Throwing in my $0.02 CAD as well
There’s so much I love about these dimmers — the vast configurability, the tactile response, the general community / developer engagement… it’s all top-notch.
The only thing that’s a substantial miss, to other’s points, is the dimming. It’s rough. I work as a lighting designer and qualities like dimmer curve and smoothness are very important to me, and both of these are worse in the current Red & Black-series dimmers than I’ve seen in any other product. I’ve installed ~30 of these dimmers to supply a variety of sources, from NSP 12V MR16’s, standard line voltage GU10’s, LED & Halogen Source 4 Mini’s, custom LED downlights… the whole gamut. The dimmers handle the different load types like a champ, but they’re all equally steppy with whack dimming curves, regardless of how the dimmer has been configured through the multitude of advanced options. I believe this one (and unfortunately very critical) component of the device’s design necessitated a little more polish.
I’m curious to know what differs in the dimming technologies between the Gen 2 dimmers and the LZW-36, as the latter dims wonderfully smooth regardless of transition time, min/max settings etc. It behaves just like a dimmer should, in my unrequested opinion
I remain hopeful that something can be done on the software side to literally smooth this out, as it’s the only niggle I have with these otherwise stellar products. Pity it’s such a big one. At the end of the day, the key thing that a dimmer needs to be able to do well is dim.