Leviton recently launched the HLC Keypad Room Controller for the company’s Universal Powerline Bus (UPB) lighting control product family.
The HLC Keypad Room Controller, available in white or light almond, is designed to be a coordinated room or house controller for the HLC product line which includes dimmers, switches, plug-in modules and hard-wired load controls. The HLC product line has historically included two separate room or house controllers, but this advanced HLCK6 offering provides versatile control options and improves the appearance with a contemporary form factor and smooth backlit buttons that accommodate Decora Wallplates.
The HLC Keypad Room Controller is ideal for creating activity-specific scenes to control all lights in a room. The new keypad can be configured as a room, house or general purpose interface for scene, zone and/or automation functionality. When attached to an Omni security & automation system, configuration versatility can easily be achieved by using setup software to enact a chain of commands that can control not only lighting, but door locks, window coverings, temperatures and more. For homeowners, a manual lock-out feature restricting push button use is simple to enable and is ideal for common areas or homes with small children.
The Room Controller is pre-configured with default scene settings, whereby setting A provides 80 percent illumination and setting D provides 20 percent. The scene or room status is reported back via LED, and the buttons can be customized to a specific activity. When the room is illuminated, the on/off buttons can be held to brighten or dim the entire room.
If a homeowner wishes to fine-tune the room to a custom look, they may adjust dimmers and switches to the appropriate illumination levels, and then press the scene button five times to save the new settings. When using an Omni family controller with PC Access software, the scene buttons can be programmed for custom scenes based on activity such as homework, movie time, dinner prep and more to actualize an automation scene that triggers multiple smart devices at once.
UPB uses existing electrical wire for communication through the use of digital pulses and is inherently reliable due to high signal strength and low-frequency communication over the power line. Signals can be sent over long runs of cabling, increasing the variety and scale of residential applications.
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