Get the best out of your Lightwave dimmers by ensuring that your lamps are fully compatible. Check out our compatibility chart and advice section here.
LED lighting has become a popular solution for people looking to reduce their energy consumption. However, there are not many standards in the market, and many LED lights can have difficulty when dimming.
Lightwave dimmer switches are designed to work with LEDs if the LEDs are dimmable, but even then, there are some varieties that will have trouble dimming and may flicker. This may be resolved by increasing the total load (adding more bulbs), but not always. To ensure successful dimming, a good solution is to use pre-tested bulbs recommended on our compatibility chart.
We have guidelines of 60W~70W as a maximum rating per gang for one and two gang dimmers, but there have been instances where surpassing this has worked, and instances when falling below this hasn't worked. One company with an 8.5W lamp recommended putting no more than 5 onto a 250W dimmer. When 6 were put onto our dimmer (51W), the dimmer did not operate correctly.
It is the heat that gets generated by each LED lamp, so it is the heat that goes back to the wires and the dimmer will not be able to handle more than x10 LEDs, it might do but the plate on the touch will be warm and the switch will eventually fail. So the the dimmer should not go over its maximum demand.