HAI (Home Automation Inc.) is developing a 500W CFL Switch to control dimmable compact fluorescent light bulbs.
HAI’s 500W CFL Switch
Traditional incandescent dimmers will abruptly change the dimming of a CFL bulb. However, the CFL Switch has a dimming profile that is optimized specifically for dimmable CFL “twist” bulbs. This profile provides smoother dimming throughout its range. Additionally, HAI’s CFL Switch has a minimum brightness setting to prevent the bulb from flickering.
The 500W CFL Switch has an auto-off feature that can be set up using UpStart Software — a free HAI download. This feature is ideal for pantries, closets, or anywhere that manual on/automatic off operation is desired for energy savings. The switch LED will blink when the switch is timing out. Additionally, the switch can easily be made into a non-dimming switch from the paddle itself, if desired.
“The HAI CFL Switch is part of our continuing efforts to provide energy-efficient solutions,” HAI president Jay McLellan explained. “The CFL Switch development is a direct result of consumer requests, whose opinions HAI greatly values.”
The 500W CFL Switch will be available in almond, light almond, black, brown, grey, ivory, and white. Additionally, the switch uses a standard Decora-style wallplate. The 500W CFL Switch is also available in a case of 12 (HAI part number 35A00-1CFLCS).
HAI’s 500WCFL Switch is expected to ship in the second quarter of 2010.