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The new Pulsar Series AC Light Dimmers allow you to set the brightness level of multiple lights directly from your computer using a Wi-Fi Network Connection.
Introducing the Pulsar series Lighting controllers. The Pulsar series controllers are designed to offer an industrial grade light dimming solution with a heavy emphasis of connectivity to computers using a wide array of interface technologies. Whether you need to control lights across the room or from the other side of the planet, we have a solution available that offers flicker-free operation in an industrial design built to last many years.
The Pulsar Series controllers have many features that make them extremely easy to use. They are designed for hard-wired installation and are designed to operate every hour of every day.
The Pulsar Series controllers wait for a light dimming command. When a command is received, the lights will fade or brighten according to your instructions. The Microprocessor that powers the Pulsar Series is capable of simultaneously handling communications while dimming operations are in progress in the background, keeping your computer free to service other tasks.
The Pulsar Series controllers have 5 buffers that work together to handle your
light dimming requests. Buffer number one is used to immediately set the light
level to the brightness you desire. Buffer number two is what we call a
migration buffer. When a brightness level is stored in the migration buffer, the
light levels will gradually change (automatically) to match the migration buffer
level. This is particularly useful if you want lights to fade on and off.
Instead of writing all the code to fade the lights on and off, you simply tell
the second buffer what level you want the lights to migrate to. Since the lights
will fade automatically, your computer is free to service other tasks.
Buffers three and four are used to define how fast lights go on and off respectively. So lights can turn on instantly and fade out slowly. Or you can use buffer 5 to set the on and off rate to the same speed (using one command). This allows lights to fade on and off at the same rate.
You have 255 levels of brightness control at your disposal. A brightness level of 0 is off and a value of 1 is very dim (and 254 is full brightness). You can change the AC timing characteristics so that 1 is extremely dim (ideal for LED lighting applications) or so that 1 is an actual usable brightness (for incandescent lighting applications). We have included 3 profiles to help get you started, and you can change our settings to match the types of lights you intend to control.
Just for fun, we added a few lighting effects to help us test out the speed of the microprocessor (requires a controller with 3 or more channels to see the lighting effects). The Pulsar series controllers are not designed for stage lighting applications, as DMX controllers are better suited for lighting effects. And while we are on the subject of DMX... (we know we are going to get this question a lot)... so here goes...
First, it should be stated that we are huge fans of DMX! DMX is a wonderfully mature standard and is the best choice for many lighting effect applications. However, the Pulsar Series light dimmers are not compatible with DMX software or hardware. It is not likely that we will ever make any devices compatible with DMX technologies, as we have a very different goal in mind. We believe DMX to be a wonderful standard, and there are many manufacturers to choose from who offer mature DMX light dimming solutions. So if you need DMX compatibility, the Pulsar series controllers should not be considered. If you need a wide range of connectivity options, or if you need control of your lights from anywhere in the world, we hope you will consider the Pulsar series controllers.
The AC Pulsar Series controllers ONLY function at 120VAC at 60Hz. These devices are NOT compatible with 250VAC or 50Hz operating frequencies at this time. Pulsar series controllers have been tested with LED and incandescent lighting technologies. Pulsar Series controllers may damage CCFL (energy saver pigtail bulbs) and Fluorescent lighting technologies if these kinds of lights are dimmed. The Pulsar Series controllers have not been tested with Mercury vapor lighting technologies but is not recommended for dimming applications (though it is compatible with on/off operations). As a general rule, if it has a filament it is compatible. If it has a transformer, it may be turned on or off, but it should never be dimmed. The Pulsar series light dimmers should NEVER be used with any form of motor or inductive load as they were not designed to handle the surges and spikes generated by these kinds of AC loads. AC motors may damage the Pulsar Series controllers.
You must have a WiFi Configuration Kit in order to configure your WiFi Module to Connect to your Network. We have provided Configuration Software that makes Configuring the device simple.