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jodyb65

07:53AM | 05/15/04
Member Since: 05/14/04
1 lifetime posts
We have a fancy 5 headed lamp that has a knob where we can dim the light that all of a sudden won't dim anymore. No matter how much we turn the knob, no dimming, just bright light. What would cause that and how do we fix it? Thanks for any help.

rdcoffman

01:16PM | 05/24/04
Member Since: 05/23/04
3 lifetime posts
Dimmer switches typically work on a rheostat, which are prone to wear out after a period of use. A common effect is for the light to function in a full-on, or full-off mode, with no dimming capability. In such a case, the solution is to replace the old dimmer switch. New dimmer switches are readily available at most hardware or home-improvement centers, and even many super stores such as Wal-Mart or K-Mart.

If the light is controlled by only one switch then a single-pole dimmer is required. However, if the light is controlled from two or more locations, a 3-way dimmer, or other appropriate variation, is required, depending on the application.

As always, make sure that the circuit-breaker to the fixture is turned off, and you are comfortable and familiar with working with electricity before attempting this yourself. Otherwise, an electrician can perform the task quickly and easily, which translate to relatively inexpensive.

Hope this helps!


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