What would cause a dimmer switch to stop working?

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Old 07-07-03, 01:52 PM
Bluerain
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What would cause a dimmer switch to stop working?

Hi all,

I installed a dimmer switch for recessed lighting about a year ago and it no longer dimmers.

The lights still work ( on and off ) but the dimmer is'nt working any longer.

Any suggestions why the lights would still work and not the dimmer?

Thanks so much ; >

Deborah
 
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Old 07-07-03, 02:36 PM
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Most dimmers use electronics for operation. Surges or even a light blowing that is controlled by the dimmer can cause their failure.

It still works as a switch because simply put there is a switch internally.

When you move the dimmer to off this switch opens and cuts power to the dimmer circuitry and the light.

When you start to slide the dimmer up the switch closes and energises the dimmer.
 
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Old 07-07-03, 02:39 PM
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Most dimmers are electronic. Many things can cause them to go bad. Too much wattage of lamps, heat, lightning, plain old component failure.
 
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Old 07-07-03, 02:58 PM
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I think it's a Lutron switch and it was'nt cheap. Is lutron the electronic type?

Also, could it be a loose wire?

Thanks for the quick replies : >

Deborah
 
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Old 07-07-03, 03:03 PM
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No, it is not likely to be a loose wire. The dimmer is dead.

Make sure your load is well within the wattage limits of your new dimmer. Before you go to buy a new one, be sure you know whether you need a standard dimmer or a 3-way dimmer.
 
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Old 07-07-03, 03:16 PM
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I only have 4 -60watt bulbs and a ceiling fan on this breaker.

The fan and lights are never on at the same time. and I mean never.


Oh well, I have another one , also new, lying around somewhere. I'll just have to install it. I just think it should have lasted longer than a year or so.

Thanks so much : >

Deborah
 
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Old 07-07-03, 03:27 PM
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Fan? What fan?

A ceiling fan should never be put on an ordinarly lighting dimmer.
 
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Old 07-07-03, 03:34 PM
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No, I have a seperate switch for fan. It's also a lutron and made for fans. It has one switch for fan and one switch for the fan lights. Two sliding bars and one controls the 3 speed fan and the other is for the fan light.

The otrher switch ( dimmer) is just for the recessed lighting.

Sorry for the confusion : >

Deborah
 
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