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I installed the dimmer 600 w and now the light bulb is flickering like a disco. Is it the bulb that I need to change or an adjustment on the actual dimmer.

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The Dimmer & the Lamp MUST MATCH.

If your Dimmer was intended to operate with INCANDESCENT (original Light BULB, not CFL), it will ONLY work correctly with TUNGSTEN or HALOGEN Lamp Bulb.

If your Dimmer was designed for use with C.F.L. it will not operate with original Tungsten BULB type Lamp (AKA "Type A Bulb").

Most likely your trouble is you exchanged the burnt original Tungsten BULB for C.F.L.

The original Tungsten & Halogen type Dimmers always rated for 600 WATT, so I can bet $$$ that it requires Halogen or Tungsten to be a proper match.
You can have both types on the same Circuit at the same time, but never try to mix BOTH Halogen/Tungsten AND C.F.L. or L.E.D type Lamps on old style Tungsten Dimmer Switch.

Remember- Tungsten & Halogen= the same- you may combine *only* these 2 Lamps together on an old fashioned 600W Dimmed Circuit.

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Are you using one of those florescent bulbs? They generally can't be dimmed.

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