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Battery

2x AA

External Power

9V, 50mA (½ Watt)

Standby Power

100uA

Standby Life

2+ years (with quality battery)

Frequency

434.075MHz

Switch Functions

4x Capacitive Touch Buttons
With optional dimming or timer function

Safety Rating

Extra Low Voltage

Dimensions

85 x 85 x 25mm

Ambient Temperature

-20°C to +40°C

INTRODUCTION

The ‘Outdoor Touch Switch’ is a long-range wireless transmitter for use indoors or outdoors to control your lighting and pumps etc. The battery-powered switch transmits commands to your lighting controllers whenever a button is touched. Its standby power is very low and it will provide several years maintenance free service if good quality alkaline or lithium batteries are used.

WIRELESS RANGE

The wireless range of the module is up to 1,000 meters line-of-sight but this will be reduced by walls or other obstacles. In all cases, it is strongly recommended that a rangetest is carried out before final installation.

SAFETY

The touch switch power is 3-9Volts and so it is intrinsically safe when installed on its own. However, if the unit is sharing space with other 230V mains circuits then special care should be taken to ensure the two systems remain properly isolated. No part of the mains wiring or earth should be connected to this unit.

MAINS OR BATTERY POWER

Typically, the switch has 1-2yr battery life when powered from batteries, dependant on use. An optional mains power adaptor can be used instead of the batteries, which also enables the back-lighting feature. When using the external power adaptor DO NOT fit batteries. When installed outside, the power adaptor must be protected by an IP rated enclosure.

BACK-LIGHTING

When the external power adaptor is used the back-lighting feature is automatically enabled. The unit includes a dusk/dawn sensor which will automatically switch the backlight on when dark (under 100 LUX). If preferred, the internal slide-switch can disable the back-lighting feature.

As with most purchases, it is important that items are maintained correctly after installation. This is especially important for outdoor lighting which can be affected by the outdoor environment, especially in harsher areas such as coastal areas. By not following the aftercare instructions, which are always included with the relevant product, this may void any guarantees or warranties.

TEAK LIGHTS

Lumena offer a number of Teak bollards and post lights in a range of sizes. Teak wood is a part of the ‘Tectona Grandis’ hardwood species and is highly durable, producing a natural oil which helps protect from outdoor conditions. As Teak is subject to outdoor weather conditions, it starts to age and develop a duller, soft, grey appearance. This elegant, lightweight wood is ideal for both domestic and commercial use and is very easy to maintain.

To add a further protective coating from weather conditions, teak sealer is highly recommended. Lumena always apply at least one coat of Teak sealer prior to dispatch but this should also be applied periodically to help protect and freshen up the path lights.

 

CARE OF STAINLESS STEEL – TIPS

Contrary to popular belief, Stainless steel needs looking after; especially in exposed and coastal areas. If not cleaning on a regular basis, the acid that is ever present in the air ( and salt in coastal areas) will affect the surface causing pitting and even rust like staining (known as ‘Tea staining’ ) to appear.

To keep your lights looking good, simply wipe clean the outside with a damp cloth and then dry once a month, (more frequently in coastal areas). Specialist stainless steel cleaning products can be used (We recommend and stock ‘Kilrock stainless steel cleaner’) but never use an ABRASIVE cleaner. In extreme conditions we recommend applying 2 coats of Clear lacquer to protect the steel surface. (We recommend and stock ‘Simoniz’ clear lacquer).

 

COPPER & BRASS

Both brass and copper are extremely durable materials, with brass being a combination of copper and zinc, meaning neither can rust or corrode. Over time brass will subtly weather and naturally change to a darker colour which will blend in with the garden surroundings. Copper also naturally changes colour quite dramatically, often resulting in a brown or ‘verdigris’ effect, again to blend in with the outdoor surroundings. This is because copper reacts with atmospheric oxygen. Although some people may prefer a pristine, shiny copper finish, the oxide layer in fact prevents corrosion and simply adds to the character of natural copper creating a traditional, ‘olde worlde’ appearance. If a new copper finish is preferred, a layer of lacquer can prevent / slow down the weathering process.

 

240v IN-GROUND LIGHTS & SPIKE LIGHTS

240v fittings can be affected by damp conditions, typically when located outdoors. When a fitting is located outside in the cold air combined with the heat produced by the lamp inside, it is inevitible that condensation will occur, just as it does on bedroom windows in the home. If too much condensation is produced, this could result in the fitting tripping, especially in these types of fittings where a drainage hole is not possible. To combat this, Lumena include silica gel with all 240v in-ground lights and spike light to soak up any excess moisture – these should not be removed but replaced periodically and fittings checked. If any water is sitting in the fitting, this should be tipped out and the fitting safely dried out. Condensation can be more prominent when the fitting has been opened on a damp day, as the damp air will then be trapped inside when re-sealed. Therefore it is recommended that any maintenance, including changing bulbs, is performed on a dry day. An additional practice put in place by Lumena is to apply Lithium Grease to the bulb holder / bulb which acts as an additional seal to prevent tripping. Although this prevents tripping, the fittings will still need to be checked and dried out should water sit inside the fitting. For extra protection, fitting can also be filled with Wiska Gel (electrical insulation).