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YasminHashmiWe're just back from Light+Building 2014 - "The World's biggest trade fair for lighting and building" - which took place over 6 days last week in Frankfurt. If you have never been, this is a giant event filling the Messe Frankfurt centre, plus outdoor exhibits which were lucky to have summer-like weather most of the time. I still think this is the best kept secret in the home automation industry despite its 2,458 exhibitors and over 211,500 trade visitors! You can read more in this issue, and at our KNXtoday spotlight on Light+Building 2014.

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Finally, I'd like to welcome Tru, a brand from FS Cables, as a Silver sponsor, and Lutron as our news sponsor this month. We can only provide free access to all of the HiddenWires resources thanks to the support of our sponsors and advertisers - so please take a look at what they have to offer.

-Stella Plumbridge, Publisher

YasminHashmiOur feature this month focuses on light and shade control and is sponsored by Crestron, whose Mark Tallent explains how integrators can expand their business into the retrofit market using the infiNET EX wireless lighting control range.

Next, Simon Buddle points out various practicalities when designing an automated lighting system, and then our Industry Opinion looks at the role of light and shade control in home energy management. Rounding off the feature is Guy Simmonds of Lutron, who points out how lighting control in MDUs offers a great business opportunity to systems integrators.

Our regular columns start with Peter Aylett, who gives a fascinating glimpse into a future where pCell wireless technology has a huge impact on home control. Our US correspondent, Michael Heiss, has all the latest on the new Roku Streaming Stick that competes directly with the Google Chromecast that he talked about last month. Next, Neil Walton of CYP Europe looks at how aerial and satellite installers and electricians can easily expand into home control. And finally, hot off the press, is a sample of our impressions from the Light+Building show. Enjoy!

-Yasmin Hashmi, Managing Editor

Habitech offers adjustable-width soundbars from Sonance in the UK.

CORE Brands combines the product innovation and marketing strengths of eleven iconic audio, power management and control brands, including ATON, BlueBOLT, ELAN, Furman, Korus, Niles, Panamax, Proficient, SpeakerCraft, Sunfire and Xantech.

Crestron brings 4K confidence to integrators and end users with its new certification programme to help facilitate the smooth transition to 4K UHD. For more information click here.

CYP delivers connectivity solutions that enhance the capability of AV products in any installation environment. Dedication and focus has made CYP a market leader for AV installers throughout Europe.


LeafAudioLektropacks seeks an experienced Audio Visual Key Account Manager

LeafAudioInstall Automation seeks an experienced Audio Visual Installation Engineer for its Birmingham office

recruitmentPlace your recruitment ad here to get it seen by the right candidate


YasminHashmiTru, a brand from FS Cables - The Tru range, brought to you by CEDIA trade supplier FSC, covers cables for integrating electronic systems into the home, from AV, entertainment, building control to lighting and security solutions.

YasminHashmiCrestron - With over 40 years in business and 57 offices worldwide, Crestron provides control and automation systems for homes, offices, schools, hospitals, hotels and more.

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Troubleshooting for the Home Technology Professional

KNX for Residential Applications

BS 8590:2014 Code of practice for the installation of audio visual equipment

Recommended Wiring Guidelines by CEDIA

HTI+ Home Technology Integration and CEDIA Installer I All-in-One Exam Guide


Gadget Show Live Professional
8 April 2014
Birmingham, UK

Connect with CEDIA Manchester
30 April 2014
Manchester, UK

13-15 May 2014
San Francisco, CA, USA

26-29 May 2014
Beijing, China

Connect with CEDIA Cardiff
21 May 2014
Cardiff, UK

Guangzhou Electrical Building Technology
9-12 June 2014
Guangzhou, China

Connect with CEDIA Edinburgh
25 June 2014
Edinburgh, UK

CEDIA Awards 2014
11 July 2014
London, UK

Connect with CEDIA Leeds
30 July 2014
Leeds, UK

Shanghai Intelligent Building Technology
3-5 September 2014
Shanghai, China

CEDIA Expo 2014
10-13 September 2014
Denver, USA


Sponsor: Crestron

Crestron provides seamless control of AV, IT, lighting and environmental systems, streamlining technology in homes for integrators and their clients, and offering bespoke solutions.

Product Article: Crestron’s infiNET EX Wireless Lighting Control Offers Integrators a Simple Way to Grow Business (03/04/2014) - By Mark Tallent, Crestron International. The automated lighting business has traditionally been dominated by new builds because solutions for existing homes have not been an easy step for dealers to take. Crestron has addressed this market demand with the introduction …


Technology: Tripping the Light Fantastic (03/04/2014)

Industry Opinion: The Role of Light & Shade Control in Home Energy Management (03/04/2014)

Business: Lighting Control in MDUs – A New Opportunity for Custom Installers (03/04/2014)


Looking to the Future: It Really is All Wireless After All (03/04/2014) - By Peter Aylett, Archimedia Middle East. It is rare that a technology comes along that is truly a revolution. The television, digital data storage and transmission, capacitive touchscreens and LED lighting have all changed the way we look at and …


HD and Beyond: HDMI 2.0 Audio (03/04/2014)

Letter from America: April, 2014 – Roku Streaming Stick Battles Back Against Chromecast! (03/04/2014)

Trade Talk: A Simple Way into Home Control for Aerial and Satellite Installers and Electricians (03/04/2014)

Show Report: Impressions of Light+Building 2014 (03/04/2014)


Sponsor: Lutron

Lutron showcases the new capabilities of its Quantum and EcoSystem ranges at Light+Building 2014, as well as its latest LED dimming solutions, guest room capabilities, RF window treatments and faceplate style additions.

Lutron Launches Range of Daylight Management and LED Dimming Solutions (28/03/2014) - Hall 4.1, Stand C61, Light & Building 2014, 30.3.14 – 4.4.14, Messe Frankfurt Lutron Electronics Co. Inc. showcases the new capabilities of its Quantum® and EcoSystem® ranges at Light + Building 2014, as well as the company’s latest LED dimming …

HD Connectivity and AWE Europe Announce Joint Training and Sales Collaboration (07/04/2014)

Habitech Announces Availability of the Sonance Adjustable-Width Soundbars in the UK (04/04/2014)

CYP Offers New Advanced HDBaseT Transmitters and Receivers (04/04/2014)


Yamaha Announces New Mid-Range AV Receivers and Blu-Ray Players (28/03/2014)

CEDIA Extends Awards Deadline and Adds Two New Categories (27/03/2014)

Yamaha Introduces New High End Stereo Integrated Amplifier and CD/SACD Player (24/03/2014)

WyreStorm Ships Two New Pro Plus HDBaseT Matrix Switchers (24/03/2014)

High-End Belfast Restaurant Raises Customer Service with ELAN g! Light and Audio Control from Core Brands (14/03/2014)

Yamaha Introduces RX-V377 AV Receiver with 4K ULTRA HD Pass-Through Video Technology (13/03/2014)


Sponsor: CEDIA

CEDIA has introduced a new Education Voucher Scheme which gives CEDIA members flexibility when budgeting for training, and saves them money and time. Find out more.

CEDIA: Standardising your Business Model

Crestron: Digitalmedia Certified Designer

CYP Europe: Certified Demopad Integration


CYP Europe: Multi-room HDMI Distribution

Habitech: ProNet 2 Day Course

Habitech: ProNet Week Course

Platinum sponsors: CORE Brands, Crestron, Habitech
Gold sponsors: CYP Europe
Silver sponsors: Control4, Datasat, Leviton Security & Automation, Moss Technical Services, NuVo Technologies, Somfy, Tru by FS Cables, Wyrestorm Technologies
Category sponsors: Cytech Technology
Associates: CEDIA, KNX Association, RDI, Clarity Alliance

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