Skyrocketing electricity prices. Ten buck balls of lettuce. Things are rising faster than Justin Beiber’s music career.
And to rub salt in the wound, it’s freezing. It actually feels as if Frozone from The Incredibles, Elsa from Frozen, and Night King from Game of Thrones have unleashed some combined cosmic cold voodoo on Australia.
If you’re spending more time indoors (like us), your energy bills are probably heading to the moon—with your lights turned on and your heaters whirring. And if you’re looking for ways to deflate your bills, dimming your lights could be just the lazy lighting loophole you need.
So, do dimmers actually shrink your energy consumption? Undoubtedly. But by how much? And how low should you go? Well, we’ve got some inside intel on what Brightgreen drivers, dimmers, and LEDs can do. Let’s dig in.
Get to Dimmin’
You can learn all about dimmers in this tasty guide. To recap: TRIAC dimmers are the most common and ‘cut’ the voltage at phases of an input current’s sine wave—reducing the input power. Confused? We’ve got pretty pictures.
Using our D900+ as an example, dimming your lights by 90% will reduce lighting energy consumption by approximately 80%. (In the graph above: wattage describes power, and lumens describes light output.) In short, dimmers make a huge difference.
Keep in mind that these sorts of remarkable results aren’t uniform across the market. The deeper a dimmer’s dimming capacity, the better the performance. So you’ll need to combine your digital dimmers with a suitable LED driver and LED to achieve both delicious flicker-free outputs and reduce your energy consumption.
If you’ve already got Brightgreen LEDs, you’re in luck. Our lights come standard with premium digital drivers ready for dimming, so all you need to do is add these. Want more info? Call us at 1300 672 499 or get in touch.