Which light bulbs can be dimmed?

What bulbs can be used with a dimmer?

Incandescent light bulbs are the dimmer-friendly bulbs, as they work well with any dimmer switch. When using incandescent bulbs, make sure not to crank up the voltage too high, or the bulb will burn out more quickly, lessening the lifespan.

What type of bulb is dimmable?

LEDs, fluorescent tubes and halogen bulbs are all dimmable and all suitable for under cabinet lighting, depending on the fitting you have.

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.

Can I use any bulb with a dimmer switch?

Conventional incandescent light bulbs are compatible with most types of dimmer switches and are adjustable to almost zero light output. By contrast, many LED bulbs won’t work with standard dimmer switches—the kind you most likely have in your house.

Can halogen lights be dimmed?

Mains halogen bulbs can be dimmed with any standard dimming system or dimmer switch. We recommended that the dimmer should have a 25% higher wattage rating than the fittings to allow for any increased load which can happen when the bulbs are coming to the end of their life.

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Are 3 way light bulbs dimmable?

No. 3-way bulbs have three separate contacts to allow a three-way switch to power different incandescent filaments, to switch powers between three levels. Dimmable means that you can use a dimmer switch (replacement for a regular wall switch) to adjust the light intensity gradually across a wide range.

Can non-dimmable LED bulbs be dimmed?

So what happens if you use non-dimmable LEDs on a dimmer? Well, at best the bulb just won’t dim properly. At worst, though, you might damage the bulb. You see, dimmable LEDs have special circuitry inside that allows them to respond to varying current levels or “pulsing” current waves to produce a dimming effect.

What dimmer switch do I need?

Choose a dimmer with a wattage rating that meets or exceeds the total wattage of all the light bulbs the dimmer will control. For example, if the dimmer controls a fixture with ten 75-watt bulbs, you need a dimmer rated for 750 watts or higher.