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    Use of new florescent lights on dimmer modules

    With the advent of the new dimmable florescent light bulbs has anyone tried putting them on the dimmer modules?

    Rich

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    It depends on the fluo light bulb. Some can be dimmed.
    It depends on the dimmer module. Some do not support a too low charge.
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      #3
      Has anyone tried them?

      Thanks for the reply but I guess I was wondering if anyone had actually tried them to see if they work or not? The new florescents actually do work on dimmers (the ones I purchased at Menards are working great). Now these dimmers are new dimmers (not the old style ones). Thanks

      Rich

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        Originally posted by rreiffer View Post
        Thanks for the reply but I guess I was wondering if anyone had actually tried them to see if they work or not? The new florescents actually do work on dimmers (the ones I purchased at Menards are working great). Now these dimmers are new dimmers (not the old style ones). Thanks

        Rich

        I tried one that I bought at a local hardware store and was not overly impressed. It's a dimmable GE CFL, 26 watts.

        To start off, it doesn't work with X-10 light switches modules period, so forget that.

        It works with INSTEON dimmers but, the dimming range is limited (33 to 100% I'd say.)

        Just below that on the dimmer range, the light behaves erratically. Often it starts blinking (Full-ON / Full-OFF) at one second intervals or it turns suddenly off. It doesn't flicker however.

        I didn't try it with any other dimmers.

        So, all in all, it's not bad but not great...

        Joel

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          Does it need to warm up to reach full brightness setting or a 50% brightness setting? If so how long?

          Originally posted by fran_joel View Post
          I tried one that I bought at a local hardware store and was not overly impressed. It's a dimmable GE CFL, 26 watts.

          To start off, it doesn't work with X-10 light switches modules period, so forget that.

          It works with INSTEON dimmers but, the dimming range is limited (33 to 100% I'd say.)

          Just below that on the dimmer range, the light behaves erratically. Often it starts blinking (Full-ON / Full-OFF) at one second intervals or it turns suddenly off. It doesn't flicker however.

          I didn't try it with any other dimmers.

          So, all in all, it's not bad but not great...

          Joel
          John

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            #6
            Here is a link to a thread that has been going for a long time. Lots of info about CFLs. It was started on 12/29/06 so it is now a two year study on CFL.

            http://forums.homeseer.com/showthrea...mpact+Dimmable

            Maybe this will help answer some questions,
            Rick

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              #7
              Originally posted by johnnybwis View Post
              Does it need to warm up to reach full brightness setting or a 50% brightness setting? If so how long?
              It does take a while to reach its final brightness whatever the setting. I would say a minute or so...

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                #8
                Thanks!

                Thanks for all of the replies. This has helped considerably. By the way, Menards actually has a series of dimmable CFL's that are 4 for $12. I have them installed and they seem to work very well (once again, follow the burn procedure, etc.).

                Rich

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                  #9
                  HA06 switches with CFL

                  By the way, has anyone tried the dimmable CFL's with the HA06 switches? Thanks
                  Rich

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                    I have tried cf dimmables from lowes on x10 togglelinc light switches 23890w and they worked.... well 0 issues with the x10 switch and light...however the dimmability was not what I desired.... returned them and put regular light bulbs in. Most of my house is CF bulbs but where I see dimm needs... like basement... for wii time
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