Following the launch of Lutron’s RA2 Select domestic solution, we find out why simple and personalised lighting control is achievable at the touch of a button.
RA2 Select is a whole-home lighting and shading control system designed to meet the needs of any residential property. The new system is configured by default and easily personalised by the homeowner. Recommended lighting and shading scenes are automatically created as each device is added to the system, improving speed of installation and ease of use.
The simple, fast and flexible system provides smart home capabilities, personalised control and added convenience for the homeowner. A free app allows users to monitor and adjust lights and blinds on their smart device wherever they are, offering complete control.
RA2 Select also seamlessly integrates with other smart home technologies bringing added simplicity to the smart home, including Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, The Google Assistant, Honeywell Wi-Fi Thermostats, Nest and Sonos.
“Modern technologies such as voice assistants, alongside our growing comfort using wireless products, have increased demand for fully integrated solutions,” says David Ribbons, Senior Director of Sales, Europe & Africa at Lutron.
“Early smart home devices were aimed at entertainment, but now control of comfort and environment are following closely behind. Lutron has served the luxury market for smart connected homes for 20 years and we’re excited to bring that same level of quality and reliability to a wider audience.”
David continues: “RA2 Select puts total control in the hands of the end-user – allowing them to manage and personalise their system in any way. This makes it an ideal solution for homeowners who want the benefits of a professionally installed smart home system, but also the flexibility and power to make their own changes via the app.”
The wireless system makes it ideal for retrofit applications and can save costs in new construction. The only wiring required for RA2 Select is the in-line dimmers and switches. The main repeater is simply plugged in to a wall socket for power and connected to the home network for integration. Auxiliary repeaters can be added to extend the range of the system for large homes.
All wall switches, dimmers and sensors are wireless and do not require any intrusive work. This means decorating can be finished before the wireless switches are fitted. For any existing switches, the wired switch is removed, existing cables terminated in the backbox and the Pico faceplate is installed in its place.
Setup of RA2 Select is as easy as downloading the Lutron RA2 Select app. The app is available in both Apple and Android app stores and you simply follow the steps in the app to add each device to the system, pick which room it goes in, give it a name and this innovative smart technology will automatically configure the programming. Personalising the scenes is simple and can be done any time by the installer or the homeowner.
RA2 Select lets the user control lighting and blinds on their smartphone or tablet using the RA2Select app. This means homeowners can control lights, blinds and temperature in the comfort of their home or from anywhere in the world – the office, the airport, the beach. The ‘All Off’ function can turn off all lights and close all the blinds with the press of a single button.
The Pico remote is a keypad that allows users to control the system anywhere in the home. It comes with an intuitive scene icon, which is fully customisable, so users can add personalised scenes to control multiple lights and blinds together at the touch of a button. For example, creating a ‘Movie’ scene that dims lights and lowers blinds as the movie begins, or a ‘Goodnight’ scene that turns off all lights and closes blinds before the user drifts off to sleep.
Lutron’s patented Clear Connect wireless technology sets the bar for reliability, which means the system can be trusted to work with precision and accuracy, free from interference with other frequency bands, every time it’s used. Wi-Fi does not affect the system’s performance – if there is an internet outage, only the app and Alexa will stop working.
WHAT OTHER FUNCTIONS DOES RA2 SELECT OFFER?
Schedule lights and blinds to adjust automatically at set times of day. The system tracks sunrise and sunset times based on location, so your outside lights turn on or off at the right time every day. Turn lights on to a soft level and slightly raise blinds every morning and close them during the night.
- Arriving/Leaving Home
This feature controls lights based on location and can turn lights off when the house is unoccupied and turn them back on when the occupants return.
- Smart Away
The ‘Smart Away’ feature randomly turns lights on and off during the evening when the home is unoccupied. This can be manually triggered in the app at your convenience or automatically triggered if the ‘Arriving/Leaving Home’ feature is turned on. ‘Smart Away’ can also be triggered using the Nest ‘Home/Away Assist’ feature.