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More Finite Control Over Dimming?????
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Post 1 made on Tuesday August 3, 1999 at 10:03
Tim Kriebel
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I am using a standard "Lamp Module" for a pair of lights in a track lite (halogen). I use these lights to cast various intensities of light on a large painting by Thomas Kinkade. If you're not familiar with his work, he is called "The Painter of Light". With his work, you can cast various degrees of light on the canvas, and the scene will change dramatically for example from darkness to twilight etc.

What I need is a way to more finitely control the degrees of dimming. Is there a better lamp or other module that will give me more "steps" in the brightness or dimming???

Any ideas???


OP | Post 2 made on Tuesday August 3, 1999 at 10:33
Robert (RCI Automation)
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Standard X-10 lamp modules are capable of about 10-16 steps of dimming. However, there are two other dimming protocols that allow more dimming steps.

One is called Preset Dim. This protocol allows for 32 dimming steps. Lamp modules and light switches are available that use this protocol.

The other is called Micro Dim which allows 200 steps. This one is sometimes is used to simulate sunrise over a 30 minute period. Lamp modules and light switches are available that use this protocol

As you might have guessed, these protocols must also be supported by a transmitter. The X-10 IR command set does not support either of these protocols. However, many home automation controllers support the Preset Dim, and some support the Micro Dim.

We carry all of the products mentioned above. Please send us an e-mail if you would like to order any of them.

RCI Automation

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