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Fulham Acquires Control Network Solutions to Bring DALI® Control to Customers for Emerging Smart Lighting Products

CNS’s Smart Light Management Software and Technical Expertise Helps Fulham Meet Growing Demand for DALI-enabled Clever LED Drivers and Smart Lighting Controls

HAWTHORNE, Calif. – April 18, 2017 – Fulham Co., Inc., a leading supplier of lighting components and electronics for commercial and specialty applications, today announced the acquisition of the assets of partner company Control Network Solutions (CNS), the UK-based creator of the elitedali™ smart lighting control and management system. This transaction continues Fulham’s strategic European expansion.

Fulham has been developing its relationship with CNS for over a year and utilising CNS’s elitedali to help its partners provide complete smart lighting control systems.

Based on the Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI) lighting communications standard, elitedali simplifies installation, commissioning, and control of lighting systems. Enhancing Building Management Systems (BMS) and Edge Control devices, elitedali provides total control over individual LED fixtures, including reducing input current, managing output to optimise useful life, adjusting lighting to dim at a constant level, and adjusting power output to accommodate different light sources.

With this acquisition, Fulham can now offer a DALI and web-based convergent smart lighting solution to meet increased demand from customers worldwide. For Fulham customers in Europe and India, CNS’s smart lighting platform meets the immediate need for DALI-based lighting control solutions.

“We developed clever LED lighting components that are intelligent and programmable so luminaire manufacturers can customise solid-state lighting products in a customer-valued way. With the acquisition of CNS, we now have the remaining components needed to move from clever to smart lighting products – communications and control system software,” said Bob Howard-Anderson, Fulham CEO. “elitedali technology aligns with our vision of standards-based smart lighting controls and allows us to meet increasing customers’ demands for DALI-enabled lighting solutions based upon multi-vendor choice, flexibility and real-time device data for analytics, and effectively lays the foundation for the coming of smart lighting.”

Mike Welch, founder of CNS, will continue with Fulham as Vice President, Controls Business Development. In his new role, Welch will continue to support more than 40 elitedali™ resellers worldwide and help shape Fulham’s clever lighting strategy as well as new smart lighting products and solutions.

The elitedali solution is based on the Niagara® software framework from Tridium, an independent business entity of Honeywell International. Niagara is used by hundreds of OEMs and resellers to craft Building, Data Center and Smart City management systems.

“We are excited to be able to leverage Fulham’s global brand and resources to accelerate the market reach of elitedali,” said Welch. “Becoming a part of Fulham will allow us to provide better support our growing Niagara Community Partners, enabling them to participate in larger lighting control projects.”

Fulham already incorporates DALI support into a variety of its LED driver products, including the programmable WorkHorse LED drivers and the company’s new Lumo series of European LED drivers. Fulham offers CNS partners direct access to DALI-compatible driver products through Fulham’s global network of distributors, and works with a network of OEM luminaire manufacturers that incorporate the company’s DALI drivers.

For more information about Fulham’s complete line of LED drivers, please visit
For more information on elitedali smart lighting controls, please visit

About Fulham
Fulham Co., Inc. is a leading global provider of intelligent, socially-conscious sustainable commercial lighting components and electronics for use in commercial general lighting, parking structure, signage, horticultural, UV and other applications. The company develops and manufactures a variety of award-winning LED and emergency products, as well as legacy products across multiple lighting platforms. Fulham sells its lighting solutions worldwide through original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and electrical equipment distribution channels. Headquartered in Hawthorne, Calif., the company has sales and/or manufacturing facilities in the Netherlands, China, India and the UAE. For more information, visit

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The True Cost of Building Control Solutions Whitepaper

The building and lighting controls industry – once quite slow in its evolution – is now rapidly experiencing completely new solution innovations and delivery channels.
Knowing how to find them and making the right choices based upon open, interoperable standards and technology choice, rather than brands, can lead to lower-cost smart control solutions delivering immensely beneficial business results.
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What do Tridium’s Roger Woodward and 1 Sight Solutions’ Graham Turner think of elitedali?

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Never heard of Niagara the global de facto standard in building and lighting controls?

View a simple introduction into why if you are in Commercial Real Estate (CRE) or a building owner, developer, a manger or user you should know about this.

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Moving Controls from a CapEx to an OpEx World

Building services are the single most adapted elements of a building during its lifetime.
Mike Welch, Managing Director of Control Network Solutions, the DALI™ (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) lighting control specialist, argues that we need to move beyond entrenched positions on CapEx (capital expenditure) vs OpEx (operational expenditure) to a more realistic, flexible and sustainable assessment of value engineering in building construction.
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Class A Chilled Warehouse Management solution delivered by UpTime Technology

A Russian Certified elitedali Partner (CeP™), using Niagara smart DALI® lighting control and EnOcean® energy harvesting solutions from Control Network Solutions Ltd.
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Deloitte Report: 2015 Commercial Real Estate Outlook: Enhance Technology. Enable Innovation.

In many ways, the commercial real estate (CRE) industry is on more solid footing than it has been for quite some time. However, concerns — some new, some old — are keeping industry executives on their toes.
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Health, Wellbeing & Productivity in Offices, The next chapter for green building, Key Findings

It has long been considered the ultimate yet seemingly out of reach test of the business case for green building: if the human benefits could be reliably quantified this would prove beyond all doubt the ROI for investing in building green.
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Pushing the Envelope -Building Analytics beyond HVAC

Propelled by growing energy concerns and technology advancements the building industry has made several strides in building controls and automation. However, despite the progress, we’re not even close to the potential of fully deploying automation in our buildings. More automation, much more than anything currently deployed, is not only possible but would provide the performance we seek and need in our buildings. At the same time automation can support facility management personnel who are challenged with progressively more complex building systems and the constantly changing skills sets and knowledge required to operate them.
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How to avoid Stranded Investments in Intelligent Buildings

A stranded investment is one where a particular technology or solution is acquired to address one set of issues. But, in the time it takes to implement the solution, the reality dawns that the situation has changed and a whole range of new issues have emerged which will not be effectively addressed by the investment made.
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Workers In Windowless Offices Lose 46 Minutes Of Sleep A Night!

Another interesting study into the quality of light and the potential need for everyone to have some access to natural daylight, or its artificial equivalent, during their work time? Read More Here

Addressing the Billion Dollar Question On What Is Healthy Lighting?

Peter R. Boyce, Ph.D., FIES, FSLL, Professor Emeritus, School of Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, 2009 Paper summarising the issues needed to be considered in relation to physical impacts of (in)appropriate lighting. Read More Here

Better lighting, better work

Jennifer Veitcha, PhD, a senior research officer at the National Research Council of Canada, in Ottawa, helps design offices that promote health and productivity. Read More Here.

Impact of intelligent lighting control on heating & cooling costs?

There is no doubt that significant direct energy savings are achieved using smart lighting solutions with intelligent light fixtures. However, there are also indirect energy savings. For example dimmed lights will generate less heat reducing cooling loads on HVAC plant. So are there any studies that have evidenced such and what are the indicative numbers?

I recently asked this question on one of my LinkedIN threads and here are the best of the replies:

Indirect heating and cooling load impact, here are some links that might help … p23 and following of

This link takes you to an on-line calculator, which claims to determine anticipated heating load from a given lighting deployment,

Additional comments were as follows:

Unless a software is used (like is nowadays mandatory in many parts of the world) to do a real calculation a rule of thumb is to count with 5% extra savings due to reduction of needed HVAC when using controls relative to not using controls (in new construction, usually the lighting upgrade itself will cut away the biggest heat load by using more efficient sources and fixtures in renovations).

It is also suggested that the heat introduced into your space by lighting is the plug power times the usage time(if undimmed) = conservation of energy, even the light emitted will be converted to heat eventually !!! Unless of course you have ventilation and especially if you have air extraction over the luminaires … a good luminaire supplier will be able to give you data on their luminaires about noise, pressure drop and heat load reduction as a function of air flow …

Need energy efficient lighting advice?

This report by the Carbon Trust provides a great overview on how to reduce lighting costs. Read more

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What Exactly is “Network Integration”

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Comparing the world’s most vendor independent and open standards dependent DALI lighting solution to a broadband power line option

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BMS/BA Niagara native and converged Smart DALI lighting solution

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LED, Fluorescent, HID or Incandescent light source for public and commercial buildings, how do they compare today?

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The impact of lighting quality on worker productivity and well being

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DALI ENLIGHT – The official AG DALI newsletter, Issue 1

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The vital role intelligent lighting control can play in the emerging Demand Response Management business

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DALI the only Standard in Intelligent Lighting

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An overview of Smart Building Solution Benefits for Owners and Users

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Commercial Lighting Energy Savings Potential & Payback Times

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How does elitedali compare with traditional LCM Solutions?

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Example elitedali solutions for Niagara connectivity

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How does elitedali compare with traditional Lighting PLC Solutions?

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elitedali reduces DALI lighting commissioning time!

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Impact of elitedali on your Carbon Footprint and Energy Consumption

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David Mooney, Regional Associate at Parsons Brinckerhoff asks – Is natural light the forgotten source of renewable energy?

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Commercial Lighting Energy Savings Potential and Payback Time

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ROI Increases For Sustainable Buildings

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Example Energy Savings from Lighting Control

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Why the US needs products like eLighting and companies like ESSI now

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Benefits, Comparisons and New Developments in eLighting for Niagara presented

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