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JimMac

04:16AM | 01/29/03
Member Since: 12/15/02
7 lifetime posts
Bvelectrical
Hello,
I know this has come up before, but I wanted some update opinions. I just finished my basement and I installed a 600w 3way dimmer to power 9 recessed lights, each using 65w bulbs for a total of 585w. The metal on the dimmer gets very hot to touch. I have not yet put the wall plate over it, im concerned that this could be a fire hazard, or am I just too paranoid? I have looked into getting a 1000w dimmer but all the good ones range from $60-$100 for an ivory color. Any feedback/re-assurance would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Jim

bobp

07:17AM | 01/29/03
Member Since: 01/13/03
50 lifetime posts
Jim,

You need a dimmer that will carry 125% of your calculated load. Many dimmers will get warm, but if hot to the touch, it's a safety hazard.

Bob

joed

09:28AM | 01/29/03
Member Since: 09/17/02
524 lifetime posts
Your dimmer is too close to its rated capacity. Get a larger one or split the lighting into 2 circuits.

Kwitter09

03:54AM | 01/30/03
Member Since: 05/13/02
9 lifetime posts
Change the bulbs to 40 watt, it will save you money too

JimMac

04:12AM | 01/30/03
Member Since: 12/15/02
7 lifetime posts
Thats a good Idea too, thanks for all of your help!

Jim

electricmanscott

04:29PM | 02/05/03
Member Since: 11/05/01
98 lifetime posts
Lutron dimmers are rated to carry the full stated load on the dimmer.

brunob@aol.com

07:39PM | 02/24/03
Member Since: 02/24/03
3 lifetime posts
Check eBay. Lutron 1000w Maestro dimmers can be had for under $30 each . Here is a recent auction...
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2309211920&category=3188
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