Information for Inspections

What are Levven Controls?

Levven Controls are a two-component switching product. They use a wall-mounted decorator switch as a control device that sends on/off/dim commands via radio frequency (RF) to load switching devices (controllers) installed in a listed electrical junction box between the line and load.

The switch is powered by a single CR2032 coin cell battery providing between 10 to 15 years of life. The switch confirms on/off functions executed by the controller by flashing the LED on the switch. The LED serves a second purpose reminding the user when the battery has 20% of battery life remaining.

Controllers are installed inside an approved electrical junction box and are hard wired between the power and the load.

The range of the signal through walls from the switch to the controller is 250 feet.

Electrical Codes and Levven Controls

The NFPA has recently released the 2020 National Electric Code (NEC 70) and has clarified the requirements of Article 210.70 by replacing the term “wall switch” with “listed wall-mounted control device”.

Read National Electric Code (NEC 70) Article 210.70

210.70 Lighting Outlets Required

Lighting outlets shall be installed where specified in 210.70(A), (B), and (C).

(A) Dwelling Units.

In dwelling units, lighting outlets shall be installed in accordance with 210.70(A)(1), (A)(2), and (A)(3).

(1) Habitable Rooms.

At least one lighting outlet controlled by a listed wall-mounted control device shall be installed in every habitable room, kitchen, and bathroom. The wall-mounted control device shall be located near an entrance to the room on a wall.

Exception No. 1: In other than kitchens and bathrooms, one or more receptacles controlled by a listed wall-mounted control device shall be permitted in lieu of lighting outlets.

Exception No. 2: Lighting outlets shall be permitted to be controlled by occupancy sensors that are (1) in addition to listed wall-mounted control devices or (2) located at a customary wall switch location and equipped with a manual override that will allow the sensor to function as a wall switch.

(2) Additional Locations.

Additional lighting outlets shall be installed in accordance with the following:

(1) At least one lighting outlet controlled by a listed wall-mounted control device shall be installed in hallways, stairways, attached garages, and detached garages with electric power.

(2) For dwelling units, attached garages, and detached garages with electric power, at least one lighting outlet controlled by a listed wall-mounted control device shall be installed to provide illumination on the exterior side of outdoor entrances or exits with grade-level access. A vehicle door in a garage shall not be considered as an outdoor entrance or exit.

(3) Where one or more lighting outlet(s) are installed for interior stairways, there shall be a listed wall-mounted control device at each floor level and landing level that includes an entryway to control the lighting outlet(s) where the stairway between floor levels has six risers or more.

Exception to (A)(2)(1), (A)(2)(2), and (A)(2)(3): In hallways, in stairways, and at outdoor entrances, remote, central, or automatic control of lighting shall be permitted.

(4) Lighting outlets controlled in accordance with 210.70(A)(2)(3) shall not be controlled by use of listed wall-mounted control devices unless they provide the full range of dimming control at each location.

(B) Guest Rooms or Guest Suites.

In hotels, motels, or similar occupancies, guest rooms or guest suites shall have at least one lighting outlet controlled by a listed wall-mounted control device installed in every habitable room and bathroom.

Exception No. 1: In other than bathrooms and kitchens where provided, one or more receptacles controlled by a listed wall-mounted control device shall be permitted in lieu of lighting outlets.

How do Levven Controls Work?

Levven switches and controllers work together to wirelessly turn electrical loads on and off.

A wireless switch sends on/off commands to controller(s) located in electrical junction box. A controller can switch multiple lights up to its load type rating. Use more controllers when the load is larger than a single controller’s rating.

Certifications and Approvals

STANDARDS FOR USA

ANSI / UL

Standard UL 244A, Issued: 2003/04/30 Ed: 3 Rev: 2013/08/15 Solid-State Controls for Appliances

  • Almost all “in junction box” competitive products are certified to this standard.
  • This standard applies to Levven Controls
  • The Levven Controls and Levven Controls Pro Controllers conform to this standard and have the cETLus listed mark.

FCC

Switch intentional radiator: Part 15.249, Band 902 – 928 MHz, FCC ID: 2ADH9-GSW

Controller unintentional radiator: Part 15.249, Band 902 – 928 MHz, FCC ID: 2ADH9-G2CF

Search transition.fcc.gov with Levven Controls grantee code 2ADH9 to review all FCC documents.

Testing Labs

Levven Controls products are tested by a Nationally Recognized Testing Lab (NRTL). Certification Marks of the NRTL is accepted by the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) in both Canada and the US. Levven Controls currently use Intertek as their NRTL and their products bear the cINTERTEKus Certification Mark for both Canada and the US, but may change to another lab at any time.

All inspectors are encouraged to keep current their knowledge of NRTLs and marks as they change. Levven Controls currently uses Intertek, but may change to another lab at any time.

Test Report

The NRTL report includes:

  • Product information, specifications and ratings
  • Photos of the product internals with components identified
  • What standards were tested
  • How the tests were performed
  • How the product is to be installed and used
  • The results of the test and indication of compliance
  • Identifies safety critical components in the product – components that cannot be substituted without retesting and updating the report
  • Identifies polymeric material tests (flammability of plastics)
  • Specifies any factory tasks that must be performed such as dielectric or hi-potential (hi-pot) testing
  • Packaging and labelling requirements, marking requirements

Factory Inspection

Ensures Levven continues manufacturing the product as indicated in the report.

Authorization to Mark

Levven is approved to use the NRTL mark on our product.

ETL mark - logo for building electrical safety code compliance

STANDARDS FOR CANADA

CAN/CSA

Standard CSA C22.2#14, Issued: 2013/03/01 Ed:12 Industrial Control Equipment

  • This Standard applies to control and protective devices, and accessory devices, rated at not more than 1500 V, for starting, stopping, regulating, controlling, or protecting electric motors, generators, heating apparatus, or other equipment used to control an industrial process that is intended to be installed and used in non-hazardous locations in accordance with the rules of the Canadian Electrical Code, Part I.
  • This standard applies to Levven Controls.
  • The Levven Controls and Levven Controls Pro Controllers are certified to this standard and have an cETLus listed mark.

Industry Canada

These devices meet Industry Canada’s procedural and specification requirements for certification.

Levven Controls and Levven Controls Pro switches IC ID: 12453A-GSW

Levven Controls and Levven Controls Pro controllers IC ID: 12453A-G2CF

Product Specifications

Levven Switches

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Levven Controls Switch Specifications

Levven Controllers

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Levven Controls 10A Controller Specifications
Levven Controls 1.5A Dimming Controller Specifications
Levven Controls 20A Controller Specifications

Additional Information

Please contact us if additional information is required.

Jim Qualie, P.Eng
Levven Director of Research & Development
780-391-3000 ext 1004