Unison Heritage Fader Station Installation Guide
ETC Installation Guide
Unison Heritage Fader Station
The Unison® Heritage Fader Station
connects to the LinkConnect station
communication bus. LinkConnect is based
on Echelon® LonWorks™ with LinkPower
bidirectional protocol, and uses one pair of
wires (data+, data–).
LinkPower is topology free and polarity
independent; you can install your LinkPower
data runs in any desired combination of bus,
star, loop, and home-run. ETC recommends using Belden 8471 (or approved
equal) wire. The total combined length of a LinkPower wire run may not exceed
1,640 feet (500m), with a maximum distance of 1,312 feet (400m) between any two
devices. The Heritage Fader Station may be installed into an industry standard
single gang backbox (provided by others) or a surface mounted backbox (sold
separately and available from ETC).
All control wiring should be installed and terminated by a qualified installer and
should follow standard wiring installation practices. Leave approximately 10 inches
(254mm) of wiring in the backbox for connection and to allow slack for future
service needs.
ETC requires that all stations be grounded by using grounded
metal conduit or a 14 AWG (2.5mm2) ESD drain wire.
Installation should follow local codes
and standard practices. The backbox
should be installed square for best
results. Ensure that the backbox is clean
and free of obstructions and that all
wiring is installed correctly.
Heritage stations ship with a termination
kit containing a LinkPower pigtail, a
ground wire pigtail, spacers, and all
required connectors for installation.
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Connect the Wiring
Step 1:
Step 2:
Pull all required wiring to the backbox.
Terminate and connect LinkPower. LinkPower is topology free and
polarity independent. You may install LinkPower in any combination
of bus, loop, star, or home-run.
Topology of a single
station installation
Installed control wire
Pigtail wire
Topology of multiple
stations installed in
Installed control wire
Installed wire to next station
Pigtail wire
Locate the LinkPower pigtail and two WAGO CAGE CLAMP®
connectors from the termination kit.
Strip 3/8” (9-10mm) from the ends of each LinkPower wire
(both pigtail and installed LinkPower wire).
Use the WAGO connector to connect the installed control wire
to the connectorized pigtail wires provided. Open the terminal
levers on the WAGO connector and insert the installed
(typically black) Belden 8471 LinkPower wire and the black
lead from the LinkPower pigtail into the terminals.
Close the levers onto the wires.
Repeat for the installed (typically
white) Belden 8471 LinkPower wire
and remaining pigtail wire using a
new WAGO connector.
Install the LinkPower connector
onto the control board.
Terminate the ESD drain (ground) wire.
This connection is required only when the
control cable is not installed in grounded
metal conduit.
Locate the ground wire pigtail and
one WAGO connector from the
termination kit.
Strip 3/8” (9-10mm) from the end of each ground wire (both the
provided pigtail and the installed wire).
Step 3:
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Use the WAGO connector to connect the installed ground wire
to the pigtail wire provided. Open the terminal levers on the
WAGO connector and insert the installed (typically green/
yellow) ESD drain (ground) wire and the green/yellow lead
from the pigtail into the terminals.
Close the levers onto the wires.
Install the ground spade onto the receptacle on the control
A ground connection is required for all Heritage Fader Station
assemblies if not installed in a grounded metal backbox.
Install the Station into the Backbox and At tach the Fa ceplate
Spacers are provided to help, as needed, to align the station and cover flush
against the wall in flush mount applications. The spacers are not needed on
surface mount backboxes.
Step 3
Step 4
Install into Backbox
Step 1:
Insert the station electronics and wiring into the backbox. The arrow
on the mounting plate must point up.
Step 2:
Step 3:
For some flush mount applications with certain trim rings it may
be necessary to remove the station’s back cover for installation
into the backbox.
If needed, fold the receptacle spacer in a zig-zag fashion and press
together to achieve the required thickness to fill the gap between the
station and backbox. Cut off the excess and place between the
station and flush backbox.
Secure the station with screws provided. If using spacers, insert the
screws through them.
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Step 4:
To improve successful station and wall plate installation, do
not over tighten the screws. If screws are over tightened,
button activation can be negatively impacted.
If required for the station type, install button caps so that the clear
light tunnels protrude through the caps. Button caps are supplied
with the faceplate kit.
Attach Faceplate
The faceplate is secured to the
station with two magnets that
are located on the bottom side
of the faceplate. The faceplate
kit includes all buttons and
fader knobs required.
Step 1:
Step 2:
Step 3:
Step 4:
Step 5:
Button caps are installed before the faceplate is attached.
Reference Step 4 of the previous procedure.
Align the top of the faceplate approximately 20 degrees from the
Hook the top of the faceplate to the tabs located on the station
electronics assembly. To ensure the faceplate is hooked properly on
the top hook, wiggle it slightly side to side while the bottom is angled
about 20 degrees from the wall.
Swing the bottom of the faceplate down until the magnets engage.
If the faceplate does not fully attach automatically, wiggle the bottom
of the plate until the magnets are seated properly to the station and
the faceplate is secure.
Install fader knobs to the sliders.
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The Paradigm Architectural Control Processor to which this
Heritage station is connected must learn, or be told, the station
hardware address (a.k.a. neuron ID). This ID can be manually
entered into the configuration (as labeled on the station metal)
using LightDesigner software, or can be identified by the
connected Paradigm ACP using the "Connect a Device" menu.
Reference the Unison Paradigm Architectural Control
Processor Configuration Manual; specifically the section on
Arch Setup Menu, LonWorks Connections.
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