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    Default Cheap dimmer switches?

    I have some recessed lights in a room that are controlled by a dimmer switch. When the lights are dimmed low and there is a jump in electrical use (furnace kicks on, air conditioner kicks on, etc.), the lights turn completely off, or sometimes go the other way and get brighter.

    Is there anything that I can do about this? Perhaps buy some better dimmer switches to better handle these surges? I assume that the current ones are are very basic, cheap ones.

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Cheap dimmer switches?

    I'm no electrician, but not sure I would blame the dimmers. What type of bulbs are you using?

    I ask because I have purchased the new style bulbs (don't recall the name of these long-lasting bulbs) that are suppose to be dimmable, but will turn off without dimming all that much. I tried to be green, but will go back to the older style.

    I assume a surge or drop in current due to other appliances turning on and off might be enough to impact these bulbs.

    So, to the original question, what style bulbs are you using?

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    Default Re: Cheap dimmer switches?

    I am using regular bulbs, not the newer green ones. I have tried a variety of bulbs to see if that was the problem. Does not seem to be related to the bulbs.


    Quote Originally Posted by peterbouchard View Post
    I'm no electrician, but not sure I would blame the dimmers. What type of bulbs are you using?

    I ask because I have purchased the new style bulbs (don't recall the name of these long-lasting bulbs) that are suppose to be dimmable, but will turn off without dimming all that much. I tried to be green, but will go back to the older style.

    I assume a surge or drop in current due to other appliances turning on and off might be enough to impact these bulbs.

    So, to the original question, what style bulbs are you using?

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    Default Re: Cheap dimmer switches?

    ive never seen this problem, however i always buy good swithces, outlets, fixtures, etc... i am an electricain and found over the years ive been doing this, you get what you pay for in electrical equipment. not saying all will feel the same, but thats my opinion..

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