Most of the retrofit LED lamps sold in the market these days come in two versions—dimmable and non-dimmable. To get the best results and ensure safety, choose the correct type that is compatible with your lighting circuit.

     
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Dimmable LED lamps are known to save energy and can dramatically change the visual appearance as well as the mood of any space. It is possible to use dimmable LED lamps in non-dimmable circuits, but you should NEVER use non-dimmable lamps in dimmable circuits as doing so may cause damage to the circuit and the lamp. Look at the packaging—it should be clearly marked. Always be sure to double check, as some LED Bulbs don't have the proper built in driver to support on demand dimming.

 

     
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Most dimmers are designed for use with high-power circuits—not low power LED lamps. If you want to use new LED lamps with your existing dimmers, you need to ensure that the old system matches the new. LED lamps have a tendency to work better with trailing-edge dimmers. That said, some existing dimmers have minimum loads that are too high for LED lamps. When the dimmer is incompatible with the LED lamp, you might see some flickering. The light output will not be able to go bright to dim smoothly or linearly. The LED driver or circuit can also fail. If you're a contractor working on a new retrofit always be certain that your new LED install is compatible with the existing circuitry!

 

What Can You Do?

Ideally, you should upgrade your current dimming circuits to LED dimmers. This is an excellent investment and will save you more money in the long run. The possibilities are boundless - LEDs are even great for security lighting in your garden! Otherwise, be sure to check the manufacturer or distributor’s compatible dimmer list before you buy.  Some experts advise that you buy the same brand and model of LED lamps for all the fittings in a room, so that all lamps have the same driver. It’s always prudent to buy spares as LED technology is fast changing. Finally, consult a licenced electrician if you want to make any changes to your existing circuit.

 Always be sure to do thorough research on the type of LED product you wish to add a dimmer to. Sometimes it may be that different LED Panels, for example, will operate slightly differently while hooked in with a dimmable driver compared to other models.

     
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