Remote Controlled Switches

Written by Stephanie Dula
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Remote controlled switches can be professionally installed as part of a lighting automation system in any home. Lighting and climate control systems are typically the starting point for those interested in adding some automated elements to their homes. Being able to remotely control a few well-chosen lights around the home can go a long way toward enhancing the overall security of a property.

UPB Controlled Switches

Switches based on reliable Universal Powerline Bus (UPB) technology can be controlled a number of ways. They can be activated using a remote control as well as manually. If they are connected to a PC or server dedicated to home automation, they can easily be programmed to come on at a certain time or as a response to a specific event or sequence of events.

Remote controlled switches that utilize UPB transmission have a number of applications for automated lighting. UPB switches are dimmers that allow users to program exact lighting levels as part of multi-unit scenes. Individual lights can be turned off or on, and multiple lights can be activated with a remote control.

Powerline based automation elements like UPB switches allow users the freedom to retrofit their homes with a control system utilizing existing wiring and outlets. X10 has long been used to accomplish remote control of lighting and other systems using standard powerlines, but has often been criticized for its less-than-optimal performance. More and more online vendors are beginning to offer UPB switches and other UPB modules in varying forms, including individual units and starter kits.


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