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High quality, exclusivity and more met in residential control

May 2014 Smart Homes | Comments Off on High quality, exclusivity and more met in residential control
High quality, exclusivity and more met in residential control

Hamilton Litestat has been involved in a project concerning an elegant duplex apartment within a prestigious residential development, Belgravia, London. This article describes the brief and how it was realised in practise using a range of controls and wall plates of various kinds.

1) The brief

For this installation, Kapital Estates, the developer of this ambitious project needed to achieve outstanding quality and exclusivity befitting a duplex, set in the heart of Belgravia, encompassing over 3,250 ft2. spread across two floors and valued at £7.7 million.

The renovation and build of the duplex itself embraces the magnificent original features of the building while at the same time creates elegant modern living space throughout.

Comprising entrance, reception, dining, cloakroom, kitchen/hall and three bedrooms all with en suite and a dressing room within the master – the layout is logical and flows from one area to another. The decor combines what is described as ‘timeless grandeur’ with cutting edge – a scenario with which Hamilton claims to be both well versed and expert at accommodating.

2) The solution

This project presented Hamilton Litestat with the ideal opportunity to showcase its bespoke decorative wiring accessory ranges and to demonstrate the ability of Mercury, the company’s innovative lighting control system.

The slim Hartland CFX plate in a satin stainless finish was recommended and selected from Hamilton’s extensive style and finish options, for its contemporary but timeless elegance but this was just the start of the installation process.

Mercury, a comprehensive, intelligent and easy-to-use dimming and control solution, was installed throughout the property. Delivering complete control of a variety of lighting scenarios; from simple dimming to scene-setting programmes, which can be set, stored and recalled with ease, a bespoke system was built to accommodate the requirements of the project. The installation included a master control hub, wall-mounted control plates and a remote control facility via iPad/iPhone using Hamilton’s downloadable app.

Each control plate was individually designed and built to meet the exact specifications of the function needed within each room. For example; on entering the duplex you are met with a Master 86mm x 86mm control plate incorporating eight push programmable buttons, LED indication on scenes, four scene recall plus four Raise/Lower, On/Off Buttons and an IR receiver.

Other rooms, such as the bedroom, used a combination of Master and Slave control plates, controlling the main room lighting and bedside lamps respectively. Every button on each plate had a purpose.

3) The result

Quality and exclusivity were delivered within a competitive budget – far exceeding client expectations. For the client, time was saved, hassle eliminated and peace of mind maintained. One supplier offering a comprehensive choice of plates, a range of finishes, and state-of-the-art lighting control guaranteed the installation ran smoothly.

In addition, Hamilton’s bespoke design and production service, Savile Row, ensured that every control plate was unique in both function and form – tailor-made coming as standard.

4) The products used

The company’s products used in this venture were many and various, and they were fitted into almost every area in this flat, including the reception, dining room, cloakroom, the kitchen and hallway, the bedrooms and dressing rooms, ensuites and courtyard.

Far too many products were used to list here, but the following will give a flavour:

Dimmer system – The Mercury digital system comprised 20 channels at 600W / circuit, plus a 13 x 3A volt free relay, 8 x 1-10V for 1-10V drivers, and a 230V 50Hz SP&N supply having outgoing fuse protection. Cat 5/6 cable was required for all control panels. The enclosure size is 1000mm x 760mm x 210mm.

Control panels – On the ground floor – entrance. (2x600W + 2×1-10V) Zone 1 Master programmable with eight push buttons, LED indication on scenes, a four-scene recall, plus four Raise/Lower, On/Off buttons and an IR receiver – mounted on a 86x86mm Hartland satin stainless CFX plate.

Dining – (4×600 + 2×1-10V) Zone 3, Master programmable with 11 push buttons and with LED indication on scenes. There is a four-scene recall plus seven Raise/Lower, On/Off Buttons, IR receiver – mounted on a 146x86mm Hartland satin stainless CFX plate…

…and so on.