C-Bus home automation system may use dimmers or relays to control lights in your
|May I use compact fluorescent light bulbs and control these with my
C-Bus home automation dimmers?
- Yes, but only if you purchase the compact fluoros that are compatible
with C-Bus leading or trailing edge dimmers, depending upon which model
C-Bus dimmers you are using. When the dimmer and the compact fluoro are compatible,
you can retain the convenience and the energy saving benefits of dimming your lights.
- If the CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lights) you are using are "dimmable" but NOT specifically
compatible with your C-Bus leading or trailing edge dimmers, you may find that the CFL lights:
- do not have acceptable dimming range at low levels, or that they
- flicker when the dimmer is off.
While installing CFL lights that work properly with your
dimmers is the best solution, you may in some cases prefer to first try having your electrician wire a Clipsal 31LCDA Load Corrective Device in parallel with your
CFL lights. The 31LCDA Load Corrective Device is designed to provide enhanced dimming control
(improved dimming range and reduced flicker when off) of low power energy efficient lighting by
presenting a more compatible load to the dimmer. More information is in the Clipsal 31LCDA Load Corrective Device installation guide.
- You must not use ordinary non-dimmable compact
fluorescent bulbs with C-Bus dimmers, or any other dimmers for that matter. Even
though they may work when first installed, you may damage your lights and/or your
dimmers, as well as experience poor dimming characteristics.
|May I use compact fluorescent light bulbs with my C-Bus home automation relays?
- Yes, ordinary energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs may be turned on and off with
- While you must not exceed the fluorescent light switching capacity of the particular
relays (or switches) installed in your home, when you are replacing the small numbers of
existing incandescent lights normally found in a home with the lower power compact
fluorescent lights, you will be unlikely to approach the maximum limits of your C-Bus
relays, which are in most cases rated at 10A (though some electricians may have installed
5A or 1A C-Bus relays in some installations).
- Contact your local installing C-Bus
Systems Integrator or C-Bus pointOne
professional for more information.
Clipsal 31LCDA Load Corrective Device brochure
Clipsal 31LCDA Load Corrective Device installation manual
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