About Lutron Electronics
We control all types of light, including sunlight. But our story began with the control of electric light—in the late 1950s in Joel Spira’s makeshift lab in Brooklyn, New York. A young physicist fascinated by the aesthetic manipulation of light, Mr. Spira took over the spare bedroom in the apartment he shared with his wife, Ruth, and set out to invent a solid-state device that would enable people to vary the intensity of the lights in their homes. The result? The world’s first solid-state dimmer.
Since then, Lutron has been the world’s leading manufacturer of lighting controls and systems for 50 years. Our light control products range from individual dimmers to total light management systems. They are installed everywhere from single-room apartments to palatial homes. In fact, there’s a very good chance you already have a Lutron dimmer installed in your home.
About Our Shades
Seeing a need to control both electric light and daylight, we entered the shading business in 1993, when we launched the great-grandmother of the Serena shades you see on this web site—an innovative roller shade of the same name. In 1999, we introduced the Sivoia® family of products, which revolutionized the industry—Sivoia was the world’s first quiet roller shade. Over a decade later, our motorized shades are still the quietest in the industry.
Since then, we have continued to expand our product offering. Today, we manufacture a wide variety of automated shades, including roller and Roman shades, Drapery systems, Venetian blinds, Skylight shades, and Cellular shades. You can control our automated shades at the touch of a button with keypads, infrared (IR) remote controls, or wireless tabletop controls. If your Sivoia shades are integrated with a system, you can also control them via your personal computer, iPad®, iPhone®, iPod touch®, or Android® device.
About Serena Shades
Lutron’s drive for innovation is what lead to the simple (but radical) idea for the Serena Shades you see on this website: What if we produced a high quality, practical, remote control shade that consumers could purchase for under $300?
Remote controlled shades have existed for decades, but they are typically an expensive luxury, often costing over $1,500 per window. Also, you literally needed to design your house around them since they required wiring to your windows.
We knew our remote control shade had to be easy to install – and that meant battery power. But for it to be practical, it had to have incredible battery life and use store-bought batteries. And it also had to be 1/5th of the cost of those $1,500 remote-controlled shades—roughly the same as a high-end manual shade—while still being the same type of quality product upon which we have built our reputation.
That challenge is what led us to create our new Serena shades. They’re a snap to install, use traditional store-bought batteries, and have a long battery life (3 years), thanks to our cutting-edge Triathlon® power technology. And that’s just for starters.
You can adjust Serena shades with a wireless remote for the ultimate in convenience. Place the remote on a coffee table and close your living room shades from the comfort of your couch. Or place it next to your bedside table and open shades without getting out of bed. Have a hard to reach window—maybe in your foyer? Install a Serena shade and you can now easily adjust it to provide privacy and block direct sunlight. And the controller will simultaneously raise or lower all of your Serena shades in a room at the same speed, keeping them aligned.
Serena shades will also help save energy in your home, thanks to air pockets in their design, which trap heat, providing superior insulation. Plus, lowering shades in summer helps reduce cooling costs, while raising them in winter to let the sun in and then lowering them at night (trapping the day’s heat) reduces heating costs.
These shades are about more than convenience and energy savings, though. Serena shades are also stylish. You can choose from a variety of fabrics, colors, styles, and textures sure to enhance the décor in any room of your home.