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We installed this in our Ford Transit van be converted to an "Adventure Van". The switch is in the sleeping area within easy reach when in bed. We like the ability to dim our lights in the morning and not be blinded. Big plus. So, this works as advertised.
Just a couple of things we have noticed: We have a set of two LED lights above the bed. When the switch is fully off there is still a faint, flickering glow coming from the lights. You only notice it when it's completely dark in the van and you look directly at the lights. We are running our 12V electrical off of a Goal Zero Yeti 400, so I may have something to do with that. I'm look into that more when I have time. Not a big deal.
The other thing to note is that when it is dark it is difficult to turn on lights using the switch. The surface is flat and there is no tactile way of telling where the "on" area is. Like on a regular light switch you can feel the actual switch. This is just a flat piece of glass. You have to know where on that glass rectangle to touch to turn on the lights. Just keep this in mind if using the switch in a completely dark area.
Yes, it dims and controls 12v lights as advertised. Can't complain there. There are some details I discovered that may impact other buyers. This unit controls the NEGATIVE output voltage, not the positive. Positive output is ALWAYS ON no matter what, it's like a pass-through. It is the negative side that gets modulated. This is an issue for me as I wired the lamps I intended to use it for with the GROUND wire common on all of them and using the positive wire for control. As you can imagine, this is a problem in a DC circuit, especially mine because I'm sharing the lighting circuit with a ventilator fan. I can fix it, eventually with an add-on circuit to convert the negative signal into positive, I just wish it would have been noted in the description of the product.
Secondly, I had to separate the switch from the housing and the ribbon cable is far too short to make it easy to disconnect/reconnect. I ended up breaking the friction clip that holds the cable in place. It still works, but it was all terribly fiddly to deal with. A longer ribbon cable would have made it much easier.
Easy to install and very good looking, but be prepared to have your lights come on randomly. I had read this same problem from another reviewer but hoped it was a bad unit. Unfortunately, mine has the same problem - switches on by itself whenever it feels like it. I thought I might live with it , but it is happening more and more often. I think I'll switch to something else.
I have had this for a month or so now and I love it! Keep in mind this is a low-voltage switch/dimmer, and so it would not work with just hooking it directly up to 120v power, but I used this for under cabinet LEDs in my kitchen, and just bought a converter that gives off the correct voltage for my LEDs and connected the converter to the power, the dimmer to the converter, and the LEDs to the dimmer. I don't use the percision buttons (the arrows to the left and right of the power button) because the lines above the power button give me enough selection. I actually kind of like the beeping, and have kept it on although it is nice that you could turn it off. The outside of it is actually maybe 1/8 inch larger than a typical faceplate for an outlet, but fits in a standard housing for a switch. Great product and I would definitely recommend!
So why 4 stars instead of 5? It mounts into a single gang switch box only. Can't use it in a multigang box.
But it functions awesome. I ran about 5 amps of led strip lighting in a kitchen. Power went from the power supply to the switch location. Then from there I ran 3 separate wires out to the strips
So in short, this wires on the low voltage side of the driver. That's a plus because there isn't any delay at turn on.
The hash marks going up the center are touch sensitive. Anywhere you touch it, the lights will dim or brighten to that level. Slide a finger up and down across it and watch the lights dim and brighten instantly
Just installed LED light strips on the stair lip to each step for the basement. I wanted to make it look as professional as I could and that required a wall plate switch. 12v wall plate switches (with dimmer) are not very common. Also has a beep with every touch you give it. Since LED's are 12v, you would need an "LED Driver" to take the 120v you use down to 12v. This item was a next day delivery, however Amazon said its running late. I don't play that game anymore. I can re-order the item and have it delivered when promised and then cancel the original order which still hasn't arrived when the second order came in. Overall, this was a good purchase.
1) It does not light up. 2) if you are reaching around the door frame to turn it on there are no tactile cues to guide you in turning it on or off. Those things said, this is a really neat switch. You can either drag your finger up or down on that vertical fade bar or use the left and right arrows to adjust brightness.
In my remodel of a bathroom and adjoining walk-in closet I installed low voltage lighting over the tub and as the sole light source in the closet. The lights recessed into the ceiling and the whole installation was easy. Run both sets of lights from one transformer and I have two of these back-to-back in the wall. They add greatly to the "how cool is that?" factor. I am well satisfied and will remain so if these last at least a couple of years. By the time we know, a new model that does light up and has a tactile indicator so you can find the "on" button in a dark room will have arrived.
Do not buy! 12 V wires do not fit in to the back of this switch. The input terminals keep the wires to close so they can short circuit pretty often and can cause a fire. These are a safety hazard and shouldn’t be allowed to be sold do not buy.
I bought a replacement because my original broke. It's very cheaply made with brittle plastic. It fell a distance of less than 6 inches from my hand to the ground (was holding it while sitting on the floor and fumbled it). I haven't installed the new one yet until I know there won't be much activity near it so there's less chance of someone bumping into it and shattering it.
Also, it beeps every time you press the button.
I like how it looks in my van though and its easy to install, and it works... So it's good enough for me.