Replacing A LiteTouch System

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In 2012, Savant purchased LiteTouch to add lighting control systems to their product offering.  Unfortunately for LiteTouch customers, Savant immediately discontinued the system and all support. With extensive knowledge of many control systems such as LiteTouch, here at Your Tech we have developed a solution to replace your LiteTouch system.

The problem with all major hardwired (“panelized”) systems on the market today is that the multiple pieces are not readily interchangeable with parts from a different manufacturer. In the case of LiteTouch, for example, the in-wall dimmers/switches/keypads must all be from LiteTouch. This is also the case with the dimmer panels that control the loads directly and the controller that operates the system. At Your Tech we have found a solution!

Our Solution

The Panel-

Engineered by our technicians to replace any outdated lighting system with a system that can be serviced forever, we replace your existing LiteTouch panels with a standard multi gang panel. This is not your standard 3 or 4 light switch box – our panel holds 20 standard decora light switches! From this panel you can easily test the lights without the intimidating lighting controls that panels typically have.

We then install smart switches in the panel to control all the lights. Smart switches are designed to replace a standard decora light switch and are made by many manufacturers, allowing endless options. As an added bonus, smart light switches can communicate even between switches from different manufactures.

The Keypads-

Now that you have lots of smart switches where the old LiteTouch panel used to be, we need some way to control them where the old keypads use to be. Using programming, we can create scene buttons to control one or multiple lights back in the panel. The new keypads have many options and there are many keypads available from multiple manufacturers that will all work together.

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The solution our technicians engineered is truly brilliant, as they resolve the number one issue with all major hardwired panelized systems – they do not use interchangeable parts from different manufacturers. With our system, you can simply choose to replace a switch with one from another manufacturer.

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Compare your LiteTouch Replacement Options!

YOUR TECH LUTRONVANTAGECRESTRONLITETOUCH
SYSTEM COMMANDS (Mesh Network or Central Processor) Mesh CentralCentralCentralCentral
LOAD DEVICES (Modules or Smart Switch) Smart SwitchesBothModulesBothModules
AUTOMATION SYSTEM (3rd party serial connection)AllAllAllNoneAll
SIGNAL METHOD (Hardwired or Radio Wireless) HardwiredRadioHardwiredHardwiredHardwired
MOBILE CONTROL (Mobile App Access)YESYESYESYESNO
PROGRAM SOFTWARE (Public or Dealer Only) PUBLICDEALERDEALERDEALER DEALER

What’s the procedure with Your Tech?

  1. Settings and wiring data collected from your old Lite Touch system.
  2. Pre-program and build the replacement panels and keypads at our shop.
  3. Swap out the old Lite Touch panels and keypads.

Your Tech FAQ?

Q. I don’t live in Florida! will you help me?

A. Yes! With Florida being so densely populated and many homes having had LiteTouch installed; we have gained unparalleled experience with these issues and can travel to assist your local state electrician with installing our system.


Q. Will I be able to make changes or add switches independently of you?

A. Yes! Since we are using standard smart switches available to the general public; we will give you a demo and cover any questions you may have.


Q. I can’t sleep at night with any kind of keypad light. Can we turn that off?

A. Yes! Each switch and keypad has many settings such as LED color, brightness and behavior. We can turn off the annoying LED lights.


Q. I remodeled my house and a few switches were not on the Lite Touch system? Can they be added.

A. Yes! The best thing about Smart Switches are they are normal electrical switches that can communicate. You can make any standard light switch a smart switch by replacing it where it currently is installed.


Q. Why do you say the Mesh network is better than the Central Processor design?

A. A mesh network allows any keypad to issue commands to any other keypad or switch. Any part of the system can be turned off and the devices remaining powered on will still function by communicating directly with the device they are controlling. A central processor receives a keypad request, processes the data and sends the commands to other devices. If the central processor, its repeaters or any device on the daisy chain loop fails everything will stop working. The central processor in the Lite Touch (CCU) has failed for many customers forcing them to use flashlights and plug in lamps.


Q. How does the existing low voltage Lite Touch keypad wiring work with smart keypads?

A. Our smart keypads use 40 volts to communicate through the original 16 gauge Lite Touch keypad wire. We utilize this existing keypad wire to hookup the new smart keypads to a special electrical box where the smart keypads are provided limited voltage safe for the original Lite Touch wiring.


Q. You say the whole system is hardwired? I only see a power wire and nothing to transmit signals?

A. You’re correct there is only a power wire. Using UPB technology the smart switches actually communicate over only the power wires. This 40 volt signal travels through your entire house’s 110 volt electrical system to other UPB devices.


Q. How much does it cost?

A. Considering a original Lite Touch install typically cost $25-35,000 for a 2500 sq ft home and you do not typically find litetouch in homes that small, most price tags for centralized lighting systems such as Lite Touch were well above $80,000. The quotes for our replacement solution typically come in around $30,000. Of-course this price varies based on your current Lite Touch setup.


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Your Tech sells consulting, programming and installation services for technology components in all 50 states and the Caribbean. Licensure requirements, for wiring, vary by location. One of our team members will act as your personal representative to make recommendations, get bids and negotiate contracts, on your behalf, with licensed contractors to wire your home in preparation for our technology.

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