• Lutron Maestro LED+ Dimmer for Dimmable LED, Halogen and Incandesent Bulbs | Single-Pole or Multi-Location | MACL-153M-TP | Taupe
  • Lutron Maestro LED+ Dimmer for Dimmable LED, Halogen and Incandesent Bulbs | Single-Pole or Multi-Location | MACL-153M-TP | Taupe
Lutron Maestro LED+ Dimmer for Dimmable LED, Halogen and Incandesent Bulbs | Single-Pole or Multi-Location | MACL-153M-TP | Taupe
Lutron Maestro LED+ Dimmer for Dimmable LED, Halogen and Incandesent Bulbs | Single-Pole or Multi-Location | MACL-153M-TP | Taupe

Lutron Maestro LED+ Dimmer for Dimmable LED, Halogen and Incandesent Bulbs | Single-Pole or Multi-Location | MACL-153M-TP | Taupe

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  • Tested on 1, 000s of bulbs and dozens of brands for flicker-free dimming. For list of recommended bulbs view "Technical Specification" below
  • Provides over 250 lighting levels so you can create the perfect light for any activity
  • Works with up to 150 Watts of dimmable LED/CFL bulbs or 600 Watts of Incandescent/Halogen bulbs. For list of recommended bulbs, view "Technical Specification" below
  • Lutron patented technology to optimize the dim range of your bulb and prevent interference with other dimmers in the home
  • Can be used in single-pole or 3-Way/multi-location dimming applications (up to 10 locations, Maestro companion dimmer MA-RR-XX required)

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Wife and I love the Maestro switches!!!Installed a couple of these after installing a couple of dimmable LED ceiling lights. One two-wire and one on a three-wire circuit (separate on/off toggle switch). Two wire is as simple as replacing a regular on/off flip switch. The three wire was a little confusing, but a YouTube video about setting up the Maestro on a three wire circuit made it super-easy to rewire the other (normal) switch to work with the Maestro. Love the soft on and dimming off this switch provides, and the ease of brightness setting, which stays set for every "on" cycle until you change it. Dimly lit LED on switch to make it easy to find in the dark. No dim glow of LED lamp in off mode, either. Highly recommended.5Will not work on Dimming LED lights!! Dimmer bleeds power to the LED bulbs in the OFF position. Bulbs stay on very low due to power bleed through the dimmer. I called Lutron to find out that I need a dimmer that has a neutral connectiion to it to solve the issue. They gave me part # MAELV-600 for single pole (one switch application) and MA-R Companion for a 3 way application for the second switch. I'll order and see if it works. I find aggravating they don't disclose in information, trying to pass over as to work with LED bulbs. 1The dimmer works great. My only criticism is the directions that come ...I purchased this dimmer switch to control under-cabinet lighting. The dimmer works great.My only criticism is the directions that come with it are vague and offer little rationale. For example,I didn't think their wiring diagram was very clear how to wire this thing (and I know how to read schematic diagrams).As I figured out on my own, you need to connect the power source to the black terminal on the dimmer, and the output (the lights) to the brass terminal. In my case, the blue terminal wasn't needed (you only need it to connect a companion dimmer or switch).But once it was all connected, I calibrated it according the instructions and it works very well with absolutelyNo flicker in the LED lights. The dimmer itself is a good product, but they need to re-write their instruction sheet so it is more clear.5Great dimmer, but be aware of your LED bulb choice! I already have multiple Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Dimmers and were very happy with them. I then decided to install a few additional "dumb" dimmers that did not need remote/smart features. The Maestro line is most closely related to the Caseta line of dimmers, so I bought 3 Lutron Maestro MACL-153M-WH dimmers.Many reviews have already covered its usage and features (my favorite being single tap = recall last dimming setting, double tap = full brightness), so I will not go over them again. What I do want to add is which LED bulb works best with this dimmer, because I had heck of a time finding one that did not buzz. I thought I would just use the same CREE LED bulbs that worked well with Caseta, but it turned out that produced audible buzzing sounds with the Maestro. In fact, I tried 4 different LED bulbs before I found one that did not buzz (or rather, buzzed so faintly that I can't hear it even in a quiet environment). Here are the LED bulbs I tried:CREE SA19-08127MDFD-12DE26-1-14 (Buzzed - 37 dB@1ft):Cree 8 Pack SA19-08127MDFD-12DE26-1-14 LED 60W Replacement A19 Soft White (2700K) Dimmable Light BulbHyperikon FBA_192000405-4Pack (Buzzed - 38 dB@1ft):Hyperikon A19 Dimmable LED Light Bulb, 9W (60W Equivalent), ENERGY STAR Qualified, 2700K (Warm White), CRI90+, 800 Lumens, Medium Screw Base (E26), UL-Listed, Standard Light Bulb (4 Pack)EcoSmart 1001370384 (Buzzed - 36 dB@1ft):EcoSmart 60W Equivalent Soft White A19 Energy Star LED Light Bulb 8-PackPhillips 461228 (No audible buzz - 32 dB@1ft):Philips 461228 60 Watt Equivalent Soft White Dimmable A19 LED Light Bulb, Energy Star Certified, 8-PackAt 32 dB, it's about as loud as a quiet whisper. Note that the measurements were taken from 1 ft away. Three Phillips bulbs are installed over the mirror in my bathroom, which is several feet away from my head when I stand in front of the sink. At this distance, I cannot hear the Phillips bulbs at all, but I can hear the other 3 bulbs, even when there is no other background noise. 5Worked with LED bulbs but hard to figure out how to useI bought this because I had purchased some new 65 Wt LED bulbs that did not play well with my prior dimmer switch (switched worked OK with some 75 Wt LEDs.) The switch was able to dim the new LEDs without flickering. However, I could not conquer the learning curve on how to set the switch so that when I tapped it on again, it would return to the same spot. I ended up buying yet a third switch, another Lutron with the more conventional little slider next to the on.off switch, and that solved the problem.3So close - one miner caveatThis is pretty much exactly as advertised. Can be used as a simple dimmer, or in a circuit with another switch -- be careful to follow the instructions relating to master/slave or you will discover one switch is disabled by the other! Goes in smoothly as a straight replacement for a simple switch or alternative dimmer switch, with good options for the finish straight out of the box.The caveat... as a digital dimmer, the brightness settings are limited to the graduated scale, which is irrelevant, except that at the "dim" end, I find I want at least one more level of dimness, perhaps two, beyond what it permits as the least bright. This was not really an issue on old school incandescent but was particularly noticeable for LED dimmable bulbs.Overall, I like these, have installed multiple, and undoubtedly will install more in the future.4Pretty goodA bit expensive but it's great for controlling LED bulbs. I was disappointed at first with the low setting, but you can recalibrate it. I found that the LED is just a bit brighter at its lowest setting - unlike incadescents that give off a faint glow.What is nice is that you know where the absolute lowest setting is, the switch remembers it, and you don't have to mess around with it to get there.I have it controlling one IKEA ceiling fixture with two each 150watt equivalent bulbs, and the span from most dim to brightest is amazing. If you shut it off, it remembers what brightness level you were at last, at goes there again when you turn it back on.A small green LED indicator On the switch lights to let you know how high or low in the control range you are.5Cut to the chase... Now, I don't know why or see how this being a "digital" dimmer makes a difference (I haven't tried the analog Lutron dimmers), but I can say this, I tried the Pass & Seymour HCL453PTCCCV6 as well as Feit Dimmers from Costco (both were analog sliders and both claimed compatibility with LED) and neither of them were able to maintain a steady stream of light...What I mean by that is...you know how when your A/C kicks on, and your lights dim for a second and come back to normal brightness? That would happen ALL. The. Time. with the previous dimmers I had. They wouldn't necessarily "flicker" in the LED sense, but they'd constantly fluctuate brightness when dimmed as far down as the dimmer would bring them.Now with the Lutron dimmer...I set it to its lowest setting out of the box, and literally not even a single flicker.So I say: "Screw it....hey, doll...you think I should adjust the default level?Doll (wife) says: "Leave well enough alone!"I, of course, did it anyhow, and you know what? It dimmed down WAYY further than the analog ones and STILL no flicker... I love this dimmer. You have to understand something about me...I can see the dimmed LED flicker like you wouldn't believe. It's VERY obvious to me. I can't stand that flicker.My "setup"2 Commercial Electric CER6730DWH27 for the entry way8 Commercial Electric CER6730DWH27 for the living room4 Commercial Electric CER6730DWH27 for the dining roomall on the new dimmers, and literally no flicker, and they go WAYY dim. 5Works as a dimmer, but not a switch. As several other reviewers have stated, this dimmer turns lights on, dims them up and down... and that's it. After switching it 'off' the light reverts to a super low setting (dimmer than the switch itself allows) and flickers / stays on unless you pull the safety tab out from the dimmer itself, which is only meant to be pulled if you need to change a bulb. The company stated this issue is because the dimmer is always consuming power, even when off, and some LED bulbs will show this by remaining on and I should buy bulbs off their approved list. I tried 2 different bulbs, both on their 'recommend list' and both had this issue. Wired in a switch from a different manufacturer and it works without an issue...This was a switch problem, not a bulb problem as the company claimed. Attached is a picture of the light 'off' at night 1Forget Everything You Know About Wiring a 3-way Light I know how to wire a conventional 3-way circuit for a light. If you are like me; throw all that knowledge away before installing this dimmer. I assumed that since I was replacing a failed 3-way dimmer for existing LED lights; that all I needed to do was re-wire the Maestro 3-way dimmer like the old dimmer which followed the standard practice for wiring a 3-way circuit.. WRONG. I did that and I got a circuit that didn't work as expected and also had some intermittent weird actions.Step 4 only says "Disconnect Wires"; but fails to say which ones to disconnect. (I assumed only the ones for the Maestro dimmer.) The diagram in Step 6A shows one of the switched terminals for the Other Existing 3-way switch not even having a wire connected to it. Both terminals of a 3-way switch must normally be connected on all standard 3-way circuits. Since nothing was mentioned in the written instructions about the unusual wiring; I assume that the drawing was wrong. MY MISTAKE!The diagram in step 6A is absolutely correct. You are no longer using the 3-way switch in a 3-way switching mode. A single pole switch would work fine as a replacement. Step 4 - Disconnect wires - needs to explicitly state that the 3-way switch" functionality will the changed by not using the 2nd traveler wire terminal.When I followed step 6A diagram, the dimmer worked perfectly. You must disconnected the light fixture common wire and the traveler wire from the 3-way switch, then connected both wires and the provided jumper wire with a wire nut, and finally connect the jumper to the common terminal on the switch. The dimmer also needs to be programed and the dimming range must also be set per the instructions.This wiring is so unusual I decided to save myself some future aggravation about the wiring if I ever have to replace the dimmer. (Good possibility since I was replacing a 1yr old LED dimmer from another manufacturer). I placed a reduced size copy of the unusual wiring diagram under the face plate for the 3-way switch (but not inside the box). I or the next house owner wont miss the diagram if the cover is removed.So I give the dimmer a 5 star for function and 3 star for instructions. 4This is the dimmer for LED lampsThis is the dimmer to get for LED lamps. It's specifically set up for LEDs, CFLs and incandescents.An earlier Lutron dimmer worked fine for CFLs and incandescents, but when I changed the bulbs to LEDs, it would not turn them all the way off. I had to use the little pull-out/push-in switch at the very bottom of the dimmer to get the LEDs off completely.Swapping in the Lutron Maestro C.L. dimmer solved the problem. No adjustments needed; it worked perfectly as soon as I turned the breaker back on.Note: Don't attempt to wire these in hot. The electronics can be damaged and so can you!5Programming this was WAY more complicated and time consuming than I expected.I m a long time user of Lutron Diva dimmers. We have them all over our house. We upgraded our recessed bulbs to LED s in our family room and the existing Diva dimmer worked ok but wouldn t dim the bulbs to the level we like. Lutron recommended the MaestroCL. I installed it. No problem. But... it would not program correctly. I followed the printed instructions, videos online and after way more time than this was worth decided this dimmer was either defective or the most difficult thing to program ever. I usually don t have issues programming devices. I returned it and will install a Diva CL dimmer, instead.1Works beautifully!This switch works really well! I love the soft shifts When adjusting, and the double-click (sets to brightest instantly) is very handy. I leave the LED light on low all day when I'm not at home, so I dont have a dark house to step into. You can adjust the brightness to a very precise level if you take 30 seconds to program the switch. My only complaint is that the switch is rather "floppy" in the case, but that's very minor.4I highly recommend these 2 or 3 way dimmer switchesI have purchased at least 10 of these 3way dimmers (all gray), they instructions were a bit confusing but there is an toll free number I called (great customer service) and within minutes had the dimmer working. the switch can be adjusted so when you turn it on it goes to your saved settings. if you press and hold the off toggle button for 2 seconds the lights will slowly dim (about 60 seconds) lower and lower then turn off, give you more than enough time to leave the room. the dimmer has about 10 positions full power to extremely dim. I highly recommend these 2 or 3 way dimmer switches, the are very contemporary/ high tech with it's square dimmer switch and cover plate (sold separately) and you don't see any screws which give it a very clean look. lastly I have ordered several used and never had a problem or cosmetic blemishes although they state divide my have minor blemishes. save your self a few dollars.5Great LED dimmer Great dimmer, relatively easy to program. The 3 way function is compatible with a standard 1 or 3 way switch but it's a little confusing to set up. The fading option is very cool, it takes about 5 seconds to completely fade out. I am using with torchstar led can lights and the range of dimmable is great, it dims to below a useable amount of light and everywhere in between 5Terrible product. I got this to replace a similarly ... Terrible product. I got this to replace a similarly functioned Leviton switch. Unlike the Leviton switch, this one has a loud buz the more you dim the lights at the same location with same fixtures. Having had a switch with the ability to program the fade-out delay to 0 (in essence have the lights go on/off instantly), I assumed this one could do the same since it is the most popular dimmer switch. But to my surprise you can't program this. I know some people like this feature but not for me. What ends up happening is that the fade-out is so slow that you think maybe the switch didn't take the command (which happens often due to the switches poor and sloppy construction) and you press it again only to light it up again. Then there is the laggy feeling of not having instant on/off that gives you that same feeling a slow non responsive computer does. No pleasant. 1Not exactly smart, but highly functional I've installed several of these dimmers in our home, in both one and two dimmer configurations. They are both attractive and functional, and they allow you to use multiple dimmers on a 3-way circuit without any rewiring. They work well with both incandescent bulbs, compact fluorescents and LED lights that are dimmable, and provide the fullest range of dimming I have seen with these types of bulbs. They come pre-programmed to bring lights to full brightness quickly, and to turn lights out by slowly dimming them, allowing you to see where you're going even after turning out the lights. A pair of small buttons allow you to set the brightness level, and that level will be maintained even after a power failure. Double tapping the switch always brings it back to full brightness, however, which is very convenient.Every aspect of how these dimmers function is programmable, from ramp-up and ramp-down times to dimming modes. However, the programming sequence is not at all intuitive, so most people will undoubtedly use the default program. Programming involves tapping specific buttons in a specific sequence - it's a bit like programming some cars or resetting the check engine light, where you may have to turn the ignition on, then off, turn on the left turn signal and blink the headlights twice.One thing that may not be clear from the instructions is that you are not limited to using only one companion switch with this master switch. If you have the wiring for it, you can wire several companion switches in parallel, all of which can control the same light. There is also a version that includes two dimmer switches in one unit, which is very handy when space is limited.One caution is that these are electronic dimmers and they need a small amount of power to function. That power comes from current flowing through the circuitry, even when the switch is off. It's difficult to find in the instructions, but they require a minimum 40 watt load to function. That's no problem with an incandescent bulb, but many LED's use much less than that. For example, a light fixture that has two 1600 lumen bulbs (equivalent to 100 watt incandescent bulbs) may use as little as 26 watts. In theory, that's not enough for these dimmers to function. Sure enough, I had a light with three 5000 lumen bulbs, each using only 7 watts. It wasn't enough for the dimmer to work. However, when I replaced the bulbs with 800 lumen bulbs, each using 9 watts, the dimmer worked without any problems. So it would appear they can function with anything above 25 watts or so, but the stated minimum is 40.Finally, a word about intelligence. Lutron was the original manufacturer of mood lighting, with multi-zone dimmers, each controlling multiple lights and with programs that, with a single button, allow one to set a bunch of lights to specified levels simultaneously. The Maestro is not one of those. These are not smart dimmers and they can't be controlled by Alexa, or via the Internet. You can't even use an app to control all of your dimmers from your smart phone. These are also a lot less expensive than smart dimmers, and they're a lot less confusing to the uninitiated. When your mother-in-law visits, it won't take her any time at all to figure out how to use one of these that controls the dining room lights. With a smart dimmer, it might take some time to learn which button to push, or to say, "Alexi, set lights for dinner." Furthermore, there's no danger that these dimmers will ever be hacked the way a smart dimmer can be. After all, smart devices usually have almost no security and there have already been cases of people 'gas-lighting' their ex-spouses remotely to drive them nuts. No such worries with these switches.Simple, elegant and highly functional - what more could you want? 5How to fix light flashes When I first installed the dimmer switch, the light would turn on and off quickly (flash) then fully turn on. Initially I thought I had a bad unit so I got another unit, but ran into the same problem.I was able to fix this problem by programming the timing of the fade on to more than 3 seconds. To do this, you would need to:1 - pull out the tab on the bottom of the switch (FASS)2 - press and hold the switch button and push the tab back in3 - continue to hold the switch button until the side indicator lights start to blink4 - let go the switch button. Press the up button until the blinking led reaches the second to the last side indicator light5 - press the switch button to get into the fade on programming mode. The blinking led would blink faster6 - the fast blinking led should be at the bottom, move up to the third or fourth led from the bottom and press the switch button again to program7 - pull the tab out and push it back in to exit programming modeHopefully this helps others with the switch! 4Finicky, Compatibility Issues I installed these to work with a set of LED kitchen lights. They worked in the sense that it would dim the lights, but not without the pop-on each time they were turned on. When they were dimmed, you could see a faint pulsing or flickering. I chocked it up to the lights not being compatible with the dimmer switches. I just replaced my lights with a dimmable fixture that had dimmable LED bulbs installed. Still have the pop-on and still flicker. And now even worse, I'm having a weird electrical problem where the switches sometimes seem to short out and then all the switches with lights in my kitchen don't work. I've finally given up; I don't know what bulbs or lights these dimmers are compatible with by I'm 0-for-2 and I've finally given up. Ordered a standard dimmer with an analog slider and will be removing these from my home. Double, triple check compatibility with your lights because chances are these won't work properly if not listed as being compatible. 1This dimmer is outragously expensive but it's the only one that works with Phillips LED'sHad problem finding a dimmer that worked with Phillips LED's. This is the ONLY Phillips approved dimmer for ANY of their LED products. Costly, $30 bucks for a dimmer, ($23 Lutron LED dimmer didn't work). Had to spend another 5 bucks for their switch plate because their light almond color is different than anyone else's. Installation simple .... basically throw away their 24 by 24 double sided number 10 font instructions and hook up the 2 wires plus ground. Wasn't happy with the dimming range. Instructions useless. Called their 1800 number, (Sunday night @ 6PM), spoke to the Technician. Informed me that if I wanted to change the "program", go on line and download the additional 21 page programming document. Then he reference anther 17 page document that was a "quick" programming guide. No where in the paper directions did they reference this additional programming instructions. Bottom line, instructions suck ... customer service OK .. but when all said and done even though the dimmer is outrageously expensive, it works.4
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Description
  • Tested on 1, 000s of bulbs and dozens of brands for flicker-free dimming. For list of recommended bulbs view "Technical Specification" below
  • Provides over 250 lighting levels so you can create the perfect light for any activity
  • Works with up to 150 Watts of dimmable LED/CFL bulbs or 600 Watts of Incandescent/Halogen bulbs. For list of recommended bulbs, view "Technical Specification" below
  • Lutron patented technology to optimize the dim range of your bulb and prevent interference with other dimmers in the home
  • Can be used in single-pole or 3-Way/multi-location dimming applications (up to 10 locations, Maestro companion dimmer MA-RR-XX required)
Reviews

Customer Reviews

Wife and I love the Maestro switches!!!Installed a couple of these after installing a couple of dimmable LED ceiling lights. One two-wire and one on a three-wire circuit (separate on/off toggle switch). Two wire is as simple as replacing a regular on/off flip switch. The three wire was a little confusing, but a YouTube video about setting up the Maestro on a three wire circuit made it super-easy to rewire the other (normal) switch to work with the Maestro. Love the soft on and dimming off this switch provides, and the ease of brightness setting, which stays set for every "on" cycle until you change it. Dimly lit LED on switch to make it easy to find in the dark. No dim glow of LED lamp in off mode, either. Highly recommended.5Will not work on Dimming LED lights!! Dimmer bleeds power to the LED bulbs in the OFF position. Bulbs stay on very low due to power bleed through the dimmer. I called Lutron to find out that I need a dimmer that has a neutral connectiion to it to solve the issue. They gave me part # MAELV-600 for single pole (one switch application) and MA-R Companion for a 3 way application for the second switch. I'll order and see if it works. I find aggravating they don't disclose in information, trying to pass over as to work with LED bulbs. 1The dimmer works great. My only criticism is the directions that come ...I purchased this dimmer switch to control under-cabinet lighting. The dimmer works great.My only criticism is the directions that come with it are vague and offer little rationale. For example,I didn't think their wiring diagram was very clear how to wire this thing (and I know how to read schematic diagrams).As I figured out on my own, you need to connect the power source to the black terminal on the dimmer, and the output (the lights) to the brass terminal. In my case, the blue terminal wasn't needed (you only need it to connect a companion dimmer or switch).But once it was all connected, I calibrated it according the instructions and it works very well with absolutelyNo flicker in the LED lights. The dimmer itself is a good product, but they need to re-write their instruction sheet so it is more clear.5Great dimmer, but be aware of your LED bulb choice! I already have multiple Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Dimmers and were very happy with them. I then decided to install a few additional "dumb" dimmers that did not need remote/smart features. The Maestro line is most closely related to the Caseta line of dimmers, so I bought 3 Lutron Maestro MACL-153M-WH dimmers.Many reviews have already covered its usage and features (my favorite being single tap = recall last dimming setting, double tap = full brightness), so I will not go over them again. What I do want to add is which LED bulb works best with this dimmer, because I had heck of a time finding one that did not buzz. I thought I would just use the same CREE LED bulbs that worked well with Caseta, but it turned out that produced audible buzzing sounds with the Maestro. In fact, I tried 4 different LED bulbs before I found one that did not buzz (or rather, buzzed so faintly that I can't hear it even in a quiet environment). Here are the LED bulbs I tried:CREE SA19-08127MDFD-12DE26-1-14 (Buzzed - 37 dB@1ft):Cree 8 Pack SA19-08127MDFD-12DE26-1-14 LED 60W Replacement A19 Soft White (2700K) Dimmable Light BulbHyperikon FBA_192000405-4Pack (Buzzed - 38 dB@1ft):Hyperikon A19 Dimmable LED Light Bulb, 9W (60W Equivalent), ENERGY STAR Qualified, 2700K (Warm White), CRI90+, 800 Lumens, Medium Screw Base (E26), UL-Listed, Standard Light Bulb (4 Pack)EcoSmart 1001370384 (Buzzed - 36 dB@1ft):EcoSmart 60W Equivalent Soft White A19 Energy Star LED Light Bulb 8-PackPhillips 461228 (No audible buzz - 32 dB@1ft):Philips 461228 60 Watt Equivalent Soft White Dimmable A19 LED Light Bulb, Energy Star Certified, 8-PackAt 32 dB, it's about as loud as a quiet whisper. Note that the measurements were taken from 1 ft away. Three Phillips bulbs are installed over the mirror in my bathroom, which is several feet away from my head when I stand in front of the sink. At this distance, I cannot hear the Phillips bulbs at all, but I can hear the other 3 bulbs, even when there is no other background noise. 5Worked with LED bulbs but hard to figure out how to useI bought this because I had purchased some new 65 Wt LED bulbs that did not play well with my prior dimmer switch (switched worked OK with some 75 Wt LEDs.) The switch was able to dim the new LEDs without flickering. However, I could not conquer the learning curve on how to set the switch so that when I tapped it on again, it would return to the same spot. I ended up buying yet a third switch, another Lutron with the more conventional little slider next to the on.off switch, and that solved the problem.3So close - one miner caveatThis is pretty much exactly as advertised. Can be used as a simple dimmer, or in a circuit with another switch -- be careful to follow the instructions relating to master/slave or you will discover one switch is disabled by the other! Goes in smoothly as a straight replacement for a simple switch or alternative dimmer switch, with good options for the finish straight out of the box.The caveat... as a digital dimmer, the brightness settings are limited to the graduated scale, which is irrelevant, except that at the "dim" end, I find I want at least one more level of dimness, perhaps two, beyond what it permits as the least bright. This was not really an issue on old school incandescent but was particularly noticeable for LED dimmable bulbs.Overall, I like these, have installed multiple, and undoubtedly will install more in the future.4Pretty goodA bit expensive but it's great for controlling LED bulbs. I was disappointed at first with the low setting, but you can recalibrate it. I found that the LED is just a bit brighter at its lowest setting - unlike incadescents that give off a faint glow.What is nice is that you know where the absolute lowest setting is, the switch remembers it, and you don't have to mess around with it to get there.I have it controlling one IKEA ceiling fixture with two each 150watt equivalent bulbs, and the span from most dim to brightest is amazing. If you shut it off, it remembers what brightness level you were at last, at goes there again when you turn it back on.A small green LED indicator On the switch lights to let you know how high or low in the control range you are.5Cut to the chase... Now, I don't know why or see how this being a "digital" dimmer makes a difference (I haven't tried the analog Lutron dimmers), but I can say this, I tried the Pass & Seymour HCL453PTCCCV6 as well as Feit Dimmers from Costco (both were analog sliders and both claimed compatibility with LED) and neither of them were able to maintain a steady stream of light...What I mean by that is...you know how when your A/C kicks on, and your lights dim for a second and come back to normal brightness? That would happen ALL. The. Time. with the previous dimmers I had. They wouldn't necessarily "flicker" in the LED sense, but they'd constantly fluctuate brightness when dimmed as far down as the dimmer would bring them.Now with the Lutron dimmer...I set it to its lowest setting out of the box, and literally not even a single flicker.So I say: "Screw it....hey, doll...you think I should adjust the default level?Doll (wife) says: "Leave well enough alone!"I, of course, did it anyhow, and you know what? It dimmed down WAYY further than the analog ones and STILL no flicker... I love this dimmer. You have to understand something about me...I can see the dimmed LED flicker like you wouldn't believe. It's VERY obvious to me. I can't stand that flicker.My "setup"2 Commercial Electric CER6730DWH27 for the entry way8 Commercial Electric CER6730DWH27 for the living room4 Commercial Electric CER6730DWH27 for the dining roomall on the new dimmers, and literally no flicker, and they go WAYY dim. 5Works as a dimmer, but not a switch. As several other reviewers have stated, this dimmer turns lights on, dims them up and down... and that's it. After switching it 'off' the light reverts to a super low setting (dimmer than the switch itself allows) and flickers / stays on unless you pull the safety tab out from the dimmer itself, which is only meant to be pulled if you need to change a bulb. The company stated this issue is because the dimmer is always consuming power, even when off, and some LED bulbs will show this by remaining on and I should buy bulbs off their approved list. I tried 2 different bulbs, both on their 'recommend list' and both had this issue. Wired in a switch from a different manufacturer and it works without an issue...This was a switch problem, not a bulb problem as the company claimed. Attached is a picture of the light 'off' at night 1Forget Everything You Know About Wiring a 3-way Light I know how to wire a conventional 3-way circuit for a light. If you are like me; throw all that knowledge away before installing this dimmer. I assumed that since I was replacing a failed 3-way dimmer for existing LED lights; that all I needed to do was re-wire the Maestro 3-way dimmer like the old dimmer which followed the standard practice for wiring a 3-way circuit.. WRONG. I did that and I got a circuit that didn't work as expected and also had some intermittent weird actions.Step 4 only says "Disconnect Wires"; but fails to say which ones to disconnect. (I assumed only the ones for the Maestro dimmer.) The diagram in Step 6A shows one of the switched terminals for the Other Existing 3-way switch not even having a wire connected to it. Both terminals of a 3-way switch must normally be connected on all standard 3-way circuits. Since nothing was mentioned in the written instructions about the unusual wiring; I assume that the drawing was wrong. MY MISTAKE!The diagram in step 6A is absolutely correct. You are no longer using the 3-way switch in a 3-way switching mode. A single pole switch would work fine as a replacement. Step 4 - Disconnect wires - needs to explicitly state that the 3-way switch" functionality will the changed by not using the 2nd traveler wire terminal.When I followed step 6A diagram, the dimmer worked perfectly. You must disconnected the light fixture common wire and the traveler wire from the 3-way switch, then connected both wires and the provided jumper wire with a wire nut, and finally connect the jumper to the common terminal on the switch. The dimmer also needs to be programed and the dimming range must also be set per the instructions.This wiring is so unusual I decided to save myself some future aggravation about the wiring if I ever have to replace the dimmer. (Good possibility since I was replacing a 1yr old LED dimmer from another manufacturer). I placed a reduced size copy of the unusual wiring diagram under the face plate for the 3-way switch (but not inside the box). I or the next house owner wont miss the diagram if the cover is removed.So I give the dimmer a 5 star for function and 3 star for instructions. 4This is the dimmer for LED lampsThis is the dimmer to get for LED lamps. It's specifically set up for LEDs, CFLs and incandescents.An earlier Lutron dimmer worked fine for CFLs and incandescents, but when I changed the bulbs to LEDs, it would not turn them all the way off. I had to use the little pull-out/push-in switch at the very bottom of the dimmer to get the LEDs off completely.Swapping in the Lutron Maestro C.L. dimmer solved the problem. No adjustments needed; it worked perfectly as soon as I turned the breaker back on.Note: Don't attempt to wire these in hot. The electronics can be damaged and so can you!5Programming this was WAY more complicated and time consuming than I expected.I m a long time user of Lutron Diva dimmers. We have them all over our house. We upgraded our recessed bulbs to LED s in our family room and the existing Diva dimmer worked ok but wouldn t dim the bulbs to the level we like. Lutron recommended the MaestroCL. I installed it. No problem. But... it would not program correctly. I followed the printed instructions, videos online and after way more time than this was worth decided this dimmer was either defective or the most difficult thing to program ever. I usually don t have issues programming devices. I returned it and will install a Diva CL dimmer, instead.1Works beautifully!This switch works really well! I love the soft shifts When adjusting, and the double-click (sets to brightest instantly) is very handy. I leave the LED light on low all day when I'm not at home, so I dont have a dark house to step into. You can adjust the brightness to a very precise level if you take 30 seconds to program the switch. My only complaint is that the switch is rather "floppy" in the case, but that's very minor.4I highly recommend these 2 or 3 way dimmer switchesI have purchased at least 10 of these 3way dimmers (all gray), they instructions were a bit confusing but there is an toll free number I called (great customer service) and within minutes had the dimmer working. the switch can be adjusted so when you turn it on it goes to your saved settings. if you press and hold the off toggle button for 2 seconds the lights will slowly dim (about 60 seconds) lower and lower then turn off, give you more than enough time to leave the room. the dimmer has about 10 positions full power to extremely dim. I highly recommend these 2 or 3 way dimmer switches, the are very contemporary/ high tech with it's square dimmer switch and cover plate (sold separately) and you don't see any screws which give it a very clean look. lastly I have ordered several used and never had a problem or cosmetic blemishes although they state divide my have minor blemishes. save your self a few dollars.5Great LED dimmer Great dimmer, relatively easy to program. The 3 way function is compatible with a standard 1 or 3 way switch but it's a little confusing to set up. The fading option is very cool, it takes about 5 seconds to completely fade out. I am using with torchstar led can lights and the range of dimmable is great, it dims to below a useable amount of light and everywhere in between 5Terrible product. I got this to replace a similarly ... Terrible product. I got this to replace a similarly functioned Leviton switch. Unlike the Leviton switch, this one has a loud buz the more you dim the lights at the same location with same fixtures. Having had a switch with the ability to program the fade-out delay to 0 (in essence have the lights go on/off instantly), I assumed this one could do the same since it is the most popular dimmer switch. But to my surprise you can't program this. I know some people like this feature but not for me. What ends up happening is that the fade-out is so slow that you think maybe the switch didn't take the command (which happens often due to the switches poor and sloppy construction) and you press it again only to light it up again. Then there is the laggy feeling of not having instant on/off that gives you that same feeling a slow non responsive computer does. No pleasant. 1Not exactly smart, but highly functional I've installed several of these dimmers in our home, in both one and two dimmer configurations. They are both attractive and functional, and they allow you to use multiple dimmers on a 3-way circuit without any rewiring. They work well with both incandescent bulbs, compact fluorescents and LED lights that are dimmable, and provide the fullest range of dimming I have seen with these types of bulbs. They come pre-programmed to bring lights to full brightness quickly, and to turn lights out by slowly dimming them, allowing you to see where you're going even after turning out the lights. A pair of small buttons allow you to set the brightness level, and that level will be maintained even after a power failure. Double tapping the switch always brings it back to full brightness, however, which is very convenient.Every aspect of how these dimmers function is programmable, from ramp-up and ramp-down times to dimming modes. However, the programming sequence is not at all intuitive, so most people will undoubtedly use the default program. Programming involves tapping specific buttons in a specific sequence - it's a bit like programming some cars or resetting the check engine light, where you may have to turn the ignition on, then off, turn on the left turn signal and blink the headlights twice.One thing that may not be clear from the instructions is that you are not limited to using only one companion switch with this master switch. If you have the wiring for it, you can wire several companion switches in parallel, all of which can control the same light. There is also a version that includes two dimmer switches in one unit, which is very handy when space is limited.One caution is that these are electronic dimmers and they need a small amount of power to function. That power comes from current flowing through the circuitry, even when the switch is off. It's difficult to find in the instructions, but they require a minimum 40 watt load to function. That's no problem with an incandescent bulb, but many LED's use much less than that. For example, a light fixture that has two 1600 lumen bulbs (equivalent to 100 watt incandescent bulbs) may use as little as 26 watts. In theory, that's not enough for these dimmers to function. Sure enough, I had a light with three 5000 lumen bulbs, each using only 7 watts. It wasn't enough for the dimmer to work. However, when I replaced the bulbs with 800 lumen bulbs, each using 9 watts, the dimmer worked without any problems. So it would appear they can function with anything above 25 watts or so, but the stated minimum is 40.Finally, a word about intelligence. Lutron was the original manufacturer of mood lighting, with multi-zone dimmers, each controlling multiple lights and with programs that, with a single button, allow one to set a bunch of lights to specified levels simultaneously. The Maestro is not one of those. These are not smart dimmers and they can't be controlled by Alexa, or via the Internet. You can't even use an app to control all of your dimmers from your smart phone. These are also a lot less expensive than smart dimmers, and they're a lot less confusing to the uninitiated. When your mother-in-law visits, it won't take her any time at all to figure out how to use one of these that controls the dining room lights. With a smart dimmer, it might take some time to learn which button to push, or to say, "Alexi, set lights for dinner." Furthermore, there's no danger that these dimmers will ever be hacked the way a smart dimmer can be. After all, smart devices usually have almost no security and there have already been cases of people 'gas-lighting' their ex-spouses remotely to drive them nuts. No such worries with these switches.Simple, elegant and highly functional - what more could you want? 5How to fix light flashes When I first installed the dimmer switch, the light would turn on and off quickly (flash) then fully turn on. Initially I thought I had a bad unit so I got another unit, but ran into the same problem.I was able to fix this problem by programming the timing of the fade on to more than 3 seconds. To do this, you would need to:1 - pull out the tab on the bottom of the switch (FASS)2 - press and hold the switch button and push the tab back in3 - continue to hold the switch button until the side indicator lights start to blink4 - let go the switch button. Press the up button until the blinking led reaches the second to the last side indicator light5 - press the switch button to get into the fade on programming mode. The blinking led would blink faster6 - the fast blinking led should be at the bottom, move up to the third or fourth led from the bottom and press the switch button again to program7 - pull the tab out and push it back in to exit programming modeHopefully this helps others with the switch! 4Finicky, Compatibility Issues I installed these to work with a set of LED kitchen lights. They worked in the sense that it would dim the lights, but not without the pop-on each time they were turned on. When they were dimmed, you could see a faint pulsing or flickering. I chocked it up to the lights not being compatible with the dimmer switches. I just replaced my lights with a dimmable fixture that had dimmable LED bulbs installed. Still have the pop-on and still flicker. And now even worse, I'm having a weird electrical problem where the switches sometimes seem to short out and then all the switches with lights in my kitchen don't work. I've finally given up; I don't know what bulbs or lights these dimmers are compatible with by I'm 0-for-2 and I've finally given up. Ordered a standard dimmer with an analog slider and will be removing these from my home. Double, triple check compatibility with your lights because chances are these won't work properly if not listed as being compatible. 1This dimmer is outragously expensive but it's the only one that works with Phillips LED'sHad problem finding a dimmer that worked with Phillips LED's. This is the ONLY Phillips approved dimmer for ANY of their LED products. Costly, $30 bucks for a dimmer, ($23 Lutron LED dimmer didn't work). Had to spend another 5 bucks for their switch plate because their light almond color is different than anyone else's. Installation simple .... basically throw away their 24 by 24 double sided number 10 font instructions and hook up the 2 wires plus ground. Wasn't happy with the dimming range. Instructions useless. Called their 1800 number, (Sunday night @ 6PM), spoke to the Technician. Informed me that if I wanted to change the "program", go on line and download the additional 21 page programming document. Then he reference anther 17 page document that was a "quick" programming guide. No where in the paper directions did they reference this additional programming instructions. Bottom line, instructions suck ... customer service OK .. but when all said and done even though the dimmer is outrageously expensive, it works.4
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