Flickering LEDs


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Old 12-18-19, 12:52 PM
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Flickering LEDs

Just installed a new chandelier with 6 new dimmable LED bulbs.

Existing slider dimmer switch was not replaced.

Lights are flickering.

Are older dimmer switches not compatible with new LED bulbs?

We have another chandelier and pot lights on dimmers which work fine.

Only difference is the new bulbs on the new chandelier are 5000k temp.

Do you think I remove the dimmer and go with a standard switch, the problem will go away?
 

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12-18-19, 04:40 PM
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Unless the LED manufacturer literature states the LEDs are dimable and the chandelier manufacturer lists compatible dimmer switches (he wired the 6 LED sockets), use a simple on/off switch.
 
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Old 12-18-19, 01:18 PM
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Yes installing a standard switch should fix the flickering.

As far as compatibility with older dimmers it all depends on the LED's and the dimmer so it is hit and miss,

Note that all LED's are not dimmable. My rule of thumb is that if it does not specify dimmable, it is not dimmable.
 
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Old 12-18-19, 01:59 PM
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Has nothing to do with the dimmer switch, the bulbs themself have to be dimmable!
 
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Old 12-18-19, 02:10 PM
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Yes the switch does have something to do with it. Older dimming switches don't always play nice with new LED's. As proof I have an old three light GE bulb display at work. Certain new dimmables (SATCO and PILLIPS) LED's flicker at the high end and must be tuned down to match the frequency (?).
In fact I also have a LUTRON CASETA programmable dimmer switch that clearly instructs that a flickering bulb (be it led or not) must be tapered or dimmed until it stops flickering then you establish this setting in memory.
 
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Old 12-18-19, 03:46 PM
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The Lutron Caseta is a good choice as is the Lutron Maestro.
 
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Unless the LED manufacturer literature states the LEDs are dimable and the chandelier manufacturer lists compatible dimmer switches (he wired the 6 LED sockets), use a simple on/off switch.
 
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