Remote Control Light Dimmer
Now how cool is this? Ok, so it's the height of laziness,
and yet another gadget, but I love it. I just recently
purchased a Varilight® Infra-Red Remote
Control Lighting Dimmer (details of their Infra-red
remote control dimmer units can be found
wired it to operate the two sets of lights in our living
room, and configured my Harmony
Programmable Remote Control Unit to operate
it (true to form the Harmony web site knows the settings
for the dimmer).
The Varilight dimmers are easy to
use in the UK on 240V AC (scroll down for Lutron
Remote Control Dimmers which
are for use on 120V). Press and release the touch sensitive
buttons quickly to
turn the light on/off. Or press and hold to make it
up and down. Each press+hold reverses the direction
of the dimming (brighter or dimmer), and if you just
keep your finger on the button it will cycle endlessly
up and down from full-brightness to fully dim, until
you remove your finger. This method of operation is
identical with the buttons you program in your remote.
Very nice, very simple.
Theatre Lighting in your Living Room
The dimmer unit works really well with most
Again its dead easy, and it passes the "wife
can work it" test!! I had wondered whether
I would have to twist round to point my Harmony
directly at the light dimmer unit to make it
work, but my Harmony will operate the lights
even if I point the remote unit at the opposite
wall, even though the actual Varilight
dimmer is on the wall behind me. Just
shows how good and powerful the IR transmitters
are in the Harmony.
You need to "teach" the remote dimmer
unit the codes, by setting the dimmer into
a learning mode (you touch the pad 6 times
in succession, then it dims the lights up &
down to let you know "yes, I'm ready to
Then you point the
remote at it after you've programmed it with
the Varilight codes. (You
a dedicated Varilight remote control
operate the lights, but my Harmony worked with
it first time after configuration, so there
was no need for me to buy it). Apparently there
are 8 individual infra-red codes used by the
Varilight dimmer, so you could control 8 different
light circuits from your remote (you could
have 4 double-gang dimmers like in the picture
below in one room and operate them all individually!).
Another cool thing about the Varilight dimmers is
that you can buy two sets and have them acting as Master
and Slave for if you want to operate the lights manually
from both ends of a long room.
I think these are excellent little units, and even though a bit expensive,
well worth the money if you like the lighting to be "just right" depending
on whether you're eating, reading or settling down for a good movie. Sweet.
Oh, I'm so lazy!
VARILIGHT REMOTE CONTROL INFRA RED
DIMMER (240V AC)
It is a revolutionary new range of touch
and remote control dimmer switches.
There is a touch sensitive button in the centre of the plate and
a tiny lens in the centre of the button so as to not spoil the overall
look of the product.
You can dim the lights using touch control or remotely.
Using trailing edge technology, they can be
used for mains or low voltage lighting. It
also has a "simulated occupancy" security
mode where the lights can be set to turn on
and off at the same time every day while the
house is unoccupied.
Like the IQ dimmers it also has a soft start
to extend lamp life and overload protection
with automatic reset.
In learning mode, it can be taught any button
of most existing infra-red remote controllers.
i.e. use a spare button on your existing TV,
VCR or CD remote to dim the lights before settling
down to a good movie.
(Full clear instructions with diagrams are
included with the product)
Electronics: Maestro IR Remote Control Dimmer (120
How about this for convenient, remote control of your
living room lights up to 50 feet away from the
dimmer? Use the Lutron Maestro Remote
Dimmer to turn the light on and off and raise
and lower it to the perfect setting, all without moving
couch. And after you've found your ideal light level
for watching a movie or reading a magazine, you can
setting into the remote's one-touch silver button and
recall it easily. And although this dimmer
comes with an IR Remote Control handheld, it can also
be controlled from the remote that operates your entertainment
as the Harmony
- Full-range dimming possible from up to ten locations
show preset light level when product is off
fade up and down smoothly allowing your eyes to adjust
to changing light levels
- Ten second fade-to-off
(press & hold switch) lets you leave the room
before lights go out
- Standard 3-way wiring for easy installation and
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