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Basics of Remote Control Lighting
Human intelligence is increasing with every passing generation. IQ levels are soaring at a rapid rate and kids are getting smarter by the day. Electrical devices are getting smarter, read Smartphones and Smart robots that perform complex functions. With all these acquiring intelligence, there’s no reason for homes to be left behind.
There are various kinds of remote control lighting systems. The automated lights are used more and more in mainstream productions as their costs have decreased and their capabilities have increased. As all electrical appliances run on AC, a Remote AC Control system is required to automate lighting in a location.
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The Technology Behind Remote Control Lighting Systems
Remote AC Control system provides wireless control of AC lighting using a Radio Frequency remote control transmitter. The control signal is received by an RF receiver and sent to the AC control modules through the AC power wiring of the building.
The receivers can be in the form of a wall switch, AC outlet or a keypad of the lighting control system. Usually On/Off switch versions (20 Amps) and dimmer versions (up to 500 Watts) are used widely.
A basic remote control lighting system usually consists of a control transmitter kit and a number of remote control lighting dimmer receivers and/or remote control lighting switch receivers.
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How Does a Remote Control Lighting System Really Work?
Phase couplers or signal bridges like XPCP or XPCR are also used for coupling the signal onto both phases of the electrical system. The control transmitter kit communicates with 16 modules via radio frequency and power line transmission; however, it does not require "line of sight" to the transmitter unit.
The portable remote transmits control signals to the base transceiver which interposes them onto the AC power line of the installation. Next, the transmitters are assigned unique codes and multiples transmitters can be coupled to a single base transceiver.
The remote can be programmed to control any light in a particular base transceiver, as each appliance connected to it will be assigned a unique address.
XPCP Passive couplers installed at the panel ensure efficient phase coupling and are used in facilities under 3000 sq feet. For installations more than 4000 sq feet, XPCR coupler repeats X10 signals at higher amplitude on split and 3 phase panels.
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Need for a Remote Control Lighting System
A remote control lighting system makes your life a lot easier by allowing you to control the domestic as well as office lighting with "no strings attached".
Advanced techniques like automation control, and remote control light dimming help in performing more sophisticated operations. As a whole, a remote control lighting system can be regarded as one amongst the essential components of a smart home. And, depending upon your budget considerations, and overall requirements, you can select an appropriate remote control lighting system for controlling the lighting requirements of your residential or official premises.
Automation of remote control lighting through internet, programmable lighting, voice activated remote lighting, remote control dimmers, and other advanced aspects of remote control lighting systems are covered separately in the other articles of this series.
Understanding the Remote Control Lighting Systems
This series covers everything about the remote control lighting, right from the basics including concepts like programmable lighting, remote control dimmers, voice activated remote lighting down to the pros and cons of each; so, let's get started!