Control & Automation

Savant Launches Home Automation Keypads Inspired by LiteTouch

Three months after acquiring LiteTouch from Nortek, Savant incorporates keypad designs into home-control system.

Julie Jacobson · May 22, 2012

Just three months after acquiring LiteTouch from Nortek (NTK), Savant is already incorporating the company’s technology into its line of home automation products.

Savant has announced a line of home-control keypads based on LiteTouch’s lighting control products, namely, the Metropolitan, Circa and Echo lines.

When Savant Acquired LiteTouch earlier this year, Savant general manager Jim Carroll couldn’t say enough good things about the company’s stylish keypads, which he called a “tremendous asset.”

He told us, “There are a lot of jobs we do that don’t have lighting control, but that still need keypads.”

Savant dropped its own touchscreens in 2010, given that the iPad and other iOS devices did such a nice (and cheap) job operating the company’s Apple-based control system.

But keypads are still a preferred control point for controlling lights and launching automation scenes such as GOODNIGHT.

All three keypad lines offer a vast array of custom-engraved backlit button layout options to accommodate distinct installation requirements. There are 13 field-changeable LED colors and a host of faceplate and button colors to choose from.

Savant is taking orders for the new keypads now.  Metropolitan and Circa styles will ship in late June; Echo will ship in August.

The Echo lineup, offering up to ten points of control per single-gang keypad, is available in Column (vertical) configuration.

Metropolitan keypads, offering up to nine points of control per single-gang keypad, come in both Column and Wide (horizontal) configurations.

Circa is available in Column, Wide and Square styles and offers up to six points of control per single-gang keypad.

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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

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Control & Automation · Lighting · Security · Keypads & Control Devices · Products · LiteTouch · Savant · All Topics
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