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andyman1noh

10:22PM | 09/29/06
Member Since: 09/29/06
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I am having a new kitchen installed and I want to add under cabinet lighting. the lighting I have purchased has halogen lights. What I am wondering is if I can wire these lights to a dimmer. the dimmer I was Looking at says for incandecent lights only. Is it possible to use this with halogen or is there a special dimmer out there for halogen lighting. A halogen light is pretty much the same as a regular incandescent bulb is it not? I hope somebody that knows more about these types of lighting will offer some assistance.


Billhart

04:45AM | 10/01/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
Yes, you can use a regular dimmer with halogen bulbs. However, ever few hours you want to operate at full power for maybe 15 minutes.

However, if these are low voltage lights you might need special dimmers to work with the transformer.


andyman1noh

07:29AM | 10/01/06
Member Since: 09/29/06
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Is there a special dimmer for halogen that would allow me to not worry about running at full voltage. why is it that you have to run at full voltage for a while. And no these are not low voltage (there is no transformer). this kit does have an option of some sort of light control that gives you a high or low option (sold seperately)

that hase to be wired to the house seperately, but I was hoping for a dimmer option that would allow greater range of lighting options.

thanks for your reply.

Billhart

08:21AM | 10/01/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
http://www.pegasusassociates.com/DimmerFAQs.html

Q) Can dimmers increase halogen lamp life?

A) Yes. Dimming increases incandescent lamp life and halogen lamps are a type of incandescent lamp with a tungsten filament just like a traditional incandescent lamp. A pilot test performed by Lutron, a major manufacturer of dimmers, suggests that halogen lamps will have an expected lamp life similar to that of other incandescent lamps when dimmed. As an example, one type of halogen lamp with a rated life of 2000 hours dimmed to 25% has a life extension of about four times that of a non-dimmed lamp. Lutron is continuing testing with various halogen lamps.

Part of the characteristic of the halogen bulb is that it runs at a hotter tempature and gas helps cause it to redeposite the metallic ions from the filament back onto the filament.

If you run it cooler (dimmed) than that does not happen.

But it just affects the life of the bulb.


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