Cfl question

chaosterMay 19, 2009

I would like to replace the bulbs in my hi-hats with cfl's. The question is my switch is a dimmer. If I use the dimmer as just an on/off switch no dimming. Can I use regular cfl's or do I need dimmable cfl's? I would rather not change the switch to a regular on/off one. TIA

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sea_dragon

You need to either replace the dimmer with a regular switch or get dimmable CFLs. A dimmer even at full brightness is still dimming the circuit and the ballast of the CFL will not get clean power.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2009 at 2:09PM
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mikie_gw

True true,,
I've have one light that I have cfl in ,, occasionally the bulb gets replaced... that has been on a incandescent dimmer for several years. It doesnt dim, but occasionally someone twists that dimmer.. doesnt seem to do anything.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2009 at 9:10PM
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