When EnOcean pioneered their trailblazing energy harvesting technology, the world of LED lighting was instantly and forever changed. Using sustainable energy from motion, light, and temperature to power their wireless sensors, the basis for digitized buildings, services, and processes in the Internet of Things (IoT) was formed. By partnering with industry innovators like GRE Alpha, EnOcean has made a monumental contribution toward achieving the full data potential of intelligent lighting control.
A recent 3-page spread in the EnOcean Alliance Journal (Japanese version) had GRE Alpha’s/ EnOcean joint technology powering solutions on full display. With an eye on advancing smart building/office lighting solutions, the spotlight was on GRE Alpha’s upcoming 6 channel output, dimming module, which uses EnOcean’s energy harvesting technology. A variation of GRE’s original 1 channel wireless dimmer, ENO-DIM-JP.
The new ENO-DIM-JP module is designed with 6 individual lighting segments opening worlds of new usage scenarios in intelligent building applications.
Source: GRE Alpha
With expanding ecology requirements and a wide variety of demands for the lighting environment (low current and high voltage), GRE Alpha has further leveraged EnOcean’s energy-harvesting technology and their own LED driver and dimming expertise in further partnerships with global CoB suppliers. Those efforts are speeding up the path to advances in tunable white lighting control solutions that highly flexible, maintenance-free, and easy to install.
Interestingly, the very same GRE/EnOcean technology that is doing so much to advance the lighting industry is also making inroads into non-lighting applications like wireless gate control and sanitizing spray systems. The EnOcean Alliance Journal 2020 JP spread featuring GRE Alpha lighting control technologies appears on pages 21,22 and 23. For more information about the upcoming 6 control dimming module or any GRE Alpha product, please visit the GRE enquiries page.
GRE Alpha Electronics, Ltd., a world leader in the design and manufacture of modular LED power supplies and accessories today announced a strategic partnership with Finland based CasambiTechnologies, the pioneer and market leader in wireless lighting controls and networks based on Bluetooth low energy.
Casambi’s embedded Bluetooth module is designed for integration with LED driver, lighting control systems and light fixtures. The new partnership will allow the expansion of GRE Alpha’s industry leading line of constant voltage BLE (Bluetooth low energy) dimming modules, featuring direct, peer-to-peer communication between nodes, ensuring instantaneous response to input from switches, sensors and mobile devices without the needs for hubs or a central controller.
GRE’s Executive Director, Richard Fong, pointed out that, “In this partnership, we have two pioneering solutions joining forces– GRE’s unique modular approach and Casambi’s early development of a Bluetooth low energy based lighting control system”.With GRE Alpha’s advanced LED dimming module and LED driver expertise and Casambi’s state-of-the-art Bluetooth wireless technology (2 million nodes installed worldwide), we are confident that our products can help OEM lighting companies and contractors quickly upgrade their lighting systems to smart connected lighting.”
Bluetooth low energy is now poised to become even more universal in the growth of electronics and Internet of Things (IoT). Casambi technology provides a mesh network where all the intelligence of the system is replicated in every node and creates a system with no single points of failure. This can be easily integrated into LED drivers, LED bulbs or LED modules, creating an optimal solution in terms of ease of installation and functionality with minimal additional hardware and deployment costs.
With their smart lighting modular technology and Casambi solution, GRE Alpha will be able to provide their customers with the benefits of the world’s most robust, cost-effective and future-proof wireless lighting control solution. This goes hand in hand with GRE’s pledge to provide exceptional, hassle-free user experience, high performance and scalability to enable best-in-class LED powering solutions for the widest possible variety of industry applications.
GRE Alpha® Electronics, Ltd. specializes in the design and manufacturing of 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 their dimming modules and drivers to be used either with existing systems of new setups.
For more information on Casambi-ready BLE dimming modules or any other GRE Alpha products and services or to speak with a service representative or set up a one-on-one appointment with a technical expert, visit https://grealpha.com/contact/
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Messe Frankfurt has decided jointly with its partners ZVEI and AVEH and the Trade Fair Advisory Council to resume its normal biannual schedule. They will hold the next Light + Building event from March 13 to 18, 2022.
The world's largest trade fair for lighting and building services, Light + Building presents the latest products in the fields of lighting, electrical engineering, home and building automation. It is known as the industry hotspot for architects, planners, electrical installers, retailers and the real estate sector from all over the world. For companies like GRE Alpha, it is easily the largest global event for the LED and solid-state lighting sectors.
In an email dated the 7th of May, the Light + Building team stated: "The health of all event participants, i.e. exhibitors and visitors, has the very highest priority for us. At the same time, we must take the earliest possible steps to ensure that all concerned incur no unnecessary costs. This was not an easy decision to take and we are now focusing all our efforts on ensuring that the next Light + Building in 2022 is a complete success."
GRE Alpha's Executive Director, Richard Fong was quick to respond: "Although we were looking forward to meeting our customers and presenting our newest innovations at the Light + Building Trade Fair, we support the postponement decision 100%. The health, safety and well-being of our employees, customers and partners has always been and will always be a number one priority for GRE Alpha."
2020 marked the 10th edition and 20th anniversary of the Light + Building Trade Fair. The theme of the fair was slated to be "Connecting, Pioneering, Fascinating." Here's hoping connected lighting and building services technology comes back just as strong as ever and Light + Building re-emerges as a beacon for the industry and a platform rich in the exchange of ideas.
Count on GRE Alpha to keep you posted with any further information on Light + Building. In the meantime, we are going all out to serve our valued customers through the pandemic and beyond -- and, as always, working behind the scenes to take our LED drivers and dimmers to the next level. Watch for news about GRE's SLD Dim 1X with digital filtering and the highest resolution to date.
From the entire team at GRE Alpha, stay well and stay safe!
Hong Kong – When the difficult decision to cancel LightFair 2020 was made, GRE Alpha supported it 100%. Against a backdrop of growing health concerns, there was no question about priorities. The show is now slated to take place in New York City in May 2021 with registration opening in early 2021. While supply chains have been signficantly impacted, it does not mean that the lighting industry has come to a halt.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, GRE Alpha has taken steps to ensure the well being of our employees is not compromised while also serving clients across critical industries. According to GRE's Executive Director, Richard Fong, "While GRE Alpha is laser focused on health and safety, we are simultaneously looking forward to the future and finding new ways to continue our LED driver development and helping our customers maintain sustainability through the crisis and beyond."
The logistics may be virtual, but GRE Alpha is most definitely open for business. In the spotlight today are two wireless LED smart powering solutions that are breaking boundaries in performance, flexibility, ease of installation and interoperability. These innovations in wireless diming have been made possible by GRE Alpha's work with leading partners in the LED lighting field.
GRE Alpha's 240 watt, constant voltage BLE Dimming Module enables hassle-free lighting control without compromise in performance. Utilizing the latest in Bluetooth mesh, the module features direct, peer-to-peer communication between nodes, ensuring instantaneous response to input from switches, sensors and mobile devices without the need for hubs or a central controller. GRE Alpha's BLD dimming module is part of the Xicalto's GalaXi ecosystem and runs on their GalaXi app, allowing quick and seamless installation and commissioning of lighting systems. This module is one of a series bringing new wireless design capabilities to:
GRE's EnOcean Wireless Constant Current LED Dimming Module (ENO-DIM-CC). This is a new version of GRE's cutting-edge ENO-DIM dimming module. While the original is constant voltage, the CC is constant current which fills a critical need when constant power supplies work best, like with high powered LEDs. Both are available in three regional power supply versions: 902MHz in North America, 928MHz in Japan, and 868MHz in Europe and China. With GRE Alpha's unparalleled LED dimming module and LED driver expertise and EnOcean's trailblazing wireless technology, trillions of IoT sensors can be powered and efficiently deployed. That will allow for quicker innovation and rapid adoption of IoT in smart lighting spaces, optimizing productivity, lowering costs and boosting the customer experience. Applications include:
Despite the postponement of trade shows like LightFair2020, GRE Alpha is determined to show their leadership in modular LED product development by providing virtual service and support with the same creativity and passion as always. GRE has a supply of legacy and new products available and ready to ship, including the LED dimming modules described above. The full line of GRE products and spec sheets are available online at https://grealpha.com/products and through their U.S. distributing partner Arrow Electronics at https://www.arrow.com/en/manufacturers/gre-alpha-electronics-ltd/view-all.
About GRE Alpha
GRE Alpha® Electronics, Ltd. specializes in the design and manufacture of 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 modular approach allows their dimming modules and drivers to be used either with existing systems or new setups.
For more information about GRE Alpha products or services, please visit the visit the GRE contact page. Their team of experts will bend over backwards to give you the support you deserve during this extrarodinary time.
Messe Frankfurt, the organizers of the Light + Building 2020 trade fair which was scheduled to take place at Messe Frankfurt’s exhibition space in Frankfurt am Main from March 8th to March 15th, has postponed the event due to the unexpected appearance of Covid-19 in Italy. The Light + Building 2020 trade fair is now slated to be held in Frankfurt am Main in mid-to-late September, though an exact date has not been specified.
In a press release published on February 24th, 2020, Messe Frankfurt lists several logistical challenges that lead to the decision to postpone the trade fair.
“The unexpected appearance of Covid-19 in Italy since last weekend demanded a new analysis of the situation in close cooperation with the public-health authorities of the City of Frankfurt. A multi-stage health check on guests from China has been called for, the implementation of which would be extremely challenging for Messe Frankfurt. Additionally, more and more travel restrictions are being put into place thus making it difficult for both visitors and exhibitors to attend the fair.”
GRE Alpha will post an update with new dates and times for the Light + Building 2020 trade fair when Messe Frankfurt makes them available.