Enviroscene Dimmer

The Futronix Enviroscene lighting controller and dimmers with 4 and 8 channelsEnviroscene multi-channel intelligent lighting controller

Powerful yet compact, the Enviroscene multi-channel intelligent 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.

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 Futronix Enviroscene lighting controller and dimmers.
Enviroscene Dimmer Lighting Control

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.

Versatility

Futronix Enviroscene lighting controller shown operating auditorium lighting.
LTA Academy example of multi-room lighting controls

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 intelligent 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

Laptop used to program the Futronix Enviroscene lighting controller
Programming & Set Up

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.

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.

Wall switches for Futronix Enviroscene dimmers and lighting controller.
Enviroscene lighting controller stainelss outstation switch plates

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

Remote control for an Enviroscene dimmer and lighting controller
Programmed remote controls

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.

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.

Your smartphone is now a Futronix remote control!

Use your i-Pad or i-Phone to take control of Futronix lighting controls and other home electronics devices using Logitech Harmony. Eliminate that cluttered mess of remotes, by consolidating all your
remotes into one single i-Phone or Android application. Select your favorite lighting scenes, fade lighting levels, close the blinds, power up the surround sound system, turn up the volume and flip through channels automatically with a simple swipe or tap.

The Harmony Smart Control uses the power of your smartphone or tablet to deliver an intuitive graphical experience, with up to 5 iPhones, iPads, Android phones or tablets all working together seamlessly. It’s
easily setup, simply by selecting Futronix and other devices you wish to control, from the menu. During setup, the Harmony App will check that everything is working as expected and help
you correct any settings.

For more information Visit:  myharmony.com

APP for operating the Enviroscene dimmer from a Smartphone.
Smartphone used as a Dimmer Lighting Control

The Logitech harmony hub is compatible with the Futronix Enviroscene dimmer.
Smartphone used as a Dimmer Lighting Control

LED Lamps and Energy Saving

Futronix dimmers are compatible with most quality, dimmable LED Lamps – Futronix have tested many well known brands and have produced a recommendation sheet based on that experience.

The best lighting designers use LEDs especially for accent lighting, and blend their schemes with other lamp types such as tungsten and halogen. By mixing different lamp types together a more attractive blend of overall lighting can be achieved.

Dimming the classic warm colours of tungsten or halogen lighting saves energy. Bulb life is also prolonged by 30% because fading a lamp is gentler on the filament than just switching it on or off.

Home Automation

WiFi accessory for the Enviroscene lighting controller
Futronix WiFi Control

The Home Automation partners that integrate to Futronix continues to expand, ensuring that Futronix can offer comprehensive solutions to customer requirements, while remaining at the forefront of lighting control and home automation technology. The new additions add ease of operation, enhance user experience and maintain Futronix at the forefront of technology.

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 with please see: http://www.futronix.com/touch_screens.php

Home-Icon Color Touch Screen Controller

Home-Icon touchscreen controller for use with the Enviroscene range of dimmers.
Home-Icon©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

DMX512 card for the Enviroscene lighting controller
DMX-512 control card

DMX512 card is a PFX digital to DMX full speed transmitterDMX512 card
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 Functions and features
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 Technical 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 disconnecter
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.