Manually create lighting presets and multi-way circuits

The process for manually programming lighting presets and virtual 3-way circuits follows similar programming steps so it's important to familiarize yourself with the differences prior to manually pairing your devices.

Virtual 3-or more Way Circuits (or Group Scenes)

All members will both respond to and control each other in sync. When any member is tapped On, they all turn on; when any member is tapped Off, they all turn off. When you adjust the brightness at one switch, others will continue to synchronize. Examples of these virtual circuits include:

  • Existing multi-way circuits (3-way, 4-way) – where there were already 2 or more switches controlling a light fixture.
  • Virtual multi-way circuits – where you want to use a switch or keypad button to control other switches/devices not originally wired together by an electrician.
  • Keypad button assigned to control 1 or more devices. Also, when any member is on or off, the indicator on the keypad button reflects the state of the members (off or on).

Lighting Presets (or Custom Scenes)

When an On command is sent – usually from a single keypad button – 1 or more devices go to preset on-levels, turn on at 100% or turn off. When those responding devices are activated locally, they do not trigger the same preset. The user can define which devices initiate the preset, which devices are only responding, or both. Examples of these lighting presets include:

  • Evening: Lights in various rooms in the home turn on slowly while porch and/or landscape lighting turns on.
  • Goodnight: Lights in living room, kitchen and other common areas fade off while bedroom lights dim to a lower level, getting you and the family ready for bed.
  • Good morning: Gently fade on lighting to a not-too-bright level to help family wake up and turn on the coffee maker in the kitchen.
  • Off to Work/School: Turn off lights and outlets that might’ve been left on by you or family members as you leave for the day.

The primary difference to remember when manually programming is that for lighting presets, you’ll want to adjust the responding devices to their preferred level upon linking. For virtual 3-or more way circuits, each member should be linked at On or 100% brightness.

Virtual 3-Way Linking (two switches controlling the same fixture)

The following steps assume you have already installed the two switches as defined in the multi-way circuit wiring steps.

  • 1. At one of your switches (we’ll call this location 1) press and hold the set button for 3 seconds. It will beep and the LED indicator will start blinking green.
  • 2. At the other switch (we’ll call this location 2) make sure it is in the On position at 100% brightness

How to make sure the switch is in the on position at 100%:

  • a. Dial: quickly rotate the dial clockwise a full rotation.
  • b. Paddle: double tap the top of the paddle.
  • c. Keypad: double tap the button you wish to link. Its LED indicator should be brightly lit. If it isn’t, double tap the button again.
  • d. Outlet: LED indicator for the corresponding outlet is green.
  • 3. While at location 2, press and hold its set button until you hear a double beep. The LED indicator will flash green quickly and return to its previous color (white for Dial, Paddle, and Keypad, or green for Outlet).
  • 4. While still at location 2, press and hold its set button for 3 seconds. It will beep and the LED indicator will start blinking green.
  • 5. At location 1, make sure it is in the On position at 100% and then press and hold its set button until you hear a double beep. The LED indicator will blinking green quickly and return to its previous color. Location 2 will stop blinking green and return to its previous color.
  • 6. You should now be able to control the fixture from both switch locations.

Virtual 4- or more Way Linking (three or more switches controlling the same fixture)

These steps are like virtual 3-way linking but to save time from having to go back and forth to different locations, we will use a multi-linking feature:

  • 1. At one of your switches (we’ll call this location 1) press and hold the set button for 3 seconds. It will beep and the LED indicator will start blinking green.
  • 2. While the LED is blinking green, tap the set button. It will beep and the LED indicator will start double-blinking green   – the device is now in multi-link mode.
  • 3. At each of the other switches, follow these steps. Perform both steps at one switch before moving on to the next switch.
  • a. Adjust to the On position at 100% brightness.
  • b. Press and hold the set button until you hear a double beep and LED blinks.
  • 4. When finished, return to the switch at location 1 and take it out of multi-link mode by tapping the set button once Its LED will stop blinking green and return to white.
  • 5. Repeat the steps 1 through 4 above   but start with the second switch in the group. Repeat again with the third and so on for each member of the 4- or more way circuit.
  • 6. You should now be able to control the fixture from all switch locations.

Lighting Preset Linking (a switch or button controls any number of devices to a pre-set lighting level)

  • 1. Starting at the device you plan to use for controlling the lighting preset, press and hold the set button for 3 seconds. It will beep and the LED indicator will begin blinking green.
    Note: if your controller is a Keypad, make sure you tap the button you wish to set as the controller first before pressing and holding the set button.
  • 2. While the LED is blinking green, tap the set button. It will beep and the LED indicator will start double-blinking green – the device is now in multi-link mode.
  • 3. At each of the other (responder) switches, follow these steps one at a time:
  • a. Adjust to your preferred brightness level (On, Off, 50%, etc.). If the switch is a keypad, tap the keypad button to either turn the LED on or off as desired.
    Tip: if you also want to adjust the speed at which dimmable switches fade to the brightness level, follow the steps to set the fade speed. When finished, be sure to complete the steps here within 4 minutes.
  • b. Press and hold the set button until you hear a double beep.
  • 4. When finished, tap the set button on your lighting preset controller. Its LED will stop double blinking green and return to white.
  • 5. If you want to setup additional controller switches (or buttons) to trigger the same lighting preset, repeat the steps above with each additional lighting preset controller. Be sure to include other lighting preset controllers as responders to ensure status is in sync. For example, if you want a button on each of two keypads ("keypad 1" and "keypad 2") controlling the same lighting preset, the button on "keypad 2" should be programmed as a responder of the button on "keypad 1" and the button on "keypad 1" should be programmed as a responder of the button on "keypad 2."
  • 6. Test your lighting preset using your lighting preset controller. If you have any changes to make to any presets, you can do so by repeating steps 1-4 and then step 5 for any additional preset controllers you may have.