When planning a Lighting system possibly the biggest consideration is whether to plan for a wired or wireless system. Both can integrate together to form combined systems but which should form the core platform?

Retro-fit wireless

For new installations, the choice between wired and wireless solutions is something for consideration.

For a retro-fit solution, the wireless option is obvious. Existing house wiring will already be in place so being able to put a direct replacement switch with integral RF is the solution. The wireless system is easier to install and commission and is usually a lower cost solution, more so for smaller installations, especially where they can be manually set-up.

The structure of a wired system, requiring a personalized solution, typically requires more circuits to control the fixed costs. Also, the wired keypads are also more expensive than their wireless counterparts.

Retro-fit wired

A wired system is advantageous in that it avoids any concerns regarding wireless transmission range.

The connection via a data cable allows more information to be transmitted so there is more functionality available; as all wired devices are connected, the whole system can be interrogated and, if need be, upgraded.

A wired system is more involved to set-up and commission and will require a laptop to programme. Larger and more complex wireless schemes may require this too, but simpler wireless systems can be set-up without the use of any laptop.


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