Remote Controlled Transformer - any info.???

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by trailboss, Jun 24, 2007.

  1. trailboss

    trailboss LawnSite Member
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    I am working up a system for a client that would like the capability to turn on certain sections of the system by remote. He wants the ability to turn on just the path lights in the back leading to the guest house or turn off the lighting on patio #1 and just have lights on patio #2 and so on. I know that I can break this down into different transformers but they are going to be placed at different areas on the property. He likes the idea of being able to control everything from inside the house.
    Any input and/or suggestions or product info. would be greatly appreciated.
    We are currently using Vista on most of our instals.

    Thanks Again!
     
  2. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I have used Linear remote control transmitters and receivers several times with great success. They offer excellent medium range and multi-channel capabilities and are reasonably priced. http://www.linearcorp.com/

    Have a great day.
     
  3. trailboss

    trailboss LawnSite Member
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    James, Do you remember which one that you used?
    Thanks, Steve
     
  4. FThera

    FThera LawnSite Member
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  5. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Hi Steve. I have used the Delta3 line from Linear.
     
  6. NightScenes

    NightScenes LawnSite Silver Member
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    You can also check the Nightscaping Dominator. It gives you 4 zones (I think) that you can control by remote.
     
  7. TurfPro

    TurfPro LawnSite Member
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    I'm looking into the same thing. Unfortunately the Dominator is supposed to only have a 40' range.... not enough for my application anyway. X-10 seems to be a little "finicky" from what I've read as well.
     
  8. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
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    we eliminated the finiky x10 quirks by using phase couplers. Have not had a problem on a job yet that runs a phase coupler but we only have 4 out there now.

    What I would probably do on a job like this is instead of run the whole system off 1 trans I would mount multiple transformers sized accordingly and then install a UPB system or something similar. You might also look to install some dimming controls along with this for the ultimate in system control. We are going to be looking at doing this on our next project that I just got the plans for this afternoon. System will be set for 95% until 12am... then system will go dimmed until dawn. The pool area will be dimmed when not in use. Just enough to see the beds around it then full on for night time use of the area
     
  9. Eden Lights

    Eden Lights LawnSite Senior Member
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    The EI product works as advertised, but small zoned transformers work great with an control system of choice. We setup controls for a arbor tonight that has a pool house, main house interface, and IR control for an outdoor theater scene under the arbor with remote.
     
  10. trailboss

    trailboss LawnSite Member
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    What kind of range will most of these remotes work? Will they work through walls? On this particular job one of the transformers that needs to be controlled will be about 80' from the main house.
    I appreciate all the input.:clapping:
     

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