Plug 'n Power
Guide Index
What is Plug 'n Power?
Uses of Plug 'n Power
Control of Plug 'n Power
Plug 'n Power Address System
(Phase Crossover Problems)
Basic Lighting Setup    (Installation/Code Setup)
Troubleshooting Plug 'n Power
Plug 'n Power FAQ
Plug 'n Power Glossary
Security and Home Automation Index
Automotive Security
Video Surveillance
Wired Security Systems
Wired Security Accessories
Wireless Security

 RadioShack's Guide to Plug 'n Power Technology

What Controls Plug 'n Power?

The control of Plug 'n Power technology basically consists of a controller which is a transmitter that sends a message to a module which is a receiver.


Controllers can be plug-in, wire-in or radio frequency (RF) wireless remote.

Examples of Plug-In Controllers
  • Desktop manual or timed
610-2677 Mini Controller
610-2470 Mini Timer
  • Telephone
980-0208 Telephone Responder
  • RF Remote Interface to Plug-In Receiver
980-0199 Wireless Remote Control System
980-0237 Three-Piece Home Automation Kit
980-0777 Room Occupancy Sensor
Wire-In Controllers
  • Wall box manual 
  • Low Voltage/Contact closure from Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) products

The very basic manual Plug 'n Power controller plugs in and sits on a desktop. A timed controller uses preset times during the day to turn devices on and off. A telephone controller gives the advantage of controlling devices from any touch-tone phone. Remote controllers allow control of devices from wherever the user is in the house, just so long the remote control is with him.


What kind of module is used depends on what kind of device is being controlled. There are two different kinds of electrical load types; resistive and inductive. Resistive is commonly known as incandescent lighting (light bulbs). Inductive is most everything else (TVs, coffee makers, fans).

Modules can be plug-in, screw-in or wire-in.


Examples of Plug-In Modules
Dimming Resistive type loads
Designed to control lamps and can be dimmed using the controller. Up to 300 watts of incandescent lighting (light bulbs with a filament) can be connected to this type of module. They respond to the "All lights on" command. 610-2682 Lamp Module
Non-Dimming Inductive type loads
Designed to control up to 500 watts of small appliances which have a 2-pronged, polarized plug. They do not respond to the "All lights on" command, to prevent accidental turn on of an appliance. Lights can be controlled with this module but do not respond to "All lights on". Universal appliance modules are the same except for having 3-pronged, grounded plugs. 610-2681 Appliance Module
Example of Screw-In Modules
Non-Dimming Resistive type loads only


For use with incandescent bulbs up to 150 watts. 610-2418  Lamp Socket Module
Example of Wire-In Modules
Dimming Resistive type loads
Designed to control between 40 and 500 watts of incandescent lighting. Replaces a wall switch that controls an indoor or outdoor light. A push-button is on the unit for manual on/off control. 980-0193 Wall Switch Module

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