Dimmer switches

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Old 10-18-04, 06:33 PM
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Question Dimmer switches

I put in recessed lighting in my basement and the dimmer switches seem to be too warm. I know they are suppose to be, but they seem warmer almost hot.

1st switch 1000wMax/2gang 800w/3or more 650w----I have 10 fixtures at 75watt

2nd 600wMax/2gang 500w/3 or more400w-----7 fixtures at 75watt

3rd SAA 3


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Old 10-18-04, 06:42 PM
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Are these three switches you mention all in the same box? I'm not sure how to decode your post.

Try holding your fingers on the faceplate for 60 seconds. Can you do it without being forced to pull away?

What is "SAA 3"?

Your first switch has 750 watts.
Your second switch has 525 watts.

It sounds like you are near or over the maximum. I suggest you switch to 65 watt bulbs. It won't exactly make the switches cool, but it will help.
 
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Old 10-19-04, 04:16 PM
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Dimmer switches

Thanks for replying

I have 3 switches in the same box, and i put my finger on the screws of the face plate. It feels really warm but not the switch itself. So your saying the capacity of the 1st switch is really 750w or what i wrote below. What does gang mean? The 3rd switch SAA(Same as above)dont mine my grammer. That one i am not worried about. NO i wasnt forced to pull away from the face plate, but it did get warmer.
 
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Old 10-19-04, 05:16 PM
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Yes, your first and third switches have 750 watts on a switch only rated for 650. Your second switch has 525 watts on a switch rated only for 400. I suggest you reduce bulb wattage and/or put one or more of these switches in a different box. To ignore this risks a fire.

"Gang" is a term indicating how wide the box is.
 
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Old 10-20-04, 04:33 PM
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Dimmer Switches

Do they have a higher rated switches? or would it be easier to replace the bulbs?
 
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Old 10-20-04, 05:23 PM
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Commonly available dimmers are 250 watt, 600 watt, and 1000 watt. If larger ones exist, I've never seen one. I'd seriously consider moving these switches from one box to multiple boxes.
 
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Old 10-20-04, 06:25 PM
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Dimmer switches

As of right now 1st switch 10 fixtures at 750w is only rated at 650
(living area)
2nd switch 7 fixtures at 525w is only rated at 400
(living area)
3rd swithch 3 fixtures at 225w is only rated at 400
(hall way)
So if i lower the bulb wattage i should be ok, on the 1st and 2nd


Thanks for all the info.
 
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