Less than a few decades ago, all home lighting was controlled with wired switches. You know the type, where you need to physically go to the light switch and flip it on or off. While the same system is still in use today, many homeowners opt for wireless control of their home lighting.

The UK-based technology company, Rako, is at the forefront of developing state of the art, digital control technology. And, while you might think they’re abandoning wires and physical controls, you’d be wrong. In fact, Rako continues to develop and innovate with wired systems, too.

What is Rako lighting?

Rako is a leading supplier of sophisticated and advanced automated smart-lighting control systems in the UK. With an unparalleled range of products, Rako provides home and business owners with more choice than ever when installing innovative and cost-effective lighting solutions.

Rako systems can be designed as a wired or wireless solution, allowing flexibility in design and installation. This makes it an ideal choice for properties that might have lighting wiring already in place but are looking to upgrade and update their system with home automation.

What makes Rako lighting different?

There’s a good chance you already have a dimming system in place, allowing you to set the mood with each individual light control. But, what if you could set every light to a preset level, for different occasions, with the touch of a single button? Rako’s mood lighting systems allow the user to recall a scene or mood of lighting with a single tap despite controlling multiple circuits and lamp types. Circuits can be split to define zones, highlight room features, and programmed to suit different spaces.

If you’re worried about retaining an aesthetic, don’t. Rako’s control panels come in a variety of designs that are certain to fit in with any modern, contemporary, and traditional home. And, compared to competitors, they’re relatively inexpensive and require very little maintenance.

Wired vs wireless Rako systems

There are two main types of systems when it comes to lighting control: wired and wireless. Wired systems involve physically connecting the light switch to the light fixture. In contrast, wireless systems allow for control of the lights using a remote or mobile app, generally connected to a central controller. There are several benefits to both approaches, and although wireless lighting might feel like the future, it’s not the answer for everyone.

Rako’s wireless lighting system

There are many reasons people might choose to use wireless lighting in their homes. Perhaps the most apparent benefit is seen in projects where wiring already exists. Rako’s wireless systems provide all the benefits of a sophisticated lighting control system without the need to re-wire and can be used in both new and retrofit installations.

Rako’s wireless solutions are much easier to install than a wired system in a retrofit installation. This method enables a remote-controlled system that can be installed in a fraction of the time.

Wireless installations aren’t limited to a single space, either. Like wired systems, they can be used to control an entire home. Several Rako wireless dimmers on the market, such as the RMT500, feature compact dimensions and are easily concealed through down-lighter holes. These modules wire in line with each lighting circuit, and can be mounted in the ceiling or a central cupboard. And, since wall-plates can be flush mounted or surface mounted, they require no additional cabling at all, communicating wirelessly with the receiver modules. This flexibility means that existing wiring can power the control modules, and converting traditional wiring is relatively straightforward.

What are the Benefits of the Rako Wireless System?

  • Very compatible with existing wired installations.
  • Control panels are inexpensive.
  • Easily expandable with new control modules.

Rako’s wired lighting system

While seemingly traditional, a wired system has several advantages over the new wireless products. As home building materials continue to advance – think insulation – wireless transmission ranges and interference is becoming an increasing problem. A wired connection avoids any concerns about the wireless transmission range and the lack of dependence on battery power for the keypads.

However, a wired system is more suited for a new build or complete renovation, as new cabling will need to be installed. The connection via a data cable allows more information to be transmitted, so exploring wired solutions built around Rako’s control bridges offers more functionality. These extra functions include ‘Holiday Mode’, dawn/dusk programming, advanced macros, and even mapping features. They also allow users to program scenes for daily events such as breakfast, lunch and dinner from a smart device providing total user control.

What are the Benefits of the Rako Wired System?

  • Illuminated backlight keypads with no battery requirements
  • Easier to program advanced scenes and multi-room control panels
  • No distance or signal restrictions due to wireless transmission

Why Rako should be used for home automation

Rako delivers a lighting control system that is creative, easy to install and cost-effective. They’ve undoubtedly created one of the most advanced lighting systems globally, offering a spectacular user experience in home automation.

With both wired and wireless systems offering a plethora of installation options, deciding which is right for your home isn’t easy. Wireless systems are typically easier to install in homes with existing cables. But, wired systems offer reliable connections and several upgrades in functionality. Rako’s ability to combine wireless and wired technologies provides a one-of-a-kind solution for installers and end-users. This incredible adaptability provides a wide range of installation options, allowing you to build a network of interconnected components that work seamlessly.

Our team of experienced Rako installers can help you find, design, and install the ideal components to match your light and home automation needs. If you’d like advice on upgrading or planning your smart-lighting project, speak to a member of our team today.

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