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Connecticut Dealer C&T Gets Ahead of LiteTouch Situation; Promotes Home-Grown Lutron Replacement

Home automation manufacturer Savant is killing its LiteTouch hardwired lighting-control line, offering a new Lutron system in its place, but a Connecticut dealer C&T Systems has developed its own Lutron replacement solution.


C&T Systems created a home-grown LiteTouch replacement using Lutron QS, providing an alternative option while Savant rushes to replace the lighting control line.
Julie Jacobson · July 15, 2015

Savant, a leading home automation company, is killing its LiteTouch hardwired lighting control line and soon will offer a special replacement solution from Lutron. But that’s not fast enough for C&T Systems, a Lutron dealer based in Vernon, Conn.

At the behest of a customer with an existing LiteTouch system, C&T created a home-grown LiteTouch replacement using Lutron QS. It was a challenging gut job, but C&T pulled it off, and now is promoting its work to all LiteTouch customers in the area.

Until Savant and Lutron release their “retroffitable” LiteTouch replacement, C&T notes, “our team is still able to do the work without a direct retrofit replacement system, which puts us ahead of the tide.”

Details of the new Savant/Lutron option for LiteTouch officially arrives July 21 in a Webinar for dealers.

Meanwhile, C&T blasted Connecticut customers with this message:

C&T Systems Announces New Services for Connecticut Residents
Integrator Begins Large Effort to Update Connecticut-area Homes with Lutron Lighting

LiteTouch is no longer available, however, a direct retrofit application is currently being developed by Lutron and will become a great alternative in the future.

C&T Systems, a full-service custom electronics and smart home integration company, today announced new installation services for Connecticut residents involving updating outdated LiteTouch lighting systems with state-of-the-art Lutron QS systems. This effort to replace older lighting systems is a landmark expansion for C&T Systems’ business and will also benefit the local community.

According to CEPro, for 26 years, LiteTouch brought automated lighting systems to American homes. Then in 2012, Savant Systems acquired LiteTouch and used the platform in an effort to create their own lighting control system. Today, LiteTouch products are no longer being manufactured or distributed and need to be replaced with a new control system.

Currently, there is not a direct retrofit system to replace LiteTouch, and until those parts are available, C&T Systems, which has a licensed electrical department, has the ability to replace LiteTouch systems right now.

“LiteTouch is no longer available, however, a direct retrofit application is currently being developed by Lutron and will become a great alternative in the future,” Joe Colangelo, President of C&T Systems said. “In the meantime, our team is still able to do the work without a direct retrofit replacement system, which puts us ahead of the tide.”

As electrical contractors and automation experts, C&T Systems can handle every aspect of the design-build process. They recently finished an impressive project at a home where they gutted a pre-existing LiteTouch system, did all the rewiring, reframed the wall, replaced the sheetrock, and built all of the equipment in-house.

“It was an extensive process,” Colangelo said. “We developed the new QS system in the shop by temporarily connecting and pre-programming many of the new components in our shop. We had a short time frame to do the retrofit on site, and needed to be well prepared. It came out great. The system worked, and we had a happy customer!”

Colangelo is predicting that the Lutron QS lighting control system replacement for failing LiteTouch systems is going to become popular, and many families with LiteTouch will need a lighting control upgrade. The benefit of working with C&T Systems is that it’s a one-stop shop for everything involving home technology—including the electrical work. Eventually, LiteTouch parts will only be available on a limited and potentially costly basis on merchant sites like eBay. Therefore, C&T Systems is stressing the importance of replacing LiteTouch lighting control systems now.

The result of this effort will not only be new and improved lighting for Connecticut families, but also an increase in C&T Systems’ smart home work across the state.

About C&T Systems
C&T Systems is a professional technology integrator for the home and workplace and has certifications from CEDIA, HBRA, NAHB, and Lutron HomeWorks. The team at C&T Systems prides itself in developing custom designs, like hidden technology and tailored controls, as well as delivering top-notch customer service. To learn more visit http://www.candtsystems.com.



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  About the Author

Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at julie.jacobson@emeraldexpo.com

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