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C3 Lighting pioneered Remote Power and Control of LED Illumination, now being called POE or Distributed DC Power for lighting. In 2009 C3 Lighting proposed that the LED should be considered only one component in a lighting network and when combined with centralized AC to DC power conversion and control would create a DC Micro Grid for Illumination. This technology eliminates LED drivers, complex control schemes, and most of the wiring and metal conduit typically required for a building’s lighting.

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Our Power Distribution Module (PDM) is the heart of our system, integrating microprocessors, digital current limiting, lighting control, energy monitoring, and communication, all in one package. The capability of our system was further increased by adding spontaneous switching to emergency battery back-up or to alternate energy sources such as Solar, Wind, etc.

Advantages of Remote Power and Control

  • Removal of drivers and controls from fixtures eliminates multiple conversions from AC to DC power, increasing the overall efficiency of the lighting system and eliminating hundreds of lighting components.
  • Class-2 DC power eliminates metal conduit and large gauge wire from most commercial lighting installations, greatly reducing the carbon footprint of a building.
  • The Power Distribution Module provides a single point for communication for control of a building’s entire lighting network.
  • Fixtures without drivers and controls are smaller, cost less to ship and are easier to install.
  • The Microprocessors in the Power Distribution Module provide extreme control and custom configurations for the lighting network.
  • Convenient switching from AC power to alternate DC energy sources, such as Solar, Wind, battery stored power, etc.
  • Spontaneous switching to emergency battery back-up for the lighting network.
  • Class-2 DC power is “Inherently Safe” per National Electric Code and cannot cause a fire nor electrocution.