Although they are more common in public spaces, the faucets that work with infrared sensor, so that the water falls when you place your hands under the tap and stop falling when you remove them, they are increasingly used in the private sphere, mainly due to the water savings achieved with their installation.
The rough lines of the first electronic taps They have been evolving and we already find refined and very suitable models to place at home, such as new Roca L90 and M3, which being also hybrids offer the interesting possibility of using them to our liking, both in manual and automatic mode.
Its operation allows regulate the water flow as well as the temperature According to the mode of use. Depending on the model, these regulations are achieved through two different technologies: single or progressive. In the single-lever version, both the temperature and the flow rate can be regulated, while in the progressive version, the lever allows the temperature to be regulated, with a constant water flow. Roca also incorporates the “Cold Start” system in the progressive versions of the L90 and M3 faucets, further enhancing energy savings, when starting its use with cold water.
For automatic mode operation all models have Two options: battery powered, which allows easy installation, or well with network electric. In all models, the technology developed allows its use in manual mode in case there is an eventual failure in the power supply, either because the batteries run out or due to a power failure.
As you can see in the images L90 and M3 have two aesthetic styles very different. While the M3, on these lines, is a more classic model, the L90 faucet, on the cover, has a more architectural and geometric design in the form of "L" that is better suited to contemporary bathrooms.
Geberit, for its part, also has electronic taps, models 185 and 186 that, to date, received the energy necessary for their operation from the mains or from a battery.
However, the Swiss company has developed a new solution: a small generator installed directly on the tap of the tap, which uses the water pressure of the pipe to generate electricity. This generated electricity is stored in a rechargeable battery, which serves to supply the necessary energy to the electronic elements of the tap.
An average of 80 seconds per day of use of the tap generates enough energy to the rechargeable battery, which is equivalent to about 20 daily uses. However, the Geberit autonomous power generator is especially suitable for public areas with an influx of medium-high level visitors, such as airports, stadiums, schools, museums and office building sinks.
Another interesting point is that in addition, with the Geberit Generator, awarded an iF design award This year, the installation work is simplified since it does not need cables or power sockets, thus eliminating coordination and planning work between electricians and plumbers.