Dimmer Selection Information
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You can view more information on each dimmer series by clicking on the links above to take you to the compatibility guide.
You can view more information on each dimmer series by clicking on the links above. Other dimmer series will also work with halogen loads, please check the compatibility guide.
- For incandescent loads, we recommend our V-Dim series. Other dimmer series will also work with incandescent loads, please check the compatibility guide.
- We do not manufacture these types of dimmer switches.
If an LED is not listed as dimmable, it usually will not be. To be able to dim an LED, you must purchase one specifically designed for dimming. If an LED is dimmable, it will be listed on the packaging of the LED and possibly on the lamp base. Please contact the manufacturer to be sure.
LEDs are always evolving and changing so VARILIGHT does not post a definitive list of compatible lamps. Please contact the LED manufacturer for recommended dimmers for use with their LEDs.
VARILIGHT dimmers are not designed for mixed loads. We do not recommend mixing lighting types or even lighting brands on the same circuits. The dimming rates will be very different and it is very difficult to judge if and when an overload will occur.
V-Pro series and V-Com series dimmers have an adjustable minimum brightness setting that can bring an LED down to 0 but this is often not achievable. Different brands of LEDs will have different minimum brightness levels and VARILIGHT dimmers will only be able to take an LED lamp as low as it is designed to go.
Intelligent dimmers include features that standard dimmers usually will not. They are in place to extend the life of the lamps and the dimmer by protecting against overloads and spikes in the circuit. The features include soft start and overload protection.
VARILIGHT intelligent dimmers (V-Plus, V-Pro and V-Com) all have a soft start feature as standard. When the dimmer is turned on, it will slowly bring the lights to the set level over a period of around a second. This is designed to extend the life of both the lamps and the dimmer but preventing any spikes on start up.
Most VARILIGHT dimmers have an overload protection feature. This feature will work in different ways for each different dimmer. Overload protection mode will kick in if you mistakenly connect your dimmer to too many lights or transformers. It will protect itself from failure by turning the lights down or off until the load is corrected.
Push on/off dimmers can only be dimmed from one location. Any subsequent control location will be switching only.
You can use two or more remotes where the signal is the same. For example, the same button on two VARILIGHT YRC8 remotes will send the same signal and can be used to control the same dimmer. Two different remotes or two different buttons will not be suitable.
We have a range of replacement modules that you are able to retrofit into most existing dimmer plates. You can see the range of dimmer modules we do and obtain part codes here.
VARILIGHT infrared controls can operate from up to 10 metres but the further away you get from the dimmer, the more direct the line of sight must be.
When using a switch module, use the maximum load listed on the product against the compatibility guide in order to obtain the correct maximum wattage for your lighting load. The maximum load will be listed on the back of the dimmer module.
You should always follow the total number of gangs on the plate, including any switches. The wattage is partly calculated on the amount of heat produced when the switch is in use. For example, a 3-gang has more space for heat dissipation that a 4-gang whether or not the items are dimmers or switches.
If your query doesn't match any of the above, please contact Customer Services.