Cree enters the wireless controls race

Cree is the latest manufacturer to enter the growing market for wireless lighting controls, with a new system on sale in the US and Canada.

The company, which has had success with its range of retrofit LED bulbs, joins the likes of Harvard, Organic Response and LiteIP in the field of wireless controls, while lighting giant Philips is also set to unveil a new wireless system at the Light + Building exhibition in a few weeks’ time.

The SmartCast system incorporates sensor-equpiped luminaires and a remote control handset. It aims to save energy, while minimising installation and setup time. It is compatible with Cree’s LED troffers, linear luminaires and KR series downlights.

The company’s executive VP for lighting, Norbert Hiller, says customers are often put off installing controls because of the cost and hassle, and that ‘the majority of those who have installed controls stop using them as intended after the first year because they’re difficult to maintain’.

Cree says its SmartCast luminaires ‘remove the initial and ongoing complexity associated with lighting controls, allowing customers to realise the full savings potential of lighting controls with benefits they’ve never had before’.