There’s another long thread about wiring GE/JASCO dimmers. However I would like to start a new one about how they actually dim, once you got the wiring right.
I’m using a GE/JASCO dimmer with a plain old 57Watt incandescent bulb, which should eliminate LED lighting quirks.
I found that if you ramp up the dimmer slowly by using a Vera3 “SetLoadLevelTarget” command, the light will cange to a slightly brighter level and then about 1/2 to 3/4 seconds later, it will flicker once - either dark or bright, before settling to its new level. The pattern is consistent and unmistakable and not very nice for a slow even dim.
I tried experimenting with the ZWave advanced parameters which are (not very well) documented in the enclosed pamphlet but found no solution. In particular, I tried:
parameter 7 (Z-Wave Dim Command number of steps or levels)
parameter 8 (Z-Wave Dim Command timing of the steps)
Parameter 5 (Ignore start level when receiving dim commands)
None seemed to solve the problem.
I did notice that if I set parameter 8 to a large value (max 255) the dimmer would step slowly and relatively smoothly without the annoying flickering. However, this only works from bright to dim. If I try to change from dim to bright, it immediately switches to the new level without any further ramp-up!
Has anyone else noticed this strange behavior?