In combination with the FIBARO controller you get the most beautiful interface through a color fan. Other controllers work with separate RGB channels.
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Super nice Z-wave module that certainly offers lighting possibilities in combination with a Home Center. In combination with a LED strip you can create beautiful mood lighting in no time. We have beautiful sets complete with LED strip, RGBW module, power supply and connection material.
The Fibar RGBW Module allows controlling 4 color LED strips via Z-Wave wirelessly and locally utilizing a traditional wall switch. Apart from traditional RGB channels, it also supports the additional white light channel, which allows adding pastel to the colour scheme. The device is placed in a wall box right behind the normal switch. The switch is not longer directly connected to the load but acts as an input device for the Fibar insert that is controlling the load. The solution works with all switch designs or potentiometers with or without neutral position as long as there is enough space in the wall box behind the switch. The device is just 15 mm height. The available space depends on the size of the traditional switch, the dimensions of the wall box and the amount of additional cabling placed in this box. This device is designed for a 3 wire system and needs a neutral wire in the wall box.
Video : How to include the FIBARO RGBW controller into your Z-wave network
Video : Fysical installation FIBARO RGBW module
How to control another Z-Wave network device?
Through a associations the FIBARO RGBW Controller can control another Z-Wave network devices.
Associations are triggered from switch keys connected to I1-I4 inputs only.
Any commands sent via the Z-Wave network won’t trigger the associated devices.
Associations allow for direct communication between Z-Wave network devices. The main controller doesn’t take part in this process, but will receive feedback.
Using this mechanism, the FIBARO RGBW Controller can continue to communicate with other devices in the network even when the main controller is damaged or offline, e.g. in the event of a fire.
1st Association Group – Group is assigned to I1 input – sends control frame to associated devices each time the device state changes. (ON / OFF)
2nd Association Group – Group is assigned to I2 input – sends control frame to associated devices each time the device state changes. (ON / OFF)
3rd Association Group – Group is assigned to I3 input – sends control frame to associated devices each time the device state changes. (ON / OFF)
4th Association Group – Group is assigned to I4 input – sends control frame to associated devices each time the device state changes. (ON / OFF)
5th Association Group – Group reports device status. Only one device may be assigned to this group, main controller by default. It is not recommended to modify this group’s settings.
The FIBARO RGBW allows for controlling up to 5 regular devices and 5 multichannel devices per each association group, out of which 1 field is reserved for the main controller.
1) What is a RGBW Controller? FIBARO RGBW Controller is a universal, Z-Wave compatible RGB/RGBW controller. FIBARO RGBW Controller uses PWM output signal, which enables it to control LED, RGB, RGBW strips, low voltage halogen lights and fans. Controlled devices may be powered by 12 or 24 VDC. In addition the device supports up to four, 0V – 10V analog sensors. All IN and OUT terminals can be user configured for LED control or 0V-10V signal readouts.
2) The device supports up to four, 0V – 10V analog sensors. Can you give a few examples? Temperature sensors, humidity sensors, wind sensors, air quality sensors, pressure sensors, light sensors, etc.
3) What is the rated output power? The maximum combined rated output power is 12A (sum of all connected output channels) and 6A for single output channel.
4) What is the maximum length of LED strip I can have? The total limitation of RGBW controller is 144W at 12V DC (or 288W at 24V DC). The maximum length depends on how many watts per meter the LED strip requires, so please consult the manufacturers data sheets for information on this.
5) Does RGBW Controller can be powered by 230V AC? No. The device runs on 12-24V DC and requires an external transformer. Connecting it directly to the mains will cause it to catastrophically fail.
6) Can I connect a light switch/button to RGBW Controller? Yes, this works as an input. Make sure the light switch/button is connected to the GND channel according to the diagram in the “Installation” Lesson of this course.
7) Is it fitted with a DC power supply? No, you need to use an external transformer.
8) Can I control the four RGBW channels, at the same time use the inputs to monitor sensors and without input readings have direct effect on the RGBW output channels? No, it is not possible. When you configure module as RGBW it automatically configures inputs to control the outputs.
9) Can I activate scenes with RGBW dimmer – 4 switches? Yes, you should configure each channel as an “output” and then select the switch type in the configuration (momentary, toggle). With the next push (or state change for toggle) the output state will change so you can use it as a trigger in your scene. Nevertheless it is just a single click (state change) that you can use.
10) Can I connect the Dallas DS18B20 Temperature Sensor additionally if I use RGB LED strip connected to my RGBW? No, this is a 1-wire digital sensor, compatible only with Universal Binary Sensor and Door/Window Sensor.
11) What is the resolution of 0-10V analog inputs? Our module has a resolution up to 0,01V, but due to constrains of the of the Z-Wave communication protocol the resolution is limited to 0,1V.
12) Is it possible to use a RGBW switch in the Sprinkler Panel in order to switch 4 valves? It’s possible, but you can’t use RGBW devices in the sprinklers panel so you’d have to write some custom scenes to make this work. You must input 24V and change “Controlled device” for “Output / Input”. After this you can control 4 devices (sprinklers).
13) I would like to link the two controllers so they synchronize colours. How can this be done? I’ve associated them in Group 1, but this seems to have no effect. You must set association to all 4 groups. This would only work with a directly connected switch to the RGBW controller. You can also achieve synchronisation using scenes.
14) I want to use “Programs of RGBW” in the scene. What should I do? This functionality is limited to Lua only at this time.
15) Do I have to buy RGBW LED stripe to achieve white illumination? No, if you sum red, green and blue, you will get white illumination. However the additional white channel does give you a more comprehensive range of colour options.
16) May the RGBW Controller be used to control 0-10V devices? No, RGBW has 0-10V inputs only. You cannot use it to control 0-10v light fittings for example.
17) Can I connect different light sources to each of channels? Yes, every RGBW channel is separated, so you can connect any light source to each of them. The only requirement is they operate on the same voltage, for example 12V.
18) How to turn on alarm function? You have to set parameter 30 – by default it’s inactive. The RGBW Controller can turn on or off once an alarm is detected or trigger a pre-programmed alarm sequence.