Question about Leviton Electrical Supplies
I WANT TO USE THIS DIMMER FOR A HOLEGEN KITCHEN FIXTURE. WILL IT WORK AS THE DIMMER SAYS INCANDESCENT 600 W
Incandescent and halogen appear the same to these switches. Basically, if the fixtures has a ballast or the lamp uses gas for illumination (as opposed to filament) it will require a special dimmer made expressly for that use or no dimmer is permitted. Such lamps would be fluorescent, compact fluorescent (aka CFL), high pressure sodium, mercury vapor, etc.
There are also some DIMABLE CFLs on the market. These can be used with ordinary dimmers and require no special wiring. Simply remove the old incandescent and replace with a dimaable CFL. Be sure to read the package for any limitations. Keep in mind, the CFL package must state it is dimable, as not all are. Dimable CFLs cost more than the non-dimable types.
Even though it was not asked, never use a dimmer to control the speed of a fan. That applies whether it is a paddle fan or a table fan plugged into an outlet that is controlled by a dimmer switch. There are variable speed motor controls made for this purpose.
I hope this helps & good luck!
Posted on Jan 06, 2012
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Hi, I have a leviton
You said they are 50 watt GU10's, so I would assume they are 120V halogens, and you must simply have gotten a bad dimmer. But if these GU10's are 50 watt equivalent (LED's or CFL's) then the bulbs will have their own transformers built into them, and would be incompatible with a dimmer switch. It also might be the case that you have low voltage halogens which would use a transformer, shared or individual, and these would also be incompatible with a dimmer. (I don't know offhand if GU10's are available with low voltage halogens.)
Posted on Sep 17, 2010
The dimmer is worn out
Wall switches and dimmers don't come apart for repairs >> nobody sells parts >> and the wiring didn't suddenly go bad.
Posted on Oct 11, 2010
SOURCE: I have leviton 6681 dimmer
That range seems a little small, but I think still within reason. The reality is that dimmer manufacturers consider the basic rotary dimmer to be the red-headed step-child of their product offering. They offer it because they have to, not because they want to - and as such, typically dump as little money into the quality of the product as possible.
Posted on Mar 03, 2011
SOURCE: I am replacing a Lightolier
It depends. Some dimmers are considered "smart dimmers," where the control on the other end of the 3-way has to be intelligent enough to send a signal back to the dimmer. If the Lightolier dimmer was a smart dimmer, then chances are that the 3-way control was designed to talk only to that specific dimmer. The Leviton product you replaced it with is a simple, basic dimmer - it should work in conjunction with a simple, basic 3-way switch.
If the 3-way control already IS a simple, basic 3-way switch - then I would simply re-check the wiring of the dimmer you replaced.
Posted on Sep 12, 2011
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