Lutron Vive Commercial Lighting Control Solution is Easy to Install and Simple to Manage

Every year, thousands of buildings are built or retrofitted. Every one of these spaces can benefit from lighting control that saves energy, improves comfort, and enhances productivity.

Vive from Lutron is a simple, flexible and scalable lighting control solution that can help the facility manager, owner, tenant, contractor, maintenance personnel and other personnel to reap these benefits. The system is comprised of a full family of wireless devices that can be tied together to enable centralized control, monitoring and system integration.

From conference rooms to entire buildings, Lutron Vive gives users complete lighting control.
From conference rooms to entire buildings, Lutron Vive gives users complete lighting control.

Vive can help buildings meet stringent energy codes, improve building performance, and do so on budget and on schedule. Wireless controls allow you to design options that provide the right functionality for each space in your building.

Vive is simple enough to deliver basic energy savings and robust enough to apply additional lighting control strategies such as time-clock scheduling, energy and system monitoring, demand response, load shed, and seamless integration to BMS via BACNet with software that works on any smart device.

Vive lets you combine lighting control strategies to maximize efficiency such as occupancy/vacancy sensing, daylight harvesting, scheduling, demand response, plug load control, high-end trim, personal dimming control and even HVAC integration.

Vive is a wireless, scalable product. Not have to hardwire each device makes for faster and less expensive installation costs.
Vive is a wireless, scalable product. Not having to hardwire each device makes for faster and less expensive installation costs.

When launching the brand in 2016, Eric Lind, vice president of global specifications, said, “To a building owner or facility manager, Vive represents a scalable, flexible lighting control solution that easily transforms a building one step at a time, or as space needs change, and helps address energy-saving issues. To contractors, Vive represents a reliable, simple, time-saving product that’s versatile enough to control all light sources in any size commercial building. This product addresses the needs of customers on many levels.”

Built around a wireless hub, the Vive system allows you to add components and control as needed.
Built around a wireless hub, the Vive system allows you to add components and control as needed.

Traditional installations can be labor intensive and complex to set up.

Vive, on the other hand, is simple. Wireless control can be installed as much as 70 percent faster than traditional wired lighting controlled solutions. This reduces labor costs and minimizes disruption among workers and those utilizing the space.

In addition, Vive helps meet lighting control code requirements for new construction and retrofits such as for ASHRAE 2010, ASHRE 2013, IECC 2022, IECC 2015, and Title 24-2016.

Wireless installs

Lutron utilizes its Clear Connect® Wireless technology to establish communications with lighting and building controls at a range of 71 ft (22M).

Clear Connect operates on the 435 MHz band wave, while many other wireless technologies operate on the more traditional 2.4 gigahertz band wave. This 2.4 GHz band wave is much more frequently used, and this congestion could create problems that could cause a failure–which might be okay when streaming a movie, but lighting a commercial building is another story.

Lutron chose 435 MHZ band wave because it is less busy; in fact, the FCC puts limitations on the amount of traffic that can operate over this wavelength. The limit makes it a much quieter band, and so the messages are able to get through more reliably.

For the actual installation process, Vive offers wallbox mounting, ceiling mounts, and Vive-enabled fixtures on a standard junction box.

Wallbox mounting allows contractors to replace an existing switch in a standard wallbox to control a group of lights, and it requires no new wiring. For the ceiling mount, PowPak modules mount on a standard junction box in the ceiling to control groups of lights. It saves installation time by eliminating wiring down through walls. Vive-enabled fixtures have wireless control and sensing built into the fixture. No additional wiring is required.

For example, if a contractor or MRO is replacing a switch in a restroom where there is currently a toggle switch on the wall, the installer takes out that toggle switch and puts in either a wireless switch or a dimmer into that location without any new wiring. Simply commission the switch by holding the remote’s button down for several seconds.

Vive is also easy to commission, which is a good thing if the installer and the person starting to use the controls are not one in the same. The person doesn’t have to climb on a ladder to find the load controllers, the Pico remote controllers can find nearby devices based on RF signal strength. Simply holding the button down for a few seconds does the trick.

XCT Sensing Technology

Another strength of the system is its sensing technology. Standard PIR sensors are good at detecting major motion like a person walking; however, they have difficulty detecting less obvious movements.

That is where the Lutron XCT technology comes into play. This “Cross Correlation Technology,” as the company calls it, can take measurements utilizing passive infrared sensors and sophisticated algorithms to distinguish the difference between background noise and actual motion. By fine tuning these waves, the sensor can go beyond simple major movement such as someone pacing the floor, to notice when someone is doing more passive actions such as working at a desk or reading a report and keep the lamps lit.

So, Vive can control that one office fixture or it can also be tied into building management systems. A simple ethernet port ties Vive to other building systems. The BACnet/IP protocol is the primary means of integration. BACnet is embedded or native in the Vive wireless hub, which means no external interfaces or gateways are required to communicate with other systems.

For instance, Vive can be tied into a buildings’ heating, ventilation and air conditioning system and utilize its occupancy/vacancy sensors to heat and cool individual rooms, floors or whole buildings. While some buildings have already begun integrating HVAC control into their building SOPs, in the future this capability might be required by code.

Getting the right bulb

While Vive offers many features and benefits, to

Find the Right LED Lamp for Your Vive Wireless Solution Ensure your lamps and dimmers are compatible with the Lutron LED Compatibility Tool. Check Compatibility For...
Find the Right LED Lamp for Your Vive Wireless Solution. Ensure your lamps and dimmers are compatible with the Lutron LED Compatibility Tool.

light a room or bigger space, it must have the appropriate lamp and controllers for the job. The good news is that Lutron has developed a selector to make the search easier.  

Select the LAMP AND LIGHTING CONTROL to fit your application or contact your Steiner lighting  application specialist for assistance.

For more information on Lutron Vive wireless solutions or LED compatibility, call 1-800-STEINER (783-4637) to speak with a Steiner lighting application engineer.

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