How To Replace Your LiteTouch Lighting System

Florian Woess
05/12/2020 in Know How

Back in 2015, LiteTouch officially met its demise. Today, both support and replacement parts are no longer available. If you have a LiteTouch lighting system in your home, it may be a good idea to look for a replacement solution before the hardware completely fails, leaving you with a much larger problem. Furthermore, by today’s standards the system is not up to par with modern lighting control and smart home functionality, so you are more than in the market for an upgraded and more modern system.

Our Loxone Smart Home Partners are currently completing several projects across the US and Canada where LiteTouch systems are being replaced with our Loxone solution. The good news: using Loxone as a replacement is easy and the existing wiring structure can be re-used!

In this blog post, I want to share some information on the LiteTouch replacement process. But first, let’s go over some reasons why you should consider replacing your old LiteTouch Savant / Nortek system.

Why invest in new lighting control?

Lighting control systems have changed a lot since LiteTouch was in business. If you find yourself investing into your current LiteTouch setup by servicing it and using old spare parts, I strongly advise you to look into alternatives especially if you plan on selling your home.

The rise of LED lighting, color lights, and low-voltage lighting has made lighting controls more sophisticated and energy efficient than ever. Plus, modern lighting controls offer you a number of additional possibilities your LiteTouch system cannot provide such as:

The ability to set up color lights and mood lights.

Automating lights by utilizing presence, time, weather, etc.

Enhancing security by using lights as part of presence simulation.

Remote control of your lights
from your smartphone or tablet.

Easier control of your light set-up
with push-buttons and displays.

Replacing a LiteTouch system with Loxone

The way Lite Touch is set up and wired fits well into the Loxone architecture. The existing wiring structure can be reused without needing to run additional wires. That’s why it’s so easy to replace the system with Loxone. As our Dimmers can work with pretty much any illuminant on the market, there’s no need to switch out any bulbs or other parts either.

Most importantly, Loxone is a cost effective way to replace a LiteTouch system. While a typical LiteTouch setup started around $30,000 and easily run up to $100,000, we found that a comparable Loxone setup is typically only about a third of the price.

The main controller can be replaced with the second generation Miniserver with built-in Tree Extension.

LiteTouch 5000 LC
Loxone Miniserver

Replace keypads with simplified Touch switches

In addition, the Loxone Touch Tree switches are a great replacement for the LiteTouch Control station keypads, offering easier controls and adding additional functionality (temperature & humidity monitoring, etc) to your setup.

Touch points on switch

Before: LiteTouch keypad

LiteTouch keypad

Before: LiteTouch keypad with complex, hard-to-read buttons.

After: Touch Tree switch

New retrofit products

After: Loxone Touch switch with simplified, intuitive control. Just a tap in the center can change the lighting mood of the entire room. A tap of the left and right corners will adjust blinds and music, respectively.

Touch Pure for elevated luxury

As an option to upgrade from our standard Touch in 1-gang box size (shown above), the Touch Pure has square dimensions with an even sleeker feel and design. As a winner of the prestigious, international iF Design Award, you can easily replace your system with a touch of award-winning design right in your home.

Touch Pure White

Touch Square Adaptor Plates

Thanks to Loxone Partner Shocker Automation, we offer specially designed Touch Square Adapter Plates (+ panels) to help easily replace a lighting system. Available in 1- or 2-gang and in white or anthracite, they will blend in seamlessly with any Touch Square or Touch Pure switch and interior design.

Add-ons to your light control setup

Once Loxone has replaced your LiteTouch setup, you can add additional functionality to your home. Our wireless motion sensors allow you to automate lights in accordance with presence and brightness, and with RGBW Dimmers you can set beautiful color light accents in your home.

In addition, you can always add more Smart Home functionality and let your home take care of controlling Music, HVAC, Security and more for you.

Getting started

Feel free to reach out to us. We’re happy to answer any questions on light controls with Loxone and connect you with a Loxone Partner to have a look at your setup. We can also connect with your local Integrator or Electrical Contractor for quoting a replacement of your LiteTouch system.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you want to learn more about the technical details of replacing LiteTouch with Loxone? Read on in our regularly updated FAQ’s.

I have a LiteTouch Lighting system at home. Can I replace the parts myself?

Do not attempt to make any changes to your panel or wiring setup yourself! LiteTouch, as well as Loxone, use line voltage to control and dim lights and other appliances. Contact with line voltage can lead to serious injury. Please consult a Loxone Partner, electrical contractor, or a Technology Integrator.

We are happy to help you Find a Partner to get your project started.

What products are used to replace certain LiteTouch parts?

Here is a list of products our Partners and installers use to replace certain LiteTouch parts.

(+ Touch Square Adapter Plate) (( 

 

LiteTouchLoxone
Central Control Unit

Miniserver

Tree Extension

Control Switches (keypads)

Touch Tree

Touch Square Tree

(+ Touch Square Adapter Plate)

Touch Pure Tree

(+ Touch Square Adapter Plate)

Dimmer ModuleDimmer Extension
Electronic Ballast (0-10V) Dimmer ModuleExtension
8 Channel Relay ModuleExtension
High Power Relay ModuleRelay Extension
Contact Data Input ModulesExtension
Power Supply ModuleLoxone Power Supply
EnclosuresAny DIN Rail enclosure (reusing LiteTouch enclose might be an option by mounting DIN rails).

Do the Loxone products fit into the LiteTouch panel?

In general, the Loxone modules are smaller than the LiteTouch modules. In order to mount them in the existing panels, you have to mount DIN rails and alter the layout of the panel.

LiteTouch panel converted to Loxone (before wiring)

LiteTouch panel converted to Loxone with 5 Loxone Dimmer Extensions (before wiring).

 

Alternatively, you can use any DIN rail panel to replace the LiteTouch panels, for example, the Shocker Automation DIN rail panels are designed to fit Loxone products.

 

Can I use the LiteTouch control stations (keypads) with Loxone Tree?

 

No. The LiteTouch Control Stations can only communicate with the LiteTouch Control units and need to be replaced. You can use the Loxone Touch Tree or the square varieties – Touch Square or Touch Pure Tree. These are the best suited replacements which allow you to re-use the wiring of the control station keypads.

 

I am a former LiteTouch dealer/integrator. Where can I buy your products?

 

We have a fast-growing network of Loxone integrators using our products throughout North America. You can buy Loxone products directly from us by first becoming a Loxone Partner.  Apply today to become a Loxone Partner >

 

More questions on how to replace your LiteTouch system?

 

Feel free to reach out to us. We are happy to answer your questions, connect you to a Loxone Partner and guide you through the process of replacing LiteTouch with Loxone.

 

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