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Eaton afci breakers tripping out due to lightolier low voltage lighting. Lightolier and eaton both agree that it is a frequency problem but neither has a solution. Any help?

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Everytime I plug in my vacuum cleaner (Kenmore canister model) I trip the Eaton AFCI Braf breaker. Now it doesn't even work though I can flip the switch back to the on position

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If you were to wire this circuit in RMC, IMC, EMT, OR steel armored cable, Type AC using metal junction boxes I believe you could connect your low voltage transfomer on a circuit without AFCI protection. It would have to be permanently wired, not plugged in. see NEC artical 210.12 (B) Dwelling Units.Exception No.1. I'm not sure how hard it would be to install a new home run to your panel from where the fixtures are. I would imagine these are track lights? Any device that maks an arc inside is a problem. Brush type motors and some dimmers can be trouble too.

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If you have determined the wiring to be correct, then yes, the remote is probably defective..

According to Lightolier literature, your Lightolier OS600 is called a "strap dimmer". Having 540W on a 600w rated switch is pretty close to the limit (90%) of the switch, and will cause the switch to fail sooner than say a 300w load. The 600w rating of the switch applies only if all the heating sink fins are in place. Often times, when installing in a box with another switch or dimmer, fins must be removed to allow the switch to physically fit. If any fins are removed, the rating of the switch is reduced. Page 30 of the manual shows that a 600w strap dimmer that has a single fine removed is reduced to a 500w capacity dimmer, and if both fins are removed, it is reduced to a 400w dimmer. You may find that you will need a 1000w dimmer to reliably gain control of your 540w load, as it will control 600w even with both fins removed. This derating is required due to the heat created by the dimmer. Heat is a killer for electronics, and solid state dimmers are no exception.

Check out page 32 of that manual. On it, are wiring diagrams for dimmers and switches. I believe your is figure "G" that shows the 120v "hot" (black) connected to the black wire of ALL switches, the yellow wires of ALL the switches are connected together, but are not connected to anything else, the 120v neutral (white) connects to the MASTER white wire AND light fixture white wire and finally, the MASTER red wire connects to the light fixture black wire.

It is also important to note that these switches are for standard tungsten incandescent and quartz halogen lamps ONLY. They are NOT suitable for CFL, Fluorescent or other types frequently found in commercial / industrial buildings such as neon or other gas lamps such as Metal Halide, Mercury Vapor, High Pressure Sodium, etc.

I hope this helps & good luck!

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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.

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Where can I locate a copy of a troubleshooting guide for arc fault problems with your product?


AFCI (arc fault circuit interrupter) devices such as yours rarely have a problem - but a trip indicates there's a problem with the circuit it is supplying. It like a fuse - they generally don't go bad by themselves - but do when there's a problem.

AFCI have the unique ability to detect arcing - or sparking. An arc or spark is very hot - and is a fire hazard. An AFCI can sense this condition before it is even seen - if it were in an exposed place that it could be seen and shuts off power. Arcing can occur at a loose connection, such as in a wirenut, terminal screw, etc. The AFCI can also detect when a cable support staple has been driven to deep and crushed through the cable insulation and is beginning to cause a high resistance short circuit. Because these problems often occur where they can't be seen, it is a labor intensive job to locate and repair the problem. Sometimes, entire sections of circuits must be re-fed due to the location of the fault. Due to the complexity of searching for the fault, you may want to call an electrician to clear the fault for you. You should not under any circumstances replace the AFCI with a standard circuit breaker or GFCI type circuit breaker. You may however, change it with an adjacent AFCI breaker to determine if the issue is with the circuit - or the AFCI. If the AFCI trips on the new circuit, you should accept that it has failed and should be replaced. If the problem stays in the same circuit, then the AFCI is good and the problem is in the circuit somewhere.

Here are a couple links to youtube videos that may help you understand the how and why of AFCI devices: video 1 and video 2. A link back to Siemen's site on AFCI is here.

I hope this helps and good luck. Please rate my reply - thanks!

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Hello. The issue could be with the saw itself. If the breakers are 15A (and for bedrooms, they should be) and the tool draws that or better, then the breaker will trip. The reason it trips faster at the EOL (end of line) is due to the resistance in the wiring itself. The further away from the initial source - the more loss/resistance.

Truthfully, the arcfault function is designed to detect arcing in a circuit. AFCIs disable the circuit immediately if they detect any type of problem (read "arcing") in the circuit. since the sawsall motor functions DUE to acring of the brushes on the motor, your circut is actually behaving according to design.

The final issue could be that the tool IS causing an issue, and may need repair.

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