Star quality for lighting control
MK Electric is enhancing the possibilities of wireless lighting control with the launch of astral – a MESH-based system that uses proven radio frequency (RF) technology to control lighting applications within residential, commercial or hospitality environments. The system offers significant benefits that will appeal to the installer, specifier and developer depending on requirements.
MESH networking is a way to route data between nodes (devices) using RF communication, making it suitable for any installation where flexibility and versatility are important. The technology’s flexibility is due to it not requiring ‘line-of-sight’ to successfully send operating instructions between devices or points. Instead all mains powered devices in the system are linked together (the MESH), providing multiple and alternative routes through which the RF signals can travel.
Astral devices (the initial range comprising controllers, dimmers and switches) have the capability to control lighting in one particular room, but also lighting throughout the entire property. Each device is effectively a transceiver – both receiving and transmitting RF signals. Signals are detected by all other astral devices within range, or any other device with Z-Wave as its inherent RF language.