Triac Dimmer Switch To manage Various Lighting Fixtures
Triac (triode alternating current) dimmer is a sort of widely used AC dimmer in the world, it’s firstly designed to manage the incandescent and halogen lights. Nowadays as LED lighting becomes more and more popular, they are also compatible with dimmable LED bulbs or triac dimmable LED drivers.
If you want to regulate just your standard incandescent, halogen, or xenon lights you need to use a triac dimmer switch. This switch uses an electrical component called a triode alternating current switch, or a triac. To dim, the switch turns the lights on and off very rapidly, about 120 times every second. The flashing happens too rapidly for us to notice. This process is just like how video works the still frames move so quickly that what we see looks smooth and continuous. To regulate the brightness lower, the triac keeps the lights “on” greater than “off.” To regulate the brightness higher, they’re “off” more than “on.”
If you’re controlling an AC dimmable LED light, it’s also possible to use triac dimmer. But when it’s a DC LED light, a triac dimmable LED driver is required between the dimmer and the light. Flickering is a problem when using a triac dimmer to regulate LEDs and dim to a low brightness level for instance lower than 20%.
Traditional control units for triac dimmers are push button switch and rotary switch, which isn’t smart enough. Nowadays, many manufacturers develops smart control for triac dimmer.
RF/WiFi wireless control is an intelligent solution that drastically increases flexibility. The triac dimmer is designed with built-in RF receiver that receives wireless signal from a remote or smart phone. The transmission range can be over 20 meters, so you possibly can control your triac dimmer anywhere in your home.
DMX512 control is another solution that is a lot better than traditional control units. The triac dimmer is designed with built-in DMX interface and accepts DMX signal input. A master controller should is required to send DMX signal to the dimmer. You possibly can set DMX address on the dimmer, whether it is designed with multiple output channels, you may control them separately with different DMX channels.