LED lights and dimmer switches

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  1. Guitar55

    Guitar55 Who was that masked man? Silver Supporting Member

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    My kitchen and family room both have recessed ceiling lights. Over time I had a mixture of incandescent and CFL bulbs. I never changed the 10-year old dimmer switches to ones that are compatible with multiple bulb types, so the different bulbs react differently when dimmed.

    I have recently put all LEDs in the family room and didn't change the dimmer. They seem to work fine.

    Two questions:
    - By not changing the dimmers, are there any safety issues?
    - Any concerns about reducing life of the LEDs?
     
  2. Craig Walker

    Craig Walker WHO DAT!! Gold Supporting Member

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    I believe you have to change the dimmers. Mine strobed on/off with regular dimmer.

    It will say "LED" on package of new one.
     
  3. michael30

    michael30 Gold Supporting Member

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    Some LEDs are compatible with dimmers, some aren't. The compatible ones tend to cost more.
     
  4. -alex

    -alex Silver Supporting Member

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    Not all dimmers are compatible with dimmable LED lights. I had to replace a couple old dimmers with new Lutron dimmers.

     
  5. Rex Anderson

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    Get Lutron Diva dimmers designed for use with LED bulbs. They have an internal trim pot to set the lowest dim level so the bulbs don't wig out (technical term).
     
  6. Tahitijack

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    I'm planning on this as well. Lutron website says you need to change dimmers to LED compatible models. Oh well....$$$$$. This energy efficient thing certainly is expensive.
     

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