Q's Daily DIY Green Tips: CFL Dimming
Another drawback of compact fluorescent light bulbs's is that most are not compatible with dimmers. Dimming your lights to only needed light levels can be a great way to save energy. Using a CFL with a dimmer can shorten the life-span of the CFL, thus nulling many of the advantages of using a CFL. Fortunately this drawback has already been addressed by the industry. When converting to CFL's in situations where you are able to dim the lights, make sure you aquire a CFL that is compatible with a dimmer and ideally a dimmer designed for use with CFL bulbs.