We moved into a brand new construction house and initially loved that there was soo much light, both from natural light and the integrated can lights in the ceiling, then we started living here. Our living room is incredibly bright, in fact at night it looks like daytime because there are 6 LED can lights that make it look like we just proclaimed “let there be light.” So how do I fix this? I need to put dimmers on but first I need ot figure out if these lights are dimmable. In case you didn’t know many of the LED lights on the market for a low price right now are not dimmable at all. I was able to find out that mine are dimmable but then there is the next obstacle, are they compatible with the dimmers that I want. I had no idea when I started this journey that that even mattered but it does. When I switched out the switches the first thing I noticed was that I had one bulb that would flicker regardless of who I set the levels. The rest were fine. I talked with some electrician friends and they said it was most likely the first or last light in the string or i didn’t have compatible lights to the dimmers. I started looking up the Lutron Caseta dimmers that I chose and found out my lights were not on their compatibility list. I needed to use the Lutron though because I had started with the Xfinity Home system that only used the Caseta switches. So off to Home Depot I went…
I found that I was able to pick up a few of the LED Can Light Retrofit kits and replace just the flickering bulb and everything is working great. The dimmer is perfect as a manual switch but also so far everything has worked well with them on the smart home side of things. That is with the exception of my hallway lights.. The hallway has light fixtures that use GU10 bulbs and the only dimmable ones dont fit in my light fixtures, so I needed another solution. At this point I had already gone down the route of the Lutron so I looked for a Caseta regular switch. I found it on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Lutron-PD-5WS-DV-WH-Switch-Wireless-Lighting/dp/B00NO7Z80S) This worked with the Lutron hub and the Pico remotes and now I can control them with the same home automation. I will say that the standard switch without the dimmer does not respond as well to group settings as the other dimmers do. I am not sure on that one yet but want to get everything set and I will figure it out.
I did add a few Pico Remotes, if you are just starting out Best Buy has a kit with one dimmer and one Pico remote that was a great price, better than Amazon. The pico remote does not mean you want ot be able to walk around with it, although you could. They make a wall mount that replaces a wall switch. This is important for when you look to wire 3-way and 4-way switches which apparently is half my house.
Overall the Lutron Dimmers and Switch have been super easy to install and have worked great. They are a little pricier but I would say they are worth it for the look and functionality.