The new keypads offer a wide range of control options and designer-friendly aesthetics.
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Just three months after acquiring LiteTouch from Nortek (NTK), Savant is already incorporating the company’s technology into its line of automation products.
Savant has announced a line of control keypads based on LiteTouch’s lighting control products, namely, the Metropolitan, Circa and Echo lines.
When Savant Acquired LiteTouch earlier this year, Savant general manager Jim Carroll couldn’t say enough good things about the company’s stylish keypads, which he called a “tremendous asset.”
He told us, “There are a lot of jobs we do that don’t have lighting control, but that still need keypads.”
Savant dropped its own touchscreens in 2010, given that the iPad and other iOS devices did such a nice (and cheap) job operating the company’s Apple-based control system.
But keypads are still a preferred control point for controlling lights and launching automation scenes such as GOODNIGHT.
All three keypad lines offer a vast array of custom-engraved backlit button layout options to accommodate distinct installation requirements. There are 13 field-changeable LED colors and a host of faceplate and button colors to choose from.
Savant is taking orders for the new keypads now. Metropolitan and Circa styles will ship in late June; Echo will ship in August.