Okay - so I have several GE dimmer switches throughout my basement-- I’m about 2 months into the project. Lately, I’ve noticed the main lights (can lights-- using traditional incandescent bulbs for now) would flicker a bit when I turned them on (full brightness). Tonight, as I was working in this main room, the lights simply shut off. I went over to the switch to investigate and found the metal surrounding the switch (no switch plate installed yet) was BURNING hot to the touch.
How many lights and what is the wattage of each? Those dimmers can’t handle more than 600 watts or so if I remember right. Go over that limit and it will get very hot and I think they have a thermal overload switch.
I love these even though they are flat/weird in open fixtures: Philips Slim Style They produce great light.
I hear/read good things on this community about these ones, but they are too expensive for my taste, besides I don’t like smart bulbs, because my users (family) outsmart smart bulbs with dumb switches: Osram White Tunable
Also Cree are mentioned a lot here, and I have some old ones in one fixture, but they flicker a bit. I think it’s because of the GE dimmer though, even though I have a tiny resistive incandescent in one of the 10 sockets. It could be their age.
I’ve also had reasonable luck at Ikea of all places. They vary, but are generally pretty “yellow/warm”.
In the end, today’s LED’s are getting a lot warmer (color), and I would only suggest that you shoot for middle of the road in pricing and you’ll find nice warm light there. Only the cheapest these days are hospital “blue”.
I don’t know if you’re using indoor floods, but these Philips units have the exact color warmth you are looking for, are dimmable, and work great! Don’t confuse these with Philips model #452326, which are packaged almost identically, but a much cooler 5500K.
I have found that this dimmable Cree LED is almost identical in color to an incandescent light when I did a side by side test.
I have also found that the Philips SlimStyle LEDs buzzed quite loudly when used with the GE dimmer and the Cree did not but you can get them for $1.97 each at Home Depot right now. I believe it is in store only though.
I was also hesitant to switch to LED’s but finally chose Cree (from HD). They do provide a more natural “sun-like” light in my living room. I’m currently using ten and have noticed my energy bill is lower.
I use the Cree connected bulbs, and while they aren’t tunable, they fall right in the middle between Cold and Warm light. I use 6 of them in my master bathroom, and 2 in the master bedroom for the night stand lights. There is a little lag with them but i attribute that to me having them connected to my Hue bridge rather than smart things hub (for reliability issues i had with v1 hub).