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Lutron Acquires Limelight, Innovative Wireless Outdoor Lighting Control Solution


Transaction extends Lutron’s leadership in lighting control for both interior and exterior spaces

Coopersburg, PA (January 10, 2019)Lutron Electronics, the leader in lighting controls and automated shading solutions, today announces its acquisition of the Limelight wireless outdoor lighting control system created by Michigan-based, strategic innovation firm Twisthink and its partner company, TwistHDM.

Limelight is a wireless lighting control solution for outdoor and industrial facilities that provides remote control and management, saves energy, and enhances facility safety. With the simplicity of its wireless fixture-level control architecture, it also helps ensure code compliance and streamlines the specification and design process.

In May, Lutron and TwistHDM announced a relationship that established Limelight by Lutron, adding a best-in-class wireless exterior lighting control offering to Lutron’s wide-ranging product line, which historically focused on interior controls and automated shading solutions. This acquisition of the Limelight assets is a new, exciting chapter for the two companies’ alliance, said Scott Hanna, Senior Vice President.

“The purchase of Limelight is the logical next step in the relationship between Lutron and TwistHDM,” said Hanna. “Limelight by Lutron was a terrific opportunity to deliver a simplified outdoor lighting solution that was part of a portfolio of indoor and outdoor smart building controls. Acquiring Limelight offers the potential for an even wider range of IoT solutions. With this new capability, we look forward to what we can do to fulfill our Number One principle: Take care of our customers with superior goods and services.”

Limelight by Lutron integrates data seamlessly into Lutron’s existing data and management platform, Enterprise Vue. That software, which offers a variety of metrics and alerts, enables a facility’s interior and exterior lighting to be controlled from one dashboard and allows Lutron to provide a solution for multi-building projects and campuses looking to control lighting indoors and out.

“With the construction industry increasingly turning to smart building IoT solutions, the addition of Limelight to Lutron’s brand portfolio gives Lutron a formidable range of lighting control options,” said Bob Niemiec, Managing Partner at Twisthink and TwistHDM.

“Our Twisthink team created Limelight in 2008 as part of a goal to produce the smartest outdoor lighting control system in the world,” observed Niemiec. “Establishing an alliance with Lutron, known for its long and innovative history, succeeded beyond our expectations. Limelight will be a key part in creating lighting solutions that serve the public, save energy, and support our customers’ aspirations.” To learn more about Limelight, visit www.lutron.com/limelight.

About Lutron Electronics (www.lutron.com)
Founded in 1961, Lutron Electronics is headquartered in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania. From dimmers for the home, to lighting management systems for entire buildings, the company offers more than 15,000 energy-saving products, sold in more than 100 countries. In the US alone, Lutron products save an estimated 10 billion kWh of electricity, or approximately $1 billion in utility costs per year. The company’s early inventions— including the first solid-state electronic dimmer invented by Lutron’s founder, Joel Spira—are now at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC.

About Limelight (www.twisthdm.com)
Limelight was developed in 2008 by Twisthink, a strategic innovation firm, with one goal: to create the smartest outdoor lighting control system in the market. Limelight’s universal wireless modules are capable of working with any LED fixture, factory or field installed. The controls leverage occupancy sensing, daylight harvesting, event scheduling, and zoning to use energy only when, where and to what degree is needed, resulting in an energy savings of at least 50%. Limelight also decreases maintenance costs with email alert notifications, fault detection, and remote monitoring. TwistHDM is based in western Michigan, where Limelight is locally manufactured and has deployments throughout North and Central America.

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