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Savant Readies Wi-Fi Lighting Control

Hyannis, Mass. – Savant Systems plans October availability of its first wireless lighting-control system, which uses Wi-Fi and complements the company’s Wi-Fi thermostat released earlier this year.

Savant, which already offers a wired lighting-control system, said its SmartLighting system is targeted not only to new construction but also to retrofit installations because it’s not necessary to run control wires through existing walls.

The Wi-Fi lighting products “make lighting control a viable option for a broad new category of consumers,” said Jim Carroll, Savant’s corporate strategy and business development executive VP.

The system can be used as a stand-alone lighting control system or integrated into a more extensive Savant home-automation system.

The system’s lighting-control keypads replace existing light switches in a home and connect to the existing electrical wiring behind the switches. The system can also be controlled from Savant’s new stand-alone lighting-control iOS app.

Three keypads include two single-gang models, one with three buttons and the other with one button. A double-gang keypad with six buttons comes with its own internal processor, eliminating the need to wire and install external hardware, the company said.

The keypads also deliver real-time energy usage data to users, who can see how much energy is saved by dimming or turning off lights.

Set-up is accomplished through an iOS device.