Viewpoint Stations—Identifying and Understanding

Viewpoint Stations—Identifying and Understanding

Posted by Tristan Hils on 12th Feb 2019

Many of our customers have questions about their Colortran Viewpoint architectural control system. We are always happy to answer any questions about Viewpoint, or any of the systems and brands which we service.

Our blog has several articles about Colortran Viewpoint, including how we can go about reprogramming your Viewpoint system should it lose its memory. The purpose of this article is to give you some information on the different types of control stations in the Viewpoint family, as well as tips and tricks on finding their addresses, and telling different stations apart.

LCD Stations

Viewpoint LCD Station

Viewpoint LCD Stations are a two-gang station, and as the name would imply, have an LCD display in the center of the station, surrounded by twelve (12) push buttons.

If your Viewpoint system has no memory, all of the LCD stations in the system will identify their addresses on their LCD display, showing text such as “STATION 10.” If you do not see this text, pressing any button on the station should bring up the station address.

LED Stations

Viewpoint LED Station

Viewpoint LED Stations are a one-gang station. They have no display on them, but do have eight (8) push buttons, with a row of LED indicators to the left of the buttons, and a row to the right.

When your Viewpoint system has no memory, your LED Stations will identify their addresses using their LED indicators on both the left and the right columns. To find the address, first look at the number of the LED that is lit on the left column, and then the number that is lit on the right column. For example, if LED 2 on the left is lit, and LED 5 on the right, the address of that station would be address 25.

Entry Stations

Viewpoint Entry Station

Viewpoint Entry Stations look similar to LED stations, except with fewer buttons. They are a one-gang station, with a single button and LED in the center of the station.

It is a bit trickier to identify these stations. The only way to get the address of these stations is to remove the station from the wall. On the back of the station, you will see a rotary number dial. Whatever number the rotary dial is set to is the second digit of the address.  For the first digit, you would need to trace the wire run to the station.  Feel free to contact us for more details!

Panic Stations

Panic Stations look identical to Entry Stations, but they serve a different purpose. Instead of controlling programmable functions in the Viewpoint system, these stations tie directly into the dimmer rack. When activated, they trigger an “emergency” function within the dimmer rack, typically forcing the lights on to maximum brightness.

Panic stations do not have an address, as they do not actually interface with the Viewpoint system.

You can tell a Panic Station apart from an Entry Station based on the circuit board(s) on the back of the station when it is removed from the wall. An Entry station has two (2) circuit boards stacked together on the back of the station. The upper circuit board has a rotary dial for setting the address of the station. On the other hand, a Panic Station does not have this secondary circuit board, and does not have the rotary dial for setting an address.

We are always happy to answer whatever questions you may have! Please feel free to contact us any time at 866-457-5937, or info@goknight.com.