Remote Controlled Sockets

Written by Stephanie Dula
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Existing electrical sockets in any home or workplace can be automatically controlled using a variety of methods. Appliances and lights plugged into these sockets can be activated with a push of a button on a remote control or keypad. They can also be connected into an automation network controlled by a PC or home server and programmed to function at a certain time each day or when a specific event occurs.

While standard electrical sockets typically draw from a continuous, "always on" power source, the control of power supply to an automated socket is more selective. An automated socket will be only be powered when it receives a command from a central control unit, though the appliance may also be activated manually. A remote controlled socket can be used to remotely activate lighting systems or individual plug-in devices.

Versatile Remote Controlled Sockets

A remote controlled socket eliminates the need for an individual control module to be placed in between an appliance and an outlet. Structured cable can be run to power remote controlled sockets in hardwired systems, but there is also the possibility for retrofitting an existing home. Installed by a professional, these sockets acts as a point of control in a powerline-based automation network using UPB or X10 technology.

Consumers can achieve a remote control system for their electrical sockets by purchasing an outlet unit from one of many online vendors. They are designed to look much like a typical AC outlet with two sockets. Both sockets are operational, with one for standard use and one for remote control of plug-in appliances.

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