Fulham Joins CABA Together to Promote Intelligent Lighting as Part of Next Generation Building Management

CABA membership gives Fulham another conduit to advance global standards for smart lighting as part of building automation systems.

Hawthorne, CA, USA — Fulham Co., Inc., a leading supplier of lighting components and electronics for commercial and specialty applications, has joined the Continental Automated Building Association (CABA), a global not-for-profit group dedicated to the advancement of connected home and intelligent building technology. Fulham has been developing standalone intelligent lighting management systems to supplement the company’s comprehensive line of LED lighting products. Participating in CABA will give the company a voice in the development and application of open standards for building management, especially standards for intelligent lighting controls.

While actively developing its own lighting control, Fulham also recently expanded its lighting control offering with the acquisition of Control Network Solutions (CNS), including the elitedali™ smart lighting control and management system based on the Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI) lighting communications standard. Fulham recognizes a growing international demand for smart lightning solutions such as elitedali, which provides total control over LED fixtures including reducing input current, managing output to optimize LED longevity, adjusting lighting to dim at a constant level, and adjusting power output to accommodate different light sources. DALI is only one of the lighting and device control standards that are shaping intelligent lighting platforms.

“The future of lighting lies in standardized systems controls, and CABA membership gives Fulham an opportunity to listen to the voices of end users as we develop products for the next generation of intelligent lighting,” said Russ Sharer, Vice President of Global Marketing and Business Development for Fulham. “It also gives Fulham access to the latest building management initiatives as well as innovators who are shaping the future of building automation. Joining with CABA gives us a more active role in shaping standards for next-generation intelligent lighting and building technologies.”

Fulham also has been working with Tvilight, a Dutch technology company that develops sensors, wireless controls, and lighting management software to deliver programmable, wireless outdoor LED lighting systems. Using Fulham’s WorkHorse LED outdoor drivers with Tvilight’s real-time broadband mesh network applies an Internet of Things (IoT) approach to lighting control. Fulham’s outdoor LED drivers are fully integrated with SkyLite, Tvilight’s intelligent wireless control system, and also are compatible with CityManager, Tvilight’s cloud-based Smart City management platform.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Fulham into CABA as our latest representative in intelligent lighting,” said Ronald J. Zimmer, CABA President and CEO. “One of our most crucial functions is to educate industry stakeholders about the potential of connected buildings and the potential of interoperability as part of building controls. Lighting controls continue to be a major concern for many of our members and we anticipate Fulham will assume an important role in advancing the conversation around intelligent lighting.”

About Fulham
Fulham Co., Inc. is a leading global provider of intelligent, socially-conscious sustainable commercial lighting components, electronics and controls for use in commercial general lighting, parking structure, signage, horticultural, UV and other applications. The company develops and manufactures a variety of award-winning LED and emergency products, as well as legacy products across multiple lighting platforms and smart lighting controls. Fulham sells its lighting solutions worldwide through original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), certified resellers and electrical equipment distribution channels. Headquartered in Hawthorne, Calif., the company has sales and/or manufacturing facilities in the Netherlands, China, India, UK, and the UAE. For more information, visit http://www.fulham.com.

About CABA
The Continental Automated Building Association (CABA) is an international not-for-profit industry associations dedicated to the advancement of intelligent home and intelligent building technologies. The organization is supported by an international membership of over 350 organizations involved in the design, manufacture, installation, and retailing of products relating to home automation and building automation. Public organizations, including utilities and government also are members. CABA’s mandate includes providing its members with networking and market research opportunities, CABA also encourages the development of industry standards and protocols, and leads cross-industry initiatives. More information is available at http://www.caba.org.

Media Contact:
Andy Firchau
Marketing Manager
Fulham Co., Inc.
Phone: +1 (323) 779-2980, ext. 1252
afirchau@fulham.com
http://www.fulham.com

Fulham Acquires Control Network Solutions to Bring DALI® Control to Customers for Emerging Smart Lighting Products

CNS’s Smart Light Management Software and Technical Expertise Helps Fulham Meet Growing Demand for DALI-enabled Clever LED Drivers and Smart Lighting Controls.

Hawthorne, CA, USA — Fulham Co., Inc., a leading supplier of lighting components and electronics for commercial and specialty applications, today announced the acquisition of the assets of partner company Control Network Solutions (CNS), the UK-based creator of the elitedali™ smart lighting control and management system. This transaction continues Fulham’s strategic European expansion.

Fulham has been developing its relationship with CNS for over a year and utilizing CNS’s elitedali to help its partners provide complete smart lighting control systems.

Based on the Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI) lighting communications standard, elitedali simplifies installation, commissioning, and control of lighting systems. Enhancing Building Management Systems (BMS) and Edge Control devices, elitedali provides total control over individual LED fixtures, including reducing input current, managing output to optimize useful life, adjusting lighting to dim at a constant level, and adjusting power output to accommodate different light sources.

With this acquisition, Fulham can now offer a DALI and web-based, convergent smart lighting solution to meet increased demand from customers worldwide. For Fulham customers in Europe and India, CNS’s smart lighting platform meets the immediate need for DALI-based lighting control solutions.

“We developed clever LED lighting components that are intelligent and programmable so luminaire manufacturers can customize solid-state lighting products in a customer-valued way. With the acquisition of CNS, we now have the remaining components needed to move from clever to smart lighting products – communications and control system software,” said Bob Howard-Anderson, Fulham CEO. “elitedali technology aligns with our vision of standards-based smart lighting controls and allows us to meet increasing customer demand for DALI-enabled lighting solutions based upon multi-vendor choice, flexibility and real-time device data for analytics, and effectively lays the foundation for the coming of smart lighting.”

Mike Welch, founder of CNS, will continue with Fulham as Vice President, Controls Business Development. In his new role, Welch will continue to support more than 40 elitedali resellers worldwide and help shape Fulham’s clever lighting strategy as well as new smart lighting products and solutions.

The elitedali solution is based on the Niagara® software framework from Tridium, an independent business entity of Honeywell International. Niagara is used by hundreds of OEMs and resellers to craft building, data center and smart city management systems.

“We are excited to be able to leverage Fulham’s global brand and resources to accelerate the market reach of elitedali,” said Welch. “Becoming a part of Fulham will allow us to provide better support for our growing Niagara Community Partners, enabling them to participate in larger lighting control projects.”

Fulham already incorporates DALI support into a variety of its LED driver products, including the programmable WorkHorse LED drivers and the company’s new Lumo series of European LED drivers. Fulham offers CNS partners direct access to DALI-compatible driver products through Fulham’s global network of distributors, and works with a network of OEM luminaire manufacturers that incorporate the company’s DALI drivers.

For more information about Fulham’s complete line of LED drivers, please visit http://www.fulham.com.

For more information on elitedali smart lighting controls, please visit http://www.elitedali.com.

About Fulham
Fulham Co., Inc. is a leading global provider of intelligent, socially-conscious sustainable commercial lighting components and electronics for use in commercial general lighting, parking structure, signage, horticultural, UV and other applications. The company develops and manufactures a variety of award-winning LED and emergency products, as well as legacy products across multiple lighting platforms. Fulham sells its lighting solutions worldwide through original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and electrical equipment distribution channels. Headquartered in Hawthorne, Calif., the company has sales and/or manufacturing facilities in the Netherlands, China, India and the UAE. For more information, visit http://www.fulham.com.

Media Contact:
Andy Firchau
Marketing Manager
Fulham Co., Inc.
Phone: +1 (323) 779-2980, ext. 1252
afirchau@fulham.com
http://www.fulham.com

Fulham Partners with Control Network Solutions to Deliver Smart Web-Enabled DALI® Programmable Lighting Solution

CNS’s elitedali™ IoT Smart Light Management Software Provides Total Control Over Fulham’s Intelligent Programmable WorkHorse LED Drivers.

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Hawthorne, CA, USA — Fulham Co., Inc., a leading supplier of lighting components and electronics for commercial and specialty applications, has partnered with Control Network Solutions (CNS), to deliver a smart lighting solution based on the Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI) intelligent lighting communications standard. Fulham’s new line of WorkHorse LED programmable dimming DALI drivers are designed to interoperate with CNS’s elitedali™ smart lighting control and management system to provide an extensible lighting system that is easy to install, commission, and control.

Combining Fulham’s programmable WorkHorse LED drivers with CNS’s elitedali management system applies an Internet of Things (IoT) approach to lighting control. The combination of Fulham’s drivers and CNS’s DALI software provides total control over LED fixtures, including reducing input current to adjust the lumen display, managing lights to optimize useful life, adjust lighting to ensure they dim at a constant level, and even adjusting power output to accommodate different light sources. For example, with LED efficiency improving at a rate of 7 to 9 percent every six months, using the same input power for newly installed light fixtures can result in uneven lighting with new fixtures appearing as much as 20 percent brighter. Intelligent LED drivers controlled by a DALI management system adjusts the power for even illumination.

“Fulham believes the future of lighting is in programmable drivers, and DALI is the industry’s only interoperable lighting control standard today,” said Russ Sharer, Vice President of Global Marketing for Fulham. “CNS takes it the next step by making the system easier to install, commission, and operate.”

The Fulham/CNS smart solution for DALI controlled lighting provides flicker-free dimming down to 10 percent with real-time access to all lighting device value data. The output current can be set in increments of 1mA, and the driver can be programmed without power. Fulham’s WorkHorse intelligent dimming drivers are available in 40W and 60W units in various sizes and all use Fulham’s SmartSet one-touch programming.

“We’ve worked with many driver and ballast companies, yet Fulham’s products seem to integrate faster and easier than any other products currently available,” said Mike Welch, CEO of Control Network Solutions. “They’re truly DALI “plug and play.’ They also have a great vision for the value that smart IoT-based control systems and intelligent drivers can offer customers.”

The CNS elitedali solution is based on Tridium’s Niagara® software framework for building IoT, smart, and web-enabled software applications. It enables any suitable Niagara building controls platform to discover, commission, and control directly networks of intelligent light fixtures that conform to the DALI (IEC 62386) open standard. Value intelligent light fixture data such as the operating status of the drivers, including hours of operation, average or peak temperature, power consumption, emergency light readiness, and more are seamlessly accessible via Niagara for local or remote monitoring, management, and analytics. For facilities managers, such solutions can dramatically reduce the down time and number of site support visits.

Fulham is offering CNS partners globally direct access to their DALI-compatible driver products through Fulham’s global network of distributors. Fulham also works with a network of luminaire manufacturers that incorporate the company’s DALI drivers.

“Together these new market disruptive partnerships enable us to collectively deliver world-class IoT smart lighting solutions to customers globally,” added Sharer.

The demand for such a solution was recently showcased at LIGHTFAIR International 2016, San Diego receiving extremely positive feedback. Furthermore, the unique Fulham and CNS lighting control solution will also be discussed and demonstrated at the upcoming Niagara Summit – the industry event for all Niagara system developers, programmers and integrators.

For more information about Fulham’s complete line of LED drivers, please visit http://www.fulham.com.

For more information on CNS and elitedali smart lighting controls, please visit http://www.elitedali.com.

For more information on the Niagara Summit, please visit https://www.niagarasummit.com.

About Fulham
Fulham Co., Inc. is a leading global provider of intelligent, sustainable commercial lighting components and electronics for use in commercial general lighting, parking structure, signage, horticultural, UV and other applications. The company develops and manufactures a variety of award-winning LED and emergency products, as well as legacy products across multiple lighting platforms. Fulham sells its lighting solutions worldwide through original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and electrical equipment distribution channels. Headquartered in Hawthorne, Calif., the company has sales and/or manufacturing facilities in the U.K., China, India, and the UAE. For more information, visit http://www.fulham.com.

About CNS
CNS is the creator of smart, IoT, market disruptive, building and lighting control solutions. A transformational company, CNS is based 45 minutes southwest of London, England.

Its solutions are deployed world-wide, with more than 100,000 DALI intelligent light fixtures commissioned, controlled, visualized, and analyzed in greater than 1,000,000 sq mtrs of built environment from state of the art medical facilities to factories, offices, warehouses, and more. For more information, please visit http://www.control-network-solutions.co.uk.

Media Contact:
Andy Firchau
Marketing Manager
Fulham Co., Inc.
Phone: +1 (323) 779-2980, ext. 1252
afirchau@fulham.com
http://www.fulham.com