What is Lighting Control? Digliving.com, X-10, Insteon, Z-Wave, UPB

Digliving.com  Lighting control X-10 Insteon, Z-Wave, UPB, means your house intelligently serves you so that you are always comfortable and at peace. Simply Automated UPB, optimum solution, home automation leader, lighting control in rooms illuminate automatically when you enter and lights turn off when you leave. Window shades automatically close and lights self-adjust to control brightness levels. Imagine waking peacefully to the perfect light, giving you a perfect view of the sunrise, all while a fresh pot of coffee begins to brew in the kitchen. It’s possible with Home Automation. With a single push of a button, Home Automation transforms your house into your sanctuary.

Lighting Control –Take back valuable wall space by eliminating unnecessary clutter. Elegant keypads take the place of long lines of unsightly toggle switches with Home Automation and Lighting Control. With our Lighting Control system, you can control anything from a single light to your entire house from one button. With Home Automation, a simple touch can quickly turn off all of the lights in your house or set the perfect party mood for entertaining. Save energy by dimming lights, managing shades, and creating custom schedules for your landscape lighting when you combine Lighting Control with Home Automation. 


If part of your bedtime ritual involves going from room to room checking the lights, there is a better way. With Home Automation, simply reach for your touchscreen or smart phone and press the “Good Night” button. Instantly, your main lights will turn off while security and night lights turn on. Home Automation and Lighting Control by Digital Living will simplify your daily life.

Window Treatments – Effortlessly control natural light, save energy and increase privacy with motorized shades, drapes and blinds. Many homeowners are looking for ways to reduce their heating and cooling bills. Adding automatic blinds, motorized shades or motorized drapes integrated with Home Automation gives you the power to easily asily control your motorized shades to keep the sun out during hot summer days and to keep the heat in on cold winter nights.


To simplify operation, we tie your motorized blinds with our Home Automation sytem. We can program your shades to rise slowly over long period of time as the sun rises. Motorized windows shades are available in any style or color you choose, ranging from 1% to 5% open shades that allow light in while protecting your privacy to full black out shades.


Check out the video below to see how motorized blinds can simplify your life.

Climate Control – 

Ever tried to program a regular thermostat? It is even harder than setting the clock on your VCR. With a Climate Control system and Home Automation from Digital Living, the comfort of every room in your home can be easily scheduled from one touchscreen. All of your controls for heat, cool, fans, and fireplaces is at your fingertips both in and away from home with our Home Automation. Replace large unsightly thermostats with nearly invisible temperature sensors.


Leaving the house for a few hours or coming home from work early? With one button press, you can adjust all of the thermostats in your house with our Home Automation system. Save on energy bills by running separate programs for when you are home and when you are away, and track the history of interior and exterior temperatures. A Digital Living Climate Control integrated with Home Automation pays for itself over time with energy savings.

Security – 
Monitor the status and history of every door, window, motion detector, and more with a Digital Living integrated Security System. Have you ever had someone outside your home waiting for you? Open the garage door and disarm the Security System from your smartphone while on your way back home.


Does your current Security System ramp up the lights when the alarm sounds? Does it flash the exterior lights to alert the neighbors? An integrated Security System by Digital Living adds this intelligence to better protect your investment and your family. You’ll always rest easy knowing your family and your home are well-protected.

Surveillance – 
Protect your home and your family by installing professional quality surveillance cameras around your property. Surveillance camera video can be routed through your televisions, or the Internet when combined with our Home Automation system.
Irrigation – 
The dials and switches used by many irrigation systems can be confusing and difficult to use. An Irrigation system integrated with Home Automation installed by Digital Living takes the guesswork out of watering your lawn and puts you in control with a simple, easy-to-read display. Conserve water by setting up personalized schedules, or give landscapers limited remote access to monitor the system and make adjustments.
Pool/Spa – 
Wouldn’t be cool if you could turn on the spa from the bedroom as you don your swimsuit? Conserve energy with scheduling of pumps, water features and lighting, and controlling automated covers. Also monitor pool health, received customized alerts and even control the system from your cell phone. In addition to all the pool automation features, when the landscape lighting is tied into our single, easy-to- use system, you will never have to go into the house soaking wet just to turn on the patio lights with Digital Living Home Automation.
Source: http://www.digliving.com/automation.html

About UPB Technology

UPB technology provides an inexpensive and reliable solution for residential and commercial powerline communications applications. While other powerline communication technologies exist, none compare to UPB in cost per node, functionality and reliability.

Highly Reliable — The UPB method of communication is 100 ~ 1000 times more reliable than current X-10 technology and 10 ~100 times more reliable than CEBUS or LONWORKS powerline technologies.  UPB is 99.9% reliable versus 70%-80% reliability of X-10.*

UPB transmits farther (over a mile), is less susceptible to powerline noise and capacitive attenuation (signal reduction) than other technologies for three reasons:

Pulse Position Modulation is a highly reliable time based method of sending bits; it narrows the possibility of power line noise affecting communication, unlike X-10 and other carrier modulation technologies.

UPB pulses on the power line are approximately 40 volts; more than five times greater than the 5 to 7 volt signals of X-10.

UPB transmits at low (4 to 40 kHz) frequencies, carrying much more power than higher frequency technologies like X-10 that transmits at 120 kHz.

When put on one phase of a home’s two phase power line, the signals are so strong they go out to the street side transformer and are induced on the opposite phase, returning back to the home.  Since UPB transmits at a low frequency, it does not affect other powerline devices or appliance/loads.

No New Wires – UPB dimmer switches are installed exactly like regular dimmer switches.  They connect to a home’s standard wiring. Since no new or special wiring is required, they work great in retrofit applications too.

Affordable — UPB dimmer switches can be as affordable as high end non-communicating dimmers.  When comparing costs of home upgrades (theater TV, remodeled bath or kitchen) adding lighting automation and control to a room or whole home provides a surprising improvement in quality of life at a comparably low cost.

Simplicity – Adding lighting control can be as simple as plugging in dimming modules or replacing dimming switches Pre-Configured Series. Unlike radio frequency (RF) wireless switches, where reliability is proportional to the number of ‘mess-networked’ switches installed, UPB provides reliability and performance anywhere in the home without the need of repeaters.       

Peer to Peer – No host computer or central controller is necessary for single, point-to-point control or group (lighting scene) control.  UPB is a no-host, peer to peer network.  Interruption of power, or single point controller/repeater failure, will not affect a stand-alone UPB network.

Two Way Communications – Hardware, software and protocol design allows for two-way communication in all products.  Status can be confirmed with polling or automatically transmitted upon local/manual load changes.  

House Separation – Neighbors with UPB will not control each other’s lights.  The UPB addressing scheme allows for 250 systems (houses) on each transformer and 250 devices on each system. It incorporates over 64,000 total addresses compared to 256 for conventional X-10.

Interaction – UPB communication can be used in the presence of all X-10, CEBus, HomePlug or LonWorks compatible equipment with no interference between either. The UPB technology uses a completely different frequency range than any of the wide-band, narrow-band, or spread spectrum technologies. The physical method of UPB communication is entirely different than the modulation-demodulation techniques of all X-10, CEBus, or LonWorks.

Higher Speed – 20 to 40 times the speed of X- 10 in terms of data transmitted. This is equivalent to over ten full commands per second. The average latency of command to action is less than 0.1 second.


UPB System Description X-10 to UPB Migration


* Reliability is defined as the percentage of transmitter/receiver pairs that correctly operate upon initial installation. The UPB test units are randomly installed in the environment typical of the target market. This market is defined as the single-family residential market in the US, homes with a median size of 2500 Sq, Ft. This environment is defined to be the existing base of homes, without any modifications, which means there should be no “fixing” the electrical system of the residence by adding couplers, repeaters or filtering

2 comments on “What is Lighting Control? Digliving.com, X-10, Insteon, Z-Wave, UPB

  1. almclaine on said:

    Digliving.com, really nice article, great overview of the lighting control home automation marketplace. Have tried several technologies, X-10, Insteon and Z-Wave.

  2. Lan Patrik on said:

    I have found that Digliving.com provides good info on lighting control home automation, a good resource starting point.

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