Winter Games Go Green with LED Dimmers from ILLUMRA


Winter Games

Orem, UT, April 2010 – ILLUMRA, the leader in wireless battery-free controls, announced that their new LED dimmers reduced energy consumption up to 75 percent on light poles installed for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games. The ILLUMRA LED dimmers were installed on outdoor LED light poles along a pathway between venues at the Winter Games. LED street lamps use about 25 percent less energy than conventional metal halide fixtures (source: TIME). ILLUMRA dimmers dramatically improve this savings. This breakthrough technology may be seen at the upcoming LIGHTFAIR trade show in Las Vegas (EnOcean/ILLUMRA booth #2027).

Wireless LED Dimmer“LED dimmers are a great way to save energy,” said Jan Finlinson, director at ILLUMRA. “By reducing the output of the lights when no one is on the pathway, customers achieve significant energy savings while maintaining a level of security, ambiance and convenience for venue attendees.”

Each pole is equipped with a light sensor, LED lights, motion sensors and ILLUMRA wireless LED dimmers. The equipment keeps the lights dim when no one is on the pathway, and turns the LEDs to full brightness when pedestrians are near. Wireless signals share pedestrian occupancy status among the network of light poles.

The system works by sensing motion along the pathway, allowing the network of dimmers to adjust their light levels based on the movement. When no motion is detected, the lights dim, consuming 75% less energy.

“The immediate energy savings and long term life cycle cost of LED lighting make it a compelling solution for energy efficiency,” states Dr. Bernell Stone, energy analyst and Silver professor of finance at Brigham Young University. “Energy management technology like that offered by ILLUMRA accelerates the payback period for LEDs, making this innovation a powerful contributor to energy efficiency.”

The wireless dimmers from ILLUMRA provide ultra smooth LED dimming with industry-leading performance of 65,000 dimming steps, thus eliminating the flickering at low light levels that other LED dimmers exhibit. The units can dim up to 5-ampere loads of either 12V or 24V LED lights.

ILLUMRA is the largest North American supplier of self-powered, battery-free, wireless lighting control and energy management systems, and a member of the EnOcean Alliance. All ILLUMRA products operate using the EnOcean protocol: the standard for low-power wireless communication. Transmitters harvest the energy they require from the motion of a switch, light on a solar cell, or from temperature differentials. This allows them to operate indefinitely without the use of batteries. The ILLUMRA product line includes multiple products that operate in the uncrowded 315 MHz band, offering greater transmission range than other wireless technologies and minimal competitive traffic. Products are sold via dealers and OEM partners throughout the world. For more information about ILLUMRA and its products, please visit, or call (801) 349-1200.