Plugging a Dimmer outlet into a Power Strip

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Old 04-17-18, 01:53 PM
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Plugging a Dimmer outlet into a Power Strip

Kinda a newb here and on this subject ...

What I am looking to do is Dim Christmas lights in my basement.

I have about 10/12 total sets of 100 mini clear christmas lights throughout my basement and have them currently set to one outlet. What i want to do is to be able to Dim them cause they are too bright sometimes.

I have an outlet dimmer I bought at Home Depot: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Leviton-...-10E/203812619 - it works fine, but when they are all connected to this, it gets kinda warm I just get nervous about it.

If I connected a powerstrip, could I connect one or even two of these dimmer switches to an outlet each on the powerstrip (2 total outlets on the powerstrip with a dimmer on each) and keep them half way dim? That would be about 6 sets of lights to each dimmer - distributing the power. Not sure if the lights and the dimmer would take too much juice, although i would imagine they would act like 2 separate wall outlets but just be on the same power strip.

Any ideas would be great. Not sure how else to do this other than multiple power outlets on the wall through the basement but that wont work for me.
 
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Old 04-17-18, 02:59 PM
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It is common for dimmers to get warm when they are dimming a load. You should check the watts of each light string to make sure you are not overloading the dimmer. The dimmer should have an amp or watt rating.

Splitting the load between two dimmers is an acceptable option.
 
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Old 04-17-18, 03:22 PM
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A 100 mini bulb incandescent string of lights could use 20-40w per string.
 

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