Lights. Flick them on, flick them off. You could easily be forgiven for thinking that’s all there was to it, but there can be so much more. Dimming your lights can make your home cosy, elegant, practical, and energy conscious.
If you want to make a room romantic, sophisticated, or you just don’t want to melt your retina’s at 2am, you should consider moving beyond the trusty (read: crusty) old light switch.
Let’s cover the how first, what do I need to dim my lights? You simply need 2 products, a dimmer, and a light fitting or bulb that is compatible with dimming. LED Dimmers can be in-wall designed to live and work next to your switch, like this Diginet Dimmer, or a dimmer can be part of a lighting control system such as C-Bus, Dynalite, or Control4.
With all this new-fangled technology, you can even get both in one in the form of a ‘smart bulb’. These will dim, often be able to change colour, and can be controlled singularly or in groups from your multitude of magical devices.
The Light fittings can be downlights, bulbs, panels, or even strip lights. In a technological utopia all light fittings would dim evenly down to 0% on any dimmer, also our smartphones would wash the dishes. In reality though, most lights available are not dimmable, and many that profess they are can be very questionable. This is where moodLED comes in. We only stock LED lights that are ‘best of breed’ for dimming on various types of LED dimmers, and we publish our test results on the most popular of dimmers available.
So if you already have LED dimmers in your house, make note of what type they are and search moodLED.com.au for fittings that are compatible. If you don’t have dimming but want it, choose your favourite lights from moodLED and we can help you get hooked up with the right dimmers. Either way, if you need further help identifying what you have or what you need, drop us some bytes here and we’ll be glad to help.
Tell me again why I need dimming and can’t just live with boring old On/Off?
Well you need not even ask the question if you’ve ever tried to set up a bedroom or dining room for that perfect date or indefectible dinner party. Apart from picking your gym socks up off the floor and spraying some Glen 20, you turn the lights on – too bright. Turn them off and light a candle, better but just too dark. Solution – dim the lights to the perfect level.
You love your brand new 65” Ultra 4K Super Pixel Overhead Cam 4D TV, but watching with the light on doesn’t look as good as it should. Turn the light out and the picture pops but you can’t find the remote. Solution, dim your lights to a nice low level and sit back for a night of Netflix.
And then there’s the first world problem of getting up in the middle of the night. Turn on the light - flash blindness has you floundering to protect your eyes then falling over; leave the light off - find the toilet by a combination of sonar and radar, neither of which work out that well in most cases.
Dim your bathroom lights and you’ve solved the problem. Your retinas will be safe and if your male, you won’t have to hope your aiming at the bowl instead of the basin.
What the…? So what happens if you choose the wrong ‘dimmable’ light, or the lights and LED dimmers you’ve chosen aren’t compatible?
The space time continuum unravels and we all devolve into a simmering pool of protein mush.
Or a little less dramatic, the lights can flicker, pulse, stay on a little when at 0%, not dim down far enough, or not dim at all. Sometimes even with the right dimmer and light combination there are scenarios (with technical names like harmonics, inductive feedback, transducive spectocasm) where there might be some flickering or pulsing. Luckily there is a neat product from Clipsal called a Load Correction Device which can be connected, remove the problem, and save the world.
So to dim your lights you need a dimmer and a dimmable light, and you need to do it because… well it’s 2016 and the toggle light switch was invented in 1917.
If you want to learn more about LED dimming, read this blog article.
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