GRE Alpha was once again featured in the Japanese edition of the EnOcean Alliance Journal.
As a proud EnOcean partner, we’re honored to have our products featured, and our contributions to wireless lighting solutions.
Wireless Continues to Attract Attention
The surge in component prices and imbalances in supply and demand have underscored the need for innovative solutions that not only address cost concerns but also enhance the overall efficiency of lighting installations. Wireless lighting control systems emerge as a strategic response to these challenges, presenting a viable alternative that goes beyond mere cost-cutting measures.
By eliminating the constraints associated with traditional wired lighting setups, these systems open up new possibilities for streamlined processes and improved resource allocation.
One of the primary advantages of embracing wireless technology in lighting systems lies in the substantial reduction of wiring materials and the simplification of the installation process. With the advent of wireless control systems, the need for extensive wiring is mitigated, resulting in a more cost-effective and time-efficient solution.
The transition to wireless not only addresses economic concerns but also aligns with the broader trends of technological advancement and convenience. Wireless lighting systems offer unprecedented flexibility in terms of placement and control, allowing for a more adaptable and responsive lighting environment. This adaptability is especially pertinent in the context of the modern social environment, where dynamic workspaces, smart homes, and evolving user preferences necessitate a lighting infrastructure that can keep pace with the demands of contemporary living.
GRE Alpha’s Featured Product: ENO-DIM-JP
GRE Alpha's dimming modules serve as a pivotal solution for users seeking to enhance the responsiveness and adaptability of their lighting systems by transitioning from traditional wired setups to cutting-edge wireless EnOcean systems.
This transition not only caters to the demand for quick and efficient responses in dynamic environments but also addresses the evolving needs of users who prioritize flexibility and seamless integration.
The dimming module featured in the article, the ENO-DIM-JP, uses EnOcean-certified Energy Harvesting Wireless Switches and provides smooth, flicker-free dimming of lighting fixtures.
The entire ENO-DIM series also complies with the latest EnOcean protocols, with support frequencies for North American 902MHz, Japan 928MHz, and Europe & China 868MHz.
To the Future
As is the case with all of our partnerships, GRE Alpha is proud of our partnership with EnOcean. We’re happy to be featured in their journal, and we look forward to partnering on more innovative lighting solutions.
You can find more information on GRE Alpha EnOcean-capable products here.
Technology has revolutionized LED lighting systems, providing precise control over color temperature and opening new opportunities for customization and efficiency.
For example, Bluetooth technology is a game-changer when controlling LED lighting systems — lighting designers can manipulate several aspects of lighting performance to enhance a space.
One such aspect involves controlling color temperature.
For some spaces, you’ll want to be able to control the ambiance—cool lighting for some instances and warm lighting for others.
Let’s review color temperature basics and how to use Bluetooth technology to manage this important LED lighting feature.
Color temperature refers to the color appearance of light emitted by a light source, typically measured in Kelvin (K) units on a scale of 1,000 to 10,000.
The best way to understand color temperature is to look at examples with the Kelvin Scale.
The Kelvin scale categorizes light sources based on their color temperature. It ranges from lower values representing warmer and more yellowish light to higher values indicating cooler and bluer light. Here's a breakdown of the Kelvin scale:
Warm White (2000K-3000K): Light in this range has a warm, cozy, and inviting appearance, resembling the soft glow of candlelight or traditional incandescent bulbs. Warm white lighting is often used in residential areas or relaxed commercial settings such as hotel lobbies.
Cool White (3100K-4500K): Cool white light is bright and crisp, with a slightly bluish tint. It is often used in task-oriented spaces like offices, kitchens, and workshops, as it promotes focus and alertness.
Daylight (4500K or higher): Daylight white light resembles the natural daylight color, which is cool and blueish. It is commonly used in areas where color accuracy and visibility are critical, such as art studios, retail displays, and medical facilities.
Understanding color temperature is essential for creating the right ambiance and achieving specific lighting goals.
Color tuning, also known as tunable lighting or dynamic lighting, allows users to have precise control over the color temperature and intensity of the light emitted by their fixtures.
Unlike traditional lighting systems that offer fixed lighting options, color tuning systems enable you to adjust the color of your lighting from warm and cozy tones to cool and invigorating hues, providing a highly adaptable and dynamic lighting solution.
There are three common types of color tuning:
For LEDs, dim-to-warm tuning replicates incandescent bulbs' soft, soothing transition as they darken.
As the intensity of the lighting lowers, it gradually shifts from a cooler, more energizing color temperature to a warmer, comforting glow. This mimics natural sunlight at different times of the day, enhancing the ambiance and creating a cozy atmosphere as the evening progresses.
Warmer tuning is ideal for setting the perfect mood for relaxation, reading, or setting the scene for a romantic meal.
White color tuning expands on the concept of color temperature adjustment by offering a spectrum of white light shades. With white color tuning, you can fine-tune your lighting to create the ideal environment for various activities and tasks.
Are you looking for bright, energizing light for a productive workday? Adjust your lights to a cooler white. What about a warm and inviting atmosphere for a guest space? Dial in a warmer white.
The ability to switch between various shades of white light makes white color tuning incredibly versatile and suitable for many different applications—both residential and commercial.
Full-color tuning takes lighting customization to a new level, allowing you to venture beyond white light.
With full-color tuning, you can select from a vast palette of colors, enabling you to transform your space with vibrant, dynamic lighting. Whether you’re hosting a themed event or setting the stage for a creative project, full-color tuning grants users complete creative freedom.
This feature is often employed in entertainment venues, hospitality settings, and architectural lighting designs to shape the ambiance and experience.
Bluetooth lighting systems and BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) dimming modules have emerged as powerful tools to enhance the lighting experience. These systems offer a seamless and customizable way to control lighting, providing many benefits.
So, what are these benefits? Why should you take advantage of Bluetooth for color temperature control?
Bluetooth lighting systems allow you to create and save customized lighting scenes for different occasions.
Consider retail use cases as an example. The ideal color temperature varies depending on the brand, atmosphere, location, and time of day. It is common for sellers to choose lighting within the 2700 K to 4000 K range. A storefront may require different temperatures based on the time of day. Merchants can also control individual fixtures independently, allowing users to adjust lighting by department. Adjustable lighting is also advantageous for developers who can showcase a space based on tenant needs.
Lighting consumes a substantial portion of a building's energy, often taking up to a quarter of the operating budget. Smart lighting offers significant energy cost reductions for firms and enhances commercial building sustainability.
Energy-efficient LEDs are only a part of the equation. Automatic occupancy and daylight sensors cut costs by adjusting lighting to demand and dimming when natural light is ample, helping businesses save energy and money while reducing their carbon footprint. BLE dimming modules control a luminaire’s output, reducing energy consumption by dimming lights when full brightness is unnecessary.
Designers can easily incorporate Bluetooth lighting systems and dimming modules into IoT systems. Utilizing the latest in Bluetooth mesh, dimming modules that feature direct, peer-to-peer communication between nodes ensure an instantaneous response to input from switches, sensors, and mobile devices without the need for hubs or a central controller.
For example, you can set up automation rules so lights adjust automatically when a door is unlocked, when motion is detected in a room, or when the sun sets. This integration enhances security and convenience, helping create the ideal intelligent building environment.
If you want to add Bluetooth control and dimming, you’ll need the right dimming module. Consider the Casambi-enabled dimming module from GRE Alpha. This constant voltage LED module is designed for seamless integration. Installers effortlessly connect with Casambi-enabled luminaires, sensors, and wall-mounted or wireless switches.
Other features of this BLE dimming module include:
Our Casambi-ready BLE Wireless Control Modules allow designers maximum lighting performance. At the same time, end users reap the benefits of Bluetooth lighting through energy savings and convenient lighting control.
GRE Alpha is at the forefront as Bluetooth lighting technology usage grows and the need for innovation increases. Our commitment to innovation produces cutting-edge, high-quality LED lighting solutions, dimming modules, Bluetooth-enabled drivers, and much more.
Discover more innovative GRE Alpha products, from LED drivers to dimming modules, in our latest catalog.
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GRE Alpha, a leading provider of LED driver and control products, is seeking manufacturers’ representative agencies to represent, promote, and sell their products throughout the USA and Canada. As a well-established brand with a new and exciting product roadmap, GRE Alpha is looking for highly skilled rep agencies to help grow their LED driver company.
"We are looking for reps who have extensive knowledge of the LED Lighting industry, preferably with LED Drivers and related products, with strong customer network/connections," said Richard Araujo, North America Business Development Manager at GRE Alpha.
GRE Alpha's product lines include unique outdoor/indoor LED drivers, LED dimming modules, and controls with various control technologies: 0-10V, DALI, DMX, Casambi BLE, Tuya Wifi/BLE, Xicato BLE, Zigbee, EnOcean, AC phase dimming.
The target market and customers for GRE Alpha's products are in the commercial and industrial LED lighting market/OEMs and distributors in North America. Commission rates range from 5% to 20%.
"We are confident that our products will be a great addition to any manufacturers’ representative agency's portfolio," said Araujo. "We are looking forward to working with the right partners to help us expand our reach and grow our business."
GRE Alpha is looking for national or regional agencies in all North American regions. If you are interested in representing GRE Alpha's products, please contact Rick Araujo: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About GRE Alpha
GRE Alpha® Electronics, Ltd. specializes in designing and manufacturing solid-state lighting power supplies and lighting control accessories, which are the lifeblood of indoor and outdoor LED lighting systems. Their superior performance products are the power behind LED lighting systems. GRE's unique modular approach allows its dimming modules and drivers to be used in new or existing installations.
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The advent of LED technology modernized the lighting industry.
With LEDs offering many advantages, such as lower costs and a longer lifespan, companies and consumers have quickly switched. The global LED driver market is expected to grow 24.7%, bringing the industry total to 6.6 billion (USD).
Despite disruptions in the supply chain, manufacturers of LED drivers are bumping up their capacity to meet increased demand for LED drivers and power sources.
The leading factors contributing to LED technology adoption are the desire for cost savings, the need to meet government regulations, and good corporate citizenship. Other seminal factors include the increasing installation of IoT systems and the movement to adopt universal protocols for lighting control technologies. The commercial and consumer preference for more sophisticated IoT systems shows no signs of slowing—the motivation for the LED lighting industry to innovate new products and increase production is considerable.
Lighting designers choose between Constant current (CC) and constant voltage (CV). Each has advantages, and purchases of both LED drivers will continue to flourish.
Both CC and CV LED drivers play an essential role in lighting design. Our partners at Arrow Electronics explain that while LEDs are constant current devices, designers have other factors to consider when selecting LED drivers.
GRE Alpha believes in choosing the proper power supply based on the application. We manufacture constant voltage, constant current, and dual-mode LED drivers to meet our customers' needs. We love CV LED drivers for signage and other applications that rely on vibrant or contrasting colors. Some projects, such as the Chongqing International Bike Centre use a combination of devices.
That said, constant current power sources are selected more frequently. Vantage Market Research forecasts that the constant current LED Driver category will account for more than 66% of total sales by 2028.
Constant current LED Drivers are prized for their versatility. They excel at powering commercial LED lighting and smart IoT devices and offer better control than their constant voltage counterparts, making them ideal for high-power applications./
Some advantages include:
The lighting industry is ever-evolving, with new technological advancements introduced regularly.
Constant current LED drivers have been no exception to this trend, as manufacturers continue to create innovative solutions to suit the market's changing needs. These advancements have also resulted in a broader range of options being available for businesses and consumers to choose from, including advances in smart lighting.
With numerous advantages, these constant current drivers are growing in popularity, and they will continue playing a crucial role in the lighting industry for years. Demand will continue to rise as manufacturers innovate and expand their product lines.
GRE Alpha is proud to continue providing innovative products—including our constant current drivers. Follow us on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/gre-alpha/ to keep up with more industry trends, or check out our resources section to learn more about selecting the right LED driver.
Do you struggle to calculate DC maximum load and wire sizes for your LED power transmission? Dealing with complex calculations can be a hassle, especially in the midst of a project. The GRE-Alpha website features an easy-to-use load-wiring calculator that can simplify your life. GRE Alpha’s resource section has a tool for people who want to determine the approximate wire gauge/size based on the length of the wire (in Meters or Feet) and the current (in Amps)
Our calculator helps you determine:
It is all based on science—we show our formulas right on the page. For more detail, the EEP - Electrical Engineering Portal does a great job of explaining how the calculations work. Some manufacturers even provide their own load-wiring calculators specific to their products, so be sure to do your research and find a load-wiring calculator that works for your specific needs.
Tips for using a load-wiring calculator
Simplifying complex calculations can save you both time and money in the long run while also ensuring that your project is safe and efficient. To learn more about load wiring calculators, read our article on the subject or try the calculator and see how it can simplify your life!