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Title: Dimming LEDs with Phase-Cut Dimmers: The Specifier's Process for Maximizing Success

This report reviews how phase-cut dimmers work, how LEDs differ from the incandescent lamps that the dimmers were historically designed to control, and how these differences can lead to complications when trying to dim LEDs. Compatibility between a specific LED source and a specific phase-cut dimmer is often unknown and difficult to assess, and ensuring compatibility adds complexity to the design, specification, bidding, and construction observation phases for new buildings and major remodel projects. To maximize project success, this report provides both general guidance and step-by-step procedures for designing phase-controlled LED dimming on both new and existing projects, as well as real-world examples of how to use those procedures.
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Technical Report
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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Richland, WA (US)
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United States
Solid-State Lighting; LED; Dimming Control Systems; Digital Addressable Lighting Interface; 0-10V; DMX; Phase-control; Dimmer compatibility; Retrofit; Lighting Specifiers