My home was built in 2003, we have lived here 2 years. Almost all the lighting has dimmable switches, not the twist but the ones you tap off. We do have some regular switch lighting outside on timers, and track in the kitchen that I rarely use. We had some motion/ timer lighting installed off the dimmers for rooms, for example my pantry goes on then off after 30 seconds, laundry room.. and my favorite the kids bathroom set for 6 minutes.
Okay, I am SO DONE with CFL I could ramble about my experiences with every brand and design, even with the dimmable ones.
We picked up a single LED bulb today to test before investing.
I put it in my bathroom light fixture above the mirror, next to 2 dimmable CFL bulbs. It works just fine when on... but it does not turn off.. it gives a glow. I went to check on it a little while ago, it sat off for a good hour. Its flickering! The light switch is completely OFF.
In my google searches for LED with dimmable switches, I am only finding hits about how they cannot be dimmable... which is FINE with me. I am trying to figure out if they just CAN work with them, a simple on and off... and if yes ... why wont it turn off all the way?
I mean is there a low current that is running through my light fixtures, due to the dimmable wiring/switch, even when OFF? That is the only sense I can make with it, that there is something tiny going through the lines that only the LED that uses much less is picking up on it? Does that make any sense?
I don't know where to start. Where to ask, who to hire, you name it.
A similar issue is happening in another bathroom that is rarely used, that has a 4 bulb light fixture above the mirror.. all 4 CFL.. one for the past 4 days has flickered constantly as well when OFF.
I would hire an electrician but I have had bad experience there to, have not found a good one. Last winter my kwh were averaging nearly 4000 (yes thousand) kwh a month! I had 2 companies willing to troubleshoot my house. Nothing, no rare surges, came up empty. I am a kilowatt meter junkie on my on as well. Finally got a new digital electric meter installed outside (as a gift, they say it/old one tested 99% accurate) and my usage has dropped to approx 2000 kwh a month since that switch. Its crazy... yes the house is the new big but not insane 2900sf, yes it has a lot of un necessary lighting that we try not to use, though its hard because one switch does not work for a single light, in some rooms it puts 6 lights on... we have put countless hours and dollars learning and being more energy efficent. I hang my laundry on the line all sumer, you name it. I feel like our usage should be 600 a month. That is a whole other story to.
I guess my point is, I am frustrated, I was very excited about LED, knowing they were not perfect, knowing it will be a big adjustment in color, etc.. to have them flicker or be semi on when off, I feel like I hit a brick wall. Is it the LED, is it my wiring, is it normal, or out of line.
Thanks for reading if you made it through.
I just took a peek at it again, its glowing, just like a led night light in there, switch is off.