Posts Tagged ‘Dimmer’

Here are some images I just took of a SwitchLinc installation, the same applies for all others such as Keylincs, Icons Relays, Dimmers etc.

Like the manual you have to identify your Neutral, Hot or Line, and your Load.

The cables on the switchlinc are clearly identified. with labels and by color,

White = Neutral

Black = Line or HOT

Red = Load

Bare = Ground.

I ALWAYS turn off the breaker and make sure non of the switches im working on work. I’ve gotten many zaps as a kid and there not fun.

Before I start I make sure I write down the address, this way Im not looking for it and removing work already done.,

Also make sure the switch is setup the upwards, the address should be on the bottom left side (At least for the switchlincs and Icons). Icon switches will have their LED on the left side of the switch.

Below is a picture of the device connected

To Identify the cables I usually look for the big bundle of for Neutral and the Load.  If its the first Insteon device you plug in you will see that neutrals not connected to any switch.
For example you can see the Neutrals are all together in the white bundle with the Red Cap,  The load or Hot is usually another bundle of black cables (This is what provides power to all switches so usually all the blacks to/from the switches die here

And the load (Which is off to the light is usually alone or going out. is the one towards the light fixture. In this case its a black wire.

The ground is the bare cable ground, that’s a easy one.

Here is a image of the finished product, this is

2 ICON Dimmers, one regular Decora on/off switch and a Switchlinc, and a unfinished painted wall.

Here is another 4 gang which is 1 Icon, a Switchlinc Dimmer, regular switch and another SwitchLinc



Here is a collection of good Insteon ‘how to’ videos I found on youtube.

Installing a Smart-home dimmer switch, the same applies for the ICON switches even if they are the non-dimmable one’s. The wiring is basically the same for all others.

Setting the ‘ramp’ rate – This is the speed the light will turn on/off (Which is a very neat effect, but doesn’t apply to CFL’s)

Here is a sample of what RAMP rate is 

Sample of Switches in action

These can be control from .1 second to all the way to 9 Minutes!.

How to link Switches to devices (This applies if the light you want to control isn’t on the same switch), If you have a PLC or device which is controlled by your PC (like this whole project)  you will need to do this to be able to see the commands come into the PC.  Even thought the PLC wont respond to any command its a crucial step to see the traffic and be able to decode it.  Just treat your PCL as the device you want to control.