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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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
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.