I'm replacing a chandelier with a million of incandescent chandelier bulbs
with a regular multi-bulb fixture. I'd like to still be able to dim the
fixture. Has anyone used dimmer switches designed to work with regular CFL
bulbs, like this one (or any other brand, for that matter)
(Amazon.com product link shortened)-
Any comments on how reliable they are, whether they seem to burn out bulbs
early, whether the dimming works well, etc.?
These switches seem to be only about $10 to $15 more than a comparable
regular one, and I'd rather not start buying a bunch of dimmable CFLs if I
can just buy one switch and use the same CFLs I've bought for the rest of
Yeah -there was a reent discussion on that, I missed the disclaimer
the first time around also. Most of the dimmers do work better when
there are some incandescents on the same dimmer as the CFLs, but I
don't have any knowledge of the supposedly "better" dimmers for
Avoid ALL "dimmable" CFL's (consumer type screw-in incandescant
Been there done that, refunded the customers money.....
We have tried a number of brand samples from the Lightfair 2010 in Las
none work great most cause the lamp to change to an unsatisfactory color as
its being dimmed......let me rephrase that most dimmable CFL's change
color temp as they are dimmed......regular incandesant dimmer or dimmer
designed for fluor use or the type used for neon by diversified products (
better but not by much)
Dimmable CFL's are not a mature technolodigy. be careful.
I use them in my home only because I have some samples leftover that I dare
ps they don't last worth a damn.
Another problem is that they don't dim over a wide range like an
bulb will. You can dim them some amount, maybe 40% or so, then they
And while dimmed, at least with a regular controller, there can be
And Congress, who knows what's best for all and thinks the sheeple are
stupid to figure out what's best for them, is shutting down
Exactly what I have left that is still incandescent. Breakfast area
that takes 6 bulbs and has a dimmer. Family room with a 4 bulb
fixture on a ceiling fan and a dimmer. All the dimmers I had other
places I decided I could live without so I put regular switches back
What I think we need is a controller for these multi bulb fixtures
that would let you pick how many bulbs get turned on. The switch half
would need to mount in the place of a wall switch and still work with
just 2 wires. It would have to send a signal on top of the power to
the fixture. That would work with cfls.
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