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Using a House Status Switch to Control Individual Light Loads

Discussion:

In some applications, where the number of lights in a room would require a large bank of switches, a homeowner may not want a wall of switches, but still desire individual load control.  This application note will provide details on how to provide individual load control for eight switches using a House Status Switch (38A00-2).


Equipment:

Leviton Controller – LT, Omni LTe Omni II, Omni IIe, Omni Pro II, Lumina, or Lumina Pro

Leviton Console – LCD or legacy OmniTouch

HLC Switches (8) – dimmer, non-dimmer, or relay

House Status Switch (38A00-2)

Leviton PIM (36A00-1)

PIM-to-PC Kit (36A05-2)

Upstart Software – required

PC Access Software – optional but recommended
 
 

Installation:

  1. Install the Leviton controller in the desired location, according to the installation manual.
  2. Install the switches in the desired location – this could be a closet, attic, basement, utility, or mechanical room.
  3. Install the House Status Switch in the desired location.
  4. Plug the PIM into an outlet near the Leviton controller and connect the supplied cable to the desired serial port on the controller.  NOTE: By default, all controllers (except the LT, which has a single serial port) have Serial 3 Function set to UPB.
 

Setup:

  1. Using a console or PC Access:
    1. Navigate to Setup>>Installer>>Expansion, and set the desired Serial Function to UPB.  NOTE:  Only 1 Serial Function should be set to UPB.
    2. Navigate to Setup>>Installer>>Control, and set the desired UPB Network Address, Password, and UPB Status Time.
    3. Navigate to Setup>>Miscellaneous>>Control, and set the desired House Code Format to HAI Lighting Control (HLC).  NOTE:  All unused House Codes should be set to Standard Format.
    4. Navigate to Setup>>Names>>Units, and name each of the switches.

NOTE 1:  When using HLC Lighting Format, the first unit of each room is reserved specifically for the use of a Scene Switch.  Although this application does not require these devices, they must still be named, even if not installed.

NOTE 2: For the purposes of configuration, you should temporarily name the House Status Switch.  After configuration, you should delete the name.

NOTE 3:  The programming portion of this application will require the use of flags (units 393-511) as timers.  You can name the flags if desired.

 

  1. To configure each of the light and house status switches:
    1. Put a switch into “Setup” mode (light switch = tap rocker arm 5 times, house status switch = press and hold buttons 1 & 8 for two seconds).
    2. From an LCD console, press 6 (Status), 1 (Control), scroll to the desired name, and press #-# - you can watch the display until complete.
    3. From an OmniTouch, press Control, select the desired Room, press GOTO, select the desired switch, and press Configure – you can watch the display until complete.
    4. Repeat the steps above until all switches have been configured.

 

  1. Once all devices have been configured, disconnect the PIM from the controller and connect to a PC using the PIM-to-PC kit.

 

  1. Start the Upstart software and perform the following:
    1. Select “Create a new network file that matches an already installed network”.
    2. Once the software has found all of the devices and verified the configurations, right click on the house status switch and select Edit.
    3. Click on the Transmit Components tab.
    4. Click on the “Open Link Name Table” button.
    5. Click on the “New” button to add additional unused links.  You will need to 8 unused links for this application.  NOTE:  You can use the Link ID table above the “New” button to view the links already being used by your devices.
    6. Once you have added the 8 links, close the Links table – you should be back at the Transmit Components tab.
    7. Change each of the existing 8 button links, replacing it with one of the links you added.  NOTE:  No two buttons should have the same link.
    8. Set the “Mode” for each link to “Super Toggler”.
    9. Click on the “Program Device” button.  Once complete, click on OK.
    10. Right click on a light switch and select Edit.
    11. Click on the “Receive Components” tab – you should see that 6 links are already setup.
    12. Click on “Link 7” (should already be set as unused) and choose one of the links you set in the house status switch – this will provide a direct “connection” between this switch and the applicable button on the house status switch.
    13. Set the Level and Fade Rate as desired.
    14. Click on the “Program Device” button.
    15. Once complete, repeat Steps j-n above for each of the remaining switches, using one of the remaining links added to the house status switch.
    16. Once all links have been added, close the software.

 

  1. Disconnect the PIM from the computer and reconnect to the Leviton controller.  NOTE:  You will have to reset the PIM to Message mode:
    1. Using a paper clip or other small device, press the Program button 5 times quickly – the Status LED should turn green and begin to blink.
    2. Press the Program button 10 times quickly – the Status LED should turn red and continue to blink.
    3. Press the Program button 1 time – the Status LED should turn amber (green/red mix) and stop blinking.

Configuration/Programming:

You can use a console for the following procedures, but you may find PC Access much quicker.  For the purposes of understanding, we named/used the following:

 

  1. Named Units 1 and 9 as Room 1 and 9 respectively.
  2. Named Units 2-8 and 10 as Load 1-8 and 10 respectively
  3. Named Unit 11 as 8-button.
  4. Used Units 393-400 for timers, but did not name them.
  5. In Upstart, used Links 25-32, assigning them to Buttons 1-8 on the house status switch and Loads 1-8 and 10 respectively.

 

With the above stated, we created the following lines of programming:

 

            WHEN LOAD 1 ON: 8-BUTTON LED 1 ON

            WHEN LOAD 1 OFF: 8-BUTTON LED 1 OFF

            WHEN UPB LINK 25 FADE STOP &IF LOAD 1 ON: 8-BUTTON LED 1 ON

            WHEN UPB LINK 25 FADE STOP &IF LOAD 1 OFF: 8-BUTTON LED 1 OFF

            WHEN UPB LINK 25 OFF: UNIT 393 ON FOR 5 SECONDS

            WHEN UPB LINK 25 ON: UNIT 393 ON FOR 5 SECONDS

            WHEN UPB LINK 25 FADE STOP: UNIT 393 ON FOR 5 SECONDS

            WHEN UNIT 393 OFF: LOAD 1 REQUEST STATUS

 

            WHEN LOAD 2 ON: 8-BUTTON LED 2 ON

            WHEN LOAD 2 OFF: 8-BUTTON LED 2 OFF

            WHEN UPB LINK 26 FADE STOP &IF LOAD 2 ON: 8-BUTTON LED 2 ON

            WHEN UPB LINK 26 FADE STOP &IF LOAD 2 OFF: 8-BUTTON LED 2 OFF

            WHEN UPB LINK 26 OFF: UNIT 394 ON FOR 5 SECONDS

            WHEN UPB LINK 26 ON: UNIT 394 ON FOR 5 SECONDS

            WHEN UPB LINK 26 FADE STOP: UNIT 394 ON FOR 5 SECONDS

            WHEN UNIT 394 OFF: LOAD 2 REQUEST STATUS

 

            WHEN LOAD 3 ON: 8-BUTTON LED 3 ON

            WHEN LOAD 3 OFF: 8-BUTTON LED 3 OFF

            WHEN UPB LINK 27 FADE STOP &IF LOAD 3 ON: 8-BUTTON LED 3 ON

            WHEN UPB LINK 27 FADE STOP &IF LOAD 3 OFF: 8-BUTTON LED 3 OFF

            WHEN UPB LINK 27 OFF: UNIT 395 ON FOR 5 SECONDS

            WHEN UPB LINK 27 ON: UNIT 395 ON FOR 5 SECONDS

            WHEN UPB LINK 27 FADE STOP: UNIT 395 ON FOR 5 SECONDS

            WHEN UNIT 395 OFF: LOAD 3 REQUEST STATUS

 

            WHEN LOAD 4 ON: 8-BUTTON LED 4 ON

            WHEN LOAD 4 OFF: 8-BUTTON LED 4 OFF

            WHEN UPB LINK 28 FADE STOP &IF LOAD 4 ON: 8-BUTTON LED 4 ON

            WHEN UPB LINK 28 FADE STOP &IF LOAD 4 OFF: 8-BUTTON LED 4 OFF

            WHEN UPB LINK 28 OFF: UNIT 396 ON FOR 5 SECONDS

            WHEN UPB LINK 28 ON: UNIT 396 ON FOR 5 SECONDS

            WHEN UPB LINK 28 FADE STOP: UNIT 396 ON FOR 5 SECONDS

            WHEN UNIT 396 OFF: LOAD 4 REQUEST STATUS

 

            WHEN LOAD 5 ON: 8-BUTTON LED 5 ON

            WHEN LOAD 5 OFF: 8-BUTTON LED 5 OFF

            WHEN UPB LINK 29 FADE STOP &IF LOAD 5 ON: 8-BUTTON LED 5 ON

            WHEN UPB LINK 29 FADE STOP &IF LOAD 5 OFF: 8-BUTTON LED 5 OFF

            WHEN UPB LINK 29 OFF: UNIT 397 ON FOR 5 SECONDS

            WHEN UPB LINK 29 ON: UNIT 397 ON FOR 5 SECONDS

            WHEN UPB LINK 29 FADE STOP: UNIT 397 ON FOR 5 SECONDS

            WHEN UNIT 397 OFF: LOAD 5 REQUEST STATUS

 

            WHEN LOAD 6 ON: 8-BUTTON LED 6 ON

            WHEN LOAD 6 OFF: 8-BUTTON LED 6 OFF

            WHEN UPB LINK 30 FADE STOP &IF LOAD 6 ON: 8-BUTTON LED 6 ON

            WHEN UPB LINK 30 FADE STOP &IF LOAD 6 OFF: 8-BUTTON LED 6 OFF

            WHEN UPB LINK 30 OFF: UNIT 398 ON FOR 5 SECONDS

            WHEN UPB LINK 30 ON: UNIT 398 ON FOR 5 SECONDS

            WHEN UPB LINK 30 FADE STOP: UNIT 398 ON FOR 5 SECONDS

            WHEN UNIT 398 OFF: LOAD 1 REQUEST STATUS

 

            WHEN LOAD 7 ON: 8-BUTTON LED 7 ON

            WHEN LOAD 7 OFF: 8-BUTTON LED 7 OFF

            WHEN UPB LINK 31 FADE STOP &IF LOAD 7 ON: 8-BUTTON LED 7 ON

            WHEN UPB LINK 31 FADE STOP &IF LOAD 7 OFF: 8-BUTTON LED 7 OFF

            WHEN UPB LINK 31 OFF: UNIT 399 ON FOR 5 SECONDS

            WHEN UPB LINK 31 ON: UNIT 399 ON FOR 5 SECONDS

            WHEN UPB LINK 31 FADE STOP: UNIT 399 ON FOR 5 SECONDS

            WHEN UNIT 399 OFF: LOAD 7 REQUEST STATUS

 

            WHEN LOAD 8 ON: 8-BUTTON LED 8 ON

            WHEN LOAD 8 OFF: 8-BUTTON LED 8 OFF

            WHEN UPB LINK 32 FADE STOP &IF LOAD 8 ON: 8-BUTTON LED 8 ON

            WHEN UPB LINK 32 FADE STOP &IF LOAD 8 OFF: 8-BUTTON LED 8 OFF

            WHEN UPB LINK 32 OFF: UNIT 400 ON FOR 5 SECONDS

            WHEN UPB LINK 32 ON: UNIT 400 ON FOR 5 SECONDS

            WHEN UPB LINK 32 FADE STOP: UNIT 400 ON FOR 5 SECONDS

            WHEN UNIT 400 OFF: LOAD 1 REQUEST STATUS

 

If you are using PC Access, download the file into the controller and test.  When each button on the house status switch is pressed, the associated light should come on and the LED should also light.  If you have a scene switch installed, the On LED should also light.  When the button is pushed again, the light should go off, the LED turn off, and the scene switch should reflect the change to off (unless other units in the room are on).  Pressing and holding a button from an off state will cause a dimmer to brighten until released.  Pressing and holding a button from an on state will cause a dimmer to dim until released.

 

Due to the amount of powerline traffic that can be created by this application, there are some general tips that should be followed:

 

  1. The 5 second timer should not be shortened, as this can cause the status request command to improperly report the status of the switch.
  2. When more than one light is to be turned on, you should observe a delay between button presses – for best performance, the delay should be 2 seconds or longer.
  3. If a light is on in a dim position and the desired control is to brighten from the dim state, pressing and releasing the button momentarily, and pressing and holding will allow the switch to brighten.

 



 

 




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