The RGBW Dimmer Air is the wireless equivalent of the RGBW Dimmer DMX. It works directly with your Air Base Extension (no DMX Extension needed) so you can control LED strips all over your house without needing to run cables! It is designed to be placed in the central location with all the other Loxone equipment as the dimmer has a DIN rail mount. This page will show you how to wire up the dimmer and how to add it in to Loxone Config so it communicates with the Air Base.
- Power requirements: 24VDC
- Rating per channel: 50W (equivalent to 2.1A)
- Outputs can be bridged
- Power consumption: < 150mW
- Operating temperature: 0 to 55°C
- Max. cable length from dimmer to LED strip: 30m
The Status LEDs flash orange at first. After the Dimmer has been learnt the LEDs blink green to confirm this was successful and then both the LEDs are off permanently.
The diagram below shows how you wire up the RGBW Dimmer Air to your LED strip. You can place the RGBW Dimmer Air’s in a central location, but remember the maximum distance from the dimmer to the strip is 30m so you can place the dimmer near the strip too.
The cable should be 5 core, and should be sized correctly according to the length of tape (therefore the power consumption of the tape) and the distance away from the Dimmer. It is important to consider that the higher the voltage drop is this will affect the LED brightness.
If you have selected PWM in the device properties using the ‘Dimmer individual channels’, then the channel assignments are as follows:
- Red -> Dimmer 1
- Green -> Dimmer 2
- Blue -> Dimmer 3
- White -> Dimmer 4
SETUP IN LOXONE CONFIG
Once you have wired up all the RGBW Dimmer Air’s to LED strips and powered them up you can now set them up in Loxone Config so you can control your LED strips from the app or webinterface.
At initial startup the learning mode is started automatically, and will stay in the learn mode for 10 minutes. The learn mode is indicated by the status LEDs flashing red-green-yellow.
If the Dimmer has already been learnt in to another Air Base Extension if it cannot establish a connection to that Air Base Extension within 2 minutes (turn off the Air Base Extension), the learn mode will be started again for 10 minutes.
Now click on the Air Base Extension in the periphery window and then in the context bar at the top check the tick box ‘Monitor’.
Next, in the monitor below click on the Learn tab and then click the “Start search” button. Now you will see all the Air devices that are in the learning mode below.
Now click on the RGBW Dimmer Air signal and enter a name for it and then click ‘Create device’. The RGBW Dimmer Air can now be seen in the periphery tree underneath the Air Base Extension. You can drag and drop the outputs into pages to use in your program. Then save the program into the Miniserver and the device will be learnt.
If a device has been replaced you need to update the serial number. You can easily do that in the Air Monitor in Loxone Config.
mount the new device and activate the power supply or insert the battery
search for air devices in learn-mode (as shown in the “getting started” section)
highlight the new device and choose the device you would like to replace in the drop-down menu
Finally press “Replace Device” and save your program in the Miniserver. The device has now been replaced.
The Air devices will run their update automatically in the background, and they will function throughout the update.
If the Air devices are updating when the Miniserver and the Air Base Extension are rebooted then the Air devices will restart the update from the beginning after the reboot.
The update can take up to an hour so do be aware of this! You can check the version of the devices by looking in Device status. Click on the Miniserver tab and then click the Device status button once.
All Air devices that have a permanent power supply (not battery powered) can also be used as a router. This means that signals from devices with a poor connection to the Air Base Extension are amplified and therefore a greater range can be achieved.
Communication via routers to the Air Base Extension is slower than communication direct from an Air device to the Air Base. If an Air device is more than 2 routers away from the Air Base then we recommend an additional Air Base near the device with the poor signal. This is because the maximum number of hops (number of routers away from the extension). You can see the number of hops for a device in the Air monitor.
For the Air device to operate as a router you must tick the checkbox in the properties of the device. By default this is enabled on permanent power supply devices.
TIP: CLEAR THE MONITOR
If you have lots of Air devices in the Monitor and wish to clear it before you start monitoring you can empty the results. To do this right click in the Monitor window and click Clear.