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Rako is a lighting control product we use for retrofit and whole building projects.
Initialy a wireless product which makes it ideal for retrofiting in exisiting buidings.
Now available as wired product which extends its use to larger installations, including new build.
Combining wireless & wired modules gives flexibility for installation in the widest range of projects.
Projects where we have used Rako include:
Rako's wireless system provides all the benefits of a sophisticated lighting control system without the need to re-wire and can be used in both new and retro-fit installations. The wireless capability provides the most cost effective and simple to install solution saving on cabling and re-decoration.
Wireless systems can use either individual modules or Rako's RAK system with the RxLink wireless interface.
Modules wire in-line with each lighting circuit and can be mounted either in the ceiling or in a central cupboard. Split lighting into circuits to allow independent control and provide the ability to highlight different areas and features within a room. Wall-plates can be flush mounted into a standard back-box or can be surface mounted, requiring no cabling at all as they communicate wirelessly with the receiver modules.
Modules are available to suit all types of load from incandescent, low voltage and fluorescent to the latest generation of LEDs. Systems can be as small as one circuit and one wall-plate up to whole home installations with master house controllers and full system integration. Signal repeaters make wireless practical for the largest of projects.
Simple connection of the Rako Bridge to a wireless router provides programming access via Wi-Fi and allows control from Rako's iPhone, iPad and Android Apps, giving access to both scene and individual channel control.
The Rako wired system is the option for customers who prefer a cabled network. It offers LED backlit buttons with the option for custom etching and ultimately can cope with the largest of projects. Using CAT5 cabling, system components are wired either as a daisy chain network or star arrangement using the RAK-STAR box.
Circuits are wired to a central location or a number of hubs, linked together on the network and connected to appropriate RAK-4 packs which include the silent transistorised RAK-4T, RAK-4F for 0-10V, DSI, DALI or switch control. The RAK-4R is available for curtain and blind control and colour changing can be incorporated using Rako DMX or LED control packs.
User controls, including wall-plates, PIR's, time-clocks and system interfaces are added to the network and programmed from a PC connected via Wi-Fi to a Bridge unit. Adding a WTC Bridge to the system gives access to timed events, 'Holiday Mode', dawn/dusk programming and advanced macros and mapping features. End users can then program scenes for events such as breakfast, lunch and dinner from an iPhone or iPad providing total user control.
The ability to combine Rako wireless and wired systems provides a
unique solution for installers and end-users alike. This amazing
flexibility gives a remarkable choice in installation methods allowing
the creation of a network of components that interact and work
seamlessly together. Projects started as completely wired systems have
the fall-back position that the addition of wireless modules and wall-
plates allows, giving the 'get out of jail free' card for when the job
doesn't quite go to plan, or when system expansion is required, after
cabling is complete. Some projects may just suit the combined approach
such as where a new build or extension is added to an existing building
and a lighting control system is required in both parts.