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Futronix PFX Commercial/Architectural Range

Enviroscene Dimmer

Powerful yet compact, the Enviroscene multi-channel lighting controller creates atmospheric lighting environments on any scale for luxury residences (as well as restaurants, bars and cinemas, conference rooms and other commercial applications).

Designed to provide an affordable intelligent lighting control system for larger installations, the versatile Enviroscene lighting controller is built around a range of standard dimmer modules of 4 circuits x 10A or 8 circuits x 5A. The lighting control system is easily programmed using the optional remote control, a laptop or PC, or the new Futronix Home-Icon© TFT Colour Touch Screen Controller.

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Offering much more than just intelligent dimming, the Enviroscene system can also control a host of other programmable home automation features – including curtains and drapes, TV and screen lifts, even water features – and can interface with security and alarm systems to provide intelligent home automation.

The Enviroscene lighting controller is installed out of view and operated by the (optional) remote control or wall-mounted switch panels. Standard size switches with stylish hand-finished solid-metal face plates complement any décor. Other convenient options include a 24-hour 7-day timer that schedules selected scenes for wake-up, welcome, and security settings, giving even more control over lifestyle and home security.

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Versatility

The Enviroscene lighting controller is a modular system of dimmers and switch panels installed throughout the home, with a convenient master switch panel at the front door or elsewhere. Additional master switch panels can be installed wherever desired.

Multi-room lighting control is simple with Enviroscene – individual rooms are wired to the system, then configured at installation time using the remote control. Each lighting circuit can be set to be in any room or zone, with each room working – with full scene setting – independently of any other. During programming, lighting circuits in an area are set to any desired level of dimming from 0 to 100%, and the levels are automatically stored as a scene. Scenes can be set for entertaining, relaxing, watching TV or reading – or for security or energy saving. A generous twenty dimmer scenes – each providing a completely individual look to the room – can be programmed, then recalled at any time by the touch of a button on the wall panel or remote control unit.

Click here to see a ‘Demonstration of Scene Dimming

Programming & Setup

Programming and setting up by remote control keeps switch plates simple and attractive. Wiring switch panels on one 4-core low voltage cable ‘daisy-chained’ from one panel to the next minimizes cabling and simplifies maintenance. During installation each switch panel can be configured to operate a single zone or any number of zones, or to act as a master to them all.

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Zones & Expansion

A distinctive feature of the Enviroscene lighting controller is its ability to set up multiple lighting zones, where a zone corresponds to a room or area. The Enviroscene Master dimmer comes complete with either 4 channels of 10A or 8 channels of 5A dimming on board, and up to 16 circuits can be controlled using a range of add-on slaves available in 4 x 10A and 8 x 5A dimmer formats. For bigger systems with even more flexibility, Enviroscene Master dimmers can be connected together to form systems with 32, 48, 64 or more channels of lighting control.

Stainless Switch Plates

Outstation switch plates for the Enviroscene lighting controller can be used as multi-location switches to select the scenes in any or all of the different rooms or areas. Futronix’ elegant switch plates are crafted of robust 2mm solid metal and individually hand-finished in lacquered polished brass, polished or brushed stainless steel, and stylish white metal (white powder-coated with engraved logo). Also available is the new Futronix ‘Eclipse’ range of switch plates and accessories. Switch plates are standard single gang UK size.

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Timer (optional)

The Enviroscene dimmer’s (optional) timer can be programmed to select any scene at any time or day of the week – up to 70 different events each week (10 per day). Uses range from ‘welcome’ scenes – which automatically switch on selected house lights for your return home – to security settings. For bedrooms, a convenient sleep delay feature switches off lights after a pre-set delay of up to 2 hours, and the timer can be set to fade up bedroom lights in the morning with a ‘wake-up’ scene.

Security

Program a security lighting dimmer sequence that lasts a few minutes or many hours – automatically sequencing through pre-set scenes and displaying each one for any variable length of time – to give the impression that the property is occupied.

Display

Create subtle or dramatic lighting displays to draw attention to an area or to pick out certain items in a display by linking a series of scenes and programming the duration and fade rate. Residential applications include home cinemas – to create a ‘transition’ light show before and after a film – and architectural or landscape lighting. Commercial uses include retail displays and exhibitions.

Remote Control

Dimming levels, master raise and lower, fade rate and sleep timer duration can all be programmed and selected from the convenient remote control handset. Lighting controller levels can be temporarily adjusted without storing them. The Enviroscene lighting control system can also be controlled by 3rd party remote control devices, including touch screens via the industry standard interface.

A major benefit of the remote control is in commissioning and programming of systems where the Enviroscene lighting control equipment and the lighting are some distance apart. Any element of the system can be programmed using the remote control handset, eliminating the need to carry around a laptop vulnerable to damage or theft.

Remote control units for the Enviroscene are available with 2 levels of capability. Limited reprogramming is available from the basic [20 key] RC20 unit, while advanced programming can be performed with the [50 key] RC50 unit.

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Both remote controls offer password protection, meaning that after handover the homeowner or staff can make an alteration to lighting – either temporary or permanent – using only the remote control unit (no laptop required), while the commissioning engineer can set access priority levels and limits to reprogramming.


i-Pad & i-Phone Connectivity
Use your i-Pad or i-Phone to take control of Futronix lighting controls and other home electronics devices. Software vendors who can operate Futronix lighting controls have been expanded to include i-Rule, New Potato and Gear 4.

 
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Eliminate that cluttered mess of remotes, by consolidating all your remotes into one single i-Phone or i-Pad application. Select your favorite lighting scenes, close the blinds, power up the surround sound system, turn up the volume and flip through channels automatically using one key MACRO commands.

Home Automation

The list of companies that integrate to Futronix continues to increase, ensuring that Futronix can offer comprehensive solutions to customer requirements, while remaining at the forefront of lighting control and home automation technology.

Futronix WiFiRecent additions to the list of Home Automation partners who can control Futronix equipment includes; Control 4 and DigiLinx. While the already comprehensive list of Universal Remote controls continues to grow with the addition of Nevo and Logitec Harmony.

Futronix now offers wireless WiFi capability for the HX, Enviroscene and PFX systems, making them perfect companions for operation from PC tablet using the Futronix Home-icon touch screen software.


The new additions add ease of operation, enhance user experience and maintain Futronix at the forefront of technology.

For a complete list of companies Futronix partners please see: http://www.futronix.com/touch_screens.php

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Home-Icon Color Touch Screen Controller

Programming and operation of the Enviroscene lighting control system can all be done from the Futronix Home-Icon© TFT Colour Touch Screen Controller. This dynamically updated interface links dimmers together and provides for multiple functions, with one-touch macros to run pre-set ‘environments’ for lighting and for whole-house ambient control.

LED / Fluorescent dimming

8 channels of 1-10v industry standard led fluorescent dimming control are available via an optional card (either an internal card which is pre-wired if ordered with the Enviroscene, or a wall-mounted add-on unit), and each of the 8 channels can control up to 30 fluorescent ballasts. A relay switching unit is available to provide ‘positive on/off switching’ supply power to the ballasts.

DMX control – creates dramatic design using colour LED's

Using arrays of coloured and white LED's, impressive lighting effects can be created as discrete background elements using different scenes. The required colour blended levels of the LED's are controlled by the optional DMX interface. The DMX standard has become the primary control protocol for low energy, high output colour LED's.

The Futronix DMX-512 compatable extension board, integrates DMX controlled lighting and other devices to the HX, Enviroscene and PFX range of lighting controls. Using standard scene setting control to adjust DMX device parameters such as colour, level or position.

The DMX512 card is a PFX digital to DMX full speed transmitter. Which down-converts
PFX digital output signals to DMX's 256 levels. It programs exactly the same way as any normal circuit scene from remote control, PC or touchscreen.

Remote Install Location

Installation out of sight means that lighting control equipment, wiring and accessory components can be arranged for easy cabling, installation and programming, at the same time simplifying inspection and maintenance.

Rugged Quality & Durability

For luxury homes with comprehensive lighting control requirements, or for light commercial installations, the Enviroscene’s all-digital design and commercial build-quality assure extremely reliable, trouble-free operation. Designed and fabricated for commercial use, the Enviroscene lighting controls features generously rated heatsinks, a very high level of short circuit protection, and robust construction with stainless steel chassis. Futronix designs and manufactures all of its own products, guaranteeing superior quality, proven reliability and extended life.

Backward Compatibility

Since 1994, when Futronix first introduced the digital dimmers, all Futronix products have been designed to be fully compatible both backwards & forwards. In addition to the reliability provided by Futronix advanced all-digital design and superb build quality, Futronix policy of always maintaining backward compatibility of lighting controls means that a substantial investment in a dimming system will retain its value over the years, with maintenance, service and spare parts always available.

Energy

Lighting dimmers save energy. With the Enviroscene, up to 98% of unused lighting energy is saved through dimming, and because fading a lamp digitally is gentler on the filament than just switching it on or off, bulb life is prolonged by 30% or more.

ENVIROSCENE Specifications
Enviroscene Master lighting control units (ENV410 & ENV 805) have a control card which operates 16 channels of dimming; with actual power dimming available in 4 or 8 channels versions. The remaining spare control channels can be utilized by adding Enviroscene Slave Units (S410, S805) available with in-built dimming for either 4 or 8 channels. More master units can be added as required.
Control up to 128 circuits of lighting or switching
20 programmable dimmer scenes per zone or area
No minimum load on any dimmer channel
Infra-red remote control (optional)
Variable fade rates from 0.5 seconds to 2 hours (to gradually turn lights on/off)
Temporary circuit adjustment without save
Master dimmers raise and lower
Dimmer Exit Delay & Sleep Timer
Built-in 24-hr 7-day event timer (battery backed)
Dimmer Security settings
Communication port for PC or color touch screen interface (Futronix Home-Icon)
Permanent memory (in the event of a power blackout pre-set scenes are not lost, and the dimmer does not need to be re-programmed)
ENVIROSCENE Specifications
Mains supply input voltage & frequency
220-240V ac @ 50Hz
208-270V ac @ 60Hz
120V ac @ 60Hz
Mains supply input current
40A (Max) incoming supply
4 channels @10A (2.4kW) each, or
8 channels @ 5A (1.2kW) each
Load type
tungsten, mains halogen, neon/cold cathode, fluorescent high frequency (1-10V), low voltage (magnetic & leading edge dimmable transformers)
Communications
RS485-PC / touch screen interface port
Chassis
stainless steel, seam welded and powder coated
Dimensions (W,H,D)
425mm x 265mm x 110mm
Network connection
X-bus® protocol 12V four core non twisted pair
Protection
200A single or three phase switch disconnector
Protection
Fuses - 4 x 10A, or 8 x 5A, slow blow type
Approvals
UL, CE, VDE

Futronix also produces the PFX System Commercial Dimming System. There is a comparison sheet showing the different capabilities of the two types of systems.

Commercial Quality & Durability

For commercial or residential projects with comprehensive dimming requirements, the PFX System’s all-digital design and commercial build-quality assures extremely reliable, trouble-free operation. Easy to install, highly reliable, and able to cope with lamp wattage changes, short-circuits, overloads and wiring alterations, PFX Systems are designed and fabricated for rugged commercial use. The PFX System dimmer features generously rated heatsinks, a very high level of short circuit protection, and robust construction. Futronix designs and manufactures all of its own products, guaranteeing superior quality, proven reliability and extended life.

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Backward Compatibility

Since 1994, when Futronix first introduced the digital dimmer, all Futronix products have been designed to be fully compatible both backwards & forwards. In addition to the reliability provided by Futronix advanced all-digital design and superb build quality, Futronix policy of always maintaining backward compatibility means that a substantial investment in a dimming system will retain its value over the years, with maintenance, service and spare parts always available.

Energy

Dimming lighting saves energy. The PFX System creates an energy efficient lighting environment, with up to 98% of unused lighting energy saved through dimming, and bulb life prolonged by 30% or more because fading a lamp digitally is gentler on the filament than just switching it on or off.

Windows Software

Programming/operating software runs under Microsoft Windows® using an RS485 interface. Any circuit can be set as any physical channel and programmed to be on any phase, in any zone or set as a switching or dimming channel. For each scene the circuits can be programmed, temporarily re-adjusted, modified, set for on/off switching and block downloaded/uploaded.

PFX System lighting control for luxury residences

In addition to commercial applications, the PFX System also provides the perfect ‘one-touch’ solution for whole house lighting control for luxury homes, and can control many other programmable home automation features including air conditioning and heating, audio visual equipment, curtains – even water features.

The PFX System is ideal for multi-zone dimming control for a luxury residence and grounds, PFX dimmers feature operational flexibility, security, and ease of operation via remote control, laptop or the Home-Icon* TFT Colour Touch Screen Controller (*multiple functions and macros to run pre-set environments are available when a Home-Icon controller is connected to the PFX System).

Typically, separate PFX System controllers - one or more per floor – are linked by an RS485 network to a colour touch screen. Switch plates are located in all rooms, with master switch panels located beside main doorways. Additional master switch panels can be installed wherever desired. Customer requirements for controlling fans and demisters, or curtains, blinds and screens - even Home Cinema and AV equipment - are easily satisfied.

For residential applications, a convenient sleep delay feature for bedrooms switches off lights after a pre-set delay of up to 2 hours, and the timer can be set to fade up bedroom lights in the morning with a ‘wake-up’ scene. ‘Welcome’ scenes – which automatically switch on selected house lights for your return home – or security settings – can be programmed, as well as temporary settings for entertaining.

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PFX SYSTEM FEATURES
All digital control – each PFX dimmer contains the latest generation controller and hard-fired digital dimmer circuits
Programmable scenes (20 per area standard, expandable to 120 with Home-Icon)
3 phase dimming or switching
4 selectable dimming curves
Each channel can be set to be a switching only (non-dimming) circuit
1024 step fade resolution for all fade and cross-fade functions
Variable fade rates from 0.5 seconds to 2 hours (to gradually turn lights on/off)

4 data buses including:

  • X bus
  • RS485
  • RS232
  • DMX (option)
No minimum load on any channel
Multi-zoning 256 zones in one local area
15 room multi-partition control
Mains voltage compensation
Voltage stabilization
24-hr 7-day built-in event timer (battery backed)
Occupancy detection
Daylight balancing
Low noise operation - audible noise from a 16 channel 10A dimmer fully loaded at 50% is less than 30db @ 1m
Energy saving – efficiency <98%

Programming and operation from:

  • remote control handset, infra-red
  • PC laptop
  • Futronix Home-Icon® TFT Color Touch Screen Controller
Permanent memory - in the event of a power blackout pre-set scenes are not lost and re-programming of dimmer is not necessary
Temporary circuit adjustment without save
Master raise and lower
Exit Delay & Sleep Timer
Security settings

Virtual I/O for control of:

  • non-lighting equipment
  • audio and video equipment
  • curtains, shades, blinds
  • water features
  • security and alarm systems, etc.
Direct control of AV systems
Electrician-friendly installation
PFX SYSTEM DIMMING RACKS COMPATIBLE WITH HOME-ICON
Type
Channels
Load
dimension
Height, Width, Depth
Phase
PFX-32
32
5A
980 X 980 X 150mm
1 phase
PFX-16
16
10A
950 X 500 X 110mm
3 phase
PFX-12
12
10A
950 X 500 X 110mm
3 phase
PFX-8
8
10A
950 X 500 X 110mm
3 phase
PFX-4
4
10A
950 X 500 X 110mm
3 phase
PFX-620
6
20A
950 X 500 X 110mm
3 phase
PFX-720
7
20A
950 X 500 X 110mm
3 phase
PFX-820
8
20A
950 X 500 X 110mm
3 phase
PFX-340
3
40A
950 X 500 X 110mm
3 phase
PFX SYSTEM - TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Mains Supply Input
380-415V ac @ 50/60Hz three phase
270V ac @ 60Hz
200-240V ac @ 50/60Hz single or three phase
110-130V ac @ 50/60Hz single phase
Dimming Output (no minimum load)
5, 10, 20 or 40A per channel continuous tungsten, low voltage, halogen, neon/cold cathode, and fluorescent (high frequency)
Dimming Output (0-10Volt Optional)
LED transformers & fluorescent regulation ballasts
DMX
Control for colour changing lamps/LEDs & accessories
Switching Output
5, 10, 20 or 40A per channel continuous HID, non-dim fluorescent, other loads
Dimming Unit
Output devices rated at 40A 1000V peak
Interference Suppression
Heavy duty, high inductance chokes 200uS rise time 1.4 mH
Cable Termination (incoming)
200A single or three phase switch disconnector
Protection
MCB 10A, 20A or 40A type B or C
Cable Entry - Power
Bottom of chassis 3 x 51mm + 5 x 25mm
Cable Entry - Control
Left side of chassis 20mm + 12mm
Ambient Temperature
40ºC maximum, generously rated heatsinks limit internal temperature rise to less than 25°C above ambient temperature
Network
X-bus protocol network switch panel bus, BMS, PC network, RS485, RS232
Approvals
Conforms to relevant UL, BS & EN safety standards; CE approval
PFR SWITCHING RACK
PFR - 1610
16
10A
PFR - 1210
12
10A
PFR - 810
8
10A
PFR - 620
6
20A
RM-80 Module
8x2
10A
RM-40 Module
4x2
10A
DSD SINE WAVE DIMMER
DSD - 16
16
10A
DSD - 12
12
10A
DSD - 8
8
10A
DSD - 620
6
20A

Futronix also produces the Enviroscene Commercial Dimming System. There is a comparison sheet showing the different capabilities of the two types of systems.

PFX System provides 14,000 channels of dimming for the
Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai

Futronix are proud to have been selected to design, fabricate and commission the largest single architectural lighting control system ever built – a 14,000 channel installation for the prestigious Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai. The Burj Al Arab Burj Al Arab is testimony to the flexibility of the PFX System to adapt to the most complex of requirements and meet the highest of standards.

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