January 3, 2022

Wireless switching

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Last time you switched a light on, even though you cannot see it you know that concealed within the wall and ceiling is a cable running electricity from the switch up to the light to turn it on instantly.

A working light switch is something most of us take for granted without thinking too much about how it works and only really caring that it does. When making changes to your light set up, adding new fixtures and installations can lead to the need for new switches to control them.

This used to involve a lot of mess in chasing channels into walls (straight through fresh plaster if you are unlucky) to enable the cable to reach its new location depending on where the switch needs to be. However, dust and noise are a thing of the past due to the introduction of wireless switching.

Wireless switching offers a much speedier, less disruptive solution to the need of a new light switch. Wall mounted switches no longer need to be chased into walls to ensure space for the backbox to look smart and flush against the wall. A wireless switch allows you to pick, choose and change the location of your switch without such considerations, and even have the switch controlled remotely.

Relatively new to the smart home technology world, however gaining pace wireless switches offer an efficient and modern solution to light switches. They can be mounted nearly anywhere, Glass, marble, ceramic tile and other smooth surfaced flat walls such as normal lime walls and painted walls, often in places standard wired switches cannot be placed. The possibilities are endless.

Older properties often have oddly placed light switches behind doors or built into cupboards and although this is something that most people come to live with, the introduction of wireless switches offers a new way to deal with this that is far less disruptive than having wiring altered and switches physically moved.

Certain brands lead the way in the wireless switching world and have developed a wireless switching method which works using kinetic energy. Kinetic energy is gathered from the switch being activated which transmits a radio signal to the wireless controller switching the lamps on or off. This type of switch is completely self-sufficient with no wires or batteries and isn’t reliant upon Wi-Fi. Interestingly wireless switches are also more cost effective being around 30% less than a standard switch installation.

Wireless switches are ideal solutions for:

  • Bathrooms.
  • Kitchen & cabinet lighting.
  • Workshops & sheds.
  • Conservatories.
  • Assisted living.
  • Bedside switch.
  • Listed buildings.
  • Lofts, extensions & conversions.
  • Garden & garage lighting.
  • Adding additional switching points.

A receiver is attached to the light you wish to connect to the switch and then paired with the control switch. It’s also possible for the receiver to be controlled by multiple switches with the switch being able to control an unlimited number of switches.

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