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Old 08-12-2011, 01:05 PM   #1
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I've got a string of MR16 spots on a track. They're on the celing above a child's bunk bed. I'd like to switch from using the existing halogen MR16 bulbs as they get way too hot. At night we dim them to just a tiny amount of light. I'd like to find an MR16 LED that could likewise be dimmed to a very, very low light. I tried a 4W Satco and while it makes a nice colored light, it just doesn't get anywhere near dim enough. Does anyone make an MR16 compatible LED than get be dimmed to a very low level?

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I found these not sure how well they work, but they are dimmable.....http://www.maxximastyle.com/maxxima-...FZmO5god3nqY3A

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Old 08-12-2011, 05:08 PM   #3
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I'd wonder that if I've got a 4W now, isn't a 7W less likely to be dimmer? Or have you actually seen that bulb in use?
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I would suggest you use lamps like this -
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They work much better at low levels,
Also make sure the dimmer is happy at low levels,
some dimmers need a minimum load to work correctly.
And lamps like this use very little power.
These types of lamps can be found on e bay and are very cheap.
If you are happy to wait for postage you can get these lamps
out of hong kong for as little as $2.00 each.
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I would suggest you use lamps like this -
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Rather than use these types -
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They work much better at low levels,
Also make sure the dimmer is happy at low levels,
some dimmers need a minimum load to work correctly.
And lamps like this use very little power.
These types of lamps can be found on e bay and are very cheap.
If you are happy to wait for postage you can get these lamps
out of hong kong for as little as $2.00 each.
I would not have imagined the multi-LED devices like that would work better on a dimmer, interesting to hear that. Any particular recommendations on make/model of that kinds of lamp? I've gotten my share of crap from China via fleabay. If I have the option I'd go with a US maker. I'm using Lutron dimmers and they've been great at handling the existing 120vac to 12vdc power supply driving the track presently.
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I would not have imagined the multi-LED devices like that would work better on a dimmer, interesting to hear that. Any particular recommendations on make/model of that kinds of lamp? I've gotten my share of crap from China via fleabay. If I have the option I'd go with a US maker. I'm using Lutron dimmers and they've been great at handling the existing 120vac to 12vdc power supply driving the track presently.
I have found from experience,
That these types of LED lamps do work well at LOW levels,
Because they are not meant to be high output lamps.
I have used them in sound studio's where low heat was desirable,
and high levels of light were not needed.

As for quality of construction,
You can make you own decision there,
For the price I can get them,
It doesnt really matter if one fails occasionily,
As I can just replace it.
Typically just $1 or $2 a piece.
I am in Australia so I am not familiar with your retailers.
But just look around for a similair style of construction.
A google search usually finds dozens of dealers,


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