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Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by secondsam Does save energy, if you measure properly
Another review said that this is not an energy saving product. That is not true. They probably were only looking at voltage times current, or VA, which does not consider the power factor, or PF. The utility meter measures, and you are billed on, Watts. If you have an AC power meter that takes PF into consideration, you'll see the Wattage go down as you dim. The PF will also go down, from around .8 toward .1 for instance. The controller does not get hot, which is another indication that the dimmer is not wasting energy.
Home Depot's only in-line dimmer from Lutron is maked "incandescent only" and causes some of my dimmable LEDs to flicker when I try dimming them. The Leviton does a good job energy-wise and light-wise, and the small amount of humming at low light levels generally does not bother me.
July 19, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by productphotoguy Good price / Good Value
Great product for the price. I'm using these to control several 100 Watt Cree LED lights for continuous photography lighting. They cause a little bit of flicker when dimmed to just short of the 'off' position, but this is a level I don't expect to use for my purposes.
February 25, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Michael Not an energy saving product
Purchased this product with the intent to use it with three or four dimmable LED bulbs. The dimming feature worked well enough although bulbs would hum or buzz through the full range, but would do so more loudly as light levels dropped. It was my understanding that the LED buzz with dimmers was less of an issue with units designed for the newer technology.
As far as energy savings go, this dimmer was horrible! Three 40W-equivalent dimmable LED bulbs in the lamp alone draw a total of 20W. With this unit the power draw reached a peak of 95W, nearly five times bare-bulb draw at around 50% on the slider. At the dimmest setting, the draw was 65W. The best power use was at full brightness with 35W consumed, just under double the base draw of the bulbs without the dimmer. Do not buy this product expecting to lower your power use!
March 5, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by drayz Convenient, quality, but not spectacular
First of all, this seems like a pretty decently made product. But alas, I have a few gripes. The first is a minor thing and something I should/could have known before I purchased it, a lack of indicator or illuminating light on the dimmer/control itself. Being black (the color of the dimmer I purchased), it makes it hard to see, find, and control when it is dark (typical scenario when light needs to be turned on). The other gripe and this is a bigger one, this thing doesn't dim too low. It only gets the lamp down to about 10-15% dimmed, and the only place you can go from there is off. For me, in my scenario (bedside lamp), this is too bright at times, and I wished it was infinitely dimmable so I can get the light a bit lower. Other than that, if you don't need the light super-duper low, and don't need or want a light on the control to find it, this product is actually pretty decent, well-made, and simple to setup.
October 24, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Linda Worth The Investment
Purchased Leviton brand, three for decorative lamps with colored and clear incandescent light blubs, softened the intensity enhancing décor. Just connected lamp plug into table top dimmer plug turned lamp switch on, switching control to table top dimmer/on/off. Then plug the lamp dimmer plug into an outlet. Has six foot cord. Per Installation instructions; do not use with 3-way bulbs, use with compatible dimmable CFL and dimmable LED blubs. Comes in white or black. I purchased two more as gifts. Brand sold on line is different then ones sold in store. Make sure compatible with light blubs. Highly Recommend.
May 14, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sean Works with Cree LED light bulbs!
Using with a Home Depot "Medusa" style 5-bulb torchiere and Cree 9.5w (60w) warm white bulbs. The torchiere lights up either 2, 3 or all 5 bulbs. With this dimmer the power draw will go as low as 4 watts with 2 bulbs fully dimmed, up to 50w with all 5 bulbs on full blast.
I also have a Leviton incandescent dimmer which looks identical except it has a green led. This did not work well with the Cree bulbs. They would make an annoying buzzing sound. Also, I had to turn them on to full blast and THEN dim them, and the dim was not as low as I would have liked.
August 14, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Dan Depends on the load
This Dimmer does not dimm a LED Spot light as well as others. It goes from OFF to FULL BRIGHT in about 10 to 15 percent of the dimmer travel. It probably just depends on the load. It is not easy to regulate the output. Needs to have the adjustability over the entire range.
February 4, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DunItMyself Dim whit
This dimmer is an excellent way to create ambiance and to lower costs at the same time without buying the most expensive lighting fixture that you can find. Due to the changing clime for lightbulbs, there are great deals on incandescent lightbulb fixtures. Unfortunately, many of those fixtures do not have dimmers. Here's where the Leviton dimmer saves the day. I bought an attractive light fixture without a dimmer and simply plugged it into the dimmer control. Voila! It doesn't have a really super low light level, but it is low and that in itself is great when you want to have just enough light to relax and not too bright. I would highly recommend this dimmer especially if you like a light fixture without one or if you just want to make a lamp that you currently own work with a dimmer. It isn't "pretty" but it is effective. I actually have it hooked up to my bedroom wall lights and the dimmer is attached to the side of the headboard within reach while laying in bed. And all the while hidden from view when you walk into the room.
December 10, 2013