I just installed a dimmer switch and am having the same problem. It looks like the hissing is caused by the chopping of the electrical current. I got a cheap switch and it looks like some of the more expensive switches may alleviate the problem. I guess it is back to Home Depot for me. Here is the address of the site I found explaining what is going on. Let me know if this helps. http://home.howstuffworks.com/dimmer-switch5.htm Read that and scroll down to the Table of Contents. Lots of good info.
+ yes, a good quality switch will reduce the sound, also upgrading to a 1000 watt dimmer will reduce it to a greater degree
Not at the present time. Flourescents can't be dimmed with a conventional wall dimmer ... because of that, I wouldn't hold your breath waiting.
By adding more light bulbs
Yes, as long as it is just incandescent bulb lighting connected to the track. If there is a transformer between the voltage source from the track and the light bulb (e.g. low voltage quartz bulbs) then these fixtures can not be dimmed.
If you are looking to use the new energy efficient light bulbs on a light dimmer you will need to buy specially made dimmable CFLs. Not all energy efficient light bulbs are compatible with dimmers so be sure to check the packaging for information.
If you are using what most of us think of as a normal light bulb, what is called an incandescent bulb, you do not need special bulbs. Any fluorescent light bulb, including the new curly bulbs called CFLs, requires a special ballast. The ballasts are built into the CFLs so you would need to buy bulbs specially labeled for dimmers. Never place a dimmer on a fan, or any motor, unless it is specifically labeled for use with a dimmer.
Some fluorescent lamps (bulbs) can be dimmed, but they must be designed to be dimmable. The ballasts and electronics that drive the bulb have to be designed to work with a dimmer or they will not function properly and may overheat. When dimming fluorescent bulbs, many can't be faded smoothly from full to zero. Some will only go to a minimum like 5-20%. A dimmable compact fluorescent lamp will be labelled as being dimmble and can be connected to an ordinary dimmer. For tubes, the ballast has to be specailly designed to be dimmable.
WebbyWunda's answer: Well, sort of ... except that - without getting too technical - the dimmer switch itself doesn't use the electricity, it controls the amount of electricity that reaches the light bulb on its circuit. Dimmer set higher = brighter bulb = more electricity used; dimmer set lower = dimmer bulb = less electricity used. Although the previous answer said only incandescent bulbs, there are actually some other types, for example those designed for use with halogen bulbs, or certain types of fluorescent bulbs. Previous answer: Yes, but only on a conventional incandescent bulb. The electricity heats the element and the element glows giving off energy in the form of heat. Less energy equals less heat. It is the same as having a one bar or two bar electric heater. The one bar obviously consumes less energy. All that the dimmer does is give you a variable switch. If you have alternative kinds of light bulbs or light systems with transformers in the loop, then you would have to ask someone who knows your system.
Fluorescent bulbs can't be dimmed. It takes a certain amount of electricity to get them to come on. Probably about half way on the switch. As long as it has that much it should light. The switch however doesn't like it and will burn out quicker than with regular bulbs. The bulb doesn't care, it is either lit or not. Thanks. I just went ahead and installed a standard light switch. Everything is working fine and energy efficient. ~ CheeseKing
When bulbs are connected in series, the voltage across each bulbs also gets divided and hence the light goes dim.
Use pink light bulbs they will make you look prettier. Use blue light bulbs to make soft light. If you have a lamp, drape a scarf over it to dim the light. Install a dimmer switch to adjust the lighting.
you can not put a normal dimmer on a florescent light. You need to install a dimmer made for flourecent lights and they are expensive about 50 dollar around here. If you want to dim it put a normal incandescent bulb in the fixture.
I have but if dimmer is on low the light fixture sometimes "hums", can be anoying It also shortens the bulb life, significantly in some cases. But their are also CFL bulbs built to be used with a dimmer switch that avoid these problems.Another AnswerYou should only use CFLs specifically-designed to be used with dimmers in circuits controlled by dimmer switches. There is a proven danger of fire hazard when ordinary CFLs are controlled by dimmer switches and, so, this should NEVER be done.
The dash light dimmer switch is turned off or broken.
No, less power is used, but the reduction in power is smaller than the reduction in light, because the lamps are less efficient when dimmed. <<>> A perfect switch uses no power, because when it is on the voltage across it is zero, while when it is off the current through it is zero.
If two light bulbs are connected in the same series circuit, each one will glow dimmerthan it would if it were the only one in the circuit with the same power supply.
The instrument light dimmer is on the main lighting switch - rotate to dim or brighten. Have you checked that your instrument light bulbs are all OK?
The panel light dimmer switch is turned off. The panel light fuse is blown. The panel light bulbs are blown out.
Headlight bulbs, high and low beam, parking light bulbs, signal light bulbs, brake light bulbs, dash light bulbs, interior light bulbs, plate light bulbs, etc.
Some lights won't dim. If you've installed the switch properly, and are using traditional incandescent bulbs (not flourescent, LED, E-L lights or any other very low current light), the dimmer will dim the bulbs. Make sure you're using a dimmable bulb and that the dimmer is installed properly.
Check the bulbs first. I had the same problem on a 94 Oldsmobile and it was the dimmer switch. Replaced that and fixed the problem Check the bulbs first. I had the same problem on a 94 Oldsmobile and it was the dimmer switch. Replaced that and fixed the problem
Be sure the dash light dimmer switch is not turned off and the fuse is okay and the bulbs are good.
A dimmer switch is very helpful as if you attach one to your light switch you can control your light intensity, the Lutron Dimmer is a brand dimmer switches that provide high quality performance.
Nothing. Unlike in a series circuit, it does not get dimmer. However eventually adding light bulbs will overstress the battery, and they will all not stay on as long (using a battery)
Try adjusting the dimmer on the control for the dash light. If ti were a fuse, you would have no lights and that would never be a bulb issue. How's your alternator??