The unique range of plug-in switches operate at Protected Extra Low Voltage (PELV), and are connected using a lead with RJ11 connectors, one end plugging into the switch, the other into the flex7 control pack or ZoneLite unit. This completely negates the need for on-site cable preparation and means the switch can be connected in seconds.
The switches themselves come in a black or white finish and are designed to clip directly into any manufacturer’s 50×50 Euromod decorative fascia. The ability to mix and match module colour with a myriad of decorative fascias from the majority of accessory manufacturers means a huge variety of finishes are possible.
Whether using a one, two, three or four-gang variant, when fitting, a standard single back box with 60.3mm centre is all that’s required; one size really does fit all.
Some of the many benefits of the new flex7 switches are:
• Simple plug-in installation with RJ11 connectivity
• No on-site terminations
• Available as one, two, three or four-gang module
• Retractive and centre return retractive options
• Clips into 50mmx50mm Euromod style fascia
• Black or white to suit decor/Part M
• Operates at Protected Extra Low Voltage (PELV)
What’s so good about PELV anyway?
You may be of the opinion that installing a PELV control system is a costly – not to mention complicated – exercise, and that sticking with the more familiar 230V option is probably best. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth.
The flex7 system incorporates PELV control as standard, meaning that any wiring to a connected control device, be it a switch or a sensor, requires neither mechanical nor RCD protection, regardless of cable location.
Furthermore, because the link from controller to device is made via factory-prepared leads complete with RJ connectivity, there’s no on-site cutting, stripping and terminating required; everything simply plugs together.
In short, opting to go down the PELV route can make for a quick, easy, error-free install with the added bonus of reducing materials and labour.
Simple connection via RJ11
These switches are a game changer. Connecting an RJ lead to the switch quite literally takes a second, as opposed to having to terminate a conventional 230V, one-gang one-way; stripping the sheath, baring the conductors, sleeving the earth, connecting via screwed terminals.
On even a small job, these time savings can really add up. If you like the sound of the flex7 switches you can read more from their industry expert, Paul Bellamy, at flexconnectors.co.uk/plug-in-switches-from-flex7