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Tue Oct 17, 2017
Author: Scott Hansen
ITC Incorporated has upgraded the control system for the VersiColor Control Lights, which it introduced last year. The company will introduce the upgraded system at the National RV Show in Louisville, Kentucky.
ITC Marketing Manager Kelly Gierz says the technology has been improved to allow campers to control everything from their smartphone, as opposed to having to use a panel on the inside of the coach.
“We introduced the lights last year with a simple control knob, but now we have upgraded the control system,” Gierz says. “You can sit by a campfire and control the lights. It has a timer on it, so you can leave it on for up to six hours and they’ll turn off. It’s a timer on the cellphone that runs like an alarm clock.”
The VersiColor RGB LED lighting allows the user to switch on an array of color combinations, flashing lights and other fancy ways to make an RV look like an attraction.
The lights can run from the front of the unit all the way to the back and are secured to the coach in curved applications as well as straight mounts.
It is controlled through a smartphone app and can be run inside or outside and allows the RVers to set the lights up in several different zones or configurations. For example, RVers can set the lights in the outdoor kitchen or under the canopy outside, as well as a few other zones inside the unit.
“There are a bunch of effects on the lights,” Gierz says. “One of the cool things you can do is take a photo, then you can zoom in on the color and match it with the lights.”
This is because of the RGB lights, standing for Red Green Blue. With the technology, it allows a customer to combine the three main colors and blend them for an unlimited number of color options. It can also be faded to a single color or to white or black.
ITC is also introducing a new line of decorative lights for towable units. The RGB lights are designed more for a luxury or high-end motorhome or fifth wheel, but the new line of towable lights are designed to be more affordable. They will be called the Essentials line and the first collection is called Agile.
The new line comes in a set of three pieces that can be used independently that can be placed throughout the coach.
“Most of our products are a little more expensive, so towables haven’t been a target market for us,” Gierz says. “We’ve engineered an LED specifically for these products and designed for that price point in mind to use different materials.”