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Can I Use a Dimmable LED Light Bulb With a Regular (Non Dimmable) Light Switch?

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LED light bulbs unlike incandescent or halogen have the option to come in both dimmable and non-dimmable versions. This is because when LED light bulbs were first released, it was uncommon for them to be dimmable. As LED bulb internal electronics became more advanced, dimming became possible and ultimately we are at the point today where dimming is essentially a no-cost or low cost adder to most LED bulb types. Because of this, many manufacturers no longer offer a non-dimming option outside vendors who are pursing the lowest retail cost point possible. 

This leads to a question however, if you do not have a dimming switch installed, does installing dimmable LEDs cause any issues?

The answer is absolutely not, dimmable LEDs when installed in a non-dimming switch will operate at 100% output and will run just as well as if they were installed with a dimming switch. Sure, there may be a non-dimming option available for a fractionally lower cost but generally speaking, if you plan on keeping your LED bulbs for a long time, it makes sense to choose the dimmable option.

What about installing LED bulbs that are non-dimmable with a dimming switch?

If you install a non-dimming LED bulb in a circuit with a dimming switch, it will likely operate normally if the dimmer is at its 100% or fully on. Dimming the bulb, will likely cause erratic behavior such as flickering or buzzing and ultimately may cause damage to the bulb. If you have to do this, we suggest keeping the bulb at full power. Again, as mentioned above, dimmable LED bulbs are overall a better investment. 


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  • I’m seeking a dimmable Led light ( Flood or reflective )
    I do have dimmers everywhere in my home !

    What is the best color lightbulb and wattage for doing my makeup in my dressing room please?

    Lynn Roots on
  • Thank you! For some reason, my local Target primarily only caries dimmable LED lights and I spent way too much time wondering if it would be an issue.

    Jenna on
  • I just got a LED dimming light and was afraid that it might mess up our electricity. I avoided using the light for a long time. Thankfully, I just came across your post and have decided it would be okay to use even if there is no dimming switch. Thank you for the information!

    Luke Yancey on

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