Dimmer switches are the unsung heroes of home lighting, allowing us to create the perfect ambiance for every occasion. However, as with any technology, they can occasionally bring about unexpected challenges. One common issue that might be buzzing in the background is the audible hum or buzz emitted by dimmer switches when in use.
Understanding the Buzz:
The humming or buzzing sound from dimmer switches is often a result of hyper-fast AC interruptions that occur during changes in lighting levels. While not all dimmers exhibit this behaviour, in certain cases, the AC interruptions can generate vibrations in the electromagnetic field within the bulb or the switch itself, leading to the unwanted sound.
Before reaching out to an electrician, consider these troubleshooting tips to address the buzzing:
Check Wattage Compatibility:
Ensure that the wattage of the bulbs used is within the recommended range for your dimmer switch. Dimmers are rated based on the maximum wattage they can control, and exceeding this limit can contribute to the buzzing. Using lower-wattage bulbs might alleviate the issue.
Opt for ‘Rough Service’ Bulbs:
Switching from standard incandescent bulbs to ‘rough service’ light bulbs can make a difference. These bulbs are designed with sturdier supports for the filaments, minimising vibrations that contribute to the buzzing.
When to Call in the Professionals:
If the buzzing persists despite your troubleshooting efforts, it’s time to enlist the help of a qualified electrician. At Armitage Electrical, our experienced team can assist you in upgrading your dimmer rating or selecting the appropriate dimmer replacement. A buzzing dimmer switch may indicate an underlying electrical problem in your home, and our experts are equipped to identify and address any potential issues.
Let us help you silence the buzz and ensure that your is harmoniously illuminating your home. Your comfort and safety are our top priorities.