What happens if you put a non dimmable LED bulb in a dimmer?
If you install a non-dimming LED bulb in a circuit with a dimming switch, it will likely operate normally if the dimmer is at its 100% or fully on. Dimming the bulb, will likely cause erratic behavior such as flickering or buzzing and ultimately may cause damage to the bulb.
Why are LED bulbs not dimmable?
Damage or failure – LED driver, circuit or LED is damaged or fails. Load below minimum – The power load of the LED lamp is below the minimum required by the dimmer. Mixed models- Different models of LED will likely have different drivers – since drivers behave differently this could result in dimming issues.
What bulbs are dimmable?
LEDs, fluorescent tubes and halogen bulbs are all dimmable and all suitable for under cabinet lighting, depending on the fitting you have.
What makes an LED dimmable?
In the case of PWM, dimmable LEDs work by creating a dimming effect. Unlike traditional lighting such as incandescent, dimmable LED bulbs don’t rely on voltage to dictate their level of brightness. Instead, they essentially rely on a cycle of being on and off.
Do LED lights require a special dimmer switch?
A standard dimmer switch cannot be used with an LED light as you will never be able to dim the LED light either completely or not very well. LED lights need their own special electronic dimmer switch to have a fully functioning and dimming light.
What is the difference between a dimmable and non-dimmable LED bulb?
Ultimately, your bulb can get damaged. Dimmable LEDs, on the other hand, have special circuitry inside. This makes them able to respond to changing phase forms that produce the dimming effect. Non-dimmable LEDs are designed to either be fully powered ON or OFF.
Can you put LED bulbs in regular fixtures?
LEDs can be used in any light fixture, as long as it’s not enclosed or air-tight, and is not an old-style dimmer system. Both these will shorten the lifespan of LED bulbs.