Sounds like the perfect "no budget" answer. I am not sure why, but there is a current epidemic of people putting "stand alone" self ballasted CFLs on dimmer systems. I think they need a bigger warning on the box, like the WHOLE box! I was in a Home Depot last week and overheard one of their sales people tell a customer that CFLs were ok on a dimmer. I didn't interrupt, but I did go over and grab a box of the shelf and read it just to makes sure it wasn't some new form of product, but it clearly stated "Do not use on a dimmer." Although not in the scope of this forum, there is a big lag in public understanding of the limits of CFLs, and as we can see by this thread, that trickles over into our industry.