dimmer reduces the max light .. bad dimmer switch?

Reply

  #1  
Old 07-18-11, 09:03 AM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: New England
Posts: 55
dimmer reduces the max light .. bad dimmer switch?

I had two three-way switches for the lights in the living room. I replaced one of those three way switches with a three way dimmer switch After my install, we thought that at the max setting, the light output was lower than what it used to be. After taking the dimmer switch out .. we think we have a little more light. Is it expected that dimmer switch circuitry will reduce the max voltage to the lights reducing the max light? or do I have a bad switch. I think the switch is leviton .. but I could not find a model on their site that matches what I have .. What I have looks like this

Thanks
 
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 07-18-11, 09:18 AM
Justin Smith's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Cressona, Pa, USA
Posts: 2,546
They're supposed to do that to save energy. It's supposed to save 15% on energy or something like that.
 
  #3  
Old 07-18-11, 11:28 AM
ray2047's Avatar
Group Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: USA
Posts: 32,659
Are these incandescent light bulbs?
 
  #4  
Old 07-18-11, 01:27 PM
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: New England
Posts: 55
Hi Ray,
Yes, they are recessed incandescent lights. (65-75 W flood lights). I am slowly replacing my recessed lights with LED lights, but haven't reached this room yet.
 
Reply

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Display Modes
'