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Dimmer light delay

I installed a 3 way dimmer and while it works there is very slight delay in the lights coming on. They go off without delay

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Led? Normal.

Posted on Sep 02, 2016

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SOURCE: installing electronic transformer with 3 way touch dimmer switch

Consider using a MAELV-600 and a MA-R. The MAELV is rated for 600W Electronic Low-Voltage. The MAELV will require a neutral wire connection.

www.lutron.com/maestro

Posted on Oct 17, 2008

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SOURCE: 1 way and 3 way dimmer switches

The answer to your question depends on the manufacturer and type of 3 way dimmer you are using... generally you can use a 3 way switch as a single pole switch, but whether or not this holds true with the dimmer you are using depends. Let me know what you are trying to acomplish and model numbers mfgs of what you have and I'll try and help

Posted on Jan 05, 2009

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SOURCE: newly installed Leviton dimmer switch humming at the switch

You'll need to install an electronic dimmer, like a Maestro. Otherwise, you'll have to live with the hum.

Posted on May 30, 2009

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SOURCE: Lutron Dimmer Not Dimming But On/Off Works

The type of track heads you are using could be creating the problem. Are the lamps Par 20, Par 30 (screw in base) or MR-16 low voltage (push in base)? If the track head has a small (2"x4") box and uses MR-16 lamps then you need to use a dimmer specifically designed for ELECTRONIC LOW VOLTAGE. Incandescent lights (screw in base) and Electronic low voltage need a different signal to dim. Using a standard dimmer for electronic low voltage will work for a while, but then either the dimmer or the fixtures will go bad. If your lamps are incandescent or halogen you may have just had a bad dimmer. (Not common for Lutron products) but the part number you list should be good for 1000watts and should not be the issue.
http://www.lutron.com/CMS400/TechInfoPage.aspx?id=25531

Please see "Dimming Basics" under the helpful information tab for a better explanations of the two different styles of dimming. Hope this helps!

Posted on Oct 09, 2009

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SOURCE: Dimmer doesn't turn off!

There is one more thing that you can try, turn the power off from the breaker and wait about 20 seconds, then turn back on. If that doesn't fix it you are probably right about the dimmer being bum. It is very rare that Lutron devices are defective. You can contact them directly and see if you can get it replaced since you no longer have the receipt. You may have to send it to them before they will send you a replacement but it beats spending another $50
http://lutron.com/CMS400/page.aspx?id=24679

Posted on Oct 19, 2009

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