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Dimmer is a device that will contribute to our home comfort

Did you ever ask yourself why does the dimmed lighting feel so much better than the usual one?

It is because during the daylight we are accustomed to varying degrees of natural light and the dimmers help mimicking that changes. Using them on our lighting fixtures, enables us to adjust the atmosphere of each room to our comfort level and in a way that matches our natural rhythms.

Dimm the lights for perfect ambiance

What is a dimmer?

Dimmers are devices connected to a light fixture, used to adjust (lower) the brightness of light, by changing the voltage waveform applied to the lamp. The term is generally reserved for the devices intended to control light output from resistive incandescent, halogen, and (more recently) compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs).

Why dimmers are a good idea?

As a dimmed light uses less wattage, the dimmers not only set a nice mood, and let us control our lighting, but they also save energy. Surprisingly, a dimmer switch saves electricity even when it is all the way on. For example, at 70% dimmed the savings are equal to 70% off our normal bill.

What kind of dimmer should we choose and how do we use it?

Lighting plays a critical aspect of any home. We apply too little of it and it becomes tiresome as we have troubles seeing, on the other hand, too much of it can make our space uncomfortable to be in. To make sure we are doing it right, there are two factors to consider. The first is our light source, and the second the dimming mechanism to be used.

Incandescent is the easiest type of lighting to dim, as it is just a matter of lowering the power supplied to the filament. Standard rotary or basic slider dimmers will do for basic bulbs. Incandescent low voltage systems, like rail systems, have transformers that may require an ELV or MLV dimmer to protect the driver.

The most recent CLF bulbs are generally dimmable, but we should refer to the bulb itself to make sure. Usually we can use CL or standard dimmers.

Dimming LEDs depends on the used module. We should be aware of manufacturer requirements and the fact that some dimmable LEDs will cut out at the final 10% of output. While most integrated LEDs require an ELV dimmer, some European brands use the 0-10 volt system. There is a little different story with the LED bulbs. Like CFLs, they can generally dim using a CL dimmer, but we should make sure to check manufacturer requirements.

Dedicated fluorescent fixtures are commonly not dimmable due to the cost of dimmer-compatible ballasts, but if it by a chance is, we generally use 0-10 volt dimming systems.

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Z-wave light switch dimmer

Besides all the technical details of how to dim a certain type of lighting, there is also another aspect of how to do it. We are talking about the choice of smart over dumb manual systems that set a big trend over last few years. We can choose different communication protocols to do it, but let us focus on the Z wave communication protocol, very popular and commonly used for smart home systems.

A z-wave switch dimmer replaces our current light switches, uses our existing wiring, and provides Z-Wave wireless and in-wall control of overhead lighting. Using it, we will be able to smarten up our conventional lighting, control and dim our lights from anywhere.

Let us take an example of an excellent small dimmer made by Qubino that will work with any type of bulb, LEDs, CFL, halogen or incandescent ones, and bring a maximum amount of dimming range. It excels when it comes to an ease of installation and integration. Being 25% smaller than any other wireless dimmer in the world,  Z-wave Qubino mini dimmer fits in any flush mounting box around the world, and even the smallest, shallowest and most crowded electrical boxes.