Home Automation/Lighting Controls
Published: March 2008
1 Thermostat > HAI’s Omnistat2 seven-day programmable communicating thermostat controls the temperature and humidity within the home. The Omnistat2 is able to communicate with most home control systems for coordination of energy savings with daily activities. It can be controlled from within the house or remotely through the telephone or Internet through HAI’s control systems and accessories. The Omnistat2 is available in black, silver and white.
2 Audio System > NetStreams’ Quartet Q4000 multiroom audio system allows homeowners to listen to nine different global audio sources in up to four different zones at the same time. Quartet has an integrated FM tuner, four analog audio inputs and the ability to add four additional in-room sources with the addition of NetStreams’ audio ports. The Quartet includes four slim-line, in-wall keypads, each with a built-in intercom microphone for push-to-talk communications, room-to-room paging and room monitoring.
3 Controller > Schneider Electric’s Square D Clipsal Pascal automation controller has expansive scheduling capability and facilitates operation of third-party products from input devices such as keypads and touchscreens in both residential and commercial applications. The controller is installed using standard Cat 5 cable. Third-party products, such as a movie projector, screen and security or HVAC systems, are connected through two RS-232 ports.
4 Balun > Intelix’s AVO-V1A2-WP-F wallplate balun distributes one channel of composite video and two channels of high-fidelity stereo audio up to 2,200 ft. over standard twisted pair cable, such as Cat 5 or Cat 6. The front panel of the balun has three gold-plated female RCA connectors on a white faceplate. The rear panel has an RJ45 connector and optional grounding screw. The installed unit fits in a standard depth wallbox.
5 Dimming System > Lightolier Controls’ Compli Scenist dimming system incorporates five-scene control of four dimmers in a four-gang wallbox. Each dimmer controls 800W. Total capacity is 2,000W. A 16-bit processor memorizes five presets for each dimmer and composes them into scenes. The scenes are selected using the integral keypad or remotes located anywhere in the space.
6 Connectors > Ideal Industries Inc.’s F-type and RCA-type mini-coaxial connectors are constructed of 100 percent brass. They have a compact one-piece design and RF shielding protection with minimum signal loss. A self-centering design seats the conductor into the contact and connection. The connectors come in packages of 10, and both the F-type and RCA-type work with most 25 AWG cable.
7 Lighting Controls > Lutron Electronics Co.’s AuroRa wireless home lighting control system enables the control of lights from the car, patio or bedside and the creation of a safe pathway of light—to, through or around the home—with the push of a button. Using AuroRa, five areas of light can be controlled from one location. AuroRa switches control incandescent/halogen, fluorescent, magnetic low-voltage and electronic low-voltage loads. AuroRa dimmers control incandescent/halogen loads.
8 Switches & Timers > Pass & Seymour/Legrand’s wall box sensors and timers fit anywhere and come in a range of colors to match switches and receptacles. Residential options include vacancy sensors, occupancy sensors with hands-free convenience, and a model designed for three-way circuits. Commercial ceiling- and wall-mount sensors include passive infrared and ultrasonic versions, with adjustable time delay and up to 2,200 sq. ft. of coverage on some models.