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I want to love it, but... "rough service" bulb$ only!
on November 29, 2012
installed very easily.
Once installed I realized it does not work with CFL or LED bulbs and makes noise with regular incandescent bulbs. I decided to roll with that, based on the praise it gets.
To be sure, I tried it with three different types of LED bulbs. It does not work with 2 of them, just flickers and strobes, except the Philips Dimmable LED, which dims but not smoothly and its minimum brightness is still reasonably bright.
I tried incandescent bulbs but the standard ones all made a buzzing sound at lower light levels. I did some research and purchased special "rough service" bulbs, they work with the dimmer and do not produce buzzing.
Once the rough service bulbs were installed and the noise was gone, I was ready to enjoy this great dimmer, but immediately I noticed that the light intermittently fluctuates. This did not happen before I installed the dimmer. The intensity of the light decreases and increases at random intervals and significantly when the refrigerator comes on, but also at other times. I guess it needs so much juice that it complains if any other appliance wants any.
This dimmer has some sweet features. The remote is much better than I expected. I want to love it, but it is just such a power guzzler.
Update [January, 2013]: the Philips Dimmable LED bulb that seemed to work burned out after a few weeks of use with this dimmer. It left a burn mark on the light fixture. So, yes I got burned from not knowing that the Maestro CL dimmers are made for CFLs and LEDs not the THW dimmers like this one, and ROUGH SERVICE high energy con$umtion bulbs only, from now on, I swear!