I only have three dimmers for lights, but I've never had a lightbulb
hum because of one. Until a couple weeks ago, I was using a 150 watt
bulb in a desk lamp with a built-in dimmer right next to me.
Unfortunately, I knocked the lamp off the table and broke the bulb so
I don't have it, but I think it was the standard GE 150 watt bulb they
sell in supermarkets.
In the dining room I also have a 150 with a dimmer, and I'll check the
brand if you want me too. I only have to take off the cover. It's
probably not G-40 since I've never heard of that, so let me know if
you want me to check.
Otherwise, I'd say just try a different brand.
If we are worrying about lights bulbs 'singing/humming' it makes one wonder
what other RFI (radio frequency interference) these somewhat unecessary
devices are causing? Why not use cheap bulbs and turn off a lamp or two?
And since many (most?) dimmers are manufactured 'to a price' is it correct
to assume that compromises are made?
Thanks for the offer. But I do need a G50.
A G40 is a 5" diameter globe with a standard screw base. I could use a
plain 150w bulb, but it would not be as attactive. This is an tiffany-shade
type ceiling swag over the kitchen table.
So the bulb itself shows. And it's 5 inches, so it might have a much
bigger filament than the minimum size 150 incandescent.
You might be better off removing the dimmer and buying the size you
most want to use.
I wanted the 150 for the dining area, because I only have one lamp, a
floor lamp, in my living area. It's always sort of awkward to get to
it, and sometimes near impossible, and it doesn't light up the whole
area. So I want a bright dining room bulb. If it weren't for that, I
think I'd use a 100W.
Thanks, everyone, for your replies, suggestions, and electronics
I haven't quite decided what solution I am going to explore long term, but,
for the moment, I am using the light undimmed.
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