Lutron has released the Sivoia QS battery-powered cellular shades at a significant price reduction from previous products in this category.
Three versions are available: a non-system version, controlled by an infrared remote, priced at $299; a non-system version controlled by Lutron’s Pico wireless remote control, priced at $324; and the Sivoia QS system version, which is compatible with HomeWorks QS, RadioRA 2, and GRAFIK Eye QS, for a base price of $424. Prices will vary depending on size—with a maximum of 82 inches by 82 inches—and fabric.
The shades use hybrid-drive design and efficient standby power dubbed Triathlon Battery Life Technology to extend life to three years. Standard D batteries power them.
“The three-year battery life assumes two ups and downs per day on an average residential-sized window,” says David Weinstein, vice president of residential sales. The battery also uses less power in standby, he adds.
The patent-pending battery technology, along with the attractive price point, are the two most significant components of this product introduction, and it showcases Lutron’s commitment to a broader consumer base. “This addresses a much larger mid market versus what I would call the ultra high-end market of many of Lutron’s other products,” Weinstein says.
There are three styles available as well: single-cell light filtering, allowing daylight to filter in even when shades are down, available in sheer, woven, and crush fabrics; double-cell light filtering, allowing some light filtering inside, saving energy with an insulating, double-cell design; and a single-cell blackout version, blocking light from entering and saving energy with an aluminum lining.
Lutron’s Finire’ LED recessed lights ensure compatibility between dimmers, drivers, and fixtures. Finire’ addresses common issues of LEDs—including quality of light and color concerns—by combining Lutron’s technology to create light output with different color temperatures, comparable to incandescent bulbs and CFLs.
Users can choose between a 15-watt or 18-watt LED with equivalent light output of 60 watts to 90 watts incandescent lighting. Other features include infrequent lamp changes and flexibility with field interchangeable light module, driver, and beam spreads.
Lutron has added a co-branded Honeywell touchscreen thermostat called TouchPRO to its temperature controls line. The thermostat coordinates with Lutron systems to control lights, shades and stand-by power from small appliances.
The Honeywell thermostat works alongside Lutron’s RadioRA 2 systems and HomeWorks QS while operating on Lutron’s Clear Connect wireless, RF technology. Temperature sensing and HVAC connections are included on the surface-mounted unit.