Smart Control of Outdoor Lighting

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14.08.2020, 10:14

Smart Control of Outdoor Lighting

Lutron Electronics’ new Twist-Lock Radio Daylight Module brings intelligent control to outdoor lighting applications by interfacing with ANSI dimming receptacles on outdoor fixtures in parking lots, pathways and floodlights.


The module facilitates control of pole-style luminaires across a wide variety of manufacturers, in new or retrofit applications, and works with any 0-10V electronic LED driver to enhance outdoor fixtures with smart control enabling daylighting, scheduling and remote monitoring.



Simple plug-and-twist smart control  

The module can be easily specified into luminaires manufactured with standard ANSI 3-, 5-, or 7-pin C136.41 receptacles. Once installed, the built-in connections enable power to the device, daylight sensing, switching, and 0-10V dimming without any additional wiring, and with no need to install anything else within the fixture. When AC (120/277V) power is applied, the factory default daylight setting will turn the fixture OFF when there is sufficient daylight available, even before a fixture is added to a Limelight system.   


Eric Lind, Vice President of Global Specifications with Lutron, explains: “With this new, standard-interfaced device, Limelight is easier than ever to design and install. Designing a system is as simple as counting the number of fixtures in your parking lot or garage.


“Now you can bring the benefit of the Limelight control system to the lighting fixture of your choice, instantly making almost any pole-mounted luminaire smart.”


Lutron Enterprise Vue Software also enables connection of outdoor lighting to indoor systems to allow simple management of all the lights inside and outside a facility from one interface.


The Twist-Lock Module also simplifies retrofit – pole lights with traditional photocells, or a compatible socket without controls, can easily be upgraded to a networked control solution.  


Added Benefits for Facility Managers 

Limelight gives facility management teams the tools they need to maintain safe premises and minimize maintenance downtime by providing the ability to access and troubleshoot their systems in real time. The system also saves energy and supports dark-sky initiatives to make sure the lights are at the right level at the right time.

A networked, wireless lighting control solution for outdoor areas and industrial facilities, Limelight providing simple, app-based lighting management, enhanced facility safety, and energy savings. Limelight leverages a variety of control strategies to deliver the right amount of light where, and when, it is needed. For example, in a dark parking lot Limelight responds to occupancy by turning on groups of lights to provide a feeling a safety and security that is seamless to a pedestrian or driver.  

In the event a fixture loses power, or failure to perform as expected, the Limelight system instantly triggers an email alert to the facilities team. This ensures the issue can be fixed quickly to minimize downtime to the light, system disruption, and impact on the occupants.


The module helps intelligently reduce power consumption and measures its results. Limelight can email monthly energy-savings reports to the Facilities team to automatically help evaluate the effectiveness of their control plan.  


The Twist-Lock Module can now be specified and quoted on jobs. It will ship from 18 September 2020.





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