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The Builder | 16:05 Fri 23rd Nov 2012 | Home & Garden
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Part of a house re-furb that I've just finished ..... in one room I've fitted five 4watt LED downlighters on a standard one way switch.
They'd prefer a dimmer. Even the elec suppliers (CEF) could only come up with one with a minimum load of 40W.
Still get poor dimming control and flickering.
I might have read somewhere about fitting some kind of shunt resistor to increase the load.
Any ideas?

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As flob says or buy a dedicated led dimmer...these use trailing edge technology and give the lamps a soft start.If you try to use a standard dimmer it will soon burn out.Pop into Eddys..City or Neweys...but they aint cheap.
17:14 Fri 23rd Nov 2012
How's about new bulbs? ie higher wattage. Would probably be an easier fit out for you.
As flob says or buy a dedicated led dimmer...these use trailing edge technology and give the lamps a soft start.If you try to use a standard dimmer it will soon burn out.Pop into Eddys..City or Neweys...but they aint cheap.
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Good point Flobbers. I should have done that in the first place. :o(

Brightness ......... so there is such a thing as a dedicated LED dimmer? I thought there would be. It was City where I asked. I guess the lad on the counter didn't know about them. While I was enquiring, there was a "proper" electrician in the store. He didn't know either :o(

Now I know what I'm looking for. Thanks both :o)
Have you checked that the driver is dimmable ?
Also, is there only one driver for all 4. By putti ng a driver on each seperately will up the Kva
Ps, that is assuming the driver isnt built into the lamp.
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Thanks Shooty. Sorry, I should have said ........ the LEDs are mains voltage GU10 type lamps.
No worries, You already have your answer ^^^ : )

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