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How Are Dimmers Connected To My Home’s Wiring?

Dimmers takes advantage of controlling your home’s lighting fixtures in the same basic way a standard switch might. Some systems use a dimmer panel, while others use smart dimmers that directly replace your wall switch. These systems are designed to install in new construction and / or existing homes. Some systems use a dedicated wire to send lighting commands, while others make use of the existing wire within your home. Most systems easily interface with structured wi...

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If there is no ground wire in my wallbox, what do I do with the dimmer ground wire?

First, confirm there is no ground wire by asking yourself the following questions: - Is the wallbox metal? If the answer is no, it's plastic, there should be a ground. - Is there a screw in the metal wallbox with a bare copper wire under it? If the answer is yes, attach the dimmer ground wire under the screw as well.If you feel confident that there is no ground wire, then - To meet safety regulations, cap or remove the ground wire or screw and install the unit with a plastic, non-combustible,...

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Why can't I mount my dimmer horizontally in my wall?

Dimmers are designed and tested to be installed and operated only in the mounting position (vertical) as indicated on the dimmer.

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What type of dimmer do I need for Low voltage?

The first step is to determine what type of transformer is in the lighting fixture. Due to the fact that there are different characteristics of the two transformer types; they require special dimming considerations. For example: A low voltage fixture with a magnetic transformer requires a magnetic low voltage dimmer.  The same will be true for Electronic Low Voltage, Florescent, etc.Add the total wattage for the bulbs that will be used by this dimmer.  This is known as the 'load'.&n...

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Which Dimmers Should I Select?

First, you must determine the number of switches that control the light(s) you are going to dim. If there is only one switch use a: Single-Pole dimmer - used to dim a light from one location. If there is more than one switch use a: 3-Way dimmer - used to dim a light from two locations. An example would be choosing a two Lutron 3-Way dimmers to control a single light fixture.for more locations you would need a:Multi-location dimmer to dim a light from up to ten locations. Choose one Smart ...

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Do you sell Fluorescent Dimmers?

       Yes we do.  Keep in mind that only Advance Mark 10 ballasts should be dimmed and all other products may work, but void the manufacture warranty.  Using a dimmable dimmer on a Fluorescent fixture without consulting a certified technician is the volition of the user, and not Westsidewholesale.     That being said, if you want to dim your florescent fixtures, use the following dimmers;NovaNova TRadio TouchMicro WAttGRAFIK EYE 300...

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Can I use a compact fluorescent light bulb with a dimmer switch?

To use a compact fluorescent bulb on a dimmer switch, you must buy a bulb that's specifically made to work with dimmers (check the package). We don't recommend using regular compact fluorescent bulbs with dimming switches, since this can shorten bulb life.

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Can I dim from more than One location?

Yes.  Many dimmers have the capabilty to do multi-location dimmering.  This is commonly refered to as 3 way application or multi-location dimming.  

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Do Lutron dimmers increase halogen lamp life?

Dimming increases incandescent lamp life, and halogen lamps are incandescent lamps. Lutron test data suggests that all halogen lamps will have an expected lamp life similar to that of other incandescent (non power factor corrected) lamps when dimmed, i.e. a halogen lamp dimmed 25% has a life extension of about four times that of a non-dimmed lamp.

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Can I Use A Standard 3-Way Switch With A Multi-Location Dimmer?

Multi-location dimmers do use standard 3-way wiring, but make use of one wire for communications while the other carries the load current. A 3-way switch is not compatible with this.

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What is Dimming Control?

A device used to lower the light output of a source, usually by reducing the wattage it is being operated at. Dimming controls are increasing in popularity as energy conserving devices.

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What is the Inverse Square Law?

Formula stating that if you double the distance from the light source, the light level goes down by a factor of 4, if you triple the distance, it goes down by a factor of 9, and so on. The lines represent the flux emanating from the source. The total number of flux lines depends on the strength of the source and is constant with increasing distance. A greater density of flux lines (lines per unit area) means a stronger field. The density of flux lines is inversely proportional to the sq...

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What is a Magenetic Low-Voltage Dimmer?

Magnetic Low-Voltage dimmers are meant to be used with low-voltage lights that use a magnetic transformer.

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Quiet or Fully Variable Fan controls? What's the difference?

 Quiet Fan Control -- If the application is one ceiling paddle fan, a quiet (step) fan control is the best choice. Quiet fan-speed controls will not cause fan-motor hum, making them ideal for bedrooms, children's rooms, media rooms, and other locations where noise is particularly important.Fully Variable Fan Control -- Although fully variable (full range) fan-speed controls are an option for controlling one single ceiling paddle fan, they are the only choice for controlling more than one...

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What is a Electronic Low-Voltage Dimmer?

Electronic Low-Voltage dimmers are meant to be used with low-voltage lights that use an electronic transformer.

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What is Derating?

All dimmers rely on heat conduction and convection to keep the electronic components cool. Derating is the reduction of the maximum capacity (load) a unit can reliably handle when fins/side sections are removed.

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Can you use a 3-way dimmer in a single-pole application?

If a product purchased as a 3-way control needs to be used in a single-pole application, cap off one of the traveler wires with a wire connector.

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What is a Fin/Side Section Breakoff?

A scored section along each side of the mounting plate/fin designed to be removed to facilitate ganging. When removing fins on a dimmer derating occurs, reducing the amount of usable wattage.

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Why do my Dimmers Sometime Feel Warm?

During normal operation, dimmers do get warm to the touch. A wallbox dimmer's efficiency is typically around 99%. The other 1% is dissipated in the dimmer as heat. So a dimmer on a 600 W load would produce around 6 watts of heat. This is on the order of a small night light.

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Why are some dimmer wires not copper colored?

Lutron dimmers use tinned copper wires on some of our products. These wires are silver in color as a result of the tinning process. Tinned copper wires are compatible with copper wiring and wire nuts. Lutron dimmer uses tinned copper wires to avoid stray strands and to make our products easier to install.

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Can Lutron dimmers be ganged?

When 2 or more dimmers are in the same wall box, they are considered "ganged". To install ganged dimmers, simply remove the dimmer side sections from the heat sink. The maximum wattage capacity for each dimmer is reduced (derated) so that the dimmer does not overheat.

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Can you dim from more than one location?

Maestro dimmers, Maestro IR dimmers, and Faedra dimmers can dim from more than one location. With additional accessory dimmers, you may dim a total of ten locations.

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CAN I USE MY 3-WAY DIMMER IN A SINGLE-POLE APPLICATION?

Yes.  Instruction should be provided both with the product once its purchased, and on the manufactures website.

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How Do Dimmers Save Energy And Money?

There are quite a few reasons. Dimming alone greatly reduces energy consumption and may pay for itself through energy savings not to mention extending bulb life 10 times or more. Lighting systems that combine occupant sensing can also turn lights on as someone enters a room and then off when they leave saving energy from leaving lights on when not needed.

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Why do Dimmers get warm?

During normal operation, solid-state dimmers generate heat. A solid-state dimmer is roughly 98% efficient-2% of the power is dissipated as heat, causing the dimmer to feel warm to the touch. The closer a dimmer is run to full output and the higher the load (watts) on the dimmer, the warmer it will feel. This is perfectly normal and safe. Lutron dimmers are designed to the strictest UL safety standard, and can handle their full rated load (a 600 Watt dimmer can handle a full 600W of power*) wi...

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Can Dimmers Be Installed By The Do-It-Yourselfer?

Some basic systems can be installed on a DIY basis while more advanced systems are better left to professionals such as electricians, systems integrators and low voltage installers.

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What is ganging?

When dimmers are in the same wallbox, they are considered "ganged". To install ganged dimmers, simply remove the dimmer side sections from the heat sink (side tabs). The maximum wattage capacity for each dimmer is reduced (derated) so that the dimmer does not overheat.

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What is Radio Frequency Interference (RFI)

RFI is a buzzing noise which may occur in some audio and radio equipment when solid-state dimmers are used nearby. Although most dimmers contains a filter to suppress RFI, additional filtering may be required in some applications. Typical examples of RFI-sensitive equipment are AM radios, stereo sound systems, broadcasting equipment, intercom systems, public address systems, and wireless telephones.RFI can be transmitted in two ways: · Radiated · ConductedNote: The suggestions i...

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Can I dim a 4 way circuit?

Yes, a 3 way dimmer will replace one of the 3 way switches. A 4 way circuit can be dimmed from all switch locations by using a Multi-Location dimmer and 2 Accessory Dimmers such as Maestro, Spacer, Spacer System or Faedra.

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Why does my lamp buzz?

This is caused by the lamp filament vibrating as the dimmer rapidly switches the lamp on and off. Lamp buzz is generally noisiest at the mid-range (50%) dimming level. If this happens, we suggest using rough service lamps (sometimes called garage door opener lamps), physically smaller lamps, or lower wattage lamps.Often times the buzz may be comming from something like a loose screw.  Turn all power off.  Carefully examine the fixture, making sure to tighten screws.  If 2 objec...

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