Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Legrand’s five step checklist for selecting the best dimmer…you’ll be ‘delighted’!

The modern lighting age

The rapid growth of dimmable LED technology has paved way towards a new era of lighting, one that sees light play as a modern day art form whilst saving a heap of energy.

While this has invited an endless amount of creative flare using an array of lights and dimmers, it also increases the risk of incompatibility issues, resulting in lights flickering or malfunctioning.

It is now more important than ever to know where to find quality dimmers that will work with all types of lighting. Legrand has created five must-ask questions for choosing an excellent, modern dimmer:

Five step checklist 

  1. Can you set the minimum and maximum brightness levels? – Flickering is sometimes associated with low light levels. This is often more prevalent when the dimmer is combined with a poor quality lamp. Be sure to select a dimmer that can withstand the lowest and highest ends of the lighting spectrum.
  2. Is it compatible with a slave switch for multi-way dimming? – Multi-way dimming is an excellent function to offer homeowners. Traditional rotary dimmers won’t allow multi-way dimming, so find an electronic push-button dimmer with a compatible slave switch.
  3. Does it have over-temperature protection? To combat overloading or insufficient de-rating, a good dimmer will automatically reduce lamp brightness when the dimmer is getting too hot. Then once the dimmer has cooled down, it will automatically resume normal operation. This is an excellent safety feature and it’s good to explain this to homeowners.
  4. Does it have short-circuit protection? – Like all quality electrical accessories, you want a dimmer with short circuit protection. If the dimmer receives a short circuit or surge due to faulty wiring or lamp failure, you want it to automatically turn off before damage can occur. Again, this is a feature that’s great to explain to homeowners so they feel secure and know what’s happening.
  5. Does it work well with a wide variety of loads, particularly LEDs? – To maximise flexibility and usefulness, look for a dimmer that works well with a wide variety of loads. Ensure your dimmer works well with dimmable LEDs. Even if the property isn’t using LED lighting now, they will most likely change the lamps in the future.

Ticking the boxes with Excel Life

More lighting innovations are entering and market and new lamps are popping up everyday. While dimming technologies are constantly evolving to keep up with these trends, Legrand has made sure its range of Excel Life Electronic Push-button dimmers tick all the boxes. Some key takeaway features include:

  • Available in 2 Wire and 3 Wire
  • Multi-way dimming options.
  • Programmable LED indicator.
  • Programmable maximum/minimum brightness levels.
  • Dimming level memory function.
  • Short circuit protection.
  • Compliant to AS/NZS regulatory standards. Learn more about Australian Standards here.

The hard work and research has been done for you – now all you need to do is select the best dimmer for your next project.


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