There have been a ton of DIY home automation lighting options released recently. We’ve seen smart bulbs, hubs, switches, apps and plenty of other components. The great thing about these options are that they allow you to easily add lighting into the home. Most of these products are simple to install, scalable and pretty affordable, too. However, sometimes you want the reliability and creativity that comes with a whole-house hardwired lighting solution.
That said, those larger systems can sometimes be a little harder to upgrade. Crestron is hoping to take some of the time and money out of those upgrades, by delivering a new pair of Universal Dimmer Modules for the modern lighting setup.
The newly announced CLX-1DIMU4 and CLX-2DIMU8 (pictured, with the CLT-Series Terminal block on left) can provide four or eight channels of universal dimming for LED, electronic and magnetic low-voltage, incandescent, and 2-wire dimmable fluorescent lighting loads. Each one boasts forward and reverse phase dimming for just about any fixture or any load, which means that this is a flexible option for even the most modern lighting setup.
Promising to simplify the installation, each Universal Dimmer Module eliminates the need to spec different dimmers for different fixtures or loads. That translates into less wiring, less components, less testing time, and less money spent. Crestron says that integrators can even accommodate extra-large installs, by populating the company’s CAEN cabinets with multiple modules.
A single 120-volt feed can power each module, with each channel rated for 480 watts (4A) or 1,920 watts (16A). Other features include air-gap relays, convection cooling, and CEC Title 24 certification.
Designed to work with a complete Crestron control system via Cresnet, the Universal Dimmer Modules are available now. Each one allows for modern lighting scenes with keypads, touchscreens, handheld remotes and mobile apps. Contact your local Crestron dealer/installer for more information and pricing.
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