Put a switch in line to kill the whole circuit?
Got a switch on the dimmer that kills it, but I want it to fade to black. Got the houselights (LED track lights) to go to black and I want a nice cross fade for the shows.Put a switch in line to kill the whole circuit?
If it's a screw in bulb that may always be correct. String lights have external drivers and the puck style over tub light I wired recently had an external. Here is a fairly good article about LEDs and dimmers are mentioned down a ways and in the last paragraph. It might "illuminate" your problem. https://www.1000bulbs.com/pdf/understanding-led-drivers.pdfI am sure it is the bulb that converts the power down to DC. With a DC circuit, resistance is all that's required to reduce voltage.
I actually majored in technical theatre and did a lot of lighting, was even a theatre technician for a while (which also upped my tool / woodworking game). However back then tungsten/halogen lamps were new, haven’t been around any theatrical lighting in some time.SOLUTION OK, got a reply that helped, then realized that the instructions were two sided and there seems to be a programmable minimum voltage that has to be programmed. Haven't been able to do that yet, but I think that will help. The bulbs are able to dim down to 5 percent, but the dimmer is preset much higher. Once programmed (which involves a tiny switch between CFL and LED), then set the minimum light level, then switch back to LED.
The instructions were there (in tiny print) all the time, but I didn't notice and presumed they were in another language. Duhhh. I'll probably try that tomorrow afternoon and let you guys know. The dimmer is a Leviton Decora, fyi.
One more electronic gadget to go and we'll be state of the art for AV at The Venue. Hopefully I can get the platform extended tomorrow too, but I'm going to need a helper to move the heavy sheet goods.