Remote Control Switches – Allied Power and Control
Remote Control Switches
Remote control switches are often panel-mounted or enclosed devices that energize and de-energize the circuits feeding lighting loads greater than 30 amps. These remote control switches have a specific control voltage and can be assembled with a number of accessories.
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Wireless Remote Control Light Switch – Armacost Lighting
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- RF technology works through walls, doors up to 100 ft. away
- Plug in any 120v light fixture, including lamps and holiday lights for convenience and safety
- No holes to cut, slim low profile, easily surface mounts
- Lithium battery for transmitter is included
- Wirelessly turn lights ON and OFF with this simple plug-in receiver and remote transmitter
- Wireless transmitter can be used like a traditional light switch or as a small, hand-held remote with lanyard
- Control any fixture or LED light installation with a 120 volt plug
Switch lights on/off wirelessly with the Remote Control Light Switch by Armacost Lighting. Any fixture or installation with a 120 Volt plug can be controlled up to 100 feet with a simple plug-in receiver and remote transmitter. Add the convenient remote control light switch to any under counter LED strip light or LED puck light installation, or to any household fixture without any new wiring or hiring an electrician. Perfect for turning on and off your LED power supply or any other electrical device when you want to avoid running new in-wall wires. The wireless transmitter easily mounts to walls and operates like a traditional designer-style light switch, or converts to a small, hand-held unit with an optional lanyard. One wireless transmitter can be used to turn on and off multiple receivers installed in the same area.
Lighting remotes and wireless switches
Features of remote control
The main feature of remote control of lighting and other electrical appliances is that there is no need to run a cable from the switch to the consumer. This has a number of advantages:
- material savings;
- Possibility to install switches after finishing the premises: no need to ditch the walls or lay cable channels;
- creation of control points at once by a whole complex of light sources and various devices;
- the ability to install switches in hard-to-reach and non-standard places.
In addition, it is often possible to dim the lights, use timers and other smart home features.
The simplest remote control system consists of two devices: a command transmitter and a receiver that executes them.
Built-in receiver and transmitter in the form of a switch
The transmitter creates a pulsed signal and is exactly the piece of equipment with which a person comes into direct contact. Therefore, not only its internal structure is important, but also its appearance and ease of use. It can be made in the form of a conventional key switch, remote control or a simple key fob. Their differences, features and capabilities will be discussed below.
Receiver is a relay-type controller that controls the power supply of an electrical appliance by closing and opening a circuit. The compactness of the product is necessary for the possibility of hidden installation. It can be designed as a separate unit to which the network cable and wire from the consumer are connected, or inserted into a cartridge or socket.
Types of remotes and wireless switches
First of all, the transmitters differ in appearance and installation method: stationary and portable.
The most common fixed remote control device is the wireless switch keypad, which the device repeats in appearance, size and functionality. Modern technologies have made it possible to make the transmitter in a thin case, which makes it, despite surface mounting, practically indistinguishable from conventional built-in wiring products. Like a conventional wireless switch, it can be one-, two- and three-key, allowing you to control several power lines at once. Fastening is carried out on a double-sided adhesive tape or with screws on a wall or other hard surface.
The remote controls are non-stationary. Many buttons can be placed on their surface, which allows you to turn on and off individual electrical appliances or all devices at once, as well as use additional functions, such as a timer or dimming the light. True, these features depend on the model of the product and directly affect its cost. The simplest and most compact remote control can have only one button and resemble an alarm key fob.
Of course, the division according to the method of installation is very arbitrary: nothing prevents you from putting the wireless switch on a shelf or fixing the remote control on the wall. By the way, the latter is usually equipped with an appropriate wall holder. Transmitters differ not only in appearance, but also in functionality and internal structure. Understanding these differences allows you to choose the necessary equipment for specific tasks without extra costs.
By signal type:
Infrared – commands are transmitted by pulses in the infrared range. A prime example is the television remote control. Such a signal needs line of sight with the receiver, and the range is limited. He is not able to overcome obstacles, and the presence of an open receiver does not add beauty to the interior. But infrared remotes are very inexpensive and directional use is convenient in some cases.
Radio – the signal is transmitted via household radio frequencies at a distance of up to 30-50 m and is able to overcome small obstacles and partitions. In this case, line of sight is not required and the receiver can be hidden in a niche or inside the equipment without spoiling the appearance of the room. In addition, often individual devices of the remote control system can be “tied” to each other, eliminating the intersection of signals from different transmitters and false alarms. Binding several controllers to one switch or remote control organizes the simultaneous switching on and off of several electrical appliances located in different places at once.
Range of radio waves
By the number of control channels:
Single-channel – allow you to control one lamp or electrical appliance. More precisely, there may be several connected devices in the line, but they will be turned on and off at the same time.
Multi-channel – command multiple receivers independently. It becomes possible to organize the control of all lighting in the room from one point: the main light, backlight, individual lamps and fixtures. In wireless switches, the number of channels corresponds to the number of keys and cannot exceed three. The consoles can control up to six lines, depending on the model and manufacturer.
Sending commands to various devices
By power supply
Since the very essence is the absence of a network connection, the power supply of remotes and wireless switches is carried out autonomously.
batteries are the most common way to power small devices and are easy to replace and affordable. Modern alkaline (alkaline) batteries last from several months to a year of operation, depending on the frequency of use. Remote controls and wireless switches operate in the short pulse mode, so they often use batteries for signaling sizes LR23A and LR27A with a voltage of 12V.
Kinetic – work due to the energy of movement when a key is pressed, which the built-in piezo generator turns into a radio pulse. Thus, no batteries or built-in accumulator are required and real autonomy of the transmitter is ensured.
Kinetic switch device without batteries
Differences between remote controls and wireless switches
The principle of operation of most remote controls and wireless switches is the same: almost all of them operate in the format of transmitting radio signals, the range of which is more than acceptable for apartments and country houses. The real differences are rather external, but still there are features that must be taken into account when organizing remote lighting.
The price of consoles is usually lower. In addition, they are almost always sold in pairs with a receiver, so the cost of connecting one point is minimal. In contrast, wireless switches and controllers for them are separate products: the purchase price of each device is higher, but for any specific situation, you can purchase only the necessary elements. For example, to organize lighting control from two or more places, you will need several transmitters and only one receiver.
The controller that comes with the console can control one to six power lines from one incoming network cable, depending on the number of channels of this model. Among the switches, you can find a maximum of a three-gang device with an appropriate number of controlled circuits. But not every remote control has the ability to “bind” to several receivers (or vice versa, the ability to control only the necessary controllers at once), while this is a standard option for switches.
A large switch button is simply more convenient and practical for constant use than small buttons on the remote control. But it is the possibility of placing many of these buttons that allows you to implement additional functions: brightness control, timer, and others.
In order not to waste time searching, most remotes are mounted to the wall on a special holder. The appearance of this design is not the most aesthetic. Modern wireless switches have a very stylish design and slim body.
Separately, it is worth highlighting systems like “ Cozy House “, which include a whole line of interconnected devices:
- Transmitters: wireless switches and multi-channel remote controls;
- Plug-in, cartridge or recessed receivers.
|Parallel connection of up to 5 remotes and radio switches to each receiver||Connect up to 100 different receivers per remote channel / radio switch key|
Thus, you can set up the control of lighting and other electrical appliances in many rooms at once from one remote control or create several points like walk-through switches. The presence of different devices allows you to solve the most complex tasks.
Features of controllers
One incoming cable from 220V / 50Hz is connected to each controller. But there can be several outgoing lines, the number of which is the most important characteristic of the receiver. Binding several transmitters to one channel (line) of the controller organizes turning the lighting on and off from different places.
Single channel – allows you to control one lamp or electrical appliance. More precisely, one line of connected devices.
Multi-channel – Able to open and close multiple circuits independently of each other. This is very convenient when connecting several light sources to one wire at once, the operation of which can be combined from one remote control or switch.
Connection diagram for 1-4 channel controllers
In addition, the controllers differ in the installation method. The classic receiver is remote control unit is pluggable and comes with most remotes and wireless switches. It is assembled in a compact case, which is easy to place inside various structures or even a lamp. Often has holes or lugs for surface mounting screws. A network cable and wires leading to lamps and electrical appliances are connected to the terminals of such a block. The number of such wires depends on the number of channels controlled by the controller.
Single-channel control unit
Separately, it is necessary to highlight receivers in the form of a cartridge and socket , which significantly expand the possibilities of remote control. The first is screwed into the screw base, usually the standard E27. The light bulb is installed directly by the controller. The second is inserted into a regular outlet and held in it without additional fasteners. It is enough to plug the cord with the plug from the electrical appliance into the socket of the device. Such controllers do not require any installation work or professional knowledge in electrics. They allow you to connect individual lamps or entire lamps such as wall lamps, floor lamps, technical lighting. There are waterproof outlets for remote control of garden irrigation systems and devices for heavy loads, to which you can already connect heaters and other powerful electrical appliances.
Cartridge with remote control
And in conclusion
On the TKM-Electro website you can buy lighting and socket control panels, as well as other Smart Home automation devices. Live goods are presented in our retail stores, but the warehouse assortment is much wider. Stores are also self-delivery points for online orders.
The low price of lighting and socket control panels is due to competent work with suppliers, small margins and careful selection of the assortment. From a significant number of brands, we have selected for you options with the most worthy combination of cost and quality.
We will deliver lighting control panels and sockets in Yekaterinburg within the EKAD, as well as send goods by transport companies to other regions of Russia. Information about the methods of delivery and payment is indicated in the relevant section of the website.
Remote Control Light Switch
If you are looking for comfort and modern functionality in your own home, a remote control light switch is worth considering. It is a wireless alternative to turning on the light with a traditional switch, which can directly improve the quality of daily life.
We are happy to tell you a little more about remote switches in this post.
Light switch controlled by remote control
As technology continues to evolve, we increasingly use solutions that make life easier for people at home or at work. This includes the creation of smart homes, in which remote control with remotes sometimes controls many devices at the same time. This type of application allows you to save time throughout the day.
Due to the large number of daily duties, many families still lack this today.
Where will the light switch on the remote control work?
There is no doubt that all single-family home owners should consider a remote controlled light switch. This is mainly due to the relatively larger area of space that needs to be covered in order to manually turn off the lights.
What’s more, the light remote controls are available with 2 or 4 channels and can also be used to control other household functions. These include, in particular, the function of closing roller shutters or closing entrance and garage doors.
The wireless light switch on the remote control is an innovative and simple solution, the use of which has practically no contraindications.
How does turning on the light on the remote control work?
The light switch with remote control is a very simple device that can be adapted to any type of room. What’s more, the wireless switch, combined with a dimmer switch, allows you to control the level of lighting throughout your home based on current demand and how you feel.
It is undeniable that a remote light switch is an integral part of any modern interior. Its presence undoubtedly enhances the prestige and ultimate perception of the arrangement it contains.
Remote Controlled Light Switch – Application
It is worth noting that the ability to remotely turn on the light is a feature that should not be viewed solely through the prism of a luxury item. Turning on the light with the remote control also has many practical and logistical functions.
This can make life easier for older or disabled people who find it difficult or impossible to get around on their own. This type of use is also convenient for third party caregivers.
The ability to turn on the light with a remote control may also be needed in various types of public places. Conference, educational or cultural meetings held in large rooms using manual lighting control can be a little more difficult for presenters.
Technical side of the light switch on the console
Advanced switches are used to set up the installation and assembly of smart lighting. They operate in open space at a distance of up to 20-30 meters. This type of function makes it possible to use remote lighting also in large houses and achieves the necessary minimum distance between the remote control and the light switch.
Remote control switch types
Wireless switches come in different versions. One of them consists of a special plug that must be connected to an electrical outlet and made a connection between it and the controlled type of equipment.
Built-in control module , controlled by radio wave remote control, allows you to turn off or turn on the power remotely. This remote control switch only needs to be plugged into a power outlet.
A more advanced version is the flush-mounted switches , which are mounted directly in the electrical installation. Such switches include additional options, such as automatic programming of switching on at a given time or with a delay.
Characteristics of remote lighting control
- Possibility to control the light with a remote control, which does not exclude its simultaneous switching off by the traditional method.
- Long range – up to 30 meters. This allows you to install a light switch on the remote control, regardless of the area of \u200b\u200bthe house.
- High resistance of the device to wet, chemical and mechanical influences.
- Universal appearance and innovative design of remote light switch and remote control.
- Versatility of use – it can be used both in public places and in residential buildings.
Remote controlled switches
From a visual point of view, remote light switches are not much different from traditional ones. However, their distinguishing feature may be the absence of characteristic buttons or knobs if the switch is intended only for remote control of the light.
However, the light switch on the console can be designed for any type of room and looks great in it. This type of switch can be a balanced and minimalistic addition to both traditional and modern interiors.
FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions
1. Where will the light switch on the remote control work?
In a modern home where residents will appreciate the ease of everyday life. The light control panel is also useful when you need to control other devices in the house or apartment.
2. In what versions are the light switches available?
Basic version (the switch is then controlled via a plug). Advanced version (this type of switch is mounted directly in the electrical installation).
3. What is the remote control range for light control?
It can have a range of up to 30 meters.
The light switch on the remote control (as well as any socket, thermostat, dimmer and, in general, an electrician in general) must be connected securely.
Feel free to contact us: we have been working with electrical equipment and various power networks for a long time and we know the intricacies of a safe result.