Dimmable CFLs & Illum. Switch

lbpodJune 17, 2012

Good Morning. I purchased some Sylvania, mod. BR30,

15 watt, dimmable CFL flood bulbs. On the package

it says not to use with an illuminated switch.

What's up with that? I don't want to eliminate

my illuminated switch because at night it is so

easy to find the switch, instead of fumbling around

in the dark.

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The illuminated switch uses a small neon bulb that leaks a few milliamps to light the neon.

They do not operate well with an CFL.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2012 at 5:03PM
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The illuminated switch sends a small amount of power to the "bulbs" in the fixture even when the switch is off. The fluorescents do not "like" that. Remove all the "bulbs" from the fixture and your switch will not be lighted.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2012 at 8:16PM
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Thanks Bus driver, I'm going to pick up a spare
illuminated dimmer switch and do some
experimenting on the work bench.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 8:33AM
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You should also know that CFLs do not dim as 'nicely' as incandescent lights.

In almost all cases the dimming rage is limited before the bulb goes out.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 9:56AM
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Yes Brick, I've heard of that, but it's not a problem
because I'm the only one that uses the dimmer. Mother
always has those lights on full bore, even if there is
no one in the room. She doesn't care because she doesn't
pay the utility bills. When I'm gone, she'll find out.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2012 at 12:53PM
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