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LightwaveRF is a low-cost wireless home automation technology ideally suited to simple control of lighting and power sockets.
The LightwaveRF range of dimmers and sockets are stylish and easily retro-fitted into existing installations, making it ideal for quick, easy control of lighting.
LightwaveRF devices are paired directly with each other. So a LightwaveRF remote control or sensor is directly paired with the dimmer or socket that it will control. This makes LightwaveRF very easy to setup and you can be up and running in minutes. Each LightwaveRF device can be paired with up to six controlling devices, so you have lots of scope to use as many sensors and remote controls as you like.
A key thing to remember with LightwaveRF devices is that dimmers and sockets are receivers only - they do not transmit any acknowledgements or status updates. In the same respect, LightwaveRF remote controls and sensors are only transmitters, they send command signals to the dimmer or socket they are paired with.
The system can be used together with the optional LightwaveRF Link controller that allows you to control the lights from a smartphone or tablet while you are at home or even away.
Moods allow you to control a number of LightwaveRF devices all as one group. The mood can set dimmers to different brightness levels and some devices On and others Off. So a movie mood could change the lighting so the main room lights turn off and the table lamps dim down to 20%.
LightwaveRF is ideal for most applications, however, it does not have the advanced features of a mesh network technology such as Z-Wave, so be sure to check out the Z-Wave Lighting guide or our in-depth comparison of LightwaveRF and Z-Wave.
Upgrading your lighting with LightwaveRF is straightforward, it is designed to easily replace existing light switches or sockets, so you can do it or any qualified electrician will be able to do it for you. However, before going ahead, there are a few things to consider or double check.
The LightwaveRF Dimmers are slightly deeper than standard light switches, actually all dimmers are, as they have electronic components inside which take up additional space. The LightwaveRF dimmers are 23mm deep, so you need a back-box that it is at least 25mm (preferably deeper as you will also need space for cables). The LightwaveRF Wire-Free switches can be mounted on any flat surface or over an existing (unused back-box), so they have no special depth requirements.
All LightwaveRF Wall Dimmers are dimmers - they are not switches. This sounds silly, but it is an important thing to remember. In day-to-day operation they can dim lights as well as turning them On and Off so they behave like switches. They operate as follows:
The LightwaveRF dimmers must be used with dimmable bulbs such as Incandescent, Halogen and LED. They cannot be used with non-dimmable bulbs such as CFL (Energy saving), fluorescent, or non-dimmable LEDs. Using the dimmers with non-dimmable bulbs can damage the dimmer and bulb. LightwaveRF wall plugs and sockets can be used with any bulb type.
LightwaveRF dimmers can be used in 2-way light circuits - these have one light circuit controlled by two (or more light) switches, such as a landing light that can be controlled from upstairs and downstairs. There are two ways to use LightwaveRF dimmers in 2-way lighting by using them together with:
To add LightwaveRF home automation control of your lighting you can start with as few as two components and expand your system from there.
LightwaveRF Wall Dimmers are wired into your lighting circuit and replace your existing wall switch. They are able to control the lights (on/off and brightness) and you are able to control them using a LightwaveRF remote control, sensor or from a smartphone/tablet via the LightwaveRF Link. There are two types of LightwaveRF Wall dimmer:
LightwaveRF Wall Plugs and Sockets allow you to easily control lamps and other appliances wirelessly.
The Inline dimmers and relays can be wired into your electrical circuit and provide control of the lights or sockets. They are designed to be hidden in ceilings, floors, cupboards etc and need to be used with LightwaveRF Wire-Free switches or remote controls. These are available in Dimmer, Relay (3000W), Relay (500W) and 3-Channel Relay versions.
These battery-powered switches are completely wire-free and can be positioned anywhere for convenient control of other LightwaveRF devices.
Sensors to automatically turn your lights On and Off.
The LightwaveRF controllers give you further control of the lighting from handheld remotes or your smartphone.