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2short

01:53PM | 04/20/07
Member Since: 01/16/05
11 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
Need to know how to dim fluorescent lights. These are the energy saving type of lights that are installed in recessed lighting. I've looked at Leviton's web site but have come away more confused than before (if that's possible).

Billhart

04:14PM | 04/20/07
Member Since: 04/25/05
1918 lifetime posts
The flourscents need special dimmers.

IF this are CFL's in a regular fixture you can get dimmable CFL's.

They aren't as common. Don't know how many are in the regular stores.

But light supply and ligting fixtures stores might have them.

Here is an online source.

http://www.energyfederation.org/consumer/default.php/cPath/2050_25_44_169

If you have recessed lights that only take plug in flourscents then the ballast is in the fixture.

In that case you need to verify with the manfuacture if they are dimmable or not. And if not if you can get dimmable ballast.

If not you have to replace the fixture.

Here are kits to replace incandensce can lights to plug in flourscents. And they have dimmable ballast.

Don't know if they will work in existing flourscent cans are not.

http://www.energyfederation.org/consumer/default.php/cPath/2050_25_174_510

2short

06:52PM | 04/20/07
Member Since: 01/16/05
11 lifetime posts
Billhart thanks for the reply. When I put the question on the board I forgot to indicate that the fluorescent bulbs were screw-in type. The energy efficient kind that consume like 14 watts while producing light equal to 60 watts. And I have to tell that that I don't know a CFL switch from a CFL player.

2short

08:35AM | 04/21/07
Member Since: 01/16/05
11 lifetime posts
This is to add to the message posted yesterday re: "not knowing what a CFL was". I did find that it was a Compact Fluorescent Bulb
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