In my basement I have 4 zones of recessed lights on 2 separate 20 amp dedicated light circuits. Each zone has (9) Halo (H7T) recessed halogen flood lights with 75 watt bulbs for a total of 675 watts per zone. I installed (4) 1000 watt single pole dimmers to control each of the zones. I placed 2 dimmers in each 2 gang thermoplastic switch box (~4 & 3/4" deep) so the box wouldn't be overcrowed with wires.
I would like to know if it is normal for the metal face plates of the dimmers to get hot enough that you cannot touch them for more than a couple of seconds without having to remove your fingers from the metal facing of the dimmer (Note: The termoplastic boxes are not hot to the touch, just the dimmers). I know dimmers are supposed to get warm but
it makes me a little uncomfortable that they are so hot. I have used lower watt dimmers (600 watt) in other areas of the house in the past but I just don't remember those dimmers getting so hot. I realize that the higher watt dimmers are going to generate more heat but how much
heat is too much?
Does this seam right? Does anyone have any recommendations on how to dissipate some of the heat on the dimmer switch?
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