Lighting Controls
Last Update: November 1, 2011
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Wireless Control Systems

Wireless lighting control is considered an important technology frontier, offering the benefits of easier, lower-cost installation in both new and existing buildings as well as greater ease in making changes after installation. This section covers this emerging technology in detail—from controls using existing power wires to communicate control signals to radio-frequency signal devices to true wireless controls that use no wires at all, but instead batteries or harvested local energy (ambient light, etc.) to produce RF signals.

Wireless Infrared
Wireless infrared technology has been commercialized in the lighting controls industry for short-range, line-of-sight applications, including personal dimming control and as a means of ladderless, toolless startup and calibration.
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Powerline Carrier
A home PLC system uses power wiring to connect switches, dimmers and other control devices to form a control network. Each device contains a unique address to allow logical, rather than physical, connections between devices.
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Radio Frequency
Wireless radio-frequency (RF) lighting controls have grown in popularity in residential retrofit and new construction, and solutions are beginning to become available for more demanding nonresidential lighting applications, including wireless occupancy sensors and photosensors.
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Lighting Controls

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