Levven Controls Wire-Free Switching Wins 2017 Manning Innovation Award

image of James Keirstead and Jim Qualie winning Manning innovation award for wireless remote wall switch

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Levven Electronics president James Keirstead and research & development director Jim Qualie have claimed a prestigious Manning Innovation Award for pioneering the wireless technology behind the Levven Controls wire-free switch.

Levven Controls wire-free switching increases convenience and safety while reducing economic and environmental costs for builders, installing trades, and homeowners. The Ernest C. Manning Foundation presents the Innovation Award to talented Canadian innovators who are improving the lives of Canadians and others worldwide through their commercialized innovations. The 36th Annual Awards were presented at a gala event in Toronto’s Scotiabank Centre on Nov 29.

“It is an honour to be selected as a Manning Innovation award recipient,” says Keirstead, CEO and President of Edmonton-based Levven Electronics. “Canada is relying on its innovators to connect, collaborate, experiment and solve big problems.”

“The Levven Controls wire-free switch speeds up construction, increases work capacity, conserves resources and labour, and introduces new features that wired switches can’t easily or cost-effectively deliver.” Keirstead explains.  “We are seeing builders and electricians adopt this innovation because it gives them a way to earn new dollars that traditional wired switches can’t provide.”

By eliminating the need to physically connect switches to lights and other devices, the Levven Controls switch erases the economic and environmental cost of installing wire and boxes inside the wall for wired switches. In a typical new home build, wire-free switching conserves hundreds of feet of copper wire, dozens of electrical boxes, and hours of skilled labour. These savings actually make the cost of wire-free less expensive than traditional wiring.

Jim Qualie, director of Research and Development at Levven Electronics, said, “It’s wonderful that the Ernest C. Manning Foundation celebrates Canadian innovators. Taking risks to do new things, to create, and to be committed to what drives them. It feels amazing to receive an award for doing the things I love to do.” Builder and electrical contracting companies partnered with Levven are installing wire-free switches in new residential projects in Alberta and Arizona. To enquire about using Levven Controls in your residential or commercial project, contact Levven Electronics.

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