Have several of these installed in different rooms with very different dimmable bulb setups -- they all work great at providing minimal flicker, no hum, dim-enough to full-bright, etc: 1 - powering a bank of incandescent bulbs (6 total in 2 fixtures), these...
Have several of these installed in different rooms with very different dimmable bulb setups -- they all work great at providing minimal flicker, no hum, dim-enough to full-bright, etc:
1 - powering a bank of incandescent bulbs (6 total in 2 fixtures), these slightly hum and flicker at low dimness, but it''s all on the bulbs.
2 - powering 2x hardwired LED light-bar fixtures.
3 - 3 LED socket-bulbs in a ceiling fan fixture.
LOOKS & ERGONOMICS:
Overall design can''t get any sleeker in looks or function -- you just push it up to turn it on and keep sliding for brighter. The detent (between off/lowest) is silent yet just right to feel it clearly. There''s no extra button, nothing else taking up space or cluttering the look or confusing newcomers... just one big, easy to see and find in the dark slider. And it has the option for an orange LED light that very dimly shines through the top of the slider (translucent plastic) when it''s off, which makes it super easy to find in the dark, and is so dim and so warm-colored it shouldn''t distract even light sleepers. Still, they let you turn this off if you prefer, using a tiny switch behind the face plate (it''s off by default and I forgot to flip it before putting on the faceplate 3 of 3 times... d''oh!). Likewise, there''s a setting dial under the faceplate to adjust minimum/max brightness, which was great for all 3 of my scenarios and allowed me to get the dimmest possible low settings I wanted.
Overall, if you feel like it''s hard to find a product designed for humans to actually touch and use intuitively, you''ll like this and so will anyone new to your house or fumbling in the dark. I can''t think of any way to possibly improve the product''s look/ergonomics.
BUILD QUALITY & INSTALL:
The slider has a tiny bit of play in it before it crosses the detent, but otherwise it''s very smooth and solid feeling. Nice. The brackets that attach to your workbox are in the "sturdy" category and don''t bend much when tightening into a tight space unlike, say, really cheap outlets or switches that can easily deform just from cluttered wires in the workbox pushing back. The only drawback of this unit is it is much deeper/wider than a regular switch and you''re forced to use wire nuts to connect to the permanent stranded cable leads (why do manufacturers not use solid wire to make joining to standard solid home wiring easier? maybe I''m ignorant of a good reason, but it''s annoying) whereas a cheap basic flip switch you can often just slot or wrap your existing leads in. That said, while it''s a little extra work, I appreciate knowing all the connections are protected inside wire nuts and nothing will accidentally push against a contact when finagling it back into the workbox, and is simpler for some of those daisy-chain ratsnest situations...
Bought one, couldn''t wait to add more, will keep converting rooms over time. As long as they last (longest use so far is about 6 months and counting), they got this one right across the board. And what a difference a dimmer makes in eye comfort, alertness before bed, invitingness of a room, etc. Good job Leviton... Your simple device was worth this much typing.