There are three main types of dimmable energy saving bulbs:
- Smooth dimming low energy light bulbs, these work exactly like a normal dimmable bulb and are compatible with most dimmer switches.
- Switch dimming energy saving bulbs, this variety work on normal on/off switches and can dim by flicking the switch on and off. This is difficult to explain in writing but actually provides a very sensible solution and works very well in practice. No need for re-wiring or debate about the correct brightness to suit a location, these simply work in a wide range of applications and can be dimmed for soft mood lighting - perfect.
- The third type of dimming low energy bulbs are step dimmers or dors dimming bulbs. This type of lamp works on a normal on/off switch and by turning them on and off they reduce down through 4 light levels. Very useful for certain applications.