Got a Three Way Stand up lamp as X-Mas gift

Finally put together this morning and put the "dimmable" bulb the guy at HD told me would work. Well, it DOES work, but it has only ONE setting and when I rotate the three way knob on this lamp the bulb either goes off, stays off or comes on with full lumens. WHAT do I need-?

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  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jan 22, 2018
    It sounds like he didn't sell you the right one. Maybe you need the three way bulb instead. It sounds more like a three way switch and not a dimmable switch.

  • Patti Patti on Jan 22, 2018
    you need a three way bulb. You can find them in many different styles & colors. I use daylight bulbs. Very while light...not yellow.

  • 27524803 27524803 on Jan 22, 2018
    If it has a switch and not a knob.. it will not dim

  • William William on Jan 22, 2018
    Yep, You need a three way bulb. Take the dimmable bulb back, explain what happened. You should have no problem. The three way bulb will have three wattages listed on the package. Of course it will be an incandescent bulb. They haven't made three way CFL or LED bulbs yet.

    • Gregg Gregg on Jan 22, 2018
      Yes, they now make 3 way CFL, and LED light bulbs.

  • DebWor DebWor on Jan 22, 2018
    3 way bulb

  • William William on Jan 22, 2018
    Yes, Gregory, they came out in 2014. They are just modified dimmer bulbs without the dimming feature in the way they are constructed. Apologies.

  • Nun32489822 Nun32489822 on Jan 23, 2018
    a electronic hobbyist who understands Thyristors and Diac s a tall order or send it back to the manufacture as it should have a guarantee on it eric