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Switch works but does not dim the halogen bulbs. What did I do wrong. Got a hot wire coming into the box, and the halogen branch coming in also. Thank you for your time.

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This is a common problem with many dimmers, there is no good fix for this sorry, need a new switch

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My Sirius Range Hood has two lights that take G4 Halogen bulbs. Is there a 115V bulb made for this application or is there something that converts the voltage to 12V?


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2003 ford taurus has a head light that is dim . i checked the wires with a meter and i get 12 volts from side two side and middle wire gets nothing. because i can read 12 volts does that mean the ground is...


That sounds like you have 1 ground wire, 1 wire for the low beam, and 1 wire for the high beam. If the car has the standard halogen headlight bulb I would recommend replacing it and seeing if that fixes the problem.

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Removed the switch plate and connected the two wires going into the dimmer box and the lights still dont come on. I as thikning by bypassing the dimmer the lights should still function. What else could be...


Hi Jay,
Ive suspect that there's a problem in the main line of the wiring. Since four halogen bulb are already replaced with a new bulb and bypassed the dimmer switch concentrate now on the wiring and the main panel board. Look for a tripped/busted breaker on the box, reset it.Replaced if busted. If nothing works, you need to check the wiring on the ceiling for open.
Hope it may help you.
Have a nice day!
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Feb 04, 2011 | Lutron ELECTRONICS MAW-600H-LA SMART...

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Removed the switch plate and connected the two wires going into the dimmer box and the lights still dont come on. I as thikning by bypassing the dimmer the lights should still function. What else could be...


I am going to stick my neck out a little with this one although I agree with BoomerP. The clue of halogen bulbs is feeding my answer. Halogen bulbs require a high voltage transformer to operate and won't normally work with a dimmer but I never tried it. Bypassing the switch should bring them on though. If you have the proper voltage at the switch and they don't work with the switch bypassed, its probably a bad transformer in the fixture. Good Luck. Be careful.

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Two wall sconces: pulled out old dimmer: 2 sets of romex and no ground. white wires wired together; two black wires, one hot. Installed new dimmer: on-off OK but only one light dims with buzzing. Dimmer is...


Okay. This is going to be easy.
You're in the middle of a circuit and that's why you have 2 Romex'.
The HOT black is the line side. It comes from the panel. The not-hot black is the load side. These 2 blacks go to the brass screws on the switch. The whites tie together and don't go to the switch, UNLESS there are 2 silver screws on it, then they go there. Watch the switch to see if it's clearly marked for LINE and LOAD. In that, the HOT black goes to LINE and it's white companion (from the same Romex) goes to the LINE silver screw. The 2 from the second Romex go to the screws marked LOAD.
In the sconces, you're going to find one that has 2 sets of wires and the other has one set. (I'm betting) The one that's working better, is the first one from the switch wiring.
Open the working one with the switch turned off, of course. Disconnect the wiring going to the second light. Make sure the first light works just like you want it to.
Now, take the 2nd sconce down and see if the wires are in the right places. White to white, black to black, grounds in place, protecting wires from the others. If all that looks fine, reconnect the wire running from the first light to the second. Even though these are still opened up. turn on the switch and see if the 2nd sconce works.
If it's still buzzing, try to determine exactly where the noise is coming from.
Some dimmers won't work with florescent bulbs, some don't like halogen bulbs. SOME don't like the energy-efficient curly bulbs!
The box/instructions for the new dimmer may point out what it's NOT compatible with.
If everything's connected correctly and there's still buzzing, I'm guessing that there's some mis-match between the new dimmer and the lights.

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I just installed a chandelier. This is a new connection. So I ran a 3 wire from the chanderlier to a new lutron slide dimmer. I then ran a 2 wire from this dimmer to the switch. When I turned the...


Lutron Dimmer manuals
http://www.lutron.com/Service-Support/Technical/InstallationInstructions/Pages/InstallationInstructions.aspx?syst=Dimmers+%26+Switches&prodn=Maestro%C2%AE+dimmer+%26+switch

Lutron manuals show a couple things that might be affecting you lights.
1) Wattage: If you have wrong wattage dimmer
2) Type of light bulb: Dimmers work on different types of bulbs
3) Wiring: You say you got 3 wires going to the chandelier? Why you got 3 wires? Is this a 3 way switch? Are the chandelier bulbs wired separately so you can control groups of bulbs with different switches?
Does the dimmer have 3 screws? A dark-colored screw and 2 brass screws? If so, then that sounds like a 3-way dimmer. A 3-way, is where more than one switch controls the same light.

Does the dimmer have 2 screws? Then that dimmer controls a single circuit. Your black Hot wire from breaker box connects to one screw and the black wire to Load connects to other screw.
A quick glance at Lutron wiring manual shows that Hot and Load wires connect to either screw.
The question is your 3-wires from the chandelier ... does the black Hot wire from breaker arrive in the ceiling box first? Or does it arrive in the wall box first? If your Hot arrives in ceiling box, then the Hot must come down to the switch box and connect to a screw on the dimmer >>> a second wire connects to other screw on dimmer and travels up to the ceiling box where it connects to black wire on chandelier. The white wire on chandelier connects to white Neutral.
4) Dimmer might be bad

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I have a new chandelier with 9 12 volt halogen bulbs. I want to install an electronic dimmer switch for it. When purchasing the dimmer switch there are 4 wires included: ground, black, white and neutral....


First you must have a neutral wire in the switch box for this dimmer to work. A neutral wire (white) is a current carrying conductor. A ground wire is an equipment ground and does not normally carry current. You should never connect a device that requires a neutral to a grounding conductor.
The neutral wouldn't have to come from the light fixture as long as it's on the same circuit. Another note is to check your light fixture, and be sure dimming is ok. Another choice you could have is to install a remote dimming device. You would mount this in the fixture canopy, and then use a remote dimmer.

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Apparent fixture problem for halogen plug


This dimmer was not made to dim a load smaller than 40VA. That halogen bulb would only have been 20VA or so.

http://www.lutron.com/cms400/PageBuyNow.aspx?id=16977&mn=1815

I think that when your bulb burnt out, the dimmer over-volted the transformer and smoked it. That said, I think you have a fixture problem and, possibly, a switch problem, too.

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A fixture on a Lutron Maestro dimmer switch stopped working.


This dimmer was not made to dim a load smaller than 40VA. That halogen bulb would only have been 20VA or so.

http://www.lutron.com/cms400/PageBuyNow.aspx?id=16977&mn=1815

I think that when your bulb burnt out, the dimmer over-volted the transformer and smoked it. That said, I think you have a fixture problem and, possibly, a switch problem, too.

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