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asked in category: General Last Updated: 16th June, 2020

Can compact fluorescent bulbs be dimmed?

A: No. The majority of CFL bulbs sold today are not dimmable. A CFL bulb that cannot be used on a dimmer will have the statement “not for use with dimmers” or “do not use with dimmers” marked directly on the bulb. Use these dimmers to maximize performance of the lamp/dimmer combination.

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Besides, can fluorescent bulbs be dimmed?

Compact fluorescents cannot be dimmed unless they are a special type of dimmable compact fluorescent bulb. All regular fluorescent bulbs can be dimmed; however, if you try to dim one in an ordinary fluorescent fixture, you will encounter one or more of these problems: The lamp may not light.

Secondly, can you put a dimmer switch on LED lights? Well, the answer depends: Yes, LED lights work on a dimmer when: You have “dimmableLED light bulbs. You use an LED compatible dimmer.

Subsequently, one may also ask, what happens when you dim a non dimmable CFL?

Not for Dimmers A standard CFL bulb can't be used in a dimmable fixture. If you try to dim a standard CFL, the bulb will flash, flicker or go out. The National Electrical Manufacturers Association warns that dimming standard CFLs will greatly shorten bulb life and may damage the dimmer switch.

Can a fluorescent light work without a ballast?

Reverted question “ Can I make a fluorescent light work without a ballast?” yes, you can, but you need something to reduce the current as the bulb warms up. So, you can drive a fluorescent with a pulse width adjustable power supply, but this is what is in an 'electronic' ballast.

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