On/off control of 8W CFL, no dimming needed

  • October 26, 2011 at 01:25 #428
    maidbloke
    Participant

    Very happy with my mains remote control on/off switching 3-pack. <img src=” title=”Very Happy” />

    Bit confused by the lighting range. I don’t need dimming functionality – I just need to switch a low wattage CFL on/off remotely. All the lighting solutions shown on the site (as I type, at least) have dimming capability and warnings about incompatibilities with low wattage CFLs. (1-gang dimmer switch manual states "Compatible with: Standard mains voltage incandescent & low energy incandescent lighting (min40W, max 250W)"[/color:359y6nhx]). I want to switch an 8W CFL.

    What I really want, I suppose, is a Bayonet Lamp Module a bit like this X10 one:
    http://www.uk-automation.co.uk/products … M15EB.html

    This is good because the fixed bayonet socket (in your ceiling) stays live all the time. So the module is powered all the time. So you can plug any low wattage CFL in and it will work.

    Any plans for one of these in the lightwaverf range?

    If not, what are my options for remotely controlling an 8W CFL (our front door entrance hall light). I would control it with a handheld remote (which I already have). I don’t need dimming. I don’t even need control at the wall switch (if it goes wrong we have a manually switched light nearby).

    Thanks 🙂

    October 26, 2011 at 12:26 #1275
    foxy
    Participant

    Presumably the light doesn’t have a plug that you can stick into one of the on/off modules?

    October 26, 2011 at 13:20 #1277
    Tissy
    Participant

    Even with the dimmable wall switches, they can still be programmed as simple ON / OFF switches, its assigned when setting up what type of node is connected.

    October 26, 2011 at 14:20 #1279
    maidbloke
    Participant

    Thank you foxy and Tissy.

    The ceiling light is controlled by a standard wall switch at the moment.

    "Tissy":1kah8f12 wrote:

    Even with the dimmable wall switches, they can still be programmed as simple ON / OFF switches, its assigned when setting up what type of node is connected.

    Sounds encouraging but I couldn’t see anything in this manual about that:
    http://www.lightwaverf.com/manuals/2%20Gang%20Dimmer%20A7.pdf

    Or perhaps you are referring to the wifi link?

    Secondly, the dimmable wall switches won’t work with 8W CFLs according to the specs shown in the same manual that I quoted in my original post (min 40W).

    October 31, 2011 at 16:03 #1319
    AlexS
    Participant

    The current dimmers unfortunately wont work with any bulbs less than 15w (we say 40w but in reality its about 15w). We are working on this and have possibly a dimmer out that will work with any bulb in the fairly near future.

    Have you thought of using one of our own cfls? That way you could stil use them with your on/off switch and still remote control them / put them on a timer etc.

    November 1, 2011 at 00:41 #1343
    maidbloke
    Participant

    Thanks for the reply AlexS. Hmmm, that seems like a possibility. If I bought a single CFL bulb will my existing remote (which came with the 3 remote sockets) be able to dim it? If yes then my only other concern is that it seems a bit physically large for my application. I couldn’t see the CFL bulb size shown anywhere on the website or in the manual. Do you have the height and diameter of the bulb?

    November 7, 2011 at 16:20 #1378
    AlexS
    Participant

    yes any lightwave remote will be able to dim it. Size is similar to a standard cfl – 6 cm diameter by about 12cm.

    November 7, 2011 at 18:30 #1385
    maidbloke
    Participant

    Thanks for the reply. Have ordered one. First time I’ve ever paid over 20 quid for a light bulb… :idea: <img src=” title=”Confused” />

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