2 way with dimmer - possible?

Old 02-22-04, 09:32 AM
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I'm wiring up lighting in my room, but I need some help on the diagram to get this circuit to work. I am not a qualified electrician, but I will have it all checked out before it goes live (new building). Remember, I live in the UK, so it needs to be sorta in standards/work here on 240v.

So, I want the following configuration:
- 2 Lights in the ceiling, these are mains halogen, and the box says they are dimmable (GU10 50w). I have one main fixture in the middle of the room, with 4 bulbs on it. Another fixture is above my desk with 2 lamps in it.
- Dimmer switch by my door, with 2 channels. One dims main light, one for desk light.
- 2 way switch by bed, one turns off the main light, and turns it on again, other turns other light on/off.

If the bed switch is pressed, the light comes on at full, or turns off, regardless of the dimmer setting. however, if the dimmer is on, and the bedside switch is pressed, the light goes out completely - not just to the dimmer's level. so the switches in parallel or series wouldn't work how I want. is it possible to use a 2 pole switch one cuts the dimmer out, the other puts the light on directly?

is this possible, and how? or not, what suggestions would you use? I really want something like a 2 way setup like on stairs, but you can't dim them... or are there dimmers which take a slave switch or soemthing?

Old 02-22-04, 03:02 PM
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Not sure what's available in the UK, but in the US, master/slave dimmers are readily available. They are sometimes called "smart" dimmers. The master dimmer really controls the dimming, but the slave dimmer can send signals to it. This gives dimming control from both locations.

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