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dimmer for twist and lock coil lamp?

Posted by kate7047 (My Page) on
Sat, Nov 28, 09 at 21:21

I had 2 sconces installed in the dining room. The selection of the sconces was by someone else. The fixtures look nice, but it turns out they use "twist and lock" CF bulbs. I wanted to use a dimmer since they are in a dining room and they are too bright for dining but OK for other uses, but I now find out they cannot use a dimmer. Is there a work-around for this or am I going to have to replace them? I can't stand the bright light for dining and I really hate to throw out 2 brand new sconces over this but the light is awful.

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RE: dimmer for twist and lock coil lamp?

Do you know if the ballast is in the fixture or if the bulbs are self ballasted? I'm not totally familiar with fluorescent since I never use them. But it sounds like you have a GU24 base bulb. If the bulb is ballasted, then you can just put in a bulb that's a lower wattage.
Alternatively, you can change the socket in the fixture to a standard A socket. You should be able to take the lamp to any place which does repairs and ask them to change it.

Good luck.

RE: dimmer for twist and lock coil lamp?

First confirm that you do have a fixture which takes GU-24 bulbs, then Google for dimable GU-24. I think they do exist. If they don't exist at the moment, you can be sure they will be available soon. The GU-24 base is destined to become a major standard.

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