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. A halogen light bulb is very similar to an incandescent bulb. The Halogen bulb usually last a little longer and burn a little brighter. The Halogen bulb can be use with a dimmer.

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Q: Can dimmer switches be used with halogen lights?
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Can A dimmer switch be used with LED lights?

Yes, if the LED bulbs are dimmable and you use a dimmer made especially for LED's

Can xenon lamps be used with a dimmer switch?

120 volt xenon bulbs are fully dimmable just like a regular incandescent bulbs, using regular old 120 volt dimmer switches.

Can a screw in bulb fixture be converted to hold a halogen bulb?

No, not directly. You can buy Halogen bulbs that are made to be used in a standard light socket. They are for sale at the standard outlets. I have a number of these in my house, and I use these in some of my light sockets. Just for you information I have one in my lap as I am typing this it is a Philips Master 120 Volts 60 Watt bulb. The only condition is that you have to get a specific bulb for dimmer circuits, a standard halogen does not work with dimmers. The bulbs have ceramic insulator protecting a balast circuit, the dimmer bulbs have a rather large ceramic end, that is sometimes enclosed inside the standard light globe. All the standard bulb manufacturers should sell these. You just cannot use Halogen bulbs in enclosed lights unless they are made for this purpose, as is the dimmer variant I wrote about.

Do dimmer light switches use less electricity when dimmed?

WebbyWunda's answer: Well, sort of ... except that - without getting too technical - the dimmer switch itself doesn't use the electricity, it controls the amount of electricity that reaches the light bulb on its circuit. Dimmer set higher = brighter bulb = more electricity used; dimmer set lower = dimmer bulb = less electricity used. Although the previous answer said only incandescent bulbs, there are actually some other types, for example those designed for use with halogen bulbs, or certain types of fluorescent bulbs. Previous answer: Yes, but only on a conventional incandescent bulb. The electricity heats the element and the element glows giving off energy in the form of heat. Less energy equals less heat. It is the same as having a one bar or two bar electric heater. The one bar obviously consumes less energy. All that the dimmer does is give you a variable switch. If you have alternative kinds of light bulbs or light systems with transformers in the loop, then you would have to ask someone who knows your system.

If a dimmer switch will not turn off completely and one dims the lights off with the dimmer switch is there a chance of causing an electrical fire at the switch?

Your question is a bit unclear and vague, but if you have a dimmer switch and you turn it all the way to its lowest setting then the switch should not fail because of that. If there is nothing wrong with your electrical system then using a device exactly how it was designed to be used then there is no reason why it would catch on fire.

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Why did your halogen lamp stop working when plugged into a dimmer switch on a cord?

It was not designed to be used with a dimmer switch. You must have a halogen designed for use with a dimmer or it will not work.

Do you need a special dimmer switch to control MR 16 halogen lights?

Check the package, it will tell you if it can be used for these bulbs. Be careful of compact florescent.

Can dimmer switches be used with 3 way switches?

Yes. Instead of sending the hot wire straight from one of the three way switches to the light, put a dimmer switch on the hot wire to control the light.

You have two switches on either end of your kitchen and they are on what is called a 3 way circuit Are there dimmers for this circuit Do you need a dimmer?

== == Yes, there are 3-way dimmer switches. Normally staircase lights plus bed room lights need these kind of 3-way switches to turn lights on or off from more than one place. Such lighting arrangements can use dimmers if u need as usual nothing to worry. A dimmer will help save energy, may prolong the life of the bulbs, and will permit greater variability of the amount of light to be used.

What is a special switch used to change the brightness of lights?

a dimmer

How is resistance used in dimmer switches for room lights?

The normal type of dimmer uses a variable pulse-width concept which means the voltage is applied for a fraction of each cycle. This does not waste power, while using resistive dimmers would be wasteful.

What is a speical switch used to change the britness of lights?

A "dimmer" switch will change the brightness of lights.

What lights were used in car headlights before LEDs?

Halogen Bulbs

Which material is used to make the filament in most halogen lights?


What material is used to make the filament in most halogen lights?


Can A dimmer switch be used with LED lights?

Yes, if the LED bulbs are dimmable and you use a dimmer made especially for LED's

Why are some dimmer switches noisy?

Older types of dimmer switches used a small transformer in them for a control power supply. Change this unit out for a new one as the technology has come a long way in the past few years.

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