Your question: What kind of dimmer switch do I need for LED lights?

Do LED lights take a special dimmer switch?

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.

How do I choose an LED dimmer switch?

Choose a dimmer with a wattage rating that meets or exceeds the total wattage of all the light bulbs the dimmer will control. For example, if the dimmer controls a fixture with ten 75-watt bulbs, you need a dimmer rated for 750 watts or higher.

Can you use a standard dimmer with LED bulbs?

Yes, LED bulbs can be used on a dimmer but they need to be listed as dimmable. LEDs can still work with incandescent dimmers, but the compatibility is an essential factor. Look at manufacturers’ website to figure out the right bulb and dimmer for your home.

What is the difference between a regular dimmer and an LED dimmer?

The main difference is that you have a smaller dimming range (typically 70-90% range vs. 100% with incandescent or halogen). LED Bulbs may not shut off at the lowest dim setting like traditional bulbs. … In traditional dimming systems you are simply lowering the voltage/power to the bulb, which in turn dims it down.

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What is LED dimmer switch?

Dimmer switches for LED lighting control the brightness of suitable dimmable bulbs by operating a rotary adjustment system, working to reduce power and allowing atmospheric mood lighting to be created benefitting both domestic and commercial environments. …

How can I tell what type of dimmer switch I have?

Determine the number of switches that control the light group. If only one switch controls the light, purchase a single-pole dimmer. If two switches control a single light or a group of lights, you will need a 3-way dimmer. Then look at the bulb type you are going to be using and pick the right type of dimmer.

How many LED lights can be put on a dimmer switch?

As an example – if you have a dimmer switch with a maximum rating of 400W (rule of thumb translates to 40W) you can run five 7.1W dimmable LED light bulbs (see example below for further explanation).

How can I tell if my dimmer switch is LED compatible?

Check Your Existing Dimmer

The type of dimmer switch and it’s minimum/maximum load range will indicate the compatibility with LED light bulbs. Trailing edge dimmers work best with LED light bulbs and leading-edge dimmers work best with traditional incandescent and halogen light bulbs.

Do old dimmer switches work with LED bulbs?

In many cases, a typical dimmer switch (now called a legacy dimmer in the electrical industry) won‘t work properly, if at all, with CFL or LED bulbs. Legacy dimmers were designed to work with incandescents, and CFL and LED bulbs bear no electrical resemblance to these types of bulbs.

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Are all LEDs dimmable?

In most cases, all models of LED bulbs are available in a dimmable version. But they are not always standard dimmable. Make sure the product name or specifications mention ‘dimmable’. This way you can be sure that the LED bulb is dimmable.