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Author Topic: Bad to dim 100%?  (Read 9798 times)

brandon

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Bad to dim 100%?
« on: February 11, 2006, 02:58:02 PM »

I've written a nice C++ app to control my
lights, and I'm using the standard lamp
modules on most of them. Is there anything
wrong with turing "off" the lights by
dimming them 100%? this won't burn out the
module or anything, right?
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michael creamer

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Re: Bad to dim 100%?
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2006, 07:12:00 PM »

I ALWAYS turn off my lights by dimming them
100%... I've been doing it for years and
years with no problems.  With some light
bulbs you'll hear a small buzzing (if you
get right next to it) and others you might
see a very small glow.

I dim 100% so I can have a smooth
brightening later.  
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brandon

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Re: Bad to dim 100%?
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2006, 12:05:09 PM »

Thanks... yeah that buzzing was concerning
me... but I guess if you think about it...
there�s nothing wrong with a low current
going through those (incandescent)
filaments. In fact... it might be better to
keep them "warm" so to speak, verses
slamming them on with power every time you
turn them on. I know that for old glass
valves at least ;) I don�t know if it makes
much difference in light bulbs, though lol.
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