Question about Lutron Electronic Low-Voltage Multi-Location Dimmer by Electronics, Inc
What light sources can be controlled by dimmers?
Dimmers can control Incandescent, magnetic and electronic low voltage, fluorescent, neon, and halogen. You need to have the right kind of dimmer though, and possibly an interface or a special ballast. In a typical residential application, you would only use dimmers for incandescent or low voltage lighting.
Posted on Jan 11, 2009
Nearly all light sources. Exceptions would be Metal Halide and some of the High-Pressure Sodium fixtures. Here's a list (although not exclusive):
Neon / Cold-Cathode
Fluorescent Dimmable Ballasts 120 / 277
LED (Yes, some LED can be dimmed - See Lutron Electronics Application Note #138)
The key for dimming is in the control. You need to know the amount of wattage you are dimming and what you have available for power. Almost all residential applications are 120V. Newer homes all have neutral wire runs along with power that makes dimming your lighting that much easier. You do need to pick a control based on the load type.
Posted on Oct 17, 2008
Certain dimmers can control standard incandescent lamps that use 120 volts while other dimmers can control low voltage xenon or halogen light sources that use 12 or 24 volts.
Posted on Aug 27, 2008
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I cannot find a specific troubleshoot manual for Lutron dimmers
So I suggest 4 things:
1) Feel the dimmer switch for heat >>> if it is getting hot (not warm), then that dimmer is dangerous, so remove dimmer immediately, add up your total bulb wattage to make sure you're below the 600 or 1000 watt capacity of you model dimmer
2) Look at the list of manuals shown at link, and make sure your dimmer matches the type of bulb you are using. Your dimmer model number and wattage should be printed on side or back of dimmer.
3) These dimmers use electronics to control the lights. Electronics go bad. The higher the wattage controlled by your dimmer, the more heat, and the shorter the dimmer life.
4) Short in the wires. Replace your dimmer with one from Home Depot and see if the condition persists. If it does, then a short is probably somewhere in that circuit. Troubleshooting a short is another long answer that needs more wiring detail ... please repost if you have a short.
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