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Would you like to turn off the lights in your bedroom from the bed or change the mood in your living room without having to get up off the couch? Have you had to get out of the car because someone forgot to switch off the lights?
Would you like to control all the lights in your home with one simple smart phone application?
All you need is to change the light switch. The easy to install AIRcable SmartDimmer™ is the solution for you; a game-changing alternative to expensive home automation equipment.
The AIRcable SmartDimmer™ from Wireless Cables Inc. is the ONLY in-wall lighting controller that allows to switch lights directly from the iPhone.
Built with Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (BLE) wireless technology the SmartDimmer allows to switch lights directly from the iPhone. No infrastructure, no WiFi or special equipment is required.
The SmartDimmer application allows users to view the status of all lights in the house, the light intensity, the light level, the temperature in the room and the power consumption of each lamp. With the app each light switch is set-up by location, disable or enable dimming function and specify the intensity and function of the night light.
Additional features such as a timer function as well as the automatic porch light can also be configured during setup.
The AIRcable SmartDimmer™ is easy to install, just as easy as installing a new light fixture. And pairing with the iPhone app is very simple. Optimized for LED lights the combination of iPhone application and the SmartDimmer light switch brings convenience and comfort as well as big savings on material and installation cost. Review our installation guide here.
The most compelling feature is the matched Companion Switch. Running only on batteries, the Companion Switch can be installed anywhere, even in areas that don’t have wiring, such as interior columns. Installation of 2-way, 3-way or even multi-way with the Companion Switch is easy and does not require additional costly wiring, ideal for remodeling. The two AAA batteries last for over 10 years. There is no limit for the number of Companion Switches that control one Smart Dimmer and pairing makes communication secure.
Founded in 2003, Wireless Cables Inc. develops long range Bluetooth modules and products under the brand name AIRcable, primarily for industrial use. We are very well known in the industry for our incredible long range wireless data management. With the introduction of our latest design, the FCC certified Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy Single Mode Module, we are entering the consumer electronic market.
We believe that crowdfunding is the optimal way for us to make our debut in retail, as it provides us with an opportunity to introduce our products to an entrepreneurial and tech savvy audience.
Wireless Cables Inc has a long track record of product development and superior customer relationship. Our team consists of experienced industrial design engineers, electronic designers as well as experts in manufacturing of plastic housing, aluminum parts and electronic assembly and testing.
Contribute today and join the revolution in home lighting automation.
The only dimmer available today with Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy
Direct communication with the iPhone, no infrastructure required, no Wifi, no monthly fees
Free iPhone app for whole house lighting control
Easy to install, not more difficult than installing a light fixture
Optimized for modern LED lighting, linear lighting level for most
Fully configurable and controllable wirelessly with user friendly controls
Built-in very bright night light, configurable, perfect for kids room and dark hallways
Advanced sensors for room temperature, ambient light, power consumption etc.
Energy efficient modern electronic
Noise free dimming, featuring reverse phase control
- Unique safety features, detects overload, shorts and high temperature
- Matched Companion Switch, with batteries, 10 year lifetime, no wiring whatsoever, for 2-way, 3-way, multi-way, no limit
The AIRcable SmartDimmer is just the beginning. It is a new platform that can be used now for all kinds of applications or accessories.
We hope to inspire you to think about more ideas what to do with this new revolutionary home automation platform and it’s build-in sensors. Please look at our developer's kit. We will work with you on your ideas as well as provide every possible help to get your ideas off the ground.
Certainly for you folks in Europe, South America and Asia, we will make a 240V version. The electronic is not difficult to upgrade to the higher voltage and change the timing for 50Hz. But the housing, form size and mounting as well as safety rules are different in each country. We will work on that as soon this campaign comes to an end.
There are always challenges in manufacturing and delivering any electronics product at scale. We have lots of experience and shipping products at higher volume.
We have completed all of our moulds required for injection parts. What you see in the pictures are actual injection samples. We’ve made already a few hundred parts, and readied the mould for mass production.
The most challenging part, the AIRcable BLE wireless module is already completed and received FCC certification (SQCBLE1K), we have over 1000 modules reserved for this product.
Q: Will you have Android, BlackBerry etc. cell phone applications too?
A: Yes we will and we get to it immediately after this campaign.
Q: When is the Android software available?
A: That will happen as soon as Google gets the BLE API into Android. We don't want to create special Samsung or HTC or other software. But you are welcome to do so. Sign up for the developer program.
Q: Why are you using pigtail wires and not terminals?
A: We hate light switches with terminals. These are exposed metal parts carrying high voltage. And you stick your finger inside.... Also in the light of cost savings, additional metal parts that can influence RF and safety we use pigtails.
Q: The light switch requires NEUTRAL connection as well?
A: Yes it does, we are not using leak currents through the lamp that make some LED light blink uncontrolled. Also our green electronics uses a switching power supply for the 5V electronics that has an efficiency of about 80%. Yes, from 165V down to 5V at 80% efficiency. Its actually hard to measure the current on the 110V side when the lights are off. It is only a few hundred micro amps.
Q: What is the maximum lamp power I can control?
A: The SmartDimmer is rated 200W, we think this is enough for LED lights. The SmartDimmer is only usable for 120V AC with 60Hz, NOT at 50Hz or at 220V. It will likely not power a 200W incandescent lamp or 200W CFL because the in-rush current will set off the safety features.
Q: What are the safety features of the SmartDimmer?
A: First, the SmartDimmer checks for overload. It has a current limiter to 2.5A inside, and never lets more power through. During overload within 1 second it will disable itself. Hardware and firmware work together through a triple fail safe mechanism to build the safest lightswitch in the world. Second the SmartDimmer checks internal temperature. At 60C it will switch off the lamp. Third, lifting off the rocker disables the power to the electronic and to the lights manually.
Q: Can I use the dimmer for lights that are not dimmable, older LED?
A: Yes, you can. No problem you just need to switch off the dimming function and also remember that we do not officially test incandescent lights. Hey, they are outlawed, aren't they?? CFLs are also introducing a high in-rush current and the maximum wattage may be lower.
Q: The night light is very bright, can I switch it off completely?
A: Yes you can configure the brightness of the night light from 3000mcd down to 10mcd or even switch it off completely.
Q: Can one SmartDimmer talk to another SmartDimmer?
A: No, the SmartDimmer is only a slave device. You can connect to it and you can control it, but it does not make connections by itself. Use your cell phone to communicate to multiple SmartDimmers, or get the settings from one and apply it to another.
Q: How many SmartDimmers can I have in my house? Is there a limit communicating with that many wireless devices?
A: We don't know of any limit. Communication between the iPhone and the SmartDimmer or the Companion Switch and the SmartDimmer takes only 0.1 seconds, maybe a bit longer if you are too far away.
Q: Does Bluetooth Low Energy communication interfere with my Wifi?
A: BLE uses channels for advertising that are out of the Wifi spectrum. Also see: http://zone.ni.com/devzone/cda/pub/p/id/1685
Q: Is there really no wiring needed for the Companion Switches?
A: Absolutely no wiring, runs on battery, about 10 year lifetime.
Q: Has the AIRcable SmartDimmer been safety tested and certified?
A: We have tested the SmartDimmer and are in process to certified the device with a well established compliance lab providing us with an Attestation of Conformity (AoC).