Lutron Caséta Smart Dimmer Switch for ELV+ Bulbs, 250W LED, PD-5NE-WH, White
|Current Rating||3.3 Amps|
|Operating Voltage||120 Volts|
|Contact Type||Normally Closed|
- PEACE OF MIND: Set lights to automatically adjust with seasons so your family always comes back to a well-lit home, enable smart away to randomly turn your lights on/off to look like you’re home even if you’re away (Caséta Smart Hub, L-BDG2-WH, required)
- MOST CONNECTED: Caséta connects with more leading smart home devices – including Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, the Google Assistant, Ring, Serena shades and Sonos – than any other smart lighting control brand (Caséta Smart Hub required)
- CONTROL YOUR WAY: Caséta puts the smarts in the switch so you can control a variety of ways – via the free Lutron app, your voice or from the wall, schedule lights to change at set times or activate scenes with the touch of a button (Caséta Smart Hub required)
- GET MORE, SPEND LESS: One Caséta smart switch can control many bulbs at once, make many bulbs smart, even your existing bulbs. Get smart control of multiple styles of dimmable LED, incandescent, and halogen bulbs
- WIRELESS REMOTE CONTROL: For added convenience, use with wireless Pico remote (PJ2-3BRL-GXX-L01) to turn your lights on, off, or dim and brighten with the touch of a button from anywhere in the home
- EASY 3-WAY SETUP: Create a 3-way by mounting Pico to almost any wall surface – no cutting holes or pulling wire, with a wall mount bracket (PICO-WBX-ADAPT sold separately). Replace existing 3-way switches by mounting the bracket and Pico over the backbox
- EASY INSTALL: Easily replaces your existing switch in as little as 15 minutes, NEUTRAL WIRE REQUIRED
- TECHNICAL DETAILS: Works with up to 250W of dimmable LED/CFL, 500W of incandescent/halogen or ELV, or 400W MLV, 10W minimum load required
- INCLUDES: (1) Caséta dimmer switch, coordinating wall plate sold separately
Device detailed description
Bring Technology and style to your home with the Lutron Caséta ELV+ dimmer. Caséta Wireless from Lutron allows you to control your lights from anywhere within your home with the Pico remote control (sold separately) or from anywhere with your mobile device via the free app and Lutron Caséta Smart Hub (also sold separately). The Caséta ELV+ Dimmer allows you to recall your favorite light level with the new preset button for added convenience and is designed to control many loads types: 500-Watt of incandescent, halogen or electronic low-voltage, 400-Watt of magnetic low-voltage and 250-Watt of dimmable LED or dimmable CFL (neutral wire connection and 10-Watt minimum load required for all load types). Out of the box the dimmer is set to control ELV, incandescent, halogen and many compatible LEDs, however is phase selective the dimmer output can be changed for MLV and certain LED bulbs with simple button press programming. The Caséta ELV+ dimmer is a great solution for LED fixtures with integrated, built-in drivers, ELV track lights and problem LEDs that may prefer an ELV dimmer. To use in a multi-location application, replace the existing switch with a Pico remote control and wall plate adapter (both sold separately). Please note, wall plate for dimmer is also sold separately.
Features and specification
|Brand Smart devices brand|
|Manufacturer Smart device manufacturer|
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|Color Available colors|
|Item Package Quantity||
|Type of Bulb|
1.5 x 2.2 x 4.1 inches
|Certification Smart device certification|
(1) dimmer- no wallplate
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Frequently asked question
The ELV+ dimmer resolved buzzing issue of my recessed LED lighting. I tried 4 different types of bulbs with the regular dimmer and they all buzzed. With the ELV+ dimmer they don’t buzz at all.
For your application, Lutron would suggest the PD-10NXD. This device is rated to control 1,000W Incandescent/Halogen and Magnetic Low Voltage. It could also control 250W of dimmable LED or CFL.
The PD-5NE is a phase selectable dimmer which allows you to either dim in reverse phase for electronic low voltage transformers or LEDs, incandescent, or halogens looking for a ELV dimmer. Or you could change the phase to dim in forward phase for magnetic low voltage transformers, LEDs, incandescent, or halogens lookin… see more The PD-5NE is a phase selectable dimmer which allows you to either dim in reverse phase for electronic low voltage transformers or LEDs, incandescent, or halogens looking for a ELV dimmer. Or you could change the phase to dim in forward phase for magnetic low voltage transformers, LEDs, incandescent, or halogens looking for a forward phase dimming signal. The PD-5NE also offers the favorite light level button in the middle of the control.
It contains a lot of electronics. It communicates will all other Caseta devices within range to maintain proper operation. It reports status to the Lutron router, It maintains a list of pico devices that control it etc, etc.
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Tips to work around this switch's firmware bugs that were confirmed to me by Lutron on 3/31/2017
These are outstanding dimmers, but only for homes with a neutral wire (usually a cluster of white wires in the very back of the junction box, found in newer homes built since the 80s). There is also firmware bug in these switches that I confirmed with Lutron tech support on 3/31/2017 that prevents you from setting accurate trim levels. The work-around to the firmware bug is explained here.
The first thing you need to know about this switch is that your LEDs may still buzz with it unless you switch the phasing from forward to reverse. The instructions in the Advanced Caseta Installation guide are incorrect or at least unclear. The correct way to switch the phasing from MLV (Magnetic Low Voltage) to ELV (Electronic Low Voltage — the type of phasing preferred by LED bulbs) is to:
1. Pull out the tiny hidden tab at the bottom of the switch for 3 seconds. Push the tab back in then.
2. Simultaneously hold down the On and Off buttons for about 10 seconds
3. The top and bottom LEDs either light or flash. If the top LED flashes, the switch is operating in MLV mode. If the bottom LED flashes, the switch is operating in ELV mode. To toggle modes, press the Favorite button until the correct LED flashes. If you are using LED lights, use the bottom ELV mode.
4. Commit the phase change by holding Off for about 6 seconds.
The above actions eliminate the buzz in LED lights.
The second thing you need to know is this switch has an upper and lower trim function so that you can create a linear dimming range. This is especially helpful for LED bulbs which cannot usually dim as low as incandescents. All Caseta dimmers have an upper and lower trim function, but the firmware implementation on the PD-5NE is buggy and the trim functions aren’t working accurately unless you follow these instructions.
1. Set the lower trim first. Hold down On and the Down arrow for 10 seconds until the LED blinks to show the lower trim level.
2. Set the lower trim level to the dimmest (or just above the dimmest) that your lights can go. Most LEDs cannot get as dim as incandescents.
3. Commit the lower trim setting by holding Off for 6 seconds. Then turn the light off.
4. VERY IMPORTANT: The microprocessor is running buggy firmware. You must now pull the hidden tab at the bottom of the switch for three seconds to kill the power to the microprocessor. Then push it back in. This act effectively reboots the internal microprocessor and is needed to ensure the high trim function doesn’t overwrite or otherwise mess-up your low trim setting.
5. Now set the high trim to the highest that you want your lights to go. A lot of LEDs reach their maximum brightness well before the high trim mark is reached. For a truly linear dimming experience, set the high trim to the maximum brightness level your eyes can perceive. This will make the dimming appear smooth and linear for a better user experience. Set the high trim by holding down On and the Up arrow for 10 seconds until the LED blinks to show the upper trim level.
6. Set the upper trim level to the brightest (or just below the brightest) that your lights can go. Most LEDs reach maximum brightness well before the high trim mark.
7. Commit the upper trim setting by holding Off for 6 seconds. Then turn the light off.
8. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the buggy firmware, pull the pin on the switch to cut the power for three seconds to reset the microprocessor. Push the pin back in. Then verify that the low trim is accurate by pressing the up arrow once. The dimness of the light should be precisely what you specified in steps 2-3. Verify the high trim setting is accurate by turning the light on full power. The brightness should be what you specified in steps 6-7.
9. Verify the phasing is still set correctly. There should be no buzzing throughout the dimming range. My own user experience suggests that setting the trim can, in certain scenarios, cause the switch to forget whether you specified forward or reverse phasing (ELV vs. MLV). You may need to repeat the phasing setting to ensure there’s no buzzing.
Lutron tells me they will investigate this firmware bug and the switch ought to be software updatable they claim. I imagine any update would be issued through the Smart Bridge 2. I await their investigation. In the meantime, this work around enables you to establish accurate upper and lower trim functions that stick (or are remembered) correctly.09/13/2022Verified Purchase
A Good Dimmer, Careful of 'Warehouse Deals', But why so Expensive Lutron?
The Dimmer works well with a ELV Picture Light from WAC lighting, it specifically did not work with the standard Lutron TRAIC based dimmer (PD-6WCL) but works just okay with this, the buzzing of the fixture is gone unless its in an active dimming mode (the % power is actively moving up or down). I assume it’s a driver issue as it wont dim down to the ‘candle glow’ dim setting that you can easily get with halogen, incandescent, or other (very) high quality LED fixtures.
Note it will NOT STOP FLICKERING In all lights. My ELV LED’s still flicker on anything under 10% so I had to set the bottom trim level higher than I would like to compensative the flickering you can see.
They setup just as easy as everything else in the Caseta system and work really well, almost no delay with controlling them via Pico remotes or your app.
I have two big griped about his, I hate the fact it has so many buttons, on the wall it looks cluttered and funky. Plus if you use this in a high traffic area like a garage the buttons build up dirt and are impossible to clean. 2ndly, $120? What, why? You can get smart switches with the full front of the toggle an actual LCD touch screen screen for $200 and this is $120? I just don’t get it.
Bonus Note for Amazon buyers: This does not influence my review, but note that, I ordered three switches from an ‘Amazon Warehouse’ Deal, I was frustrated and perplexed because two switches did not work. I spend hours troubleshooting the wiring only to find out they were both completely deflective. I purchased brand new units and they work fine.06/17/2022Verified Purchase
How Much Is Too Much?
Installed as it should have. Works as advertised. Kinda. Two issues with it. First, the lights dim hardly at all using it. Maybe the lights? Maybe a little of both. More importantly, this is a pretty expensive piece given it marginal impact on the dimming it does. Or doesn’t. Pick one. Expensive Tech Lighting LED pendants that are specifically advertised as dimmable. So not Wal Mart Lamp Aisle lighting. Only thing I did right was pass on the $20 remote controller and the more expensive yet WiFi bridge. Would have doubled the price of my disappointment.05/11/2022Verified Purchase
Worth it! Pay the premium and it will just work
Twice the price but you get a favorite button and it will work with almost any LED. I have the cheaper $60 caseta dimmers on switches in the hall and other areas where I usually want them on 100% anyway. These are perfect for bathrooms and bedrooms because of the favorite button which can be set to any percentage, not just 50%. Simply set the light to desired level, hold down on the button for about 10 seconds and it is saved!
Also I’ve had various non ELV lights not work perfectly on the cheaper model, pop this in and they work instantly. The neutral is a bit difficult to reach sometimes, especially if you are wiring four of these in one box. But get a big wire cap and you will be fine.04/02/2022Verified Purchase