The Orro Switch works with most standard bulbs — LED, Incandescent, Halogen, CFL, ELV, and MLV. To identify the bulb type, check the bulb shape and filament (if you can see it). If you can’t tell immediately, you may need to read the text printed on the bulb.
While the Orro Switch is not currently able to work with Smart Bulbs, we plan to release an update in 2019 to offer support for common Smart Bulb brands.
LED Bulbs (Often Dimmable) use LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) to create light based upon a charge of electricity. These bulbs are normally frosted and have a plastic base (see examples). While most newer LED bulbs are dimmable, some LED bulbs are not dimmable. If you are unsure, please search the product's website for details.
Incandescent Bulbs (Dimmable) are common but being phased out as a result of the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act in the United States. Specifically 100, 75, 60, and 40-watt incandescent bulbs are being phased out and will no longer be produced. That said, many specialty incandescent bulbs, such as chandelier bulbs, will remain available. Incandescent bulbs use a filament that is heated to the point of glowing, which produces the bulb’s light.
Halogen Bulbs (Dimmable) use a filament that is heated to the point of glowing (similar to incandescent bulbs) but do so using less energy. They often have a smaller glass structure inside of the bulb itself or are in a flat-faced conical shape about 1.5” - 2” in diameter.
CFL Bulbs (Not Dimmable) (Compact Fluorescent Bulbs) became very popular in the past 10 years. They are often a twisted form factor as picture below, but may have a frosted glass covering. These compact fluorescent bulbs or tubes are filled with mercury vapor that emits UV light when electricity is applied.
Fluorescent bulbs (Not Dimmable) often come as long tubes. They light up because they are filled with mercury vapor that emits UV light when electricity is applied. The bulbs/tubes then have a coating inside that turns the UV rays into visible light.
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