Wireless lighting

This is essentially a switch that is a battery operated transmitter (think radio-control here) and a receiver at the light fitting that turns it on and off. There is no need for a cable between the light fitting and the switch as in conventional systems. The switch can be either wall mounted - anywhere - or a remote control (not recommended for some sites, eg church halls that have many users). One or more light fittings can be controlled by one or more switches. For home use, a remote could replace all light switches if required. The switch is battery operated and can be placed anywhere, even on a piece of furniture such as a desk.

Wireless Lighting

Wireless control is particularly suited to locations where there are constraints on other methods of wiring. For example, the building may have restrictions on the types of work that can be carried out due to it being listed or there may be simply access problems. It also avoids having to make good the walls, ceilings and decoration where cables would have had to be chased into them.

In one case, the cables between the light fittings and switches were condemned because they did not have an earth (this was permitted in earlier regulations). There was no loft space and some of the walls were rather attractive bare brick. Either a lot of damage was going to be necessary to run the cables or white plastic trunking was going to have to be used. OR with the installation of wireless lighting the existing switches were replaced and in each light fitting an extra unit (the receiver) was added. This was chosen as the least obtrusive method.

The downside? The fittings per light system are much more expensive, eg for a single light and switch the cost is about £120, but there is no damage to the fabric of the building caused by cable installation. The benefits are that the actual cost of installation is less and no redecoration is necessary.

There are a number of systems currently available, however many of the cheaper versions will only work with tungsten lamps, not fluorescents, energy saving units or fittings with in-built electronics.