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Old 11-06-2013, 07:33 PM   #81
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Yes, you need a digital dimmer, which goes for $30 and up.

They're electronic and will work with CFL as well.

If you go to lamprecycle.org, they'll tell you where they take old CFL bulbs.

$1.99 would have been a stupendous price for LED bulbs.

As noted earlier in the thread, CFL have warm up periods, especially in colder temperatures, before they hit their rated brightness levels. It's a coupe of minutes.
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Old 11-06-2013, 08:38 PM   #82
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Yes, you need a digital dimmer, which goes for $30 and up.

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Careful. The CFL itself must be dim-able:

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Do CFLs work on dimmers?

Most screw-base CFLs do not work with dimmers designed for use with incandescent lamps. These CFLs will have a label on the lamp and/or the packaging stating "not for use with dimmers. However, certain special screw-base CFLs are designed to work with standard incandescent lamp dimmers. These CFLs will be labeled "dimmable" or similar language on the lamp and/or the packaging. However, due to small differences between different brands of dimmers, not all dimmable CFLs work with all types of incandescent dimmers. Some dimmable CFLs, however, will work with all major brands of incandescent lamp dimmers.
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Old 11-06-2013, 09:25 PM   #83
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Careful. The CFL itself must be dim-able: CFL Facts and Myths -ERD50
You inspired me to look at the box, ERD. Didn't see anything....wait let me put on the high magnification readers on....there it is in the very fine print in the corner..."not dim able". But they sure got warning "mercury" plastered all over the box. Oh well, no big deal, I have a 5 year supply of those other bulbs for those, and maybe I can still save the $50 a year they promise per bulb, but I will settle for $10.
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