The importance of scene-setting within retail and hospitality environments is experiencing exponential growth, requiring numerous aesthetic changes and different lighting scenarios in hotel and public spaces. Therefore, it has become essential to specify luminaires that can quickly and efficiently adjust lighting scenarios with minimal maintenance and labor cost. Lighting is just one design element that is consistently evolving to meet the specific needs for these frequent scene changes. Advancements in LED lighting have enabled managers to control the lighting in different ways — including advanced options with color temperature controls to improve the overall customer experience.

There are many ways to control the light as there are systems available. The latest trend stems from the advancement of remote control lighting which features luminaires that can not only be dimmed, but also rotate and adjust beam angles without needing a ladder. Instead, this type of floor-level control means the lighting scenario can be changed at any time via a remote or wireless app. This is ideal for hospitality events that must adjust the lighting mid-event, create a scene for a multi-table banquet setting, or provide the ideal ambience for a wedding, corporate function, or dance.

There is a growing number of manufacturers that offer remote controlled lighting solutions specifically for spot luminaires in track lighting applications. A number of new solutions were launched this year from manufacturers such as Flos, RC Lighting, and FormaLighting. Both RC and Flos offer a series of spotlights that have remote-controlled capabilities that push the luminaires’ abilities beyond traditional track solutions.

For example, Flos Smart Control has a complete range of professional spotlights with miniaturized engines and wireless sensors, and RC Lighting offers a series of track spotlights in a choice of beam widths and color temperatures controlled using a number of protocols — from a user-friendly iPad control system to complete integration with other lighting scenarios using a DMX protocol.

“Until now, motorized fixtures have often been thought of as expensive ‘one offs’ that designers only use for inaccessible areas. the Motolux architectural line changes this with its Italian-designed architectural fixtures.”

—Peter Augusta, Managing Director/North America for FormaLighting

FormaLighting received an Innovation Award at Euroshop several months ago for its MOTOLUX motorized architectural lighting series created specifically for environments requiring frequent changes. MOTOLUX is a full line of remote-controlled lighting solutions – available both motorized and non-motorized – with architectural track, pendant, and recessed fixtures of similar form factors. This motorized range of fixtures can pan and tilt, auto-adjust the beam angle, dim and dim to warm, plus change Kelvin temperature.

MOTOLUX fixtures can also accept dimming commands from existing or newly installed centralized systems via line voltage or 0-10V protocols, plus can be fully controlled using DALI & DMX protocols upon request. They can also be controlled by MOTOLUX controllers, which include a hand-held remote transmitter and a powerful smartphone- or tablet-based Bluetooth app, powered by Casambi. Both options can be controlled individually or in groups with no special equipment, giving users a level of control and time savings that can reportedly translate to cost savings. The Bluetooth app provides wireless commands to control movement and intensity, as well as create and store zones and scenes. The series is also IoT-ready, with each fixture being addressable and the Bluetooth software capable of integrating various sensors and beacons, as well as collect and store data.

“The initial response for MOTOLUX from U.S. specifiers and lighting designers has been overwhelming,” notes Peter Augusta, Managing Director/North America for FormaLighting. “The MOTOLUX series is ideal for dynamic environments with high ceilings and the control options enable the end-user to control individual or group settings, color temperatures, directional aiming, and dimming functions without ladders or lifts. The automated beam angle adjustment is a big feature that is getting a lot of attention and truly makes the fixtures hands-free.”

Augusta indicated that FormaLighting’s initial offering for North America will focus on introducing the Moto-Zero, Moto Gimbalo, Moto-Palla, Moto-Ola motorized and non-motorized families in a choice of four form factors. “Until now, motorized fixtures have often been thought of as expensive ‘one offs’ that designers only use for inaccessible areas. The MOTOLUX architectural line changes this with its Italian-designed architectural fixtures,” Augusta states.

“This provides designers with a tool chest of motorized and non-motorized options that have consistent light output and form factors, inspiring a wide variety of use in areas where motorized lighting would not have been considered in the past.” The price point is reportedly on par with quality “static” fixtures. With the ability to help showcase store merchandise, set different light scenarios in hotel spaces, and provide greater visual impact for priceless works of art, architectural motorized fixtures such as these are being considered cost-saving solutions for event halls, restaurants, museums, and commercial spaces due to their ease of use in adjusting and refocusing the lighting as needed. The advancement of remote-controlled lighting technology and additional solutions are predicted to continue as the popularity and demand for the technology grows.