Newly installed Pendant Lights Flicker.

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Newly installed Pendant Lights Flicker.

I'm a new home owner so I decided to buy and install pendant lights. The home is newly built, i am the first owner. The kitchen came with 2 boxes for pendant lights over the island. My wife baught some pendant lights online so I installed them today. I've installed some basic things around the home without problems but after putting these pendant lights in, they flicker.

They are only on a dimmer. When i hold the bulbs they get brighter, but still flicker. Any suggestions?

Rick
 
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Old 12-17-13, 04:22 PM
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Welcome to the forums!

My wife baught some pendant lights online so I installed them today... after putting these pendant lights in, they flicker.
Are the bulbs CFLs, halogens, LEDs or incandescents? Is the dimmer rated for the type of bulb you're using?
 
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The bulbs i tried are CFLs that clearly state "Do not use with dimmers".... I will have to run down to the store and grab new ones. I hope this is what the issue is.

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You'll find that most CFL's don't like to be dimmed.
You could switch to dimmable LED lamps or stay with incandescent.
 
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I just tried new incandescent bulbs... Still nothing. On my actual dimmer switch there's an orange circular light, obviously showing strength of the lights according to that dimmer, the orange light fades when a regular working dimmer is beibg dimmed. This one doesn't fade with my non working pendant lights. These new incandescent lights dont even flicker now. Help!

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Are you saying that the incandescent bulbs will not light at all even though the dimmer shows it's operating correctly ?

Is that a new dimmer that you just put in ? Maybe it has a problem.
 
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Correct. The CFLs flicker and the incandescent bulbs do not flicker or anything. The dimmer is brand new. It is on a 3 switch pannel with one being the dimmer for this issue.
 
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Was that a two or three wire dimmer. Some require a connection to a neutral to operate.
Some are also labeled line and load which are also important.
 
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If you are reffering when i wired the pendant lights, they were indeed a 3 wire (black white and neautral). Not sure if this helps.
 
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No... I'm referring to the dimmer itself.
 
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Oh, i'm not sure. I think i'm going to call an electrician tomorrow.
 
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You could turn the circuit off..... take the dimmer out..... disconnect the wires from the dimmer and join them together. Turn the circuit back on. If the lights work now..... you know there is a dimmer problem.
 
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Old 12-18-13, 03:14 PM
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The incandescent bulbs should not be flickering. The fluorescent may flicker from not being dimmable or the dimmer is incompatible.
 
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