Is buzzing sound due to incorrect wiring?

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Old 03-07-07, 06:43 PM
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buzzing sound w/newly installed dimmer switch

I installed a dimmer switch in the kitchen -- there are three 120V bulbs and two smaller bulbs on the one switch. One of the large bulbs has a significant buzzing sound when dimmed at all, and is still very faint yet annoying when on full brightess. Any suggestions?
 
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1st, I hope all your bulbs are 120V.
2nd, Try a new bulb. All manufactures are not equal.
3rd, Most cheap bulbs will hum when dimmed.
4th, A good dimmer will elliminate most hums.
 
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Old 03-07-07, 07:05 PM
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Is buzzing sound due to incorrect wiring?

I've changed a few switches and haven't had trouble thus far ...
 
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Old 03-07-07, 07:06 PM
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be sure to buy one rated for your needs. Cheap ones will hum and buzz and if overloaded can be a fire hazard.
 
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Old 03-07-07, 07:07 PM
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The Buzz can be from a number of things, ranging from [EDIT] all the way up to a interminet loose connection or cheap device, such as a dimmer or toggle.
 

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Old 03-07-07, 07:15 PM
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Nope haven't asked it ...

This is my first time ever on the site ... actually just found it lookin for an answer elsewhere. You're the first reply and I'm a bit shocked. I'm just learning how the site works.
... hope the rest of your eve goes better. Thanks for your reply.
 
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Old 03-07-07, 07:28 PM
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Hey kcarpenter, welcome to the forum. We've only just begun on your problem. When we're done, you'll be on top of the world. But it's going to take some time, for all we know.

As mentioned above, the problem is almost always caused by the bulbs. Switching to a different brand of bulb almost always fixes the problem.

P.S. I hope you deciphered the references in my first paragraph.
 
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I'm now going to merge your two threads together to avoid any confusion and to focus the discussion. And I'm going to delete/edit the posts that refer to the confusion already created by the separate threads.
 
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Old 03-07-07, 07:49 PM
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Thanks John. Im multi-learning = )

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I'm now going to merge your two threads together to avoid any confusion and to focus the discussion. And I'm going to delete/edit the posts that refer to the confusion already created by the separate threads.
Sorry ... I'm not quite savvy at this type of site. Haven't 'chatted' before and tried other electrical sites first. I tried to educate myself just a bit and browse the site before posting. It's a great site -- I'm sorry I wasn't quite on top of it. Hope I can figure it out before I freak anyone else out.

Thanks
 
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Old 03-07-07, 07:54 PM
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Originally Posted by lectriclee View Post
1st, I hope all your bulbs are 120V.
2nd, Try a new bulb. All manufactures are not equal.
3rd, Most cheap bulbs will hum when dimmed.
4th, A good dimmer will elliminate most hums.
Thanks so much. Your response was very helpful.
 
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You did not "freak" us out. But some have... So keep on trying.

Welcome, by the way. You should enjoy it.
 
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