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LilMissSunshine9 Tue 04-Nov-14 12:02:55

I have a dimmer switch in the lounge (two switches to control two lights). Last yr I bought LED bulbs to replace old ones in one light (the light fitting takes three bulbs hence why I choose LED bulbs) but they also now have stopped working which I thought was strange as they are supposed to last a lot loonger than a year. I was looking to replace them and read that LED bulbs need to be used on a compatible dimmer switch (might explain why my bulbs didn't last long) and there was a question about is the dimmer trailing edge or leading edge?

How can I tell what my dimmer switch is?

Last night I turnd on my living rooms lights (well the one that has wokring lightbulbs) and there must have been a surge as the safety kicked in and shutdown the circuit.

BlueChampagne Tue 04-Nov-14 13:30:29

I take it you got dimmable LEDs?

LilMissSunshine9 Tue 04-Nov-14 14:09:01

I did for the replacements but now I need to replace the LEDs I bought as they too have 'gone' and homebase no longer stock dimmable leds so I was looking online and then read about the different dimmer switch types and that LEDs need to be matched to the right one.

PigletJohn Tue 04-Nov-14 17:09:12

yes, dimmable LEDs and CFLs do need to be bought with compatible dimmers.

Personally I doubt it is worth the expense, and get a few table lamps for when the ceiling lights are too bright.

A proper electrical supplier will have them

Try www.tlc-direct.co.uk/tcl/search.tcl?search=dimmable&Submit=Search

If it costs a lot, consider that in a couple of years they will be obsolete, there will be something better, and it will be hard to get replacements.

LilMissSunshine9 Tue 04-Nov-14 17:17:20

so are you suggesting hat its better to stick to normal dimmable bulbs that run at high watts? Since I have 3 bulbs to one light if each bulb is 12w then I am running one light at 36w compared to LED at 4w being 12w. argh bloddy dimmer switch hate it now

PigletJohn Tue 04-Nov-14 17:22:02

It will depend on the make and model of your dimmer switch.

If you can identify it you can probably get lamps to match, If not I think you will have to start again and store away the manufacturer's literature safely.

I prefer mains-voltage lamps that do not need a transformer, and fit into ordinary BC bulbholders. I am pretty confident that lamps to fit will continue to be available at low prices for many years.

LilMissSunshine9 Tue 04-Nov-14 20:14:41

okie dokes thanks pigletjohn I appreciate your help grin

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