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Bluetooth Lighting Control Recognized for Innovation
The new Bluetooth to 0-10V SmartBridge from Fulham Co., Inc., a supplier of lighting components and electronics for commercial and specialty applications, has been recognized as the 2019 Product of the Year in Lighting Control Equipment by Electrical Construction & Maintenance magazine. By installing the new Bluetooth SmartBridge controller, wireless Bluetooth access and control can be added to remotely manage and monitor any 0-10V dimmable LED luminaire.
The Bluetooth to 0-10V SmartBridge offers a simple and easy-to-install means of adding Bluetooth mesh support to installed 0-10V LED drivers. By adding Bluetooth mesh support, multiple LED controllers can be incorporated into a wireless network to manage the building’s lighting infrastructure.
Since the Bluetooth SmartBridge is compliant with the specifications for SIG Qualified Bluetooth mesh it can support two-way data communications, so the SmartBridge can be used to remotely commission LED drivers and update firmware, as well as monitor and control luminaires from any Bluetooth-enabled device. Fulham has just released its own iOS- and Android-compatible mobile apps to provide Bluetooth lighting controls from a smartphone or tablet.
“We are delighted that EC&M selected our Bluetooth SmartBridge as lighting control product of the year,” said Russ Sharer, Vice President of Global Marketing and Business Development for Fulham. “Bluetooth mesh is rapidly gaining acceptance for building automation, and LED drivers offer the ideal skeleton to create a Bluetooth mesh ecosystem. While many commercial buildings are being retrofitted with Bluetooth-ready LED drivers, we also recognized the market need for a transitional product like our Bluetooth SmartBridge to extend the value of installed drivers. At Fulham, we understand that innovation is not only developing next-generation technology, but providing customer with interim solutions to help them prepare for the future.”
The Bluetooth SmartBridge is being offered in two configurations. Fulham’s Model CTBRCB02JM02 Bluetooth SmartBridge provides wireless on/off and 0-10V dimming controls for a transmission range up to 50 meters/160 feet at 2.4GHz. The Bluetooth SmartBridge has 120 to 277VAC input, as well as a sensor input for motion controls and daylight harvesting. Fulham’s Model CTBRCB03JM03-PC offers additional functionality, including power metering and color tuning. Both units are designed for indoor or outdoor use at operating temperatures from -40 degrees to 140 degrees (Fahrenheit) and come with Fulham’s five-year warranty.