There are two types of remote control technologies: Infra-Red (IR) and Radio Frequency (RF) remote controls.
Infra-red remote controls have a limited communication range of just 5 to 10 meters and they require "line-of-sight", between the controlled devices and the remote control, in order to operate.
On the other hand, Radio-frequency remote controls have a broad communication range of 30 to 50 meters and they do not require line-of-sight communication between the devices and the remote control.
Therefore, the receivers (wireless controllers) can be installed inside the ceiling coves, cabinets or any place within 30-50m from the remote control position.
ALL Hi-Line control systems (controllers and remotes) are based on Radio Frequency (RF) technology and thus, can work on a distance of 30 to 50m between the emitter (remote) and the receiver (wireless controller).
Q: So which is better?
A: There is no real right or wrong answer, but at Hi-Line Lighting, we believe that Radio Frequency affords much greater reliability and opens up limitless options. Infra-Red may seem a little antiquated by comparison when we think of how we would control televisions via remote, for example, and while this is still a viable solution, RF allows us to go beyond linear sight; making our environmental controls discreet and efficient. You can be standing anywhere in your home or business place and have the assurance that at a push of a button you will get the exact results you want to achieve without being directly at the source. RF is also much more preferable if considering operating multiple zones and therefore syncing several controllers.