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Dimmer can be a smart way of controlling your lighting

Our lighting is often too bright for a homey atmosphere. We could try burning a few candles, but it will be probably too dark, the mood just wonˈt adjust. A dimmer is positively the right solution. But first, let us talk about how dimmers work and what kind of lamps can be dimmable.

Dimmers are devices connected to a light fixture, used to lower the brightness of light. By changing the voltage waveform applied to the lamp, it is possible to lower the intensity of the light output. Although variable-voltage devices are used for various purposes, the term dimmer is generally reserved for those intended to control light output of resistive incandescent, halogen, compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) and LEDs. For fluorescent, mercury vapour, solid-state, and other arc lighting we need more specialized equipment. Dimmers in lighting technology create pleasantly comfortable light. However, they also help save energy and can extend the service life of the lamps used.

Common dimmers come for example with the rotary knob, or the touch dimmer, which, in addition to turning the lighting on and off, also allows brightness adjustment. They range in size from small units the size of domestic light switches to high-power units used in large theatrical or architectural lighting installations. The modern ones are built from semiconductors instead of variable resistors, because they have higher efficiency as they dissipate very little power compared with the controlled load.

Smart dimmer

We hear a lot about smart light bulbs, especially LED ones, some that can change colours, play music or just allow us to control them from our iPad or Android device. They are an easy way to get started in home automation or lighting control, but in many situations, not the best long - term solution, because they can be quite expensive. But the main reason for their inconvenience is that we are already conditioned to use light switches to control our lights. If we replace all our standard light bulbs with smart ones, then the only way we can control them is via the app on our phone or a tablet, which is not the most convenient way to control all our home lights.

A lot smarter smart lighting solution are wireless light switches and dimmers. Wireless smart dimmers will function just like standard ones, we walk up to it and turn on or dim a light, but we also get the benefit of controlling it via a smart automation app, and it allows us to control lights that otherwise aren’t compatible with wireless light bulbs (such as scones or chandelier lights).

Though, we should keep in mind that we refer to these as “wireless”, just because their communication to the home automation system or network is wireless. The dimmers still need to be connected via electrical wires, just like any other dimmer or a switch.

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Mini dimmer

Many of us just wants to smarten up our conventional lighting, if possible with an option of controlling and dimming our lights from a distance. Qubino Mini Dimmer enables remote control and dimming of all types of dimmable bulbs.  We could be sitting at home, busy at work, or in the middle of a vacationing miles away, with it we will be able to remotely control and dim our home lighting from anywhere.

Qubino Mini Dimmer is 25% smaller than any other wireless dimmer in the world and can be calibrated to work with any type of bulbs (LEDs, fluorescent, halogen or even incandescent). It will facilitate a maximum amount of dimming range for all of them, so we will be able to create a perfect mood for any occasion. It will also help us prevent burglars from breaking into our home, by simulating our presence, turning our lights on and off when we are out.

Mini Dimmer Qubino really excels when it comes to installation and integration. To do that we only need to follow a few simple steps. It has been designed as the universal light dimmer that will work with any type of electrical wiring, a 2 or a 3 -wire system. No matter if our electrical system has a neutral or not, Mini Dimmer will work perfectly. With its help, we can connect and remotely control even low wattage bulbs, as it requires no minimum load power.

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