Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 16
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Troy43 Exactly what the doctor ordered
I wanted to switch to LED lighting in my family room. I replaced 6 incandescent bulbs with 6 LED bulbs. Knew nothing about the dimmer switch requirement. The last two LED bulbs flickered every time I dimmed the lights. I also could not lower the intensity of the lights as low as I could with incandescent bulbs. Educated myself on YouTube about the dimmer switch requirement. Used this product to finish my project. Not only did it fix my flickering issue, it made the lights brighter on full and very dim on low. I could not be more satisfied with the entire project. Oh, I replaced the switch myself with no difficulty. Life is good.
November 10, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Casey1diyer Works great with LED Can lights
I installed this dimmer after installing 2 new 11 watt LED recessed lights. The lights used to be insanely bright. Installation was simple, just basic electrical skills. Initially the lights did not dim more than 50%, however I read the instruction sheet and this dimmer has an adjustment screw. I can now dim the bulbs down to 10%. The LED bulbs say for best performance, turn on to full brightness, then dim down to desired level. If I turn them on at a dim level, they flicker once and go normal. The lights and dimmer are completely silent no matter the brightness level. I'm very happy with my new lights and the dimmer.
April 19, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by ramundoblanco SAVE ENERGY!
Dimmer was very easy to install, this product has saved me money from the get go. Reducing my leds from 13 W to 11W.
March 24, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Dano I should have known
...when I saw it was for LED *AND* CFL . I told the HD guy I needed a certain style of dimmer for my client's new fixtures with LEDs, and this is what he sold me. Now, most CFLs are not meant for dimming, hence a dimmer for CFLs has a limited dimming range built in to reduce the chance of flickering (too low voltage) Apply the same principle to high quality LEDS (which operate under different conditions and often perform fine on a standard dimmer) and the result is VERY limited dimming. Now, Instead of "bright to very dim" you get "bright to just shy of bright". If you are using GOOD LEDs pass this one up and get a REGULAR dimmer. If you want a dimmer for CFLs... Wait, or get LEDs. the technology for good CFL dimming just isnt here yet.
Now I have to go replace these for my client on my own dime.
March 5, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by sickofbuzz Disappointed in the buzzing
I purchased this dimmer specifically for, according to other reviewers, the lack of buzzing when used with LED lighting. For me, this has not been true. The dimmer I replaced was made specifically for incandescent bulbs so I expected the old dimmer to buzz. This new dimmer, which is made for dimming LEDs, causes the lighting to buzz just as loud as the dimmer it replaced. I tried the same dimmer in multiple areas which included 4 different LED bulbs (BR30, R20, A19, GU10) mostly from Philips and one from EcoSmart. Each location buzzed. My bulbs are on Lutron's "approved bulbs" list.
Sure, this dimmer dims and I like the low-brightness adjustment, but it's 2015 and LED dimmers still buzz? It's so disappointing.
One of the few attributes I did like is the pigtail wires that are flexible. Having to insert or screw solid copper wire with large, bulky switches and maneuver them into the electrical box isn't fun. The pigtails make it so much easier and also cut down on additional wire nuts in multi-gang boxes.
February 20, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Brandonshire Once the dimmer is adjusted it works great!
After years of being dissatisfied with the dimmable CFL's I had in my basement TV room, I decided it was time to try out LED lights (one of the CFL's burned out so I'd need to get a replacement anyway). After installing one LED light to be sure I'd be satisfied with the color and brightness I was disappointed to find that it would dim a little more than the CFL's but not much more.
I started doing some research to find out if there were others that dimmed more or some other way to improve the situation. I found that many suggested getting a new dimmer. I looked around a bit and decided to try this one.
The key with this dimmer is to realize that you can adjust the level to which it dims. Don't just install it and then assume that the level it dims to out of the box is as low as it goes. Finish reading the instructions and you'll find you can adjust that level lower. After I got it installed I adjusted things and now my new LED bulbs dim down pretty darn low! Maybe not quite as low as incandescents but plenty low.
Just remember, the default level of dimming is probably a lot higher than where you can adjust things.
August 18, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by OpaS Works perfect
I was not going to write a review of this item until I read most of the other reviews.
I totally agree with those who rated this at 5 stars, for those who rated it less I suggest you look for issues other than this dimmer (provided that you didn't get a defective one).
I've had this dimmer for 13 months working with 6 recessed DIMMABLE LED lights and it is perfect. The lights go from full brightness to really low.
I also have the sister dimmer Model # CTCL-153PDH-WH controlling three DIMMABLE LED bulbs above the kitchen sink. Using the internal trimmer adjustment I was able to adjust the lowest brightness to the point where the lamps just barely turn on. At this setting it makes the perfect night light, just barely enough light in the room to keep you from bumping into things. At full brilliance you almost need sun glasses.
The key is that the CFLs or LED lamps be of the dimmable type. Not all CFLs or LEDs are designed to dim. If you use any dimmer with a CFL or LED that is NOT dimmable, the dimming range will be very limited to non existent. Also, using the wrong bulb on a dimmer can make the bulb electronics run hot leading to premature failure or fire. They also could buzz or hum a lot. Up until a year or so ago most LED and CFL bulbs were NOT dimmable. Today most are.
No matter how experienced you are the keys to success are 1) read the instructions 2) use a dimmer designed for dimmable CFL / LED bulbs 3) read the instructions 4) make sure your bulbs are marked "dimmable" 5) read the instructions 6) do not exceed the dimmer wattage rating 7) follow the instructions.
January 23, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Kevin Great Dimmer
I installed nine of these dimmers in various rooms last month and they look and work fine. They dim great on several different brands of LED's
December 17, 2014