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Centralite Elegance/Litejet/JetStream - v 8.0.0

Extra Vegetables' Control4 driver for Centralite's Elegance, Litejet and JetStreamsystems enable you to integrate a Centralite lighting system with Control4.

This provides the same features and customer experience as Control4's native lighting control. You can dim and switch loads and there is also the facility to represent Centralite relays as motorization devices within Control4 (not applicable to JetStream).  The package also provides specialised drivers for blinds and the Centralite Fan Speed Controller (not applicable to JetStream).

Centralite scenes are supported via the driver. The driver allows Control4 to recall any Centralite scene.  A button driver allows you to virtually press, release and tap a button on a Cetralite keypad.  It also provides Control 4 events when a button is pressed or released.

The driver is fully two way - changes on the Control4 UI's are reflected on the Centralite network and vice-versa. The use of Centralite lighting is completely transparent to the customer who can fully utilize the Control4 interfaces for lighting control.


Supported manufacturer models

Centralite Elegance
Centralite Litejet

Centralite JetStream


Supported Control4 operating systems

Compatible with Control4 OS 2.x and above ONLY


Related products
Fan Speed Controller

Control4 Processor Requirements

 

HC800
HC1000
HC250 can be used on smaller systems.  Please check Control4's recommended processor requirements for your specific project.


Other Requirements

JetStream system requires RS232 Bridge to be installed.


Limitations

Scenes
To avoid the Popcorn effect we recommend that you maintain your Scenes on the Centralite system.

Fan Speed Control 
There is no built in user interface for fan speed control in Control4.  If you require this you need to install the free add-on 4Store app.

Relay Feedback 
Centralite does not automatically feedback status changes from relays.  The driver allows you to poll for these changes but Control4 interfaces will only update after Control4 has polled for the status.

Blinds
Blinds driver is only compatible with the Elegance system.


Further information

The Extra Vegetables Control4 drivers for the Centralite Elegance, Litejet and JetStream lighting system implements the following features:

Reliable RS232 Control through MCP interface.
The MCP provides a convenient interface between the Control4 system and the Centralite network. Single or multiple Elegance systems can be controlled via the one connection.

'Cloud' based driver - simple to deploy, transparent to customer.
A 'cloud' based driver attaches devices such as lighting circuits to a 'cloud' that represents the Centralite network. Each device is then simply addressed to match the corresponding channel address on the Centralite network. None of this is evident to the customer. A light is a light regardless of whether it is on the Centralite network or a Control4 outlet module.

Support for dimmable and non-dimmable lighting loads.
Not all light types are dimmable. Just as you would connect some to a Centrlite dimmer and some to a Centralite relay you make the same virtual choices within Composer. This ensures that only dimmable lighting loads are presented to your customer with faders. (All JetStream loads are dimmable)

Support for motorization devices.
Centralite relays are multi-purpose and this flexibility is echoed in the driver. If you use a relay to control a fountain you can represent this as a fountain directly within Control4.

Recall any Scene.
Our driver provides you with full communication to and from the Centralite system. You can recall any scene on the Centralite system.

Press and Listen to Buttons
The included 'Button' driver allows you to virtually press, release and tap buttons on the Centralite system.  Control4 events are fired when the real button is pressed on the Centralite system.

Blinds driver included.
The Centralite Elegance relay boards allow relays to be interlocked in a flip-flop arrangement in order to control blinds.  The blinds driver allows these relays to be properly represented as blinds on the Control4 interfaces.  This is only supported on the Elegance system - the Litejet and JetStream systems do not have this feature.

Fan Speed Controller Board 
One of the unique features of the Centralite system is the availability of a Fan Speed Controller board.  We have created a special driver for this board which allows you to select the fan speed from Control4. 


Acknowledgements

We are grateful to The Multiroom Company in the UK in conjunction with Centralite for the loan of the equipment used during the development of the driver.

Thanks also to Justin Woodruff of Infusion Audio Video for testing the JetStream version.


Disclaimer

This driver is an independent commercial release by Extra Vegetables Ltd.  It is not authorized or supported either by Control4 or Centralite.  Extra Vegetables fully support the driver through its authorized dealer network.

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Features

  • Compatible with Elegance Litejet and JetStream.
  • Reliable RS232 Control through MCP Interface or JetStream RS232 bridge.
  • 'Cloud' based driver - simple to deploy, transparent to customer.
  •  Support for dimmable and non-dimmable lighting loads.
  • Support for motorization devices (Not JetStream).
  • Support for blinds (Elegance only).
  • Support for fan speed controls with optional app.
  • Recall any Scene on the Centralite system.
  • Virtually Press, Release and Tap any button on the Centralite system from Control4
  • Monitor button press and release on the Centralite keypads - allows them to be used for AV control.