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Old 10-17-2015, 08:43 AM   #1
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yesterday i put a dimmer and led bulbs, 2, in my garage for the outside lights.
the dimmer will not dim down as low as i want. and at different positions, the lights will flicker. i hope you guys an help me fix this. thanx.

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GE 18053 dimmer switch.
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Old 10-17-2015, 09:14 AM   #2
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Not all LED's are dimmable, and not all dimmers work with LED's. You need to read the manufacturer's specs for both the dimmer and LED's you used to make sure they are compatible. You may need to change the LED's and/or the dimmer.
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the packagings says they are compatable. but perhaps the bulbs are crap, and/or the dimmer is crap. idk.
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If both the lamp and the dimer are lamp are compatable ?
Then it is probably more to do with the quality of both.
But even the best quality ones will exhibit
Similair characteristics but to a lesser extent.
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That is how self-ballasted LED lamps dim.

Different combinations of lamp and dimmer will create different effects, but usually they flicker when dimmed and do not dim all the way.

This is because the dimmer chops up the wave, but the LED lamp has its own electronics, so the chopped up wave does not work well with the LED lamp. Although the LED lamp is designed to work with it so it does not go crazy, it never works very well.

If you want dimmable LEDs you should have a variable low voltage DC power supply in the wall and connected to a low voltage light in the ceiling. With that you can dim it as far as you want and it will not flicker.

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As others have stated you likely need a different dimmer. I have a candelabra light fixture with 6 candelabra bulbs. I replaced some of the bulbs with dimmable LEDs which it worked fine as long as at least one incandescent bulb remained in the fixture. Take out the final incandescent bulb and it no longer works.

I think the reason is needing some small vampire load to make the old style dimmer switch work.

Edit: Read again and understand that you are using a dimmer switch which claims to work with dimmable CFL/LEDs. I would be inclined to return the dimmer before I questioned the bulb.

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I think the reason is needing some small vampire load to make the old style dimmer switch work.
Yes, conventional dimmers require a minimum load to operate.
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i have dimmed LED's in my kitchen, they work great.

last night i was mess'n with the garage lights. i think its the switch. i am going to change it out for a hopefully better one and see what happens.
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i put a lutron dimmer on it. works well now. though i would like it to dimm down a little lower.
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