If you have a Remcon low voltage light system, you're in luck. Replacement parts and upgrade options exist to help you maintain your energy-efficient lighting system. Remcon low volt systems help you save money on your electrical bills and likey on your homeowners insurance as well because of their low temperatures and reduced risk of fire. (Be sure to ask your agent about insurance discounts for houses with low voltage wiring.)
Low Voltage Remote Control Wiring - The Original "Green" Lighting System
Considered cutting edge at the time, millions of low voltage lighting systems were installed during the 1940s - 1980s, particularly during their heyday of the 1950s and 1960s. Although they fell out of favor because they are more expensive to install initially, the long-term benefits make them popular for new installations in businesses and high-end homes. Because of their energy savings and convenience, such as their ability to control multiple lights from a single location, low voltage remore control lighting continues to be a "green" alternative to standard wiring.
Fluke / Amprobe produces upgraded solid state Remcon relays for overhead lighting and closets. Please note, that when it is time to replace an old relay, all relays on a particular circuit must be of the same type - either the old solenoid type mechanical relays or these new solid state ones. (The solenoid relays have a cylindrical top on a rectangular base; the solid state relays are a trapizoid shape that is flat on two sides - see image below.)
Remcon and Touch-Plate If you want to upgrade your Remcon system or buy replacement low voltage switches, Touch-Plate is the only system tested to be compatible. You can buy Touch-Plate low voltage light switches and light switch covers as well as find information to help be sure you purchase the correct parts. (Important: You still must use Remcon remote control relays even if replacing your light switches with Touchplate lighting controls. Do not use Touch Plate relays in your Remcon lighting system.) For more in-depth information, see our Instruction Guide When Replacing Remcon Light Switches with Touch Plate.
Remcon and Amprobe Fluke's Amprobe Instrument purchased the Remcon line and continues to make replacement relays, although the new ones are 100% solid state so cannot be used on the same circuit with ones that are still the mechanical latching type. (They discontinued making the Remcom low voltage switches in February of 2011.) In other words, you must replace all old relays with the new relays on each circuit, but other than that, your switches will work the same with either type.
Remcon and Pyramid Pyramid Instrument Company was the precursor to Remcon and was installed in homes in the 1940's and 1950's. Pyramid low voltage parts will work with both old and new Remcon relays and switches (as long as you follow the suggestions above for proper use and installation of mechanical vs. solid state relays.)
Remcon and GE Important: GE relays cannot be used in a Remcon system because of the fundamental differences - each Remcon relay is actually a transformer with a built-in relay, whereas GE relays are connected to separate transformers. Only Touch-Plate light switches have been safety tested for compatibility with Remcon, so we do not recommend wiring GE switches into your Remcon system.
Remcon and Bryant Low voltage Bryant voltage switches and relays work on the same system as GE, so the same cautions apply.
Remcon and Sierra Electric Sierra trigger switches and solenoid type mechanical relays also have the same functionality as GE low voltage parts, so see the same cautions above.
Money-Saving Tip: If you need to replace one of the old mechanical relays on a circuit with a new solid state one, we recommend keeping any old working relays you remove from that particular circuit. Then you have the option of swapping them into another circuit needing a replacement or storing them for later should one of the others finally stop working in the future.
We recommend upgrading your Remcon switches and parts to Touch Plate Low Voltage Lighting. Here's why: