Wall mountable control system with virtually unlimited zone capacity

  • US 5,949,200 A
  • Filed: 07/30/1996
  • Issued: 09/07/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/30/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A control system comprising:

  • a) a wall mountable control panel having disposed therein, for mounting in the wall, a plurality of control units each for controlling electrical loads, each control unit having associated therewith, and disposed on a face of the control panel, a single, user operable, switch means for adjusting power levels to be delivered to the loads and a single display means for displaying the power levels, the control system being capable of separately controlling a greater number of loads than there are switch means and of separately displaying a greater number of power levels than there are display means, there being more than one load assigned to each single switch means and each single display means, such that each switch means and each display means share a function of separately adjusting the power level and displaying the power level of each of a plurality of the loads, respectively;

    b) a user operable selection means disposed on the face of the control panel for simultaneously selecting a group of zones, whereby loads corresponding to the selected group of zones may have their desired power levels adjusted and displayed by each of the switch means and display means, the switch means adjusting, and the display means displaying, the desired power levels for only the loads corresponding to the selected group of zones;

    c) a visual indicator disposed on the face of the control panel for indicating the identity of the loads selected by the user operable selection means.

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