SwitchLinc Dimmers Now Available for Homes of All Ages


SwitchLinc Dimmers Now Available

for Homes of All Ages

Smarthome's new SwitchLinc RX dimmers overcome

the final roadblock to retrofit homes:

The neutral wire.
Irvine, CA, June 25, 2003: For home automation consumers that have the blues because they can't use SwitchLinc? dimmers, Smarthome, Inc. today announced the ideal prescription: the SwitchLinc? RX. This totally new line of X10-/PLC-controlled dimmers offers nearly all the benefits of Smarthome's popular line of SwitchLinc dimmers and switches, yet only requires the basic LINE and LOAD wires found on virtually every 110-volt switch. SwitchLinc RX works without the NEUTRAL wire, the typically-white wire that's commonplace in the electrical wiring of newer homes, but less common in homes built more than 30 years ago.     "This totally new technology breakthrough now opens the door for home automation in every house in North America," says Joe Dada, CEO of Smarthome, Inc. "Prior to this new innovation, home automation consumers that wanted SwitchLinc dimmers had to hire an electrician to run the neutral wire to the desired switch location."      Why are some homes wired with neutral wires and not others? Age is one answer. Most homes built in the last 30 years are likely to have neutral wires in each wall box. Geography is another element. In many parts of the country, electricians are required by building codes to wire the circuit so that the neutral wire is located in the wall switch box.      "For years, determining if a home was wired with neutral connections, and then ordering a compatible version was a confusing issue for home automation consumers," adds Dan Cregg, vice president of engineering for Smarthome. "But SwitchLinc RX is one of the only X10-based dimmers that can work in either scenario."      SwitchLinc RX dimmers are based on X10, the de facto standard in connecting automation devices in homes and businesses. X10 products send small data sequences containing information, including a product address and an action to perform, from a transmitter, such as a light switch, to a receiver, such as a lamp module, via the home's existing electrical wiring. Products utilizing X10 technology are popular in part because they are affordable, simple to install and do not require additional wiring.     Available now from Smarthome, SwitchLinc RX dimmers retail for $22.99 to $79.99, depending on the model. See Smarthome's website at http://www.smarthome.com/238X2.html, or call 1-800-SMARTHOME for a free catalog.About Smarthome, Inc.: Founded in 1992, Smarthome, Inc. is the world's leading provider of lighting control, whole-house automation, security and surveillance, home entertainment, gadgets and pet care products. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Smarthome's international customer base includes retail customers as well as professional dealer/installers through its SmarthomePro division. Smarthome, Inc. has dedicated itself to making life more convenient, safe and fun. Smarthome's on-line catalog can be found at www.smarthome.com.

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