Alrighty - I am working on a home project. I know SOME electrical engineering as I have a masters in physics.

I am wanting to install a LED dimmer in my home. The LED dimmer I have found online includes a cool touch screen but works off of DC (http://www.ebay.de/itm/Glas-LED-Dimmer-Controller-fur-Wandeinbau-Wanddimmer-Touch-Panel-Schalter-12-24V-/291127098585?var=&hash=item43c886fcd9:m:mu06bDYAOhxGBEV9J_LNM_g)

With specs:

  • Voltage: 12-24V DC
  • Power : max . 8A
  • Power: max . 96W ( 12V ) / 192W ( at 24V )
  • Dimensions LxWxH [ mm ] : approx 86.6 x 86 x 36.5
  • Operating temperature: -20 ° C to 60 ° C
  • Material: polycarbonate / plastic
  • Control via touch panel

Now to work with AC I know I need a transformer. I looked at something like this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/AC-110V-220V-TO-DC-12V-Regulated-Transformer-Power-Supply-For-LED-Strip-Light-/261470580279


  • Input Voltage: AC 110V/220V ± 20% 47/63Hz
  • Output Voltage: 12V DC
  • Output Current: 5A
  • Working Temperature: 0~40℃

I live in Germany (220 V), and want to dim an IKEA light fixture that has 3 x 6 Watt bulbs with this dimmer. Will this work?


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    You fail to mention one crucial thing: the IKEA 3 x 6 W light, what kind is that. Does it some with an AC adapter ? The power supply (you call it a transformer but it is more than that) and the dimmer will work together for sure. But you need a LED fixture that works on 12 V DC. Is the IKEA thing 12 V, if it is: it will work.
    – FakeMoustache
    Nov 16, 2015 at 14:24
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    @renegade05: do you expect everyone here to know how these things are built and operate?
    – PlasmaHH
    Nov 16, 2015 at 14:38
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    OK, your chosen fixture does NOT work with 12V so you can forget about using the dimmer and power supply ! A solution would be to use DIMMABLE GU10 LED lamps (not sure IKEA sells these) and a standard 240V dimmer, IKEA sells these.
    – FakeMoustache
    Nov 16, 2015 at 14:52
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    now I think this question fits more Home Improvement.
    – Agent_L
    Nov 16, 2015 at 14:54
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    @renegade05: you are just misunderstanding how this site works, that is all. We are not here to do the research for you. It amazes me that you start your post with bragging about some degree, yet you fail to see that talking about some IKEA lights without in the slightest specifying which one, will not tell anyone anything. In most countries IKEA only sells LED lights anyways, so that leaves everyone with dozens of possibilities of which you might have meant, plus the necessity to research for everyone how they operate...
    – PlasmaHH
    Nov 16, 2015 at 15:51

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Mains voltage (110 or 220V) LEDs typically are sophisticated devices with internal power supplies that run low-voltage LEDs. The very point of the internal PSU is to provide stable operation which prevents controlling them with 220V dimmer.

As a rule of thumb, of 220V devices only incandescent bulbs are dimmable. All others (fluorescent tubes, leds) should be treated as not dimmable.

Your 12V PSU and dimmer are designed for 12V LED strips or G4 bulbs (which are also 12V).

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    Besides you forgot halogens in your list, there are certain LED bulbs marketed as dimmable. Oh and some nitpick, the nominal EU voltage is 230V ;)
    – PlasmaHH
    Nov 16, 2015 at 15:23
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    @PlasmaHH Halogens are just a flavour of "incandescent lightbulbs" :P Yeah, I deliberately skipped dimmable electronics as they're quite rare and clearly advertised as an exception to my "rule". OP started with 220V so I didn't wanted to confuse him more than necessary :)
    – Agent_L
    Nov 16, 2015 at 16:30

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