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Bluetooth Mesh lighting controls launched

OEMs and contractors have bi-directional wireless control options and apps for lighting retrofits and new installations

Bluetooth mesh networking supports applications for building automation and smart cities
Bluetooth mesh networking supports applications for building automation and smart cities

Intelligent lighting provider Fulham is introducing a new line of Bluetooth mesh lighting control systems and software to provide wireless luminaire control and monitoring at the Lightfair event in Chicago this week.


Fulham plans to demonstrate its new Bluetooth mesh connected LED driver, Bluetooth Bridge, and a new Bluetooth commissioning app for Apple’s iOS platform.


“The industry has been anticipating sensor-enabled standards-based, wireless lighting controls, but with Bluetooth mesh customers can get two-way lighting communications now,” said Russ Sharer, vice president of global marketing for Fulham.


“Bluetooth mesh provides superior lighting control – it’s a recognised standard meaning vendors can develop interoperable products, it provides for reliable operation, the technology scales appropriately for lighting systems, and all of us carry mobile phones fully capable of being commissioning devices. Rather than promise IoT in the future, Bluetooth delivers it today.”


The first in Fulham’s new family of Bluetooth mesh LED drivers is a 40W programmable constant current driver that comes with an intelligent wireless Bluetooth dongle and provides two-way wireless communications to commission, operate, monitor, and analyse LED luminaires and lighting installations. It claims to be is the first wireless LED driver to provide bidirectional communications and since it is SIG-qualified it can be used to control third-party Bluetooth sensors and switches.


The wireless Bluetooth mesh driver is ideal for mid-life luminaire retrofits, allowing customers to upgrade luminaires with energy-saving LEDs today while ensuring those luminaires can accommodate Bluetooth wireless control in the future.


Bluetooth mesh networking also supports many-to-many communications for applications such as building automation and smart cities, so using Bluetooth mesh for lighting controls makes it possible to connect hundreds or thousands of luminaire sensors. It makes it possible to consolidate luminaires and other devices into one, centrally managed infrastructure, laying the foundation building management and even outdoor systems management using the IoT.


“Smart lighting systems will be built on accepted open communications standards such as Bluetooth mesh, and with the introduction of our Bluetooth mesh family of drivers we are providing a new set of adaptable controls that empower our OEM and installer customers,” said Alvaro Garcia, product director for LED emergency and advanced research and development for Fulham.


“These programmable drivers are Bluetooth-ready, so customers can build in wireless control from the outset to future-proof their installations, or they can add Bluetooth communications later. Delivering these mesh-enabled drivers is a major step toward enabling open lighting controls, as well as laying the foundation for IoT infrastructure management.”


Fulham also will introduce the new 0-10V to Bluetooth Bridge that can upgrade any 0-10V luminaire to support Bluetooth mesh. To support the new Bluetooth mesh family of products, Fulham is offering a lighting commissioning app. Currently available for iPhones, iPads, and other iOS-compatible devices, the app can be used to issue instructions to programme any Bluetooth mesh-connected luminaire.


Fulham’s Bluetooth mesh products will be demonstrated at Lightfair International, which runs in Chicago 8-10 May.


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