Amber Solutions announces two-wire dimmer

December 16, 2020

(USA) – Amber Solutions introduces two-wire dimmer in solid-state architecture for dimming and LED compatibility.

The new two-wire dimmer solution achieves smooth, flicker-free zero-to-max dimming with near universal LED compatibility, features a slimline form factor measuring 3/4-inches deep and enables intelligent, efficient lighting control through any electrical infrastructure or input voltage. It works without a neutral wire and is compatible with a wider range of LED bulbs and fixtures.

Amber’s Founder and CEO Thar Casey says, “Amber’s newest solution underscores how its core technologies enable a fundamental restructuring of common electrical product architecture, significantly transforming their capabilities, reducing returns/support requirements and enhancing value.

“Our solid-state redesign embeds intelligence that enables a substantially better quality, flicker-less dimming experience in a form factor that is slimmer for easier install and is fully compatible both with existing building infrastructure and a substantially broader range of LED bulbs.”

Combining Amber’s patented solid-state AC/DC Enabler and AC Switch for digital control of electricity enables the Amber two-wire dimmer to intelligently monitor and control the flow of electricity, eliminating all mechanical pieces used in existing solutions.

These technologies provide much more accurate control of electricity, resulting in the lowest rate of heat dissipation and energy waste. What’s more, Amber’s 100% digital surge protection is non-sacrificial, so there is no degradation of components no matter how many times a surge necessitates power interruption. A single Amber two-wire dimmer is even smart and flexible enough to dynamically support leading edge or trailing edge dimming, or both, in a single SKU.

“Our two-wire dimmer solution brings new technologies and functions to buildings’ previously outdated infrastructure that has been problematic for installation of smart lighting systems,” Casey continues. “As the transition to more efficient lighting continues to accelerate, our smooth zero percent to max power dimming capability will become the standard expectation. And the owners and installers of these dimmers will also benefit from native surge and short circuit protection, energy savings through reduced power dissipation, and the optional integrated wireless control sensors that even enable over the air updates to sustain compatibility with the latest lighting bulbs.”

The company’s major revolution in two-wire dimming is replacing TRIACs, which have traditionally been used to enable two-way current control. Amber replaces this old tech with MOSFETs, based upon Amber’s core technologies with integrated micro-controller intelligence, that outperforms all the functions of a TRIAC. The digital design of Amber’s solution enables a dimmer switch that is faster, safer, more efficient and physically smaller than competitors.

“Looking forward, our two-wire dimmer architecture will enable 3-way dimming using only a traveler wire, offer intelligent auto-detection of load types and birth a premium “C-wireless” architecture that will eliminate the need for C-wires or batteries in devices such as smart thermostats and smart doorbell cameras,” Casey adds. “As Amber continues to develop advances for LED lighting fixtures and power control, the benefits and functionality will grow exponentially as users find just how powerful a true 21st-century light switch can be.

“The world’s reliance on electricity deepens every day, and Amber will continue to push the envelope of electronic design to develop solutions that maximise the efficiency, utility, longevity and intelligence of the tools we use to deliver power to our cities, our businesses, our homes and our devices,” Casey concludes.