Wireless Light Switch
Freelux is apparently a normal switch / button to turn on or off the light. It is actually an innovative lighting system on / off: no connection and no external power supply is required.
It is part of a system of installations for homes and offices, based on the use of thin and self-powered switches. These, requiring no external power supply , can be placed almost anywhere, without the need for the passage of cables, conduits or concealed pipes.
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The Freelux system is characterised by the following operating principles:
- Self-powered: natural and artificial light, by means of photovoltaic cells, is used as an energy source for powering the internal circuits.
- Efficiency: the communication system adopted allows commands to be transmitted with very little energy and in a short time.
- Autonomy: even in the absence of ambient light, thanks to the internal emergency battery (no replacement required) it is able to operate for years.
- Flexibility: possibility of coexistence in the same area of many Freelux systems, without interference problems.
- Versatility: thanks to the thickness of only 1.5 cm it is sufficient to place the switch in the desired point, no cables to lay, no predisposition of flush-mounted boxes.
This system stands out for its comfort, ease of use, flexibility and speed of installation, resulting in a zero cost of masonry due to the installation of traditional corrugated pipes.
The use of ambient light as an energy source for powering the switches makes them completely autonomous and maintenance-free.
The light energy of the environment, filtering through the translucent plate, is converted into electricity through small photovoltaic cells placed on the sides of the switch and stored thanks to a storage system.
When a switch button is pressed, the device uses the stored energy to emit the radio command. The switch, for normal applications, is therefore completely autonomous and its electronic parts have a practically unlimited life.
In the case of positioning in completely dark environments, to ensure energy autonomy, a small internal battery with sufficient capacity has been inserted to guarantee thousands of operations for several years.
The FreeLux system consists of two essential elements:
- The FreeLux FLX01 control device, to be combined with the FLX02;
- the receiving device FLX02 which allows the remote switching on of resistive loads such as chandeliers, lights, garden, wall and ceiling lights, both incandescent and LED.
The FLX01 control device, compatible with any type of Freelux receiver, is able to send a radio signal to one or more actuator or repeater devices, each time the central button is pressed.
The button panel is designed for indoor installation and can be fixed on the wall either with double-sided adhesive strips or with screws and dowels.
The Freelux system operates on the radio frequency of 868.5 MHz which is particularly suitable for this use as it is rarely used. The field of use varies according to the environmental conditions, it can reach 100 meters in the open field, or about 30 meters under normal conditions of use.
The coupling between the command device and the receiver can be configured in 3 different ways:
- Push button (instantaneous): the receiver relay closes only for the time the push button is pressed. Suitable for pre-existing systems controlled by relays, or for opening doors, overhead doors and electric gates.
- On-Off (cyclic): the receiver relay closes when the button is pressed and reopens only when the button is pressed again. Typical configuration for controlling the lighting of a room.
- Delayed (from 1s to 100min) : the receiver relay closes when the button is pressed and reopens only after the time set during programming. Suitable for lighting stairwells, closets, etc.
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