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Dimmer light won't work.

Kenmore model 233.52052002. The bright light works but the dimmer (lower intensity) does not. The hood has 2 bulbs and I tested both - they're ok. It seems to be something electrical within the hood, because when I which to dim (lower light), it simply goes dark. ???? Thank you.

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You are using incandescent bulbs because most dimmer will not work with Fluorescent otherwise sound like a bad switch, if it new return it. They are fairly easy to replace. Hope this Helps Paul

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