halogen lamp switch replacement


Old 11-28-11, 08:54 AM
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halogen lamp switch replacement


I have a halogen floor lamp like this:

it is a 500watt max lamp which has a dimmer switch in it like this
Amazon.com: Angelo Brothers 70801 Halogen Dimmer for Torchiere Lamps: Home Improvement

Having never really used it on a dim setting, I usually just turn it on full. Now the switch is broken. While I can order the one from Amazon above, I have switches likes this:

just lying around. It is a 15a/120v rocker...can't I just replace the dimmer with a switch like this one? I ask because inside the dimmer, there is a resister and something to dissipate heat...I'm no electrician, but i think this is only necessary to dim the light and dissipate the excess energy. I just don't want to melt the switch or create a fire hazard.
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Old 11-28-11, 08:57 AM
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A regular switch should be fine.

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