Control or dim your LEDs
Control your LEDs in a new way!
This controller lets you turn on or turn off or dim your LEDs remotely.
The remote has 2 components, a Handheld controller and a receiver wiring harness that you hook to your LEDs. You can hook up to 30 of most of our LEDs (with our Mega LEDs the maximum is 29) to a receiver harness. If you want to control more LEDs, you can get additional harnesses and use the same controller.
Dim your LEDs, and bring the brightness back up with the 4 dimmer settings. When you set your desired level and turn off the remote, it will remember the last setting when turned back on.
*** Precaution for Battery Application - Switch Recommended ***
If you plan to use your remote with a battery, you will still need an on/off switch. The receiver stays awake and will drain a little of the battery all the time. You can use the on/off switch to turn off the receiver when you are not using the remote. If you plan to use a Wall Adaptor for your power supply, no switch is needed.
*** Precaution for Flashing LEDs and Sirens ***
The DIMMER settings on the remote can slow the flash rate of the flashing LEDs and alter the tone of the sirens. We do not recommend using the Dimmer feature on flashing LEDs or sirens.
So, how to use it? The receiver has 3 sets of wires.
- A pair of wires that connect to your power source, battery or transformer. If you plan to use a battery to power your project read switch recommendation below
- A pair of wires that connect to your LED(s)
- Wires that go to the infrared sensor. Locate the sensor where it has a line of sight to the handheld controller.
The short red and black wires go to your LEDs. Connect the short red wire to the LEDs you want to control. Connect the short black wire to the black wires of the LEDs.
3-12 Volt DC option - use this option for use when using batteries, or our 3 Volt or 12 Volt Adaptors. Connect the red wire from your power to the long red input wires on the receiver. Connect black to black. The lights you use need to be appropriate for the voltage of your power supply. For example, if the power supply is 3 volts use 3-volt lights. Or if your power supply is between 5-12 Volts use our 5-12 Volt lights.
AC / DC Option (up to 19 Volts) - Use this option with any hobby transformer, or other power supply that are 12 volts or more. This option has 2 black wires that connect to your power supply as the polarity of the input doesn't matter. The lights you use need to be rated for at least 12 volts.
--- Other Details on using the Remote ---
You can run up to 30 LEDs per receiver. If you need to run more, get a 2nd receiver and arrange them so the remote can activate both, or locate the sensors apart from each other to control separate groups of LEDs independently.
The black Sensor shown in the above image is the receiver of the remote signal. Put the sensor where you plan to trigger it with the remote.
The remote signal, an infrared signal, works by line of sight. So be sure to point the remote at the sensor to trigger your lights.
Using the remote
Point the top of the remote (where the signal emits) toward the little black sensor. Use the green button on the remote to turn your LEDs on. Use the dim button to first raise then lower your brightness. There are 4 dim settings. Click on "bright" to bring the LEDs back up to the best level for your project. Use the red button to turn off your LEDS.
Your last brightness setting is remembered so you will not need to adjust it again when you turn the LEDs back on.
"How do I use more than one receiver?"
The remote is line-of-sight. When you have more than one receiver, just make sure the receivers are not aligned with each other. If you turn and point the remote in a different direction, it will only ever activate the line-of-sight receiver. So you could have shelves of a display case light and turn off independently for example.
"Do I still need an on/off switch?"
The receiver waits for signals from the remote. It will stay awake and very very slowly drain the battery even when the lights are off. So if you are using a battery
- coin cell, AAA, AA, 9 volt
yes, you will still need to turn off the switch when you are done with the model. Wire in the remote between your switch and the lights.
When using a wall adapter, you do not need to have a switch.
"Does the dimmer save on power or batteries?"
Yes, the dimmer does reduce the amount of power being used. In our test, we put a Mega Warm on a 12 volt power supply. At the brightest setting, or with no receiver attached, the Mega uses 30 milliamps of power.
Then we tried the dimmer
|Dimmer Setting||Milliamp Draw|
|Full Bright||30 mA|
|Dim 1||27 mA|
|Dim 3 (the last setting)||13mA|
so dimming can save over 50% of battery life. If you like the brightness.