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Alternate Smartlink installation guide


From the Resene SmartTouch info hub

The Smartlink cable can be installed in various ways. Instructions for retrofit into an existing switch is described in the Resene SmartTouch conductive coating data sheet. For other installations, one of the following methods should be used.

Behind moulding

  1. Apply two coats of Resene SmartTouch conductive coating to the designated area. Include a section of coating which will overlap with the position of mouldings e.g. scotia or skirting board.

  2. Before the second coat is applied, apply Resene SmartTouch conductive coating to the smooth side of the metallised Smartlink pad, press the coated side onto the dry first coat of Resene SmartTouch conductive coating and secure with supplied pins (plasterboard and timber/MDF only).

  3. Cover the connector pad with Resene SmartTouch conductive coating during application of the second coat to ensure a good connection is formed.

  4. A third coat is required when using a Resene No.4 roller sleeve.

Note, before mouldings are placed, a small cutout on the rear surface is required to accommodate Smartlink. The cable wire should be routed through appropriate holes for attachment to the Resene SmartTouch controller.

Smartlink Cable / install moulding

Beneath plaster

  1. Note, before mouldings are placed, a small cutout on the rear surface is required to accommodate Smartlink. The cable wire should be routed through appropriate holes for attachment to the Resene SmartTouch controller.

  2. If the area coated in conductive coating (Resene SmartTouch Active Area) needs to be enlarged after plastering, ensure there is at least 100mm conductive areas exposed to overlap with the new section of conductive coating.

  3. 3. Before the final coat of conductive coating is applied, apply Resene SmartTouch conductive coating to the smooth side of the metallic pad on the Smartlink cable, press the coated side onto the dry first coat of SmartTouch conductive coating and secure with supplied pins (plasterboard and timber/MDF only. Support the cable during the drying stage if pins are not used).

  4. 4. Cover the connector pad with SmartTouch conductive coating during application of the final coat to ensure a good connection is formed.

  1. It may be useful to cut a small channel around 4mm in depth from the wall surface to house Smartlink. Apply Resene SmartTouch conductive coating into the channel (prior sealing of the channel may be required) and extend the coating area out of the channel to cover the desired Resene SmartTouch Active Area. If this method is being used directly adjacent to a switchplate, ensure the Resene SmartTouch conductive coating does not enter the area covered by the switchplate and at least 6mm clearance is maintained from screws, fasteners or metallic parts of any switchplate.

  2. Apply Resene SmartTouch conductive coating to the smooth side of the metallic pad on the Smartlink cable, press the coated side onto the dry first coat of Resene SmartTouch conductive coating and secure with supplied pins (plasterboard and timber/MDF only. Support the cable during the drying stage if pins are not used).

  3. Cover the connector pad and all sides of the channel with Resene SmartTouch conductive coating and then continue application of a second coat over the Resene SmartTouch Active Area.

  4. A third coat is required when using a Resene No.4 roller sleeve.

  5. Fill the channel with plaster or filling compound before applying decorative topcoats. Ensure any sanding of plaster/filler does not remove or damage the conductive coating.

Smartlink

Visible surface mounting

The Smartlink connector may also be surface mounted, ideally in a discreet location such as directly under the lower edge of a switchplate or decorative moulding or at a square edge of plaster finishes.

  1. Follow the design rules for application of the Resene SmartTouch conductive coating.

  2. After the first coat of Resene SmartTouch conductive coating is dry, apply the Resene SmartTouch conductive coating to the smooth side of the metallic pad on the SmartTouch Smartlink cable, press the coated side onto the dry first coat of Resene SmartTouch conductive coating and secure with supplied pins (plasterboard and timber/MDF only. Support the cable during the drying stage if pins are not used).

  3. Cover the connector pad with Resene SmartTouch conductive coating and continue application of a second coat of conductive coating over the Resene SmartTouch Active Area. A third coat is required when using a Resene No.4 roller sleeve.

Design rules for application of Resene SmartTouch conductive coating

The maximum recommended area for Resene SmartTouch conductive coating application is two square metres.

Larger areas are possible under certain conditions, particularly where there are concrete floors or where Touch Commands utilise press actions rather than tap actions. Contact Resene for further details about larger areas.

Electrical clearances

Resene SmartTouch conductive coating is a conductive surface and minimum clearances and creepage distances from electrical connections and metal parts/screws forming part of electrical installations must be maintained for safety reasons. Distances between screws or live parts and Resene SmartTouch conductive coating and/or the Smartlink connector pad must be a minimum of 6mm. Do not apply Resene SmartTouch conductive coating directly beneath the location of electrical fixings e.g. lights or switchplates with metal construction.

When installing Smartlink behind switchplates, the use of an Application Template is required to ensure appropriate distances from live parts or parts that may become live. Not all switchplates are compatible with the Application Templates - see the Resene SmartTouch conductive coating data sheet for instructions on using the Application Templates.

Designing the Resene SmartTouch Active Area

Resene SmartTouch conductive coating can be applied in many shapes and designs to suit a particular installation. Maximum performance is achieved on smaller areas. Typically a wall will be coated in the form of a stripe to form the Resene SmartTouch Active Area. Stripes may be used to connect a larger active area to the Smartlink cable or to pass around wall cutouts. Ensure a minimum of 400mm width is maintained when painting a stripe. For very small areas, less than half a square metre, the minimum width is reduced to 100 mm. Where small children will use the SmartTouch system, the Resene SmartTouch Active Area should be reduced to less than one square metre for consistent operation. When coating over joints it is crucial to maintain a continuous layer of conductive coating. Any complete breaks will render areas disconnected from Smartlink inoperable. Small breaks typically do not affect operation, larger breaks may reduce sensitivity. Coating around internal or external corners is possible. See the Resene SmartTouch Electrical Resistance Specification table for guidance on testing the Resene SmartTouch Active Area.

Measuring Electrical Resistance of Resene SmartTouch conductive coating

With a multimeter set to resistance mode, place probes 500mm apart on the dried Resene SmartTouch conductive coating surface. If using pointed probes place the angled edge firmly against the coating, not the sharp point. Measure resistance in overlapping sections across the whole Resene SmartTouch Active Area. Ensure the Smartlink connector is a terminal in at least one measurement. Compare the measured resistance with the Electrical Resistance Specification table. For proper operation, electrical resistance should be less than or equal to the specification, which is based on the width of the section being measured. Additional layers of Resene SmartTouch conductive coating may be applied to achieve specification if required. Additional dry time may be needed under some environmental conditions to achieve resistance specification. On small areas, gentle heating (≤80°C – check substrate suitability) may be used to reduce electrical resistance.  

Resene SmartTouch conductive coating Electrical Resistance Specification

Minimum Resene SmartTouch conductive coating width Maximum Point-to-Point Resistance (500mm) Suitable distance from Smartlink
100mm 2.5 kΩ <1m
400mm 1.8 kΩ >1m

Precautions

  1. Ensure minimum clearances are obtained when coating near electrical installations or live wiring.

  2. Do not coat over earthed metals including metal systems for hanging/fixing wall linings.

  3. Do not coat areas which will be covered by electrical installations or potentially live parts e.g. wall lights. Heat pumps.

  4. When connecting two Resene SmartTouch conductive coating surfaces to the Resene SmartTouch controller, ensure there is no overlap or connection between the coated areas to maintain the individual functionality of each area.

  5. Ensure the Smartlink connector is securely attached to the Resene SmartTouch conductive coating surface for proper operation. 6. For previously unpainted surfaces, ensure the correct primer and/or sealer is used.

 

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