wireless smart home

Wireless dimmer switch can be better than the smart bulbs

There is a lot of talking about smart bulbs, especially LED ones, some that can change colours and others that play music or 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, as can be quite expensive. Also, if we replace all our standard light bulbs with smart ones, the only way we can control them is via the app on our phone or tablet, which surely canˈ t be the most convenient way to control all our home lighting.

Controll and dimm lights from bed

Wireless smart dimmers will function just like standard ones, allowing us to walk up to them and turn on, but also get the benefit of controlling it via a smart automation app. Plus, they enable us to control the lights that otherwise aren’t compatible with wireless light bulbs, such as scones  or chandelier lights.

Most wireless light switches and dimmers will require some central automation hub that we can usually purchase separately, and then add the number of dimmers/switches we need. One thing to keep in mind though, is that we refer to these as “wireless”  just because the 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.

Dimmer 12 v / 24 v

The Flush RGBW Dimmer designed by Qubino can be used in many different contexts and can help to make our life more comfortable. By using this device, we can remotely dim, or turn on/off RGBW strips, up to 4 LED strips, up to 4 halogen bulbs and or up to 4 LED bulbs. If we often forget to turn off the lights/RGBW/RGB strips when we leave home, it can automatically turn them off after a set period of time (even when we are away from home). For example, the light will automatically turn off if it has been on for 8 hours.

Qubino Flush RGBW Dimmer has a function to behave as usual dimmer, but also allows a direct connection of 12/24DC voltage LED lights. This device allows us to choose among 16 million different shades of light, so with its help we can easily change the colours of our rooms, create lighting effects on outdoor surfaces such as summerhouses, paths, or even outline the house. It comes with 6 pre-programmed lighting effects. It is the only Z-Wave dimmer that can control LED strips and can be used without a Z-Wave gateway.

Qubino Flusgh RGBW Dimmer

Dimmer LED 220V

For dimming the 200, 210, 220, 230 or 240 Volt Dimmable LED light bulbs, there are two LED Dimmer technologies, that allow us to control the brightness from a wall switch.

The main reason, why dimming a LED is difficult, is because the dimmer and the LED must fit together. If they are not compatible, the light bulb will flicker or make a humming noise.

The first approach to dim the light bulb is by limiting the current within the dimmer. Its disadvantage can be, that the LED must be compatible with the dimmer and we cannot reliably say if that is a case, unless somebody has already tested it.

In the second approach, the light bulb dims itself, based on digital commands received by wire or wirelessly. In this case the LED must be also compatible with the dimmer, however, if both implement the same transmission standard, then they must be compatible. Sending commands directly to the light bulb is not new. Colourful LEDs as RGBWs, have been controlled by wireless signals for quite some time. Rather new, however, is to control them by sending digital commands through the electric circuit. An implementation of this principle lead to the industry-open standard called Ledotron.