Smart electrical products brand Amber Solutions has introduced a solid-state two-wire dimmer solution that works without a neutral wire and is compatible with most types of LED lighting.
The product, the company says, offers flicker-free performance with a wider range of LED bulbs and fixtures. It also provides smooth, precise dimming from zero percent to max power.
“Amber’s newest solution underscores how its core technologies enable a fundamental restructuring of common electrical product architecture, significantly transforming their capabilities, reducing returns/support requirements and enhancing value,” says Thar Casey, founder and CEO of Amber. “Our solid-state redesign embeds intelligence that enables a substantially better quality, flickerless dimming experience in a form factor that is slimmer for easier install and is fully compatible both with existing building infrastructure and a substantially broader range of LED bulbs.”
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Combining the company’s solid-state AC/DC Enabler and AC Switch for digital control of electricity, the Amber two-wire dimmer intelligently monitors and controls the flow of electricity, eliminating all mechanical pieces used in existing solutions. The results include the ability to deliver a superior dimming experience without flicker or drop-off and a low minimum wattage range to eliminate most ghosting, the company says.
“These patented technologies provide much more accurate control of electricity, resulting in the lowest rate of heat dissipation and energy waste,” Amber says. “What’s more, Amber’s 100 percent digital surge protection is non-sacrificial, so there is no degradation of components no matter how many times a surge necessitates power interruption.” The company also says that a single Amber two-wire dimmer is even smart and flexible enough to support leading edge or trailing edge dimming, or both, in a single SKU.
“Our two-wire dimmer solution brings new technologies and functions to buildings’ previously outdated infrastructure that has been problematic for installation of smart lighting systems,” Casey explains. “As the transition to more efficient lighting continues to accelerate, our smooth zero percent to max power dimming capability will become the standard expectation. And the owners and installers of these dimmers will also benefit from native surge and short circuit protection, energy savings through reduced power dissipation, and the optional integrated wireless control sensors that even enable over the air updates to sustain compatibility with the latest lighting bulbs.”
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The digital design of Amber’s solution enables a dimmer switch that is faster, safer, more efficient, and physically smaller than competitors, the company says. Additionally, the two-wire dimmer is just ¾ inches deep, enabling use in nearly any type of gang box of any age in any building. With such a small footprint, there is also ample room for Amber or third-party manufacturers to add sensors and other smart functions, the company says.
Amber’s new two-wire dimmer can handle up to 1000 watts of current and is input voltage independent, so a single dimmer architecture is compatible with every electrical grid on earth, another benefit of Amber’s intelligent solid-state technologies. Near-universal compatibility with LED lighting solutions ensures the projects and electrical infrastructures of yesterday, today, and tomorrow can all benefit from the unit’s ultra-precise power control, the company says.
“Looking forward, our two-wire dimmer architecture will enable 3-way dimming using only a traveler wire, offer intelligent auto detection of load types and birth a premium ‘C-wireless’ architecture that will eliminate the need for C-wires or batteries in devices such as smart thermostats and smart doorbell cameras,” Casey says. “As Amber continues to develop advances for LED lighting fixtures and power control, the benefits and functionality will grow exponentially as users find just how powerful a true 21st-century light switch can be.”
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