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Old 01-27-2012, 03:44 PM   #1
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Buzzing dimmers and recessed lights


My home office has 6 can lights on 2 dimmer switches. The round ones seen here:



If the knobs aren't dialed into the perfect positions, they buzz, as do the bulbs. And most of the time, one or the other is always buzzing. It's driving me nuts.

I keep the lights as bright as possible, so there's really no need for the dimmers. I was thinking about replacing the dimmer switches with regular light switches. Will this solve the buzzing problem in the switches and in the cans?

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Old 01-27-2012, 03:52 PM   #2
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Yes.
What kind of lamps(bulbs) are you using?
If they are CFL you need dimmable CFL's and a dimmer compatible with CFL.
Those dimmers look older and won't work with CFL's

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I think they're regular CLFs (non dimmable). Which probably explains the buzzing there. The switches do look old. I'm still inclined to just swap out the dimmer switches for regular switches.

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That is all you need to do to make the buzzing stop.
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Try another brand of bulb or use a rough service or 130 volt rated bulb. The buzz is the filament vibrating.
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...The buzz is the filament vibrating.
What about at the wall? I'm hearing a buzz from the switches, too.
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What about at the wall? I'm hearing a buzz from the switches, too.
Cheap dimmers.

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