Dimming LED lights

Dimmable LED lights, what do you have to pay attention to?

When it comes to LED lighting people often wonder if LED lighting is dimmable. The short answer to this question is: Yes, LED lighting is certainly dimmable! However, there are few essential things that you have to take into account.


Always check that the bulb is dimmable

Not all LED lamps or bulbs are dimmable, so it is important to find out if it is dimmable before you buy it. If you pruchase a lamp that requires a bulb, it is always indicated whether the lamp is suitable for LED light source and if the lamp is dimmable also.

 

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Use an LED Dimmer switch

People often assume that they can use their normal and ordinary dimmer switch for LED lights, however this is not possible in many cases. Existing dimmer switches often have a minimum power of 50W, but because LED lights tend to have lower wattages than the standard bulb when a bulb is connect to that dimmer switch it will not reach the minimum power required and would usually confuse the dimmer switch and the lights start to flicker, make buzzing noise or overheat.

If you dim a standard bulb such as halogen and the light intensity is reduced to 50% via dimming then the halogen bulb will give almost no light output, however if you do the same with an LED bulb the LED light will give 50% of its light capacity at its fullest. A standard dimmer switch cannot be used with an LED light as you will never be able to dim the LED light either completely or not very well. LED lights need their own special electronic dimmer switch to have a fully functioning and dimming light.


Which LED dimmer switch should you choose?

In our dimmer switch range you will find various LED dimmer switches available for purchase. It is recommended to always choose the most recommended and suitable LED dummer switch than the average cheaper switches out there, as cheap and poor quality LED dimmer switch tend to have a short lifespan. Electronic dimmer switch are ideal as they tend to be more universal and are suitable for all bulb types such as incandescent, halogen and LED lights. When choosing a dimmer switch ensure that you pay attention to the power output that the switch can handle, for example if you have a bulb with 100W you must have a dimmer switch that can handle this power output.

 

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