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Understanding Rako Lighting Control: Wired vs Wireless, Integration with Smart Home Systems, and More 

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If you’re wondering how RAKO lighting work, then I’ll explain how Rako lighting control works. A little backstory: who, what, and why is Rako? 

Rako is a lighting control system for residential and commercial properties such as hotels, homes, and the like. They were founded in 2002. As a result, they’ve been around for a long time. They are a UK manufacturer of lighting control systems, which is fantastic, given that everyone is trying to focus more on UK businesses. They’ve been doing this for a long time, and it’s a really strong system. It’s a wonderful piece of kit. 

Rako has a lot of different parts, so I’ll try to cover as many as I can in this article. But if you have any questions, leave me a message and I’ll pick them up and create more articles or record a video to answer them. 

Rako is a lighting control system, which is the first thing to mention. You can also choose between a wired and wireless system. A wired system is one in which all of the keypads are wired together, almost like a ring main. So, you loop data cables in and out of the keypads, and this connects to a central hub. Then all of the lighting circuits are wired back to the central hub. As a result, when the keypads press a button, the signal is sent to the central hub, which then turns on the necessary lighting circuit. 

The wireless version of Rako means that the light switches aren’t wired and are instead battery-powered. As a result, they can essentially be placed anywhere in the home, office, or hotel that is required. And the clever bit that changes the lighting circuits or actually does the switching is simply placed in line with whatever lighting circuits, blind controls, or anything else that you is attempting to control. Rako’s wireless system is fantastic for retrofitting if you haven’t been able to do it as a complete first fix or a complete control system install. Excellent retrofit system! 

The next point to mention is that they recently introduced their Rako hub, which is similar to the Smart Hub. This enables things like Alexa to control your blinds and lights. As a result, for many people looking for voice control, this is a significant feature. Another great feature of Rako lighting controls is their app. So you can use the RX link or the Rako link to connect your control system to the outside internet via a hub. 

This undoubtedly allows you to actually enable whoever the installer is for remote programming. So, if you’re throwing a party, or you’ve moved into your new home and started messing around with the lighting, and something just doesn’t feel right, you should be able to call your installer. They can also remotely reprogram some of the scenes and settings, eliminating the need for a site visit. On the other hand, if you’re tech-savvy, if you just want to hit or laugh, or if you’re away from home, you’ll have access to the app to adjust and fine-tune your own lighting. If you’re having some difficulty; you could just open the app, click a button, and go.  

Finally, as part of the Rako system, you can integrate blinds and other smart home ancillary systems. And that is clearly where the world is heading. It’s kind of preparing for more systemized and whole-home control. And, as I previously stated, it’s been around for a long time. Very strong, very solid. We’ve been using it for the last 12-15 years. So far, there have been no complaints. 

Again, if you or someone you know is about to embark on this journey, please contact us through email at james@astralumos.co.uk or call me at 01386 904 000. We’d be happy to assist you or point you in the right direction.  

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