Hot dimmer switch

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Old 07-11-06, 06:41 AM
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Hot dimmer switch

I installed a 600 watt 3-way dimmer switch in my newly remodeled basement. There are 3 halogen ceiling fixtures and recessed can that the switch operates. Each of the halogen fixtures has (3) 50 watt GU10 bulbs, and the can holds a 65 watt spot bulb. The total wattage of all 10 bulbs is 515 watts, but the switch is VERY hot all the time, whether it is all the way on, or set to dim (it's the sliding type of dimmer switch, with the small slider to the side of the actual switch.) It gets so hot, that it is impossible to hold the tip of your finger on either of the swichh cover plate screws without getting burned. The box is single gang plastic screwed into a 2x4 stud with 1/2" drywall.

Any ideas? Thx.
 
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Old 07-11-06, 07:32 AM
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Are your halogens 120 volt bulbs, or are they low voltage bulbs operation off of a transformer? If the latter, the total wattage proably is esceeding 600/
 
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Old 07-11-06, 07:36 AM
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Originally Posted by 594tough
Are your halogens 120 volt bulbs, or are they low voltage bulbs operation off of a transformer? If the latter, the total wattage proably is esceeding 600/
No, they are 120 volt bulbs, no transformers...
 
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