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Why does my new lamp module take about two seconds to turn on or off?


Some X10 modules have a "SoftStart" feature. When an X10 signal is sent, the module will fade the lamp up from the off setting. Traditional lamp modules have always come on at full brightness. The fade up or fade down takes about two seconds.

This feature used to only be available on the now-discontinued LM14A Two-Way Lamp Module. However, we will be introducing it in new LM465 lamp modules- we needed to change out one of the chips inside, and the engineers decided to upgrade the unit. Most new WS467s and WS12As also have SoftStart.

SoftStart will help lightbulbs last longer and is generally nicer on the eyes.

Controlling From Active Home Pro

Call your SoftStart modules and wall switches LM14A Two-Way Lamp Modules for best control results in ActiveHome Pro. Please note that the Timer Test in the ActiveHome Pro Intro Wizard will not control SoftStart lamp modules via timer.