Core Brands is introducing its first-ever ELAN branded lighting keypads based on Pulseworx technology, which incorporates Universal Power Bus (UPB) power-line control technology to make the system suitable for retrofit installations.
“We are excited to begin expanding the ELAN g! system with custom designed peripheral components,” said Core Brands control category director Joe Lautner. “The Pulseworx lighting keypad offers our dealers more profitability and simplified installation, and gives ELAN g! users enhanced functionality.”
As a wire-in UPB transceiver, the seven-button KPCW7 keypad ($290 suggested) can control seven loads or entire scenes, and sends signals to a main control unit. The keypad features a blue LED backlight with adjustable brightness for easy nighttime operation, as well as a temporary lock to prevent children or guests from changing the settings. The keypad mounts in a standard single- or multi-gang box and connects to line and neutral wires.
Each of the keypad’s four "scene" buttons controls one of 16 modes and sends distinct commands for a tap, double tap, long press, or release. The controller is pre-programmed with six preset lighting scenes, which dealers can use to create lighting levels without custom programming. LED presets also determine which LED indicators on the keypad will light up or turn off in response to different scenes.
ELAN Lighting Powered by PulseWorx is a complete lighting control system that uses existing power lines to give residential customers one-touch control over their home’s lighting. PulseWorx products are designed to work within the current framework that already exists in the home. No new wires are required.
The keypad is available to all certified ELAN dealers immediately in white, light almond, or black.
ELAN also introduced a Powerline interface module, the PIM-IP, which is a small plug-in device that contains an IP web server. The $518 all-in-one device enables UPStart configuration software or other IP-based devices to communicate with a UPB network via a LAN network or even over the internet. Because it only requires a 120V wall outlet and a Cat-5 connection, it can be located virtually anywhere.
The PIM-IP is available immediately and comes in a black enclosure.
TWICE's Joseph Palenchar contributed to this article.