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Lighting Control Systems

There are basically three types of premier Architectural Lighting Control Systems available. The first is a hard-wired system. The second type is an electrical grid system and the third is a wireless lighting system.

Lighting Control Systems Options

There should be a healthy discussion of the various lighting control systems on the market today and which is the best. If we brought in a representative from all the lighting control systems, they would all swear that their system was hands down the best. In addition, if we organized those same representatives into groups defined by the technology their lighting control system is based on, they would swear up and down their technology was better than all other technologies.

Stand Behind What I Install

I have installed several types of systems which fall into different categories of lighting control technology. I would consider myself to be somewhat of an expert because I have installed these systems in my client’s homes and faced the pitfalls of each type of system. After all, over the years when I recommended a system for a home owner, I was the one who took the heat if and when it did not perform up to what the customer expected.

There was a time when I only installed top-of-the-line hardwired systems. Hardwired means that every switch in the house has a control wire pulled from its location back to the controller. Yes, this type of system has many reliable features and works 100% of the time. That was the reliability I counted on so that I could sleep at night. The down side to this particular type of system is that the equipment is very expensive and the labor to install it is substantial.

Wireless Lighting

There are other types of systems which have come a long way in terms of their reliability. I have installed wireless lighting systems in the past, but there was always that one or two light switches which had difficulty in receiving the command signals. Although the manufacturers claim new reliability performance rates at 100%, you are dealing with a system that controls the light switches by transmitting RF energy through the air.

I have been installing lighting control in large expensive homes with lots of concrete or steel in their construction. All of these factors leave me with a lingering worry as to whether all the light switches will work all of the time for every function. My opinion is why take the chance when something else is available. In addition, these wireless lighting control systems compare in cost up there with many of the hardwired systems.

New Reliable Cost Effective System

Fortunately a new technology emerged just a few years ago that is 100% reliable and not too cost prohibitive. It does not send command signals through the air nor does it control the switches through specially run control wires. This system sends command signals down the hard wires of your electrical grid to each light switch and controller.

I am an Authorized Dealer for the UPB Lighting Control system which I recommend for my jobs, big and small. The labor to install the system is cut down to an absolute minimum. In fact, your Electrician will do most of the work in his normal contract to wire up your house for AC. No additional control wires have to be pulled by you or the electrician. He will wire the house in the normal way.

Cost Less But Not Cheap

I said the UPB system is less expensive but I did not say it was cheap. On the contrary, the individual Dimmer switches cost in the range of $100 each. The 6-Buttom controllers are in the range of $265 each. These switches are in fact, reliable electronic components.

There is some other equipment and software involved as well, however when you add it up it cost a fraction of what other lighting control systems cost not to mention the difficulty of installation. So what I am offering you is a system I can teach you how to install which is 100% reliable and has all the bells and whistles of systems costing much more. One other very important factor is that it will integrate seamlessly with the HAI Security & Home Automation system discussed in one of my other “How to Install” books.

Control Your Cost

The keys to this technology are capability and cost. The absolute best way to control these issues is to install the system yourself. I help by providing lots of FREE information on this and other related home electronics systems like my 10 Video Mini Course. I invite you to follow me on my BLOG, sign up for my bi-monthly Newsletter, and view my ever increasing list of How to Install videos.

In addition, I have written an eBook on How to Install Lighting Control. In the book you will receive step by step instructions on installing the system which integrates with the Security & Home Automation controller I have been installing for years.

Installing Multiple Technologies?

It has been my experience that when people are considering one technology for their new or remodeled home, they are likely considering other technologies as well. I make available a FREE eBook on How to Install Modern Home Electronics. Download the free copy and it will give you an overview of several systems which are commonly installed in homes.

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One Responseto “Lighting Control Systems”

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