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Are LED’s dimmable? The answer is yes and no. As in theory all LED’s are dimmable, that is if the ‘dimmer’ is placed between the transformer/driver and the LED, but in reality this is often not practical, so the answer is more complicated.

In retro-fit applications where existing MR16 down lighters are replaced with LED lamps it normally creates a combination of problems that prevent the lamps from dimming. Firstly they tend to not turn off as most dimmers ‘leak’ current, and normally this is enough to power the LED. The second problem is the dimmer will be way under-loaded. The vast majority of dimmers have a minimum load of about 20% of their maximum rating, so a 500W dimmer will want at least 100W in order to dim.

Intellibus has launched  two LED dimmers, a 90W Rotary Dimmer, and a 240W Bell-press Dimmer, especially designed to overcome these pitfalls of LED Dimming.
There is a catch however, and that is there are still so much variation in LED design and manufacture quality that there is no guarantee that they will work with all ‘dimmable’ LED’s. To overcome this problem Intellibus also offer their own 220V, 3W LED Lamp. The Intellibus LED Lamp when used in combination with the Intellibus LED Dimmer can offer you a solution that is guaranteed to work. Tried and tested with both LED dimmers, the driver inside the lamp is optimised to offer a smooth and reliable dimming curve.

Contact us for more info or to place an orderLED Dimmer

Intellibus Launch iWallstation

It’s Here! – AND AVAILABLE NOW ON ITUNES FOR FREE! The Intellibus iWallstation App…. taking your automation system into the new Apple friendly generation. It turns your iPhone or iTouch iPod into a wireless remote control for your Intellibus System. Imagine, insantaneously select the movie scene, dim the bar, turn up the volme, or switch on the pool lights…..The App will be a free on iTunes, and available early in September. 

This brings with it the new generation iCommander which will store all of your system settings for safe keeping, while making it easily accessable to adjust settings. The Intellibus development team are working on the launch of an Intellibus iPad App. This will do all of the above plus allow you to make changes and tweak your system and save them from your iPad. There you have it!  By the way if you an existing client we have not been forgotten, but you will require an TCP/IP Card upgrade. No big deal, and well worth it!

TRIAC joins Green Building Council

Sharing the common goal of working to make buildings greener, more human friendly and nicer enviroments has always been a of interest to us. Long before Green was the the buzz colour, we are were dimming and switching lighting, and saving our clients a fortune in enegy costs. This was often unintenial and just a spin off of setting up proffesional lighting control systems, with beautifully dimmed scenes, and carefully considered automated timed events. We and our clients dont take this for granted any longer as now those signifigant savings represent real, measurable effencies in energy saving, maintenanace, and costs. We hope to make a valuable contribution and that this synergy between oursleves and GBCSA will offer a platform for us to learn, share, network, and grow our green friendly business. Keep an eye on our website for our Intellibus LED lighting, and more on using  smart lighting control to save you cash

Studio 8 new Hyde Park designer shop

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Control your home automation from your iPad

We’re very excited about the latest app for the ipad from Crestron, it makes controlling the light, music, security and more easy and from anywhere ~ and it looks simply stunning!

Crestron App for iPad®
Crestron Mobile Pro® G transforms your iPad into a virtual Crestron touch panel. Turn on your favorite tune or set the perfect mood lighting, all from the stunning screen of the iPad. On the go? Take the iPad with you and control your home’s climate and security anywhere using 3G or WiFi.

see the details here

The Sandton Park Inn opens it’s doors June 2010

The Sandton Park Inn, a colourful midmarket hotel that blends urban elegance with the energy of Sandton City, is to make the Rainbow Nation even more vivid. This modern hotel welcomes both business and leisure travellers with a winning combination of stylish rooms, great amenities and convenient location in the heart of the Sandton city centre. Scheduled to open in mid-June, the Sandton Park Inn has set out to create a buzz, an ambience and an experience that appeals to a broad local and international market. Belgium-based Rezidor Hotel Groups’ Park Inn hotel in Johannesburg’s financial centre of Sandton will complement the group’s existing Radisson Hotel Sandton.

Triac have been entrusted with the Lighting Control for the Hotel, and it’s extensive Conference and Boardroom facilities. Intellibus was the Electrical Consultants system of choice because of its ability to handle the large range of lighting loads and load types, as well as being interfaced with the various other control systems of a modern Hotel.


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