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I replaced a 600 watt dimmer switch with a 1000 watt dimmer after installing a new chandelier. The chandelier works, but a neighboring room does not. When I put the 600 watt back in, the other room works again. I'm not leaving any wires out (there are 3 + ground, and I have tried every possible configuration). The chandelier always works. Is it possible the switch is defective? The breaker box never trips. I have gone back and forth with the two switches and the problem is always the same.

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  • BoomerP Jan 05, 2011

    I think you need to explain the "other room" thing a bit more. Are you talking about the lights in another room, or is there a light switch for this chandelier in that other room?

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You miswired the switch. One of your black wires is misplaced.

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1) A typical wall switch controls up to 1400 Watts. Look at the watt rating of your dimmer. A 600 watt dimmer will control up to 600 watts. If you have 600 watts on your dimmer, expect a shortened lifespan for that device. If you have more than 600 Watts, expect overheating and possible fire.

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

3) Type of bulb: Review the specs shown on link above because they show wattage, and they also show which light the dimmer is made to control

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