Switch Plate is Hot

Old 12-27-04, 06:30 AM
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Switch Plate is Hot

We have recessed lighting in the basement (5)...and all lights operate by one dimmer switch......after being on for a period of time it feels hot...why.
Old 12-27-04, 07:33 AM
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Dimmers always get hot, some more then others. Using a higher wattage dimmer will alleviate the heating problem, but it's always going to be there.

Unless it's hot enough that you can't keep your finger on it for a few seconds I wouldn't worry about it. The dimmer the lights the warmer the dimmer gets.
Old 12-27-04, 11:26 AM
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Really warm is okay. Hot is not. The difference is subjective. It is important to add up the wattage of the bulbs and compare that to the rating of the dimmer. If the total wattage exceeds the dimmer rating, it's a fire hazard.

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