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Nest® works with Caséta Wireless

Posted by Jimm Reifsnyder

May 4, 2017 2:15:52 PM

Western is pleased to announce the addition of Nest Thermostat to our product line. Nest offers three key wireless products: the Nest Learning Thermostat (climate control), Nest Protect (smoke & carbon monoxide alarm) and Nest Cam Indoor and Nest Cam Outdoor (security cameras). 

Nest works seamlessly with Caséta Wireless. The Nest lineup can be added to the Caséta App to control climate, alarms, and video security. When considering an entry-level system to control lighting, shades, climate, alarms, and more, look no further than Caséta Wireless as a turn-key solution.


The Lutron App for Caséta Wireless allows remote control of lighting and shades. By adding the Nest Learning Thermostat, remote control now includes climate.


Nest Protect™ Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm: If the Nest Protect™ alarm detects smoke or carbon monoxide (CO), Caséta Wireless can automatically turn on lights and open shades, to light the path to safety. With lights and shades activated, emergency personnel have a clearer path in.


Nest Home/Away and Caséta can automatically adjust the lights, shades, and temperature whether the house is occupied or not. Nest Cam includes motion detection, and through the Caséta App can turn lights on to make the house appear occupied.

Getting Started with Caséta and Nest is easy: Begin with the Caséta Dimmer Kit which includes Smart Bridge (for wall and ceiling lights), remote and one dimmer. Install the Caséta Wireless system and connect it to a wi-fi router.

The Nest products are installed next, and also connected to the wi-fi router. Finally, the Nest products are added to the Lutron app when detected on the network.

For more information on how Caséta integrates with Nest, visit the following links:

Caséta Wireless & Nest Overview

Caséta & Nest Video (YouTube)


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Homeworks QS Training in Los Angeles Helps Dealers Close Business

Posted by Jimm Reifsnyder

Apr 27, 2017 12:21:35 PM

On April 26th 30 dealers in Los Angeles gathered to learn about Lutron HomeworksQS product updates.Homeworks QS is Lutron's most powerful residential system that enables users to integrate interior and exterior lighting, audio-visual equipment, HVAC, and other broader control of the home environment. 

"This particular training event was very interactive," said Kevin Berg Residential Specialist for Western Lighting & Energy Controls. "Integrators brought live plans to the class so we were able to walk out of the class working solutions that could immediately be applied to the job in question."

"We encourage all of our clients and prospective clients to reach out to us with project challenges." continued Berg, "Western Lighting & Energy Controls has a highly trained team of people who can help apply their expertise and experience to individual project challenges."


For more information on Homeworks QS - you can find technical documentation and support materials by clicking HERE.

 Additionally, to see "what's New" - we've highlighted some interesting updates below:


google-asst.jpgGoogle Assistant Integration

Coming Soon!
Lutron just announced a new integration with Google Home that allows homeowners to easily control their HomeWorks QS lighting systems using the Google Assistant, offering a greater flexibility and peace of mind. Now – with a few words – you can have hands-free assistance controlling lights in your connected home, whether you’re in your living room relaxing on the couch, or out of town on vacation.






iPhone_BridgeHK_WhatsNew.jpgApple HomeKit Integration.

Available Now!
Now, thanks to the integration of Apple’s HomeKit with Lutron Connect Bridge and App – the essential links between a HomeWorks QS system and the Lutron cloud – homeowners can select up to 99 lutron devices (lights and shades) to be controlled through the Apple Home app, Siri and third-party HomeKit apps on iPhones and iPads. An Apple TV is required to control accessories remotely.
Note: Requires CONNECT-BDG2-X








AmazonAlexa_WhatsNew.jpgAmazon Integration

Available Now!
Directly control a HomeWorks QS system using voice. No need to press a button to adjust light, shade, or temperature control scenes. Simply tell Alexa to do it for you: Alexa, turn on Dining.

You can even edit scenes for Alexa directly within the Lutron Connect app.







sonos_whatsnew.jpgSonos Endorsed Integration

Directly control any Sonos Home Sound System alongside Lutron lights, shades, and temperature using HomeWorks QS keypads, the Lutron Connect app, or the New! Pico remote for audio. Even incorporate audio into scenes to create the perfect Welcome – turn lights on to 50%, raise shades, set temperature to a comfortable 75 degrees, and play your favorite music station.






AudioPico_WhatsNew.jpgPico Remote for Audio

Use for quick, convenient hard-button control of audio. Play, pause, skip tracks, cycle through favorites, and adjust volume – without launching an app. Enables seamless control of any Sonos Home Sound System as well as many other distributed audio systems.

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Western Introduces NEST to the product line

Posted by Jimm Reifsnyder

Apr 12, 2017 1:51:52 PM

nest_logo.pngWestern Lighting & Energy Controls has just announced the addition of Nest Thermostat to the product line.

As the most recognized brand in the "Smart-Home" industry, Nest learning thermostat is a natural product for any electrical contractor focusing on residential and light commercial applications. The third gen Nest Learning Thermostat is more beautiful than ever, with a thinner, sleeker design and bigger, crisper display. And it’s proven to help save energy. In independent studies, the Nest Thermostat saved an average of 10-12% on heating bills and 15% on cooling bills.

Additionally, Nest is a natural add-on product to the Lutron's Caseta Wireless product which allows users to interface and control Nest thermostat, lighting, window shades, and more. Contractors will find that adding Nest to a project results in a higher satisfaction level for clients. Installing the PRO version of Nest also has an added benefit of a 5 year warranty; 3 years longer than the warranty found at local big box retailers. 

How does NEST work?

  • Auto-Schedule No more confusing programming. It learns the temperatures you like and programs itself.
  • Remote control Connect the Nest Thermostat to Wi-Fi to change the temperature from your phone, tablet or laptop.
  • Nest Leaf You’ll see the Leaf when you choose a temperature that saves energy. It guides you in the right direction.
  • Early-on Nest learns how your home warms up and keeps an eye on the weather to get you the temperature you want when you want it.
  • Auto-Away The Nest Thermostat automatically turns itself down when you’re away to avoid heating or cooling an empty home.
  • Energy History See when heating and cooling were on and what affected your energy use.
  • Safety Alerts Get an alert on your phone or tablet if your home gets dangerously hot or cold.
  • Farsight When Nest Thermostat spots you across the room, it lights up beautifully to show you the temperature you’ve set or the time.

For more features and specifications, download the specsheet here!

To speak to someone about Where to Buy Nest Learning thermostat, contact us at 858-564-0233.

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Topics: lutron, Caseta wireless, nest learning thermostat

Title 24 Solutions for Higher Education Campuses

Posted by Matt Sedlock

Apr 3, 2017 11:59:01 AM



Lutron offers a Campus-Wide Solutions Program to help higher education campuses reduce energy costs and meet Title 24 compliance. The program strives to reduce energy usage while creating and maintaining comfortable learning and work environments.

Many environments on campus would benefit from Lutron's Campus-Wide Solutions Program, including Athletics, Education, Student Housing, Food Services, Public Safety, Healthcare and more. The Solutions Program is divided into Classroom and Hallway Solutions; both programs are easy to implement and/or retrofit (reducing labor costs), easy to use, and reliable.

In a Classroom Solution setting, for example, sensors are installed to automatically turn on when occupied and off when vacant; sensors alone can save 45% of lighting energy use in classrooms. In hallways and corridors, sensors can contribute to as much as 50% energy savings. 

All Lutron products utilize patented Clear Connect wireless technology, operating in an uncongested radio frequency band. The result is ultra-reliable communication and smooth dimming performance with no flicker or delay, without interference from other devices.

What sets Lutron's wireless technologies apart is XCT™ technology — passive infrared (PIR) sensors that distinguish between background noise and motion. This enables sensors to detect occupancy based solely on actual movement in the space. Minor motion, such as the turning of a page, is recognized by Lutron's PIR sensors. Lutron's sensors outperformed similar sensors from leading competitors in NEMA-standards testing. As intended, Lutron's Campus-Wide Solutions provides compliance with California's Title 24 requirements.

For more information on Campus-Wide Solutions using Lutron's VIVE products, and Title 24 compliance requirements, click to download the following PDFs.

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Lighting & Controls Expo provides valuable networking opportunities

Posted by Jimm Reifsnyder

Apr 3, 2017 11:53:46 AM



On March 14th, 2017, more than 250 Southern California Lighting professionals came together for our Western Lighting & Energy Control's first annual Lighting & Controls Expo. We want to thank all those that were able to attend our Expo at the Lutron Experience Center in Irvine. 

If you were unable to attend, the event included training classes on several Lutron products including entry level residential home control product Caseta Wireless and Lutron's revolutionary, modular wireless lighting control solution for new and existing commercial buildings, Vive. Topics included Title 24 Lutron's automated shading solutions.

"We were blown away with the response from this event in Orange County." Said Western's Principal Jimm Reifsnyder. The event was such a success that there is already discussion of holding the same event in the Los Angeles, San Diego and Riverside locations. 



The Lighting & Control's Expo featured trade show booths showcasing several lighting manufactures to include:

  • Holm
  • Rouge Lighting
  • Duray Lighting
  • Liteline
  • Cree
  • Aero Pure
  • Xeleum
  • CSL
  • Translent Protection Design
  • Lutron
  • Aion LED
  • Liberty Wire & Cable
  • PMC Lighting
  • Lightalarms
  • Sonos


Products showcased in the Expo offered product solutions for indoor and outdoor applications for both residential and commercial.

For more information on future events, training classes, or product demonstrations, interested parties should contact Western Lighting & Energy Controls at 858-564-0233 or visit our website at Western Lighting & Energy Controls


The Lighting & Control's Expo was held in The California Experience and Training Center, which presents a dazzling array of light control and shading systems in an impeccable 11,000 ft2 showroom. With ample room for both large commercial and residential scenes, the California Experience Center exhibits smart, intuitive lighting controls that pair with energy efficient system designs. Visitors can discover the advantages and differences of our product line in numerous scenarios. All of the solutions shown save energy while enhancing the comfort and beauty of each setting. Located at 2458 Dupont Dr. Irvine, CA 92612. By Appointment only.







Please feel free to call us with any further Lighting & Control needs you may still have.

Click here to access our company directory


A big congratulations to our raffle prize winners!

$2500 Caséta/Alexa/Sonos Package — Janet Ruiz, City Electric Supply, Burbank

$2500 Caséta/Alexa/Sonos Package — Laura Jew, Beazer Homes, Irvine

Specifier Trip to LightFair 2017, Philadelphia, PA — April Rodgers, CBRE, Inc. Los Alamitos

Contractor Trip to Lutron HQ & Philadephia, PA — John Porter, PorterMatt Electric, Huntington Beach

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Topics: lutron experience center

Lighting & Controls Expo Tomorrow! (video)

Posted by Jimm Reifsnyder

Mar 13, 2017 11:01:35 AM


Western Lighting & Energy Controls is pleased to present an all-inclusive Lighting & Controls Expo for industry professionals, featuring:

  • Training Classes & CEU Presentations

  • Product Demos, including VIVE

  • Refreshments all day

  • Vendor Fair

  • Lunch by (11:30am-1:30pm)

  • Raffles and prizes

  • Tour the Experience Center

This event is specifically designed for electrical contractors, architects, interior designers and Lutron Residential Dealers.

Enter to win Caséta/Sonos/Alexa for your home…INSTALLED!  $2,500 Value! Stop by and have lunch and see lighting manufacturers, demos and more.

Where: Lutron Experience Center
2458 Dupont Dr., Irvine, CA 92612
When: March 14, 2017 • 8am-7pm
Registration required- Click Here!

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Lighting & Controls Expo on March 14th!

Posted by Jimm Reifsnyder

Feb 23, 2017 1:37:20 PM


Western Lighting & Energy Controls is pleased to present an all-inclusive Lighting & Controls Expo for industry professionals, featuring:

  • Training Classes & CEU Presentations

  • Product Demos, including VIVE

  • Refreshments all day

  • Vendor Fair

  • Lunch by (11:30am-1:30pm)

  • Raffles and prizes

  • Tour the Experience Center

This event is specifically designed for electrical contractors, architects, interior designers and Lutron Residential Dealers.

Enter to win Caséta/Sonos/Alexa for your home…INSTALLED!  $2,500 Value! Stop by and have lunch and see lighting manufacturers, demos and more.

Where: Lutron Experience Center
2458 Dupont Dr., Irvine, CA 92612
When: March 14, 2017 • 8am-7pm
Registration required- Click Here!

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Topics: lutron

Take advantage of the connected home opportunity!

Posted by Jimm Reifsnyder

Feb 23, 2017 9:36:38 AM


Lutron PRO is a new and innovative program for residential contractors and is designed to recognize and reward your engagement with the Lutron brand, while providing you with the products, service, and support that will allow you to grow your bottom line.Lutron_pro-residential-logo-1.png

No longer just “gadgets” for the early tech adopter, today’s connected home products like thermostats, lighting controls, shades, speakers, and more offer homeowners significant lifestyle enhancing benefits that appeal to all.

In this program, you will receive the training, resources, and support to capitalize on this growing opportunity, and grow your business with both new and existing customers.

All residential contractors are eligible for this program that is designed to help you grow your business with Lutron through direct engagement with your distributor, your local representative, and Lutron. 

Enroll today because the more you install, the greater the reward!

Program Benefits include:lutron-pro-learn-more.png

1. Extended Warranty

2. Points for projects

3. Access to training, marketing materials, and support

4.Lutron PRO logo


How do I enroll in the Lutron PRO Program?

Complete the program application and submit proof of job completion (1 RadioRA 2 or Triathlon shade job) by March 1, 2017.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at




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Topics: lutron, Connected Home, training for electrical contractors, lutron pro, this is smart living

Western Now Representing Cree in San Diego!

Posted by Matt Sedlock

Feb 20, 2017 8:04:00 AM


At Western, we believe that hard work will earn you success. When it comes to representing Cree Lighting, the team at Western was worked hard to successfully represent the line in Orange and Los Angeles Counties. For this reason, we are especially happy to announce that, as of February 20th, 2017:


Western Lighting & Energy Controls

is representing

Cree in San Diego County!!


As you know, Cree Lighting is a leader in commercial & Industrial LED lighting. For those who need immediate assistance with Cree or any of our other Product Lines, please call 858-564-0233.


 Mark your calendars for our next CREE WEBINAR - featuring Matthew McAnena of Cree Lighting, who will be discussing Title 24 solutions for indoor and outdoor.


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Topics: cree

Devine Lites

Posted by Jimm Reifsnyder

Jan 26, 2017 2:52:28 PM



Western Lighting & Energy Controls is proud to announce that we are now representing Devine Lites in Southern California. Devine Lites is a high-performance LED lighting manufacturer focused on advanced LED Lighting and simple controls solutions. Devine has had over 30 years of experience in the lighting industry and is focused on catering to the needs of contractor's and lighting distributors. Devine Connect is lighting controls made easy by using Lutron’s Vive wireless technology. Integrated controls ensure an easy installation that meets the latest Title-24 requirementsThis system is ideal for schools, commercial, and government buildings.

Devine Lites in one of the manufacturers represented in Western's "60 Minute Will Call" inventory program. Western currenlty stocks hundreds of products in both our San Diego & Costa Mesa Warehouses. All products are sold through distribution.

For those who need lighting products fast, here is alist of other manufacturers who are part of our 60 Minute Will Call Inventory program: 

ASD.jpg ASD provides a wide range of LED lighting fixtures for residential and commercial applications for use in construction, housing, offices, hospitals, schools and industrial facilities.


High-performance LED lighting manufacturer focused on advanced LED Lighting and simple controls solutions


Unknown-2.jpeg Manufacturer of residential and commercial lighting fixtures, HID security lighting, Lamps, Die Cast aluminum outdoor boxes, Wiring Devices, and Lenses and Louvers

Your Best Source for Pro AV infrasctructure products and services. Run with us for products from Liberty Wire and Cable.
logo1.jpg ISI provides a full line of central power systems, exit signs and battery back-up emergency lights



For immediate access to our inventory, click the link below.

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Topics: lutron vive, Devine Lites

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