By Christine Persaud
Control4, the smart home brand for SnapAV, has launched its new Essential Lighting line, an expansion to the Control4 Wireless Lighting line thay focuses on affordable options for customers and small projects.
Essential Lighting, for example, is ideal for customers who budget for smart lighting in primary rooms, such as the family room, dining room, or home theatre, making it more affordable for them to add to other areas of the home, such as bathrooms, the laundry room, garage, and more.
“Smart lighting enhances the smart home, but even big projects may skip smart lighting in ancillary spaces like closets, basements, attics, and bathrooms due to budget constraints,” says Charlie Kindel, Chief Product & Technology Officer, SnapAV. “Most homeowners with Control4 systems who have lighting in one room want to expand the system throughout the entire home once they’ve experienced it. The Essential Lighting line adds to our existing smart lighting solutions to bring a comprehensive line of intelligent lighting with features and price points for every application.”
Essential Lighting also enables professionals to mix-and-match with existing Control4 Wireless Lighting and Centralized Lighting. Great for retrofit or new builds, professionals can easily replace dumb light switches with one of three new in-wall Decora models including a Dimmer, Switch, and Auxiliary Keypad, or homeowners can automate lamps and other plug-in devices with a new plug-in dimmer or switch. All Essential Lighting products are programmable in Composer and include a single blue LED.
The Control4 Essential In-Wall Dimmer is compatible with dimmable LEDs and CFLs, incandescent, and halogen bulbs. The Essential Wireless In-Wall Switch provides on/off control of lighting, motors, and pumps, and is compatible with virtually all 110-277V AC lighting load, with a simple rocker, the switch has a blue LED to show the light status. The Essential Auxiliary Keypad is an economical solution for 3-, 4-, and 5-way control of a load using existing in-wall wiring to connect to the Essential Dimmer or Switch or use up to five Essential Auxiliary Keypads with a single load-control device. The Plug-In Outlet Dimmer is an easy way to add lamps or other non-grounded lighting devices to your Control4 system. Plug it into a standard electrical outlet to dim incandescent, halogen, and dimmable LED and Florescent bulbs. The Plug-In Outlet Switch is a single relay, grounded, dual-outlet switch that provides on/off control of lamps, lighting, motors, and pumps.
Control4 Essential Lighting was designed to facilitate fast, simple installs and does not require special electrical training. Essential Lighting dimmers and switches can be wired with a screw terminal. The products then detect line and load to prevent errors and can easily daisy-chain to create multiple configurations. The faceplates complement those in the Control4 Wireless Lighting and Centralized Lighting lines, with matching white, matte snow white, black, and light almond colors, or upgrade to Control4 screw-less faceplates for a modern home design.
The new dimmers and switches are available for US MSRP of $85 ea.