Home automation company Crestron Electronics has introduced a new generation of its popular Horizon keypads and dimmers. These new models focus both on design and customer experience.
The new keypads and dimmers, says Crestron, combine elegant design with a “distinctive tactile experience, improved configuration and installation, and elevated customization options.”
Horizon keypads and dimmers come in a variety of colours and feature a single faceplate design with a subtle button protrusion that provides an enhanced texture and feel when pressed. The buttons are also arranged in a single-piece design that improves alignment and consistency.
Deep functionality has been built into the backlighting of the keypads and dimmers, allowing the colour temperature of the backlight to be adjusted. The new “dim-to-warm” theme uses the local ambient sensor to automatically set the button backlight to cooler or warmer based on the intensity of the room lighting.
To help homeowners enjoy a restful night of sleep, Crestron has eliminated the shine of the keypads as well as reduced the light bleeds between the buttons and the faceplate to refine the appearance in dark or dimly lit rooms.
The next-generation Horizon keypads and dimmers are available in the six most popular configurations, from single-button options up to five buttons in a single gang arrangement. Advanced colour control offers visual cues from a distance. For example, a “Security” button can illuminate red when activated and green when the system is off, allowing homeowners to visualize the status of their system at a glance.
Engraving has always been a feature for Crestron keypads and dimmers, but the new Impress software tool enables dealers to create a variety of personalized engravings from mixing fonts and foreign character support to special characters and icons. Any engraving specified before device shipping will be pre-installed and included as part of the wider bulk-packing process for the entire Horizon range, which can help save time during installation.
“Our next generation of Crestron Horizon keypads take every aspect of this product to the next level and are a thoughtful addition to the Crestron lighting line,” says Michael Short, Senior Director of Residential & Hospitality Marketing at Crestron. “The ways in which dealers can not only configure the keypads but also order and install is a huge win for both customers and dealers. The other major aspect is how beautiful these new keypads look; they are a perfect complement to any home.”
Dealers with current open Horizon keypad and dimmer orders can convert their existing orders to the new styles, with shipping to begin in May 2023. The new Crestron Horizon keypads and dimmers have an MSRP starting at US$350 with prices ranging based on customizations and configurations. Each product is available in white, almond, and black.