Convenience is king.
It’s an old saying but it’s one we’re sure you’ve experienced when you’re out in the field talking with clients. In particular, homeowners love the ability to control their lights from wherever they are in their home. And this is where Lutron’s wireless dimmers can play a vital role in keeping your customers happy.
Two of Lutron’s best-selling dimmers on our site are their Caseta-series 6WCL (Wireless In-Wall Dimmer) and 10NXD (Wireless In-Wall Dimmer PRO). They look exactly the same—it’s easy to confuse them—so we’re going to help you understand the difference between the two.
In this post, we’ll analyze the dimmers’ main features and show you the similarities and differences. Use what we talk about here to make a smart decision about which product is the best fit for your upcoming jobs.
Load Type and Compatibility
There is some crossover when it comes to lighting compatibility as well as some differences. Here’s a quick overview of the main types of lights that work with these Lutron dimmers:
|Compatible dimmable LED||Yes (up to 250 W)||No|
|LED||No||Yes (up to 150 W)|
|Halogen||Yes (up to 1000 W)||Yes (up to 600 W)|
|CFL||No||Yes (up to 150 W)|
|Incandescent||Yes (up to 1000 W)||Yes (up to 600 W)|
|MLV Halogen||Yes (up to 1000 VA)||No|
The main difference here is that the 10NXD can handle higher loads than the 6WCL. Plus, it’s compatible with MLV halogens. If you’re working on a job where you’re dealing with magnetic transformers, the 10NXD could be useful if you’re dealing with MLV halogens.
The 6WCL is going to most likely be a better choice, bulb-wise, for homes. CFL, LED and 600W incandescent bulbs are going to be more prevalent in these situations.
The 6WCL is also the better light for LED versatility. According to Lutron’s LED compatibility tool, the 6WCL works with 59 LED lights across a variety of brands, whereas the 10NXD works with 16 LED’s. This is an important consideration to know when you’re working on a lighting solution for your customers.
Motion- and Remote-Activated Lighting
The 6WCL is going to be the better choice if you want to install motion-activated lighting because it is compatible with Radio Powr Savr sensors. It’s going to give your customers the option of installing ceiling-mounted occupancy/vacancy sensors, as well as wall-mounted occupancy/vacancy sensors.
While the 6WCL has the advantage for motion activation, both the 6WCL and the 10NXD work with Pico remote controls. The remote works up to 30 feet away. This range length opens up all kinds of options, including turning lights on and off from your driveway or your bed
The 10NXD gives you one big advantage when it comes to remote lighting, though. It is compatible with the Lutron Smart Bridge and Smart Bridge PRO. These devices allow you to sync the Lutron app with your dimmer and your smart bridge to:
- Create preset lighting scenes
- Schedule daily on/off times
- Turn your lights on or off from anywhere in the world
Versatility is the key difference between the two dimmers’ on-off capabilities. So, if you’ve got a customer who travels often but has a very specific daily and nightly routine when they’re home, the Dimmer PRO is the smarter choice.
The device gives your customers the ability to connect to a Smart Bridge that makes their lighting accessible from anywhere.
However, the Smart Bridge could be excessive for those who live in small one-story homes. The 6WCL’s remote control should have enough range to turn off the lights in all the important rooms from just about anywhere in the house.
Color and Price
Both dimmers come in the same colors: white, black, ivory or light almond.
The Lutron Wireless In-Wall Dimmer PRO is $67.95. The non-PRO version of the dimmer is $59.99. The PRO’s Smart Bridge compatibility and its ability to handle more wattage accounts for the price difference.
If you choose the PRO because your customers want to use the Smart Bridge, you’ll need to add the extra cost. Lutron’s Smart Bridge is $79.95, while its upgraded Smart Bridge Pro2 is $97.06. The 10NXD is compatible with both bridges.
Other accessories you’ll need to factor in for both dimmers include a Pico remote:
- Plain remote: $12.36
- Remote with night light: $34.12
The Bottom Line: Is One Lutron Caseta Dimmer Better Than the Other?
When you’re comparing these two dimmers, the key is to understand each device’s limitations and strengths.
The PRO dimmer will be a better fit for clients who want complete control over their lighting system no matter where they are.
The 6WCL, on the other hand, will have more applications in homes where LED lights are or will be prevalent. This dimmer is compatible with three times as many LED lights as the 10NXD. Also, you have the option of using occupancy/vacancy sensors.
If you need more advice about which dimmer is best for your situation, reach out to our customer service team. We’re happy to walk you through each dimmer’s features, and provide pricing and shipping times.
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