When integrating Touch Plate switches into your Remcon system:
keep all your working Remcon relays in place
replace broken relays with Remcon relays only (not Touch Plate ones)
Remcon Low Voltage Lighting System Replacement Parts for Older Homes
Original Remcon remote control wiring systems from the 1940's, 50's, 60's and 70's featured distinctive flared ivory light switches and rounded plastic switch plates with up to four device openings. Remcon low voltage parts were originally manufactured by Pyramid Electric, and currently are by Amprobe Instrument, however they discontinued production of their line of Remcon low voltage switches and cover plates. The good news is that they are still making Remcon's solid state relays. But if you need a direct replacement switch for your old or broken Remcon switch, you'll need to switch from a 3-wire system to a 2-wire to have one that is guaranteed compatible.
Remember, even when replacing your old Remcon switches with Touch Plate switches, you will still use Remcon relays in your system. Do not use Touch-Plate relays in a Remcon system.
Original Remcon low voltage replacement switches and wall cover plates have been phased out of production and discontinued as of February 2011. However, Remcon's solid state relays with built-in transformers are still actively manufactured. If you need replacement devices read Remcon Switch Replacement Options to find out the solution that will work best for you.
Why must I use 2-button Touchplate switches as replacements for Remcon switches? What is a 1-button Touch-Plate switch used for?
Remcon is a 3-wire low voltage system whereas Touchplate is 2-wire system. With some wiring adjustments, Touch Plate switches can be adapted for use with Remcon parts, however they are two completely independent systems, and the switches function differently. In a Touchplate system, a single button is used for both on and off functions. Push a button once to turn lights on, push it again to turn them off. (Hence why you can buy 1-button Touch Plate switches.)
In contrast, Remcon switches are rockers so each end of a switch has a separate function - rock up for on, rock down for off. So when wiring a Touch-Plate switch for a Remcon setup, the "up/on"end of a Remcon switch must be connected to one Touch Plate switch, and the "down/off" end to another. That is why you must double the number of switches if using Touch-plate with Remcon. While Remcon switches are no longer available, Touch Plate Lighting Controls is going strong. They've had their switches tested to confirm safety and compatibility with Remcon lighting parts so you can confidently buy Touchplate replacement switches for your Remcon system. (Note: relays work differently in each system so you'll still need to buy Remcon relays.)
Descripiton of Older Style Series of Remcon Switches & Light Switch Wall Plates
Old style ovoid Remcon switchplates were typically installed horizontally with switches rocking up and down vertically to turn lights on and off. The slightly flared switches were pinched in and narrower at the middle, then wider at the top with a small centered dot. Note that the original type of Remcon mounting straps, ivory curvy rocker switches and rounded or oval wall plates are no longer in production and were eventually replaced with newer line of black Remcon snap-in switches and stainless steel cover plates (discontinued in 2011).
Description of More Recently Updated Remcon Switches and Light Switch Wall Plates
The newer, updated Remcon production line of horizontally-oriented snap-in low volt wall plates featured hole openings of .4375" H x 1.1875" W. Each opening on a three-hole plate was .906" apart center to center; on two-hole plates, they were 1.812" apart, center to center. In contrast to the older Remcon yoke mounted switches that were screwed directly into electrical boxes or wall plaster, these updated switches and coverplates did not require mounting brackets of any kind. Instead, these Remcon low voltage momentary SPST switches mounted directly into the switchplate - switches snapped into the front of a faceplate which could then be screwed directly into the electrical box, resulting in a simplified installation and eliminating the need for mounting straps. These wall plates featured box mounting screw holes that were 3.281" apart, center to center. The only downside was that the electrical wiring had to be connected after the switch had been clipped into place in the coverplate. Faceplates were offered in single vertical and double or triple horizontal hole orientations in a satin stainless steel finish. While this updated Remcon product line of black rocker switches and snap-in wall plate covers has been discontinued, Touchplate produces replacement parts that have been tested and confirmed to be fully compatible with Remcon remote control relays.