Jung’s modern control technology showcases the German way of tending to your living and working spaces.

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Jung’s modern control technology showcases the German way of tending to your living and working spaces.

Switches are the unsung heroes of a building; often thought of as simply a means to spec-tacular lighting that illuminates exquisite furniture and magnificent architecture. But true luxury takes care of details we don’t notice, and that’s what Jung has been doing for a hundred years.

Based in Sauerland, Germany, Jung is one of the largest German manufacturers of electrical installation devices and systems, offering customised solutions for homes, offices, hotels and commercial spaces. Its switches and control solutions can be found in leading hotels and commercial and cultural spaces around the world, and it has amassed a sizeable collection of innovation and design awards for its efforts.

It all began with an electrician by the name of Albrecht Jung who, at the age of 40, started producing his patented invention: a 45 deg rotation pull switch, among other elec-trical components. His brand soon focused on switches and sockets and, by the 1960s, it presented the push button switch in a market dominated by rocker and turn models.

But it wasn’t until 1968 that a new icon was born: a Bauhaus-inspired switch with a maximum switch area of 70mm x 70mm, offering a new standard of functionality, design and user comfort. The legendary LS 990 is now a classic among flat switches. While its timeless form has remained unchanged for half a century, it has taken on plenty of new materials and colours. In fact, the Le Corbus-ier Les Couleurs range, which offers the LS 990 in 63 matte shades, won “Best of Best” in the “Product” category at the German Design Council Iconic Awards in 2014.

Impressively, the company has managed to remain in the family after all these years, and is now run by the founder’s son, Harald Jung. It has also kept its headquarters in the Sauerland town of Schalksmuhle, with its second production facility close to home in Westphalia, earning its products the “Made in Germany” certification.

Jung switches don’t just turn on lights. In its mission to make living more comfort-able, its devices include all sorts of function-alities, such as dimming, blind control, air conditioning control, telephone and broadband cable connections, and TV and satellite signal connections. They’re also versatile: The flush-mounted LS Zero was presented with the “Innovation Award for Architecture + Technology” at Light+Building 2016 for its easy integration into furniture, brickwork or drywalls.

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Want to put your entire smart home on a single screen? Opt for the Smart Control 7, which goes up to 19” in screen size.

Whatever the configuration of your smart home or office, you can keep everything connected with the standard KNX system or the Jung Enet and Radio Management System.

All multimedia functions can be networked together and controlled centrally with either system and be customised to meet individual needs. This means you can use them to control or monitor anything from lighting and heating to alarm and security. And speaking of security, the Door Communication Management also provides intercom systems for houses and apartment buildings, and can be customised according to your specifications too.

The variety of functions is equally matched by its designs. The LS range alone has borders of differing widths, while the CD range replaces the angular design of the LS with rounded corners. Need unbreakable, water-resistant switches? There’s the AS 500 Breakproof. Want to put your entire smart home on a single screen? Opt for the Smart Control 7, which goes up to 19” in screen size. While the products are predominantly made of high-quality plastic, glass and metal, Jung has also recently introduced the LS range in brass, produced by hand and available in two shades.

Jung’s reputation for quality and style has made it the go-to switch partner not just for upscale residences, but also for numerous large-scale projects. Vodafone’s head office in Porto, the office of the German Federal President in Berlin, the W Hotel in Barcelona and the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein count among Jung’s vast clientele. Its ROHS 2 and REACH Regulation certifications (which means they’re compliant with the restricted use of hazardous materials and safe use of chemicals, respectively) also make its products ideal choices for green buildings.

Today’s living and working spaces are becoming increasingly smarter, and the intelligence and quality of a “switch” has a direct impact on the environment’s userfriendliness.

Choose smartly.