It's Never the Batteries: Challenges in Lighting Controls

Posted by Paul Rudalavage on Sep 21, 2020 10:36:50 AM

“It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” Here in the dog days of summer, I am reminded of that old phrase about humidity being the true source of discomfort, not the heat. I might sound a little lame talking about the weather, but since I got my first pair of bifocals this week at the age of 42, I think I’m allowed to crack an old man joke or two.


Let’s take that old phrase and apply it to lighting controls. “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity” turns into, “it’s not the batteries, it’s the [blank]”  

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Topics: Lighting Controls, Architectural Design Solutions, Electrical Wholesale Channel Solutions, Engineered Energy Solutions

A Light💡hearted Story For A Serious Lighting Partnership

Posted by Paul Rudalavage on Apr 22, 2020 8:33:20 PM

[based on a true story]

Almost a year ago today, Team Synergy was lacing up orange sneakers and putting Lego kits together ahead of Lightfair. Things are different today, but what hasn’t changed is our desire to tell a different story in lighting.

“You had me at hello.”

If you remember that line from the movie Jerry Maguire, that means you are pretty old - like me! After watching Jerry Maguire and Dorothy Boyd set aside their differences to live happily ever after, we all left the movie feeling satisfied. It’s the quintessential romantic story and the script flowed just the way we expected it to flow. It goes a little something like this: boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, there is an obstacle that seems impossible to overcome, but then they realize their love is more important than anything else. It is cheesy and predictable, but we always seem to come back for more of the same story.

You may not realize it, but in the lighting industry, that classic Hollywood plot has been playing out between two manufacturers for years – and the 'happily ever after' occurred just recently.

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Topics: Lighting Controls, Lighting, Cree, Lutron

Owner Training: Like Driving a Car Off the Lot

Posted by Paul Rudalavage on Oct 15, 2019 11:39:31 AM

Earlier this year, I trained a facilities department on a lighting control system they recently purchased.  We reviewed the system, I presented the Operations Manual, and they were satisfied that it was working properly.  The training ended and we parted ways but I was not 100 percent convinced that the owner would remember how to access the system and make adjustments if necessary.  As I drove home from the training, I thought about how I could improve my trainings to equip owners with all the tools to most efficiently operate their new lighting control system.

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Topics: Lighting Controls

How to Shop for Lighting Controls: Choosing a Manufacturer

Posted by Paul Rudalavage on Oct 15, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Which factors should you consider when selecting a lighting controls manufacturer? I encourage customers to research four key elements in order to steer the decision-making process in the most advantageous direction.

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Topics: Lighting Controls