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Can dimmers save electricity and increase lamp life?

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    standard 400w dimmer controlling 6 60w candle lamps, when lamp gives up it causes short circuit and blows dimmer i am now on my 3rd dimmer can you help

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    standard 400w dimmer controlling 6 60w candle lamps, when lamp gives up it causes short circuit and blows dimmer i am now on my 3rd dimmer can you help


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Yes. The use of dimmers can reduce the use of electricity and, thereby, save money and help conserve the environment. Dimmer use can also increase the life of the lamps (light bulbs) being controlled.

Posted on Aug 27, 2008

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Dimmers can and will save on your bill seeing the lamp(s) are using less voltage. By diming your dimmer 10% your lamps lifes span goes up by 70%

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My led lights start to strobe when I turn on exterior light that is fed from the same line circuit. Solution?

There are two things coming into play here; the lamps and the dimmer(s).

First; LED and CFL type lamps that are to be used on a dimmer switch - must be identified for that use. Looks for the word dimmable on the packaging or bulb itself. These lamps are generally a little more expensive than their non-dimmable counterparts. If it does not indicate it is dimmable, then it isn't - and should not be installed on a circuit controlled by a dimmer switch.

Second; a dimmer switch that will be used to control LED and CFL bulbs (that are identified for use with a dimmer) must also be identified for use with dimmable LED and CFL bulbs. Again, these dimmer switches will be identified for this use and will cost more than those that work with standard filament type bulbs.

Lutron has dimmers for your circuit called a "C•L™ Dimmer" and supports Incandescent / Halogen, Dimmable Compact Fluorescent (CFL) and Dimmable Light Emitting Diodes (LED) type lamps. have a look here:
Lutron Maestro Dimmer and Switch Models

Also, be wary of the total load (wattage) of the lamps being controlled. If you have multiple dimmers in the same box, derating of the switch's wattage capacity (due to increased heat) will be required.

Dec 03, 2015 | Maestro Electrical Supplies

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Does using dimmers increase power consumption?

No, I don't know from where you got the idea. Dimmers are actually used to reduce power consumption and thereby being energy efficient. Dimmers actually take advantage of the AC current flowing to it and will rapidly switch on and off the current. This happens so fast that you won't recognize power being on and off. This way dimmer switches save power. But to get the real benefit of a dimmer you must change from incandescent lights to CFL. You can actually expect to save about 25-40% of the energy normally used if you dim the bulb to 50% brightness.

Dec 19, 2013 | Electrical Supplies

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What is voltage of Ace touch dimmer

Hi Roger -

I just answered a related question of yours here. I see in this question that you are located in the UK. Household electrical devices in the US and Canada are 120V / 240V - 60Hz types. Larger appliances such as stoves, clothes dryers, electric heating and air conditioning equipment run on 240V - 60Hz. Small kitchen appliances like toaster, dishwashers, microwave ovens and common home appliances like radios, lamps, TVs, small space heaters, etc. all are 120V - 60Hz.

If the UK 230V devices operate on 50Hz (as I suspect they are), this can cause problems for many electronics, motor operated and devices that have transformers designed for 60Hz systems. Standard toggle switches wouldn't be a problem (provided you slect types rated greater than 230 V), but electronic types - like dimmers - could suffer from overheating issues.

Whatever you choose should be rated for the same (or greater) value of voltage, wattage or amperage and the identical frequency in hertz.

To your question: No, it is not likely that the Ace touch dimmer sold in the U.S. is rated for 240 volts - unless it is specifically identified for use at a voltage equal to or higher than what you want to use it on.

I hope this helps & good luck!

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What to use to replace dimmer socket with new dimmer socket in Restoration Hardware library floorlamp

Dimmer switches are normally hard wired into a 2x4 or 4x4 electrical box in a wall of the house. If this is a specialty lamp or fan, it will probably need to be ordered from the MFGR.

Jul 19, 2012 | Electrical Supplies

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How to do energy saver dimming ?

Most modern dimmers provide normal energy savings. They reduce the total amount of watts consumed on the circuit. Many years ago, dimmers only reduced the watts consumed as light - making up the difference as heat in the dimmer switch. A 100W light turned down to 1/2 wattage at a dimmer switch resulted in 50 watts of light at the bulb, but 50 watts of heat was created in the switch. That was zero energy savings. The newer electronic dimmers will still let 50 watts be used as light, but only a few watts as heat in the switch.

To maximized energy savings, use of new cold cathode technology lights such as CFL (compact fluorescent lamp), LED (Light Emitting Diode), etc. types are suggested. You can use these lamps on a dimmer to furrther reduce the amount of energy used - but only if the lamp indicates that it is dimmable.

If the lamp or fixture does not specifically state it can be used on a dimmer, don't. This includes powering a light through a dimmer that is set to maximum brightness. Use a standard non-dimming switch instead.

I hope this helps & good luck!

Apr 14, 2012 | Electrical Supplies

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Using 3 way dimmer, lights don't appear to go to full light

Hi Gene,

When two 3-way switches are used to control a light - and you wish to install a dimmer, you replace only ONE of the switches. If you replace both switches with dimmers, and one dimmer is set to 50%, the light will only be able to get to 50% bright; regardless even if the other switch is set to 100%. The light can only get as bright as the current lowest dimmer position of either switch.

Most modern dimmers are solid state, and should be able to get full power to the lamps. Older dimmers aren't very efficient and work a little differently - but should still do a good job as far as brightness of the lamp. You can run into trouble trying to dim CFL (compact fluorescent lamps) if they are not labeled specifically for use with a dimmer. Even those that are labeled for use with a dimmer have a noticeably short range of dimming when compared to standard tungsten lamps, and tend to have an audible buzzing sound.

If this doesn't answer your question, please provide the wattage, type and number of lamps in the fixture. Your dimmer is rated for up to 600 watts, but may be less if it is in a switchbox with other dimmers or you have broken off portions of the heat shield as directed by the instructions.

Mar 17, 2012 | Lutron AY603P Ariadni 600W 3way Dimmer...

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I installed a single pole rotary dimmer in my dinning room about a year ago. It controls a fan and a dimmer 4 bulb lamp. I used this fixture maybe once or twice a week, and only occasional times we used...

Rotary dimmers are not normally suitable for fan control plus not all types of lamps are dimmable , so used wrongly a dimmer could catch fire.

Nov 07, 2011 | Electrical Supplies

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New installation of Luton tg603pg dimmer - lights are considerably less bright at full brightness setting than previous switch. bad switch, or other problem?

No problem, merely a misunderstanding. That's actually the point of that product (the 'g' in the model number was the clue). This is their "eco-dim" line of products, and its specifically designed to not let the lights go over 85% light level. Its a means of using the dimmer to help guarantee energy savings and lamp life extension.

If this bothers you, then I would return it and grab one that doesn't have the "g" in the model number.

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How does it work?

By decreasing or increasing the RMS voltage and hence the mean power to the lamp it is possible to vary the intensity of the light output. Although variable-voltage devices are used for various purposes, the term dimmer is generally reserved for those intended to control lighting.

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