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Will dimmers kill compact fluorescent bulbs?

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Subject: Will dimmers kill compact fluorescent bulbs?
From: Doug Braun <>
Date: Fri, 9 Feb 2007 17:44:07 -0800 (PST)

Yesterday my wife bought two CF bulbs (from Ikea)
and put them into a ceiling light fixture that
happened to be controlled by a dimmer.  The dimmer
didn't really dim them- if you turned it down below
some threshold, the bulbs simply turned off.

This evening I tried turning on the lamp, and neither
bulb would work at all!  (A third bulb in the fixture,
a normal incandescent, still worked fine.)

So, could the dimmer have somehow killed the CF bulbs,
or is it just a coincidence, and I should avoid
buying light bulbs from Ikea?


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