Help with On-Time of GE dimmer switch


(Dan) #1

I have two GE dimmer switches. The first one installed was 12729 which is a conventional “pole” stile light switch. I put this in my wife’s office and it works great. Click up and immediately the ramp up starts to last brightness. Works great.

So I bought another switch for the room outside her office. A GE 12724 which is a “paddle” style switch. When I click the on, there is a 2-3 second delay before ramp up. When clicking on, the LED bulbs come on at their VERY minimum brightness (even lower than the lowest I can set it to with the switch or app), then a 2ish second delay, then the ramp up to last brightness begins.

I have tried the “Dimmer Fix” apps, but they seem to only affect the ramp speed and interval. In fact, I don’t see any setting for initial delay in the manual for the switch.

Anyone else with this issue, or ideas?

EDIT: It should be noted that it only does this after the switch has been inactive for over a minute (or so). If I just click it on and off repeatedly, it works as expected. Almost as if it is somehow “asleep”.


(Ray) #2

Most likely because of the low wattage of your LED bulb. You can try swapping the bulb from your wife’s office for testing.


(Dan) #3

They were the same bulbs made by Sunco. In her office is an array of 6, in the living room where the issue is there are 9.


(Ray) #4

Some bulbs just don’t work well with certain switch. The other choice you have is remove 3 LEDs and test or try another brand LED. The delay is due to charging up the led circuit.


(Dan) #5

Thanks. It doesn’t bother me so much, but the wife complains.