How does it work?
Lutron Quantum is nothing without its processor that serves as the center of operations. In more technical terms, the processor is the primary point of control and communication for all integrated devices. The system can dim or switch electrical lighting while controlling daylight exposure with automated shades. It functions seamlessly with the help of power panels to provide remote capabilities that work with all common light sources. From incandescent to neon, all light sources and fixtures are compatible with Quantum to fit any aesthetic. Building managers will use primary controls which are the main devices that communicate demands to the integrated devices. Primary controls can vary between embedded wall units to mobile devices with the Quantum app. The integrated devices include sub-controls, sensors, control interfaces, and lighting loads that make up the structure of the system.
Sub-controls are accessories that create additional control locations for specialized functions. Each device has its own designated area with separate settings that will function independently in the system. Ballasts and drivers are the control points for fluorescent and LED lighting which is necessary for dimming functions. Sensors provide added convenience when integrated into the design. Wired or wireless, they can detect variables like occupancy or daylight and signal for lighting adjustments. Motorized shades easily control daylight at the touch of a button when paired with the Hyperion solar adapting shade software.
Quantum’s functionality lies in its software and programming system. It offers a variety of enhancements to simplify operations and increase comfort for occupants. Q-admin is the primary software that’s split into two functions: lights and shades. The software for lighting allows staff to manage the electrical and natural light within a room to maximize energy efficiency. The software for shades facilitates the management of motorized window treatments in the space to control natural light with the lighting software. Q-reporting creates detailed reports on lighting power and energy usage which building managers can reference for future lighting strategies. Green Glance, graphics plugin for Q software, essentially simplifies the data collected and displays them on an LCD display or computer monitor. This allows staff to easily understand energy operations in real-time or study trends over time for improvements.
All functions can be controlled and monitored on a centralized unit based on device or preference. Q-control+ allows remote control and programming access from any mobile Apple device. Personna PC is another control software that supports any device that can run a web browser. This is ideal for facilities with multiple managers that each need individual access to the system.
Management can take a step further with the custom floor plan software that provides a graphical user interface by simulating each area in the building. This function allows specialized lighting control based on location or activities when paired with Q-admin software. DALI emergency ballast management software directly monitors DALI emergency devices and activates preprogramming procedures during a crisis. If a facility uses third-party building management systems, BACnet software can be used to retrofit the existing system to work with Quantum.
Lutron Quantum has the range to accommodate a variety of needs for custom and retrofitted projects. One of the few systems that highlight the importance of compatibility for quality lighting and shade control. The foundation supports any light source and function with the technology to create a seamless experience. Complete control of flexibility and convenience makes Quantum a valuable tool in any industry.