What light bulbs work with dimmers?

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.

Why are my dimmable lights not dimming?

Overlamping a dimmer switch is the most common reason a dimmer switch fails. A dimmer can’t control too many lights or it will surpass its maximum wattage. … If you are having issues with an older dimmer, you may want to replace it or double check the wiring.

Do LED lights work with a 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.

Can you use a 3 way bulb with a dimmer switch?

3-way light bulbs can be used in a lamp that is controlled by a dimmer switch, however there are some limitations and redundancy to doing so. First, there is no way to send a control signal from the wall dimmer switch to the 3-way light bulb lamp to switch between the different filament settings.

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How do I know what dimmer I have?

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.

Will LED dimmers work with incandescent bulbs?

The type of dimmer switch and it’s minimum/maximum load range will indicate the compatibility with LED light bulbs. Trailing edge dimmers work best with LED light bulbs and leading-edge dimmers work best with traditional incandescent and halogen light bulbs.

Can I use a non-dimmable LED bulb on a dimmable switch?

Many retrofit LED lamps are sold in two versions; dimmable and non-dimmable. You will need to choose the correct type for your lighting circuit. … You can use a dimmable LED lamp in a non-dimmable circuit. You should NOT use a non-dimmable lamp in a dimmable circuit as it may cause damage to the lamp and or circuit.

Is there a dimmable LED bulb?

While many LED bulbs are now dimmable, not all of them are and not all of them dim daylight lighting in the same way. Since LEDs consume such a low wattage, many types of dimmers do not function with LED in the same way that they do with high wattage load incandescents.

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