Scheiber’s kinetic Light Air Switch kit, with Marinebeam assist

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

13 Responses

  1. Dreuge says:

    Nice for “Yachting Magazine” folks, but over-kill and over-priced for the Practical Good Old Boat Sailors. This reminds me of the well priced wireless windlass kits sold by marine companies whereas a $15 RV wireless winch kit is just good as the 20X expensive marine solution. There are many $20ish thrifty “wireless switch for 12V lights” on Amazon. The eMylo 1 ch or eMylo 16ch both look interesting.

    • Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

      Sorry, Dreuge, but comparing those eMylo RF relays to the Light Air Switch system is apples to oranges, and I’d say bitter little crab apples.

      Also, I don’t think that you (or anyone) gets to speak for “Practical Good Old Boat Sailors” (though I think you coined an interesting phrase). I know people who read those magazines who would never install something like the eMylo switching on their boat. They may be frugal, me too, but they also know that stuff like this can end up costing much more than the sticker price.

      • Dreuge says:

        I agree and disagree, but first I do thank you for your valuable insight into many topics and items. I don’t mean to offend. I agree there are items one should not skimp on: thru-hulls, hose clamps, hoses, tinned wire, butt connectors, quality rigging wire, … items that are needed. But for some conveniences, like smart wireless switches, a cheap alternative just may do the trick(if one really finds the “need” for such device).

  2. Great timing! I’m just about to do all the lighting on my wooden trawler here in Ireland. ny idea of UK suppliers? Haven’t located yet. 128 switches on one system! Serious!

    • Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

      Hi, Randy. Even if Scheiber had a distributor in the UK, it’s possible that they wouldn’t be oriented to boats and/or the fairly new retail products like this Light Air Switch. If I were you, I’d try to work with Marinebeam in South Carolina. They seem very knowledgable about all of Scheiber’s boat systems and I know they’ve even been helping with the document translations into American English.

  3. Colin A says:

    Looks similar to EnOcean which has been around awhile.
    I don’t see Scheiber listed as a a partner (didn’t look to hard may be there) so I assume it’s only similar. I know some people in the UK were using EnOcean stuff on yachts back in 2012 so there may be some other brands out there as well. I believe ViMar which is big in the yacht world did some things with it for instance.
    This would be one of the first times I have seen it designed for retail markets which is cool.

  4. Cameron says:

    I used switches like this a couple years ago during the refit of my 88 Ocean 55SS. They weren’t as high quality as these, I got them from They made installation and upgrading of lights much easier since I didn’t have to run wires to where I wanted switches. The ones I have are a bit finicky and some locations don’t work as well as other for the remotes and sometimes a remote will lose connection with the light, but they made the job possible.

    I replaced all the cabin lights with led lights (superbrightleds has these 6″ flat LED lights that I used all over because they fit over the old light well and provide a fantastic, dimmable light. My galley has 6 of them so it’s really good for cooking!) 1 of the cabins really has no wall with a conduit behind it, so wiring it would be impossible, or ugly. This solved that for me in a snap! It also allows me to have a switch beside my bed that I can turn off all lights when I’m in bed and that’s nice so I’m not getting into bed in the dark.
    I’d be interested in these if they have better wireless connectivity, but not sure they’re as economical. For my deployment, I put transmitters near almost every light because running the wires wasn’t feasible.

    • Jeff Field says:

      Cameron – The new Scheiber switches are 2.4GHz so have very good range, without the typical interference seen on 433MHz. Also they have no battery inside. The lighting modules handle up to 6 lighting circuits each. They are expandable with just a CANbus cable and the addition of another lighting module (6 more circuits) – and so on. So, typically there is no need for multiple receivers, Even if you had dozens of lighting circuits. Still just one receiver, because it is networked to the lighting modules via CANbus. The receiver module (gateway) can be centrally located among the modules. For large yachts with steel bulkheads, we sometimes use multiple receivers on the network and strategically locate them for the best reception. We also add a Navigraph touch display for plug-and-play control of the boat’s lighting from a central (or multiple) location. The Light Air switch is meant to be the basis for a complete boat solution. The switches accept any Vimar faceplate to match existing switches.

  5. Cameron says:

    The cost of these could be seriously offset by the labor and copper wire savings.

  6. cameron says:

    I like this enough to consider upgrading. I’m going to look at how difficult it would be to run wires from 1 source to each light. It just might be!

  7. Jeff Field says:

    Here is an updated video link showing the new 2.4GHz Light Air Switch demo.

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