Can you use LED bulbs with a dimmer switch?

If you'd like your LED to be dimmable, you need to do one of two things: find LED bulbs compatible with traditional dimmers, or replace your current dimming switch with a leading-edge (LED-compatible) dimmer.
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Can I use dimmable light bulbs without a dimmer?

Can I use dimmable LED bulbs / lamps with just an On/Off switch (without a dimmer) ? 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. Non-dimmable bulbs should NOT be used with a dimmer.
  • What is a dimmable?

    Now, there are brand-new LED bulbs that are dimmable with TRIAC dimmers; the IC controller in the bulb is designed not only to correctly distinguish CFL dimmer "on-off" patterns, but TRIAC "on-off" patterns as well, so it can translate both of them into the rapid pulsing used to control LED light levels.
  • Can I use dimmable light bulbs without a dimmer?

    Can I use dimmable LED bulbs / lamps with just an On/Off switch (without a dimmer) ? 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. Non-dimmable bulbs should NOT be used with a dimmer.
  • What are non dimmable bulbs?

    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. Integral lamps are clearly marked as dimmable or non-dimmable on the packaging and on the lamp.

Updated: 18th November 2019

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