Anyone who has used dimmable CFL bulbs with a standard dimmer is no stranger to the flickering issues inherent in the energy-saving conjunction of the two technologies. Dimming a CFL with a standard dimmer not only results in occasional flickering, it can also lead to limited dimming ranges and a flat out inability to turn the lights on at all when the dimmer is in a certain position.
Enter Leviton's new Decora CFL Slide Dimmer, launched at the 2010 International Builders' Show a couple weeks ago. Made specifically to work with the widest range of dimmable CFLs, the Decora CFL Slide Dimmer eliminates the aforementioned issues, optimizing CFL dimming performance. The dimmer's "auto mode" lets it automatically detect if the bulb being controlled is an incandescent or CFL and adjusts its settings for optimal dimming performance.
Kudos to Leviton for making it more likely we consumers will go even greener in our homes.
No word yet on a cost for the dimmer or the best place to buy, but stay tuned for that info as it comes in.