Is it a bad idea to use rotary dimmer switch for chandelier LED lights?


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Old 10-17-21, 09:17 AM
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Is it a bad idea to use rotary dimmer switch for chandelier LED lights?

I replaced a chandelier's bulbs with CFL ones first, then LED. The original dimmer switch worked fine for many years. It went recently so I bought a new rotary dimmer switch to replace it. I know this may not make sense because the lights cannot be dimmed. Anyway, I hear a very low humming noise. The noise is so weak that I have to put my ear within a foot from the dimmer to hear it. I am not sure whether the previous switch had the noise because I never paid attention to it.
Is the noise normal? The lights seem to work perfectly. Is it a bad idea to use a dimmer switch in this case?
 
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Old 10-17-21, 09:43 AM
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You didn't state if the dimmer part of the the Dimmer switch ever dimmed the LEDs.. If it did, the replacement dimmer switch is not a compatible replacement. If it didn't and you can live with the humming and without dimming, use it as an off/on switch.
 
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Old 10-17-21, 09:45 AM
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It's not a bad idea to use a rotary dimmer but if it doesn't say for LED use then it will not last long.
If you don't need dimming just put a switch in.
 
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Old 10-17-21, 09:52 AM
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Thank you all for the advice.
No, the dimmer switch does not dim the lights at all. The dimming has not worked for many years since I replaced the original incandescent bulbs with CFL ones. I will live with it until it goes then I will replace it with a regular switch.
 
 

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