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  • Two more products added to near-term roadmap (SIB-SOCKET, DIAG-RJP)

    Posted by derek on April 13, 2024 at 9:13 am

    One of the most common questions, is: “Can I connect a table lamp or floor lamp to LumenCache?

    Just like Sconces, Pendants, Chandeliers, and other bulb-type fixtures, table and floor lamps simply use an SV driver to deliver the switched 48VDC from the PDM.

    But how do we connect from the SIB LED+/- to the two prongs of the AC plug? No more wrapping a bare wire and electrical tape around the prongs! (so that’s what the little hole is for on AC plugs :-D)

    I finally decided to make the SIB-SOCKET. It has 2 RJ45 jacks on the back (front?), so you plug it into a standard RJ45 wall port and plug in the lamp to the socket.

    If it detects an incandescent bulb or AC bulb, it will give a yellow indicator light and a message indicating the configuration issue. If the bulb is a compatible DC bulb, you’ll get a green indicator light. If the table lamp is switched off at the lamp, it will give a fault indication and send a message (you can inhibit the message if you like turning it on/off at the lamp–there’s even a mode for detecting that you like to use the local switch).

    The other new part is a Socket Card designed to perform general diagnostics of the wire and the attached devices on a port. The DIAG_RJP. It can detect wire faults, potential wire quality issues, and list the devices attached to the port. It may detect the various protocols on the port, like 485.1 and PoE, showing specific protocol data about the connected devices. It’s meant for installers as a troubleshooting or commissioning tool and will include special software for validation reports.

    Notice it is a ReNetA socket shape, and works with both the RJ45 and Poke-In 4 wire PDMs.

    I haven’t decided just how many features to include just yet, so watch for the product release notice here when it’s ready for field testing.

    derek replied 2 weeks ago 3 Members · 6 Replies
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  • Akela2012

    April 21, 2024 at 6:02 am

    What type of made for AC LED lamp would be able to accept a DC direct source through its AC plug? Thanks Derek.

  • derek

    April 22, 2024 at 11:24 am

    Use any AC fixture that has the bulb styles listed in our product list. For example a standard E26 A19 floor lamp works fine, as long as you’re using the E26 48V DC bulb.

    If you screw in an incandescent bulb, or AC LED bulb, it will appear to the SIB-SOCKET as a short circuit and the SIB will indicate a fault condition, the PowerPlane display will display a message of the condition, and you’ll get an email or alert on the control APP. Same occurs if you plug in a vacuum cleaner, etc.

    • derek

      April 28, 2024 at 10:51 am

      Case fit test #1. Slight modification made to ensure parts are snug and factory can zip these together after PCB test jig. Ignore color of 3D prints.

      • derek

        April 30, 2024 at 4:12 pm

        If you’re wondering how easy this device is, here’s a render from the training material.

  • aekatz

    May 4, 2024 at 4:38 pm

    Interesting news. We did wire several areas for potential “Plug In” lamps. Either they are Cat6 cable, untapped, or connected to yellow Cat6 sockets. Should be an easy upgrade at time of upgrade to new system.

    Feature suggestions: Individual fixture dimming, coordinated dimming, i.e.”scenes”, Color control?

    Specific bulb suggestions will be needed. Also, will an outdoor comparable connector be available at some time for patio/porch/Poolside lighting. ?Inground/landscape lighting??

  • derek

    May 4, 2024 at 6:14 pm

    They are Addressable devices, so you can plug in two for bed side tables for example and control each individually or as part of scenes.

    I have a tunable white bulb I tested. If it passes FCC tests then I’ll make a version of the plug that can work with the special tuneable white bulbs.

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