Lutron Lighting Controls in Green Life Smart Life Project
Lutron Electronics will be featuring its HomeWorks total home lighting control system in Green Life Smart Life, a green building showcase home in Rhode Island.
Lutron says that its lighting control system provides unprecedented flexibility, power and versatility in home lighting and streamlines connections with other home systems, such as security, whole-house audio and energy monitoring systems.
Lighting control is an integral factor in minimizing a home’s energy consumption, according to the manufacturer. By dimming an incandescent light by 15%, which is virtually unnoticeable, home owners can prolong the life of the bulb by four years and save 15% on electricity.
The Green Life Smart Life lighting control system will be programmed to include a high-end trim of 85% for every connected light in the house.
Lutron products can also help builders earn points in the NAHB National Green Building Program, using either the guidelines or the standard scoring tool.
Lutron says it was particularly well-suited to become the lighting control partner for this project because of its leadership in compatibility and control of the newest and most energy-efficient light fixtures and lamp types.
Control of LED-based lights is especially challenging because they are built quite differently from traditional light bulbs, and behave differently when dimmed or linked in groups, Lutron says.
With 70 recessed LED lights in the project — which were specified because of their Energy Star certification and their dimmable control from Lutron — the project saves 7,730 kilowatt hours over traditional 65-watt incandescent light bulbs and 791 kilowatt hours over today’s 26-watt compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), based on 1,000 hours of use.
The Lutron HomeWork system not only helps home owners reduce energy consumption by dimming the home’s lights, but also enables the users to create lighting scenes for specific events, such as a “party,” “movie time” or “all off.”
Activated by pressing designated buttons on the Lutron keyboard, or through the home automation platform, the Lutron system will turn lights on or off automatically, depending on the home owner’s preference, ensuring that only the essential lights are powered on.
Home owners can also press the system’s “green” button to reduce energy consumption.
For the Green Life Smart Life project, Lutron’s HomeWorks will be programmed to manage load-shedding of high-energy appliances such as the refrigerator and will shut the unit down from 1:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. daily.
Other automatic controls in the Lutron system include motion sensors, occupancy and vacancy sensors, magnetic door switches and a sensor that can be buried beneath the driveway for security and exterior lighting control.
More information on the Green Life Smart Life project and its sponsors is available at www.greenlifesmartlife.com.
Headquartered in Coopersburg, Pa., Lutron Electronics Co., Inc. is a member of the National Council of the Housing Industry — The Leading Suppliers of NAHB.
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