Keypads offered by manufacturers of lighting control systems have historically been some of the prettiest around. Part of the aesthetic appeal can be attributed to the elegant, intricately engraved buttons they brandish. There’s no doubt, the design affords a sleek, streamlined appearance that blends in nicely with the wall surface, but for some people, those tiny buttons can be a real struggle to deal with. Those with big hands or dexterity problems may find it difficult to land a finger on the correct button, especially if they are in a hurry. For this reason, manufacturers including Vantage and Lutron have developed keypads with larger buttons.
One of the first big-button keypad to hit the market was the Palladiom from Lutron. Intended for use with its HomeWorks QS lighting control system, it features buttons and faceplates made of the same material – plastic, glass or metal – for a coordinated aesthetic. Its customizable button layout and programming accommodates virtually any function. Additionally, it has large, tactile buttons with backlit, engraved text that are simple to operate and easy to find in a darkened room. Its variable backlight intensity controlled through Lutron’s Dynamic Backlight Management provides the right brightness for any ambient lighting conditions.
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The Vantage wireless RadioLink EasyTouch II keypad, meanwhile, features two programmable buttons for full lighting scene control. It is ideally suited for transition areas such as corridors and hallways, where you are typically passing through quickly.
The new keypad provides seamless scalability and is designed for quick installation without the need to run new wires. RadioLink EasyTouch II can be used in retrofit projects to replace standard 3- or 4-way switches; it can also be used in homes under construction.
RadioLink EasyTouch II keypads feature:
- Laser engraved button text with full range, RGB, adjustable backlighting
- Multi-event programming and control of discreet loads or scenes on a single button
- Hidden, ambient light and IR sensors
- Instant response to button press, regardless of system size
- Consistent look and feel with other EasyTouch II keypad stations
- Custom color options to mix or match finishes for trims, buttons, and faceplates