I've read a lot about "not every LED bulb can be dimmed, always look for a "dimmable" feature". The truth is none of the LED bulb here do have the "dimmable" feature written down in the packaging. I have a cheap LED dimmer made by Philips, and I am wondering if I could dim an ordinary LED bulb with it. I don't know about how it works or whatever inside, there is 4 connection from there, 2 from mains and 2 to lamp. It only says 300W max, 230v. Since LED bulbs is way expensive I am wondering if they could be dimmed just fine. Or will they buzz or don't work at all?
If the package does not say "dimmable" then it is not dimmable - it might dim and it might not, it might just burn out.
- CREE in their print declares they work with most dimmers.
- Philips bulbs are marked clearly on the package as well.
- Other manufacturers like el-cheapos, they are cheap for a reason generally no dimming.
LED's have a frequency driver in them for the power output to "drive" the LED - so what happens is that frequency regulates the power for the LED.
SOME TRUTH'S ABOUT DIMMERS AND LED's.
- Not all dimmers work with LED bulbs.
- Dimmers will not necessarily work with all LED bulbs.
- Not all LED bulbs are dimmable.
I have provided the links below for some of the products between Philips and Cree. My personal preference is Cree - they seem to be the all inclusive bulb - compatible with many dimmers, compatible in damp locations (i.e. Showers) and their warranty is EASY. I had a 100 Watter in my garage - it went out - I called them they asked for the model and sent me a replacement - done deal. I also have an older one my daughter dropped and the glass broke - well I trimmed up the glass to the base and use it in my mechanics drop light for working on the car.