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May I use LED lights with my C-Bus home automation system?


Your Clipsal C-Bus home automatin system may use DIMMERS or RELAYS to control lights in your home. Any type of LED light may be connected to a C-Bus relay, but with C-Bus dimmers you must use only LED lights and drivers that are proven to be compatible with your particular model dimmers. More details are provided below.

May I use LED lights and control these with my C-Bus home automation DIMMERS?
  • Yes, but only if you install LED lights that are designed and tested to be compatible with the C-Bus leading or trailing edge dimmer models you are using with them. Your first choice should be to use premium quality C-Bus dimmer compatible award-winning Clipsal Schneider L900 LED down lights. When the dimmer and the LED light are compatible, you may retain the convenience and the energy saving benefits of dimming your lights over a wide dimming range, in addition to enjoying the energy efficiency and extended lifetime of high quality LED lights. You may still purchase premium quality L900 LEDs (or an improved updated version of them) from Clever Home, even though the L900 series LED lights are no longer available from Clipsal Schneider Electric.

  • If the LED lights you are using are "dimmable" but NOT specifically designed and tested to be compatible with your C-Bus leading or trailing edge dimmers, you may find that the LED lights:
    - do not have acceptable dimming range at low levels, or they
    - flicker when the dimmer is off, or
    - the LED, LED driver, and/or C-Bus dimmer may be damaged over time and may need to be replaced.
         Installing LED lights that are designed and tested to work properly with your dimmers the first time is the best solution. However, if you already have installed lower quality LED lights, then you may like to try having your electrician wire a Clipsal 31LCDA Load Corrective Device in parallel with your some of your LED lights to see if this improves their dimming performance sufficiently. The 31LCDA Load Corrective Device is designed to provide 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. If you do not achieve acceptable results by adding 31LCDA devices, then you may have to replace your LED lights and their drivers with units that are more compatible with your C-Bus dimmers.

  • You will also need to install between the minimum and the maximum number of LED lights to each C-Bus dimmer, depending upon the LED model and the C-Bus dimmer model. This information is included in C-Bus dimmer compatible Clipsal L900 Series LED light installation instructions . Additional and more frequently updated information is available at the Clipsal L900 LED down light dimmer compatibility page.

  • You must not use ordinary non-dimmable LED lights with C-Bus dimmers, or any other dimmers for that matter, as you may damage your lights and/or your dimmers, as well as experience poor dimming performance.
May I use LED lights with my C-Bus home automation RELAYS?
  • Yes, energy efficient LED lights may be turned on and off with C-Bus relays, even when they are not designed to be compatible with C-Bus or any other type of dimmer. When using with C-Bus relays, you may install lower cost LED lights and drivers than are required for C-Bus dimmers - but you should still install high quality LED lights like the Clipsal LD Series to help ensure a long trouble-free installation. Some home owners may choose to use the higher initial cost Clipsal L900 C-Bus dimmer compatible LED down lights because of their inbuilt thermal dimming capability, with a view to reducing subsequent service and replacement costs, if they plan to stay in their home for many years.

  • When you are replacing the small numbers of existing incandescent lights normally found in a home with the lower power LED lights, you will probably not approach the maximum current limits of your C-Bus relays (or non-C-Bus wall switches), which are in most cases rated at 10A, though 5A or 1A C-Bus relays may have been installed in some installations.

  • Contact your local installing C-Bus Systems Integrator or C-Bus pointOne professional for more information.

Clipsal LED lights Product Overview Catalogue
Clipsal L900 Series C-Bus dimmer compatible LED down lights
Clipsal LD Series C-Bus relay compatible LED down lights
Clipsal 31LCDA Load Corrective Device brochure
Clipsal 31LCDA Load Corrective Device installation manual
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