QED via a deal with Castec. It also said Stewart Filmscreen's Model A Electricscreen retractable video projection screen soon will operate silently thanks to Sivoia QED.
Crestron's new wallmount iLux CLS-C6 provides integrated zoned lighting, shade and drape control for up to six lighting zones and six groups of shades.
Whole-house A/V distribution. Elan Home Systems is working closely with audio manufacturer Sunfire and soon will deliver "mid-market home theater products" in addition to its new line of TheaterPoint speakers, which it says marks its entry into the home theater arena. Elan's XM-R3 Triple Satellite Audio Receiver, plug-and-play compatible with its touchpanels and keypads, delivers three XM channels simultaneously. Elan also debuted two new D Series multiroom digital power amplifiers that feature ultra-slim chassis.