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5y, 10m agoPosted 5 years, 10 months ago
I have just fitted a dimmer switch in a bedroom. There were originally wall lights and ceiling lights, I have removed all the wires for wall lights and since decorated the room. When I turn off the dimmer switch (I can hear the clicking sound so I know it is off) the clear bulbs in the ceiling light (5 of them) stay on! They are lit by such a small tiny amount you can just see an orange glow?
I'm sure they didn't stay on when I fitted them at the weekend but now they do?
Any ideas?
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5y, 10m agoPosted 5 years, 10 months ago
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#1
Have you by chance put in energy saving bulbs into the dimmer lights ?
#2
If you have by chance put energy saving bulbs into the dimmer lighting set up, they will not work due to something within the bulb. In order to use energy saving bulbs with a dimmer you have to fork out up to 20 quid for a bulb

So the decision is yours save your wallet or pretend to save the planet ?

Hope it helps
#3
Sounds strange unless the dimmers not breaking the electrical connection or leaking some through. You could try a new dimmer switch. I can't think of anything else that could cause that. If you have a standard switch try fitting that and seeing if they stay on a bit when ya flick it off. If they do then you have some weird issues with the wiring maybe but I think it's most likely a dimmer faulty.

PS: Yes you can't use energy saving bulbs with dimmers unless you buy specific ones which can be costly. The only one I ever tried buzzed when dimmed and only dimmed from 100% to about 60-70% before cutting off so either I had a duff one or they are no good.

Edited By: CyDoNiA on Feb 02, 2011 10:20: Cos I wanted to.
#4
Hi, I tried the energy saving bulbs as 5 came free with the new ceiling light and remembered that they do not work so have just got standard clear 40W bulbs in... i will try and replace the dimmer and see what happens
#5
Might be that the switch inside is misaligned and so when it clicks off it is still leaking through some voltage. I would put money on it being the switch. If it's not I have no idea.
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PS: Yes you can't use energy saving bulbs with dimmers unless you buy specific ones which can be costly. The only one I ever tried buzzed when dimmed and only dimmed from 100% to about 60-70% before cutting off so either I had a duff one or they are no good.

You have to buy energy saving dimmer bulbs specifically, had a problem in friends house with a buzzing and occassional tripping whilst dimming, not great when trying to set the mood.

Might be that the switch inside is misaligned and so when it clicks off it is still leaking through some voltage. I would put money on it being the switch. If it's not I have no idea.

From reading properly, and not skimming, i presume it will be the dimmer switch being offset. If not then erhm well back to standard switches ?
#7
it's sorted now thanks, it was the dimmer switch, I've put a new one on and it is fine... bloomin Argos!
#8
Fair enough, glad its sorted :), enjoy setting the mood :)

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