Are LED Lights Dimmable?
Many UK homes use traditional incandescent halogen bulbs to light up their interior spaces. Sometimes, those lighting fixtures are use with dimmer switches. The ability to dim the lights to set a mood or to reduce power usage is great, but what happens when you want to “go green” and install LED bulbs throughout the house?
Installing LED lights is simple and quick, but what about those dimmer switches?
The question now is, “are LED lights dimmable?” Can you replace your halogen lights with LEDs and still use the ability to dim the lights when you’d like? The short answer is yes and no. The long answer is, no, you cannot use LEDs with traditional dimmer switches. The halogen dimmer switches work by reducing the voltage used by the fixture which effectively reduces the amount of light. This type of function will not work with LEDs because the voltage can reduce all it likes, but the LED will still give off the same amount of light.
So what can be done?
Installing a GU10 LED dimmer switch that is compatible with LEDs is your best option. The LED dimmer basically turns the LED on and off so fast that it cannot be seen with the human eye, but the light itself appears to dim. The LED dimmer requires a knowledgeable hand to install but once the dimmer is installed, you can easily dim your lights as you would with a halogen bulb but you can also save up to 90% on your annual energy costs.
Using LED dimmers are perfect for setting the mood and creating just the right amount of light for reading or preparing a meal. LED dimmers are ideal for home owners who want to save money without giving up their little luxuries.
Some dimmable LED bulbs to chose from
Read more LED Lighting Help and Advice in our Buying Guides Section by clicking here or check out which LED bulbs you need with our handy LED Bulb Base Selector Page by clicking here. You can find more specific dimming LED light bulb advice by clicking here.