Articles by: Russel Feldman

Lutron introduces Sunnata

COOPERSBURG, PA (November 1, 2021)Lutron Electronics today announced the release of Sunnatta. Featuring the first-ever line of wall controls with both light bar design and IoT (Internet of Things) connectivity, a new all-in-one processor powered by PoE (Power over Ethernet), and new simpler PC programming software and app-based editing features, this addition to the Homeworks platform will transform how home owners – experience home lighting control. Sunnatta offers new, beautiful, customizable controls that offer the smart home features homeowners want most, such as coming home to a well-lit house and transforming a room into a comfort zone with the touch of a button or a voice command.
With Homeworks Sunnatta, Lutron aim’s to set the new gold standard in connected home lighting control with system reliability, advanced technology and beautiful wall controls,” said Matt Swatsky, Vice-President, Residential Mid-Market Business at Lutron. “It’s a product installers and dealers can count on to wow clients and help them say ’yes’ to connected lighting control and automated shading.

Lutron Introduces the Palladiom Wire-Free Shading System

COOPERSBURG, PA (October 14, 2021) – Lutron Electronics, the trusted leader in architectural lighting controls and automated shading solutions, announces the launch of the Palladiom Wire-Free Shading System, a beautiful, sleek shade with a minimal profile, now completely wire-free, giving integrators the utmost in design and installation flexibility.

Lutron first introduced the Palladiom shade aesthetic in 2017 as a wired solution and the pinnacle of design and performance in Lutron’s automated shading portfolio.

Unlimited design flexibility
Eliminating the need for pre-wiring allows this versatile shade to be installed at any point in a project’s lifecycle—even after construction is complete. “Our goal is to provide our customers with flexible shading solutions that combine superior technology with the reliable performance that integrators have come to expect from Lutron,” said Sam Chambers, Vice-President. “The Palladiom Wire-Free Shading System combines that design-centric aesthetic with the simplicity of wire-free operation making it easier than ever to bring beautiful daylight control to any home at any time.”

Powerful technology with ultra-efficient battery management
The first of its kind, the Palladiom Wire-Free Shading System runs on Active Energy Optimization™, Lutron’s new patent-pending battery management architecture designed to optimize the delicate balance of efficiency and power density in traditional alkaline batteries to extend battery lifetime. This shading system uses no more than six D-cell batteries – 60% fewer batteries than other Lutron battery shades – while still maintaining an industry-leading battery life of three to five years.

“Maintaining the simple design of Palladiom shades with battery-powered architecture required many electronic and mechanical breakthroughs,” said Margaret Block, Product Manager at Lutron. “Our goal was simplicity in both design and function. This includes replaceable batteries that are completely concealed within the shade, but accessible when needed, an integrated RF antenna for wireless communication, and a remarkably efficient drive that can run longer on fewer batteries. These features minimize challenges for installers and designers alike.”

Slim silhouette with meticulous attention to design detail
The solution’s clean, minimal profile is designed to flex to match any décor, occupies no more than 3 ¼” of vertical space and covers windows up to 12 feet wide by 12 feet tall. Shade brackets are offered in seven hand-finished materials to complement a range of interiors, and were thoughtfully selected to coordinate with Palladiom wired shade hardware, keypads and thermostats for a unified aesthetic throughout the home. This shade also offers the exclusive Palladiom Bottom Rail, a streamlined hembar style designed to geometrically align with the shape of the bracket, and available in matching finishes.

Additional Features of the Palladiom Wire-Free Shading System include:
• Integrated by design – seamlessly integrates with Lutron HomeWorks systems to ensure a simple and reliable user experience
• App alerts notify users when shade batteries are low, and a simple bracket mechanism allows for quick battery changes without needing to remove the shade
• Whisper quiet movement down to 35 dBA
• Shades always maintain precise alignment to 1/8” using Lutron’s patented Intelligent Hembar Alignment feature
• Flexible mounting options accommodate new or existing windows effortlessly, with brackets designed specifically for wall, ceiling and jamb mount applications

To make specification effortless for dealers and specifiers, Lutron has developed installation training, product presentations and videos, fabric, finish and hembar samples, as well as a portable demonstration tool, all available this fall.

The Palladiom Wire-Free Shading System will be available to quote and order late Fall 2021.

Using Integrated Linear Lighting

Flexibility is the true beauty of todays integrated linear LED lighting. At Simply Wired PRO we have found hundreds of ways to use these flexible strips for adding a variety of color and balance to your lighting scheme. Here are a few for you to consider.

Linear Lighting Strips coffer endless design possibilities. A range of lighting effects, patterns and atmospheres is achievable using integrated linear lighting all over your home, complemented with floor, wall and spot lighting. It’s all about playing with shape, shadows and space to create the best effect possible.

What is integrated linear lighting?

If you’re coming to lighting design for the first time, you may wonder what integrated linear LED lighting is, and why it’s a home-lighting buzz phrase. These linear lights come in the form of a flexible LED strip. We tend to use them within a profile, to diffuse the light better and also to protect the strip from dust or water, depending on where it’s used. The light source can then be integrated and concealed within joinery or shelving.

Uses for integrated linear lighting

Linear lighting is used to increase light levels, to accent objects such as ornaments or books, to shed light on workspaces, and to offer appealing layers of light in a room. It can also be used outside, integrated within garden steps, patios, or walls for example.

Equally, integrated linear lighting can be used for dramatic designs, in linear suspension lighting, or vertically in walls to add originality to a hallway, perhaps, or to form a creative lighting fixture in an ultra-contemporary home. These versatile strips can be slotted into curved or linear profiles, and being small and discreet allows the designers great artistic freedom. Concealed linear LED lighting is also prevalent in sensitive traditional home lighting design, with only the light glow visible.


Linear lighting in shelving

Integrating linear lighting into shelving adds drama and depth to a room, with books or favorite ornaments highlighted from an apparently hidden light source. When lighting books, we recommend putting the light source at the front of the shelf to provide a general wash. For a more theatrical effect, we can put an object in silhouette by positioning the linear LED light at the back. As with all design, we can play with position, symmetry, asymmetry, abstract design and classic patterns.

Task lighting using integrated linear lighting

The obvious area for task lighting at home is kitchen work tops. LED linear lighting is brilliant for highlighting chopping and prep areas. Spotlights also work, but tend to provide pools or accents of light, where the strips can provide a more diffused light over a wider surface area, even using a continuous length of light above a worktop if preferred. The linear LED strip or profile can be integrated into suspended cupboards to provide this kitchen task lighting.

Other places in our homes where we do everyday tasks include make-up tables, workbenches, perhaps even a piano keyboard, which call all utilize linear lighting. We’re always adaptable and imaginative in our lighting design.

Feature lighting with linear lighting

Lighting a few key features around a room adds interest and balance to the atmosphere of the space. And linear lighting can be used everywhere: on stairs, in hallways, kitchens, living areas, studies, bathrooms, outside, and for all sorts of commercial spaces such as gyms, offices or restaurants. It can be used both to emphasize features, and to create general mood light.

Wash lighting with integrated linear light

Linear Lights offer a pleasing wash of light when integrated into architectural elements such as a ceiling cove. Where a downlight points the light downwards, an LED strip integrated to the cove provides soft and general wash to the ceiling.

Linear LED lighting can also be integrated in a shadow gap to wash the walls. For example, over feature panelling, curtains, a shower area, or a relaxation space.

Another popular use for linear LED strips is to integrate them on top of a piece of joinery to uplight the ceiling, filling dark corners with diffused light to add general brightness. This can be a simple surface-mounted linear lighting profile on top of cupboards or any tall piece of furniture.

Layers of light using linear lighting

In modern lighting design, we talk about layers of light. It’s a simple term, literally meaning lighting at different heights for different purposes to create a more interesting overall scheme. A current trend that looks great is low-level lighting. For example, in a kitchen we often add integrated linear lighting to the bottom of a kitchen island. This draws interest at floor level and makes what is often a bulky feature appear less heavy.

This low-level lighting is also effective around stairs, or outdoor steps. The linear LED strip can be integrated underneath a step, offering a pretty and practical brightness onto the step below. Or, at mid level, the linear LED strip could be integrated into a stair handrail. If using integrated linear lighting outside we recommend an LED strip with an IP rating of 65, which just means it’s protected from water.

Scene setting options with linear lighting

By working with different circuits, we can create alternative scene setting options within the same space, because, for example, a coffee morning requires a different light mood to a dinner party. Linear LED lighting can be dimmed to add to this flexibility. Mood settings can be pre-programmed and operated via remote devices, or adjusted manually, depending on what level and feel of light you’re after.

LED lighting color temperature

Color temperature is always important in lighting – literally the color of light can range from warm to cold. This is measured in kelvins. We work mainly with 2700 kelvin which is a warm light, but not too warm or too cold. It’s the Goldilocks of lighting temperature: just right!

But we also offer 2400 kelvin which is a bit warmer, and works well in living rooms, sitting areas and bedrooms, where a cosy atmosphere is required. Here integrated linear lighting in the right color temperature can be enhanced with decorative lighting such as table lamps, wall lamps, floor lamps and pendants.

Why use a lighting designer to plan your integrated linear lighting

As with any form of interior design, a specialist can take your design to a level you or your architect, electrician or interior designer may not even have considered. Because we do this every day, we know how to give your space a balanced and harmonious effect. We know the right lighting choices for the right places – and work with architects, joinery companies and kitchen manufacturers to integrate our LED lighting into your fixtures, furnishing and architecture.

It’s ideal if people come to us with a floor plan with furniture layouts so we can advise on lighting design by looking at where items in the room are positioned, including art and joinery. We also need to consider the materials used, particularly with integrated linear LED light fittings, to assess how each material reacts with the light. But chat to us at any time. Our lighting design is all about the individual room and client. Every project is different and bespoke.