Light Control Education



Lutron is striving to educate the LED industry about the importance of lighting control and the compatibility issues that exist in the market today. Lutron is providing this education through webinars, conference sessions, magazine editorials, and more.

Lutron LED Control Center of Excellence
The Lutron LED Control Center of Excellence is a resource devoted to providing answers to all questions about LED control solutions, from the basics of LED function through the steps necessary to successfully control LEDs.

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Lutron is authoring articles about LED control, drivers and applications for various industry magazines.

To download an article, please click on the link below:
The Quest for Dimmable LEDs [English]

Controlling consumers' expectations of LED lighting: Why dimming is so important [English]
LEDs Magazine



White Papers
Controlling LEDs [English]
Explore all aspects of LED control, from the basics of LED function through the steps necessary to select the best light source and dimming options.



Controlling LEDs to Meet Customer Expectations [English]
In this CEU presentation you will learn about different control options for LEDs and how to choose the right one for your application.



Control Technologies
LED products must state the type of dimmer to be used. The options include:

  • Forward phase (incandescent dimmers): Typically used for incandescent and magnetic low-voltage (MLV) light sources, this is the most common method of dimming control.
  • Reverse phase (ELV dimmers): Typically used to control electronic low-voltage (ELV) light sources, these controls are designed for lower power “electronic loads”. These controls almost always require a neutral wire to power the internal electronics.
  • 0-10 V: This analog control standard has been used in energy management controls, and is now becoming popular with many LED products; it is isolated and considered low voltage class 2, enabling it to be safe to the touch and allowing for simplified wiring.
  • 3-wire: This standard fluorescent control type is used by dimmers that were created for fluorescent dimming; it has a separate line voltage wire that carries the phase control signal separate from the power wires.
  • EcoSystem/DALI: These controls provide addressing of individual fixtures and status feedback from the drivers, making it easy to digitally assign occupancy sensors, daylight sensors, time clocks, and other controls to one or many fixtures without additional wiring.
  • DMX 512: Typically used in theatrical applications, DMX remains popular with RGB LED applications where multiple channels are necessary for individual color control.



LED Product Selection Tool
As part of the LED Control Center of Excellence, Lutron has developed a tool explaining which Lutron dimmer/solution can be used with current LED products, and the level of performance that can be expected from each combination.