Crestron Electronics, the global player in home automation, has announced the next generation of the popular Horizon keypads and dimmers. With design and customer experience at the heart of every product Crestron builds, the next-generation Horizon keypads and dimmers were designed to elevate both form and function for dealers and homeowners, says the maker.
Crestron argues that homeowners believe a well-designed keypad should be unobtrusive when it’s not in use and completely intuitive when it is. That requires careful attention to everything from the ergonomics of the device to its ultimate fit and finish. These considerations set the course for the next-generation Horizon keypads and dimmers, which have been created to offer an elegant design with a distinctive tactile experience, improved configuration and installation, and elevated customization options.
The Horizon Design
Horizon keypads and dimmers prioritise clean design featuring improved colour, finish, and alignment in visually appealing layouts, designed to bring a new level of luxury to any home project with a perfected look. Using feedback from homeowners, dealers, and architects, every aspect of the redesign was meticulously engineered, from the single faceplate offering an opulent visual appeal to the subtle button protrusion providing an enhanced texture and feel when pressed. The buttons are also arranged in a single-piece design that improves alignment and consistency, elevating the tactile experience across every configuration.
Deep functionality has been built into the backlighting of the keypads and dimmers, allowing the colour temperature of the backlight to be adjusted. The new ‘dim-to-warm’ theme uses the local ambient sensor to automatically set the button backlight to cooler or warmer based on the intensity of the room lighting. To help homeowners enjoy a restful night of sleep, Crestron has eliminated the shine of the keypads as well as reduced the light bleeds between the buttons and the faceplate to refine the appearance in dark or dimly lit rooms.
Deep Customization Options
The next-generation Horizon keypads and dimmers are available in the six most popular configurations, from single-button options up to five buttons in a single gang arrangement. Advanced colour control offers visual cues from a distance, making keypads another intuitive interface in the home. When combined, the configuration and colour control can serve to further elevate the homeowner experience. Take, for example, a ‘Security’ button that can illuminate red when activated and green when the system is off, allowing homeowners to visualise the status of their system at a glance.
Engraving has always been a feature for Crestron keypads and dimmers, but the new Impress software tool enables dealers to create a variety of personalised engravings from mixing fonts and foreign character support to special characters and icons. Any engraving specified before device shipping will be pre-installed and included as part of the wider bulk-packing process for the entire Horizon range, saving huge amounts of time during installation.
“Our next generation of Crestron Horizon keypads take every aspect of this product to the next level and are a thoughtful addition to the Crestron lighting line. The ways in which dealers can not only configure the keypads but also order and install is a huge win for both customers and dealers,” says Michael Short, senior director of Residential & Hospitality Marketing at Crestron. “The other major aspect is how beautiful these new keypads look; they are a perfect complement to any home.”
Dealers with current open Horizon keypad and dimmer orders can convert their existing orders to the new styles, with shipping to begin in May 2023. The new Crestron Horizon keypads and dimmers have an MSRP starting at €382 or £330 with prices ranging based on customisations and configurations. Each product is available in white, almond and black.