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Shining the Spotlight on Dimming

Posted by Jimm Reifsnyder

Sep 10, 2012 8:55:00 AM

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Lutron Dimmable CLF and LED Bulbs

The future of dimming in the lighting industry is actually pretty bright. As both industrial and residential consumers look for ways to curb their energy consumption—to minimize environmental impact and to cut costs—there is more demand for dimmable options.

dimmable cflAll that dimming, however, isn’t trouble-free—especially if consumers aren’t using adequate systems. Maybe you’ve had customers approach you with some of the following issues.

My Lights Won’t Turn On: Some customers may complain that sometimes after they dim their LED or CFL bulbs to a lower level the bulbs won’t turn on again until the dimmer’s slider is moved to a higher position. This is known as “pop-on,” and is particularly a problem for 3-way situations where lights can be operated from different locations besides the dimmer.

I Don’t Have as Much Range: Typically, LDE and CFL bulbs can’t dim as low as incandescent or halogen bulbs. Although the actual range is dictated by a bulb’s circuitry, dimmable CFLs generally dim down to 10% to 30% of measured light output, and dimmable can be dimmed as low as 5% to 15% 

I Have Trouble Setting the Dimmer: Sometimes LED or CFL bulbs will turn off prematurely—before the slider gets to the bottom position. That can make it very difficult for customers to set the desired dimmer level without bulbs turning off.

Sometimes My Lights Flicker or Turn Off Unexpectedly: CFL and LED bulbs can be affected by line voltage fluctuations (caused by turning on an air conditioner or a hairdryer) causing bulbs to flicker, dim, or turn off altogether.


How can you help your customers with these problems?

Click meLutron’s family of C·L dimmers for dimmable CFL and LED bulbs addresses all of these issues—incorporating HED Technology for improved performance of dimmable CFLs and LEDs. In contrast to conventional dimmers, these Lutron products:

  • Keep lights on during dimming
  • Ensure that lights turn on at all levels
  • Reduce or eliminate excessive flicker
  • Maintain light performance even during line voltage fluctuations

If you’d like more information—or if you have questions about these Lutron solutions—please give us a call at 1-855-588-7661 or shoot us an email.

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Topics: Dimmer Switches, Dimmable Lighting, Energy Saving Lighting, Residential Lighting Solutions

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