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Old 12-26-14, 10:07 AM
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hi all my name is Robert I am a maintenance worker at a retirement community in Kansas City MO. We have a dimmer switch in the pub area that doesn't work at all. I have never seen it work but others say it has worked in the past. the building is a little over one year old thus out of warranty for issues like this. After we took the plate off and the switch out the bottom wire is hot and the top one isn't and doesn't become hot when the switch is on. Could it be a bad switch or a wiring issue? I should also say electrical is not my forte I mostly change light bulbs and fixtures occasionally.
 
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Old 12-26-14, 10:17 AM
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That would mean that if the dimmer was not working for all that time.... then the lights it controls weren't working either. Nobody missed these lights for a year ?
 
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Old 12-26-14, 10:30 AM
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Since this used to work I would say the dimmer has died and needs to be replaced. You can put a toggle switch in to check the lights.
 
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that's the part I don't know for sure. housekeeping and activities director say they have worked. it controls 6 lights above the bar it is only used once a week and on special occasions. if they did work at one time it would have to be the switch correct? nothing would cause a wiring issue all of a sudden? also why would a switch go bad that quickly especially since it is hardly ever used?
 

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Old 12-26-14, 10:41 AM
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that's what I don't know for sure. some say they worked others have never noticed them on..they are above the bar and its only used once a week. if the did work if would have to be the switch correct?
 
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Old 12-26-14, 10:59 AM
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The likeliest problem is a failed dimmer. Replacing the dimmer with a switch like pcBoss mentioned is the next step.
 
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Old 12-26-14, 11:01 AM
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ok thank you! I got to looking at the bulbs and they are LED does that mean a dimmer will not work with them?
 
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Old 12-26-14, 11:11 AM
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There are dimmers that will work with LED bulbs. It should be listed on the box. The Lutron Maestro line, available at the depot, is LED friendly.
 
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Old 12-26-14, 11:46 AM
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ok the toggle worked. headed to the depot to get a dimmer now. thanks so much! lookin forward to asking all kinds of questions to ya'll!!
 
 

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