When Doug Cabel signed the contract to build a new hair salon in Leduc, Alberta, he had no idea how important wire-free switches would become in his professional life.
The salon construction went smoothly until it was time to install switches in the front reception area. The reception room centered around an island desk surrounded by retail shelving and an exposed brick feature whose look would be ruined with the addition of a switch box.
“Where do you want the light switches?”
“I asked them, ‘where do you want the light switches?’” Cabel recalls. “They said, ‘We don’t want to interrupt the retail shelving. Can you put it on the front desk island?’”
“We had power in the floor coming up from the utility room. We could put outlets and switches in the desk. But the switch box was going to be bulky and a lot of work. The wiring would have needed to be BX [armored cable]. It would have been hours of work and it would be inconvenient for the receptionist to have so much of her desk space taken up by this ugly switch box.”
“That’s when I thought to use a wireless switch,” Cabel says. “I had used Levven Controls a few times before, and this was a perfect scenario for it. Walls that you don’t want to run switch wire in. An area that doesn’t lend itself to a switch box with BX cabling.”
“I told them, ‘hey, we can put these switches anywhere you like, where to do you want them?’ and they said ‘put them here on the inside of the desk, out of the way.’ And that was that – we were done in about 30 minutes. We ended up using two Levven Controls controllers, one to run the overhead lights and one for the LED feature lighting.”
“They understand how handy it is the first time they use it.”
“Levven Controls works really well – it’s a cool thing. The very first time I tried it was for a rural property. They had wallpack lighting on the exterior of the shop building with photo cells to turn the lights on at night.
“The problem was, those wallpacks were too bright! ‘How can we turn these off when we’re home?’ they wanted to know. I put a Levven controller in the panel, and two wireless switches – one across the shop and one inside the house. There wasn’t any reason for me to dig into the wall and start wiring a switch there.”
Cabel is happy with the time, effort, and supplies that Levven Controls wire-free switches saves for his company.
“Everybody expects and accepts a big bulky switch box, but the Levven Controls alternative is much faster. They understand how handy it is the first time they use it,” he notes.
“Save the wire, save the time and labor.”
“Guys look at a $2 switch in their hand, but don’t add a minimum of two or three hours to get it installed. That’s a three or four hundred dollar touch!” he says. “Save the wire, save the time and labor. That more than offsets the cost of the wireless switches compared to a conventional system.”
Cabel is enthusiastic about using Levven Controls to solve switching problems in commercial construction.
“It’s just a matter of getting people to use it once. It should be stocked in the electrician’s van. Even if it only saves 20 feet of wire, you should use it.”
Doug Cabel is the owner of Tuson Contracting, a commercial construction firm in Leduc, Alberta.