I have a ceiling fan that has three Cree 40w LED bulbs (home depot 3 pack). I had a Leviton LED dimmer on it that has a minimum adjustment knob inside. I was able to adjust it to the minimum position getting the bulbs pretty low. There was no flicker and no issues at all…they worked really well. I decided to switch over to a GE 12724 and move the Leviton dimmer to a bedroom that has the same bulbs. Whats I’ve found:
Sometimes (1 out of every 7 or 8) when I switch the switch on manually it doesn’t do anything. The blue indicator light turns off which tells me the lights should be on, but the LED’s dont turn on. Holding the paddle up or down has no effect. If you click it off the indicator turns back on (indicating they are off) then turn it back on and they work the second time.
The bulbs work fine from around 30% to 100%. Dim properly. Between about 20 - 30% they will randomly flicker. Below 20% they jump up to what they look like at 60%. Percentages are verified through SmartThings
The bulbs will not dim nearly as low as with the Leviton manual dimmer. On a scale form 1 to 10 the Leviton could get down to a 1 while the lowest without flickering on the GE is around a 3 or 4. The high point is the same with both.
Anyone have these issues? Is there a better switch I should be using? I want to put in about 6 dimmers and two regular switches but if I’m having this issue with just one I don’t want to go much further with GE.