You may hear a lot about IR remote and RF remote in the current LED light market. The remote existence brings lots of conveniences for people's life. People can control the fixture by put down the button easily even though the receiver is at some extent distance place. The following article is going to do a comparison between the IR remote and the RF remote.
IR means Infra-red, the most common characteristics of it is this signal tends to be one direction. In other words, people should direct the fixture with the remote. Besides the IR remote is restricted by the distance of device, the maximum distance between receiver and remote is better no more than 10m, and the operation will also be ineffective if there are walls or furniture in the middle. And the IR remote is also be interfered with by heat sources and sunlight. But the benefits of it is low cost and less interference than RF remote.
RF stands for radiofrequency. Different remotes can establish its own frequency level, which means each RF remotes has an independent frequency. The obvious advantage of it is that it will not be blocked by walls or furniture, and the maximum distance reaches 20m. Based on the above benefits, it has been applied for large occasions such as hospitals and hotels. Except for the lighting fixtures, many devices you used in daily life are also controlled by it such as your mobile phone Bluetooth and Wifi for your laptop. In some cases, interference may occur due to the crowded radio frequency bandwidth.
Which remote type is better for you to choose from?
It is clear that the benefit of conveniences makes RF remote is Superior to the IR remote. But from the point of commercial use, IR remote would be ideal for a small budget such as TV backlight or cove lighting in your ceiling. While RF remote is an ideal choice of commercial use such as bars, airports, or outdoor Christmas decorations.