Can I use a dimmable light bulb?
Dimming LED lamps can save energy and changes the visual appearance and mood of your space. You can use a dimmable LED lamp in a non-dimmable circuit. You should NOT use a non-dimmable lamp in a dimmable circuit as it may cause damage to the lamp and or circuit.
Yes - This is a good idea if you are thinking of upgrading to a dimmer in the future. Ensure you buy a LED compatible dimmer. We recommend the VARILIGHT range of LED dimmers. Non-dimmable bulbs should NOT be used with a dimmer.
- These G9 dimmable bulbs offer great energy savings and are rated for 30,000 hours of use. They consume only 2 W while emitting the same amount of light output as a 25 W halogen G9 bulb. These G9 LED bulbs fit into the same sockets as a regular halogen G9 bulb.
- Having your lamp on for a couple of hours as you watch television is fine; leaving it on all night while you sleep is not. An overheated bulb can catch fire very quickly, especially if it is a bulb that is near the end of its life. However, the bulb could catch fire while it is left burning unattended for so long.
- Increasing concern that “light pollution” caused by artificial lighting that reduces the production of the hormone melatonin by the brain's pineal gland can cause cancer and other diseases has led to new research into which types of electric bulbs cause less potential risk.
Dimmable LED Light Bulbs. Since LEDs consume such a low wattage, many types of dimmers do not function with LED in the same way that they do with high wattage load incandescents. When dimming an LED you may notice the following: Smaller amount of dimming range (Typically 70-90% range vs. 100% with incandescent)
- The 3-way fixture is plugged into a dimmer switch that is plugged into the outlet. It works just fine. In my slightly frightening experiences, No you can't put a regular Or dimmable LED bulb in a 3 way lamp socket. That bought me another LED bulb, two CFLs and two new sockets.
- The simple answer is yes, as long as the LED bulb uses less wattage than your fixture. If your socket says not to exceed 60-Watts, it is referring the dangers of high heat output associated with incandescent bulbs. However, LED's do not emit dangerous levels of heat.
- Dimmers are devices connected to a light fixture and used to lower the brightness of light. By changing the voltage waveform applied to the lamp, it is possible to lower the intensity of the light output. Modern professional dimmers are generally controlled by a digital control system like DMX or DALI.
Updated: 2nd October 2019