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Question DetailsAsked on 7/6/2017

any ideas why half of my new bulbs for track lighting won't completely dim while the other half does?

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If they worked before, then I would guess your new bulbs (or some of them) are LED or CFL and not dimmable - or not fully dimmable (many will dim so far - maybe half way - then go out). Many other types (especially with LED bulbs) will glow dimly even at very low voltages and not go out till the power is actually turned off because the dimmer does not go low enough to actually dim them all the way out, and not go "out" till the voltage drops very low - most likely your case, so you would need to get bulbs that are fully dimmable. Find your bulbs oIf they worked before, then I would guess your new bulbs (or some of them) are LED or CFL and not dimmable - or not fully dimmable (many will dim so far - maybe half way - then go out). Many other types (especially with LED bulbs) will glow dimly even at very low voltages and not go out till the power is actually turned off because the dimmer does not go low enough to actually dim them all the way out, and not go "out" till the voltage drops very low - most likely your case, so you would need to get bulbs that are fully dimmable. Find your bulbs on Amazon or such and read description and especiallythe reviews to see if others mention this problem - a common complaint, almost exclusively with LED bulbs (the half dim then totally out is more common to CFL bulbs, in my experience).


Other possibility - you two pieces of track are on separate transformers (if a low voltage system) and one transformer is not functioning properly, so cuts out at some voltage (if it is cutting out rather tghan njust not dimming at all).


If some dim but others stay at full intensity, then I would have to guess the track sections are on separate dimmers or one section was not wired through the dimmer - though of course that would have shown up with the previous bulbs too.n Amazon or such and read description and especiallythe reviews to see if others mention this problem - a common complaint, almost exclusively with LED bulbs (the half dim then totally out is more common to CFL bulbs, in my experience).


Other possibility - you two pieces of track are on separate transformers (if a low voltage system) and one transformer is not functioning properly, so cuts out at some voltage (if it is cutting out rather tghan njust not dimming at all).


If some dim but others stay at full intensity, then I would have to guess the track sections are on separate dimmers or one section was not wired through the dimmer - though of course that would have shown up with the previous bulbs too.

Answered 1 year ago by LCD

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If they worked before, then I would guess your new bulbs (or some of them) are LED or CFL and not dimmable - or not fully dimmable (many will dim so far - maybe half way - then go out). Many other types (especially with LED bulbs) will glow dimly even at very low voltages and not go out till the power is actually turned off because the dimmer does not go low enough to actually dim them all the way out, and not go "out" till the voltage drops very low - most likely your case, so you would need to get bulbs that are fully dimmable. Find your bulbs oIf they worked before, then I would guess your new bulbs (or some of them) are LED or CFL and not dimmable - or not fully dimmable (many will dim so far - maybe half way - then go out). Many other types (especially with LED bulbs) will glow dimly even at very low voltages and not go out till the power is actually turned off because the dimmer does not go low enough to actually dim them all the way out, and not go "out" till the voltage drops very low - most likely your case, so you would need to get bulbs that are fully dimmable. Find your bulbs on Amazon or such and read description and especiallythe reviews to see if others mention this problem - a common complaint, almost exclusively with LED bulbs (the half dim then totally out is more common to CFL bulbs, in my experience).


Other possibility - you two pieces of track are on separate transformers (if a low voltage system) and one transformer is not functioning properly, so cuts out at some voltage (if it is cutting out rather tghan njust not dimming at all).


If some dim but others stay at full intensity, then I would have to guess the track sections are on separate dimmers or one section was not wired through the dimmer - though of course that would have shown up with the previous bulbs too.n Amazon or such and read description and especiallythe reviews to see if others mention this problem - a common complaint, almost exclusively with LED bulbs (the half dim then totally out is more common to CFL bulbs, in my experience).


Other possibility - you two pieces of track are on separate transformers (if a low voltage system) and one transformer is not functioning properly, so cuts out at some voltage (if it is cutting out rather tghan njust not dimming at all).


If some dim but others stay at full intensity, then I would have to guess the track sections are on separate dimmers or one section was not wired through the dimmer - though of course that would have shown up with the previous bulbs too.

Answered 1 year ago by LCD




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