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LUTRON DIMMER THERE IS 3 LOW VOLTAGE LIGHTS HOOKED UP TO THIS DIMMER AND THEY ARE THE LITTLE PUCK LIGHTS..THEY WORK JUST FINE UNTIL YOU TURN THEM UP TO FULL POWER AND THEN THE LIGHTS FLICKER..GET DIMMER AND THEN BRIGHTER..TRIED DIFFERENT DIMMER AND THEY DID THE SAME THING..ANY IDEAS AS TO WHAT MAY BE WRONG? USING THE MAESTRO MODEL

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  • John Morganti May 11, 2010

    You said the lights are low voltage.  Do they run off a transformer?  Dimmer switches are not rated for use with transformers and the results will be unsatisfactory.

  • Terry Lee
    Terry Lee May 11, 2010

    Let me get this right. The three light fixtures are operating using the same switch i.e. one switch for all three lights? And this circuit is connected to one single-channel dimmer? Usually, this instance in dimming control occurs when the power source is not regulated or a temporary supply is in-placed. If not any of those, do you have similar problems in other areas where similar dimmers are installed?

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The Lutron Maestro dimmer isn't rated or designed to operate low voltage lighting as it is a 120 V-AC rated electronic dimmer. You should either install a standard low voltage ON/OFF switch on this installation or obtain a dimmer rated for use on low voltage lights.

You need special low voltage dimmer designed for use on the low voltage pucks lights you have installed. Usually the low voltage is either 12, 24, or 36 volts, depending on the manufacturer of your particular light set. Once the correct dimmer is in place, the problem with the flickering and pulsing of the lights, should cease.

If you still are having this problem and you can't find a low voltage dimmer, you can contact the maker of your low voltage light kit and they can provide you with an acceptable dimmer option for your lights.

Most Home Depot and Lowe's carry the low voltage puck light kits, and usually have accessories for these lights, including dimmer switches that will work with them.

Hope you find this Very Helpful and best regards!

PS: I found this old, unanswered question and wanted to provide a solution to close out the problem and clear the question from the site.

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