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Old 12-03-2009, 09:31 PM   #1
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Dimmer for Halogen Track Lighting


I have installed 4 48" sections of lowes portfolio track (lighting) that are connected with right angle connector to make a square in the center of my kitchen ceiling. I then put up 12 Portfolio model Model: P711WH track fixtures that came with 50W PAR16/GU10 light bulbs. Needless to say this puts out a lot of light and heat but I need that many fixtures to cover the counters, cabinets and eat at bar. I pulled the power from a ceiling box that was already in place. I removed the old fixtures. It had two fixtures on the same circuit but i took down the other and secured the wires than put a cover over the box.
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Can I install a dimmer for these fixtures?
If so, I have 2 switches for the lighting. One at the back door and one as you enter the room from the living room (Used most) so how would I handle the wiring.
I am a Computer engineer (Computers not Electrical Engineer) and pretty handy with electronics and meters and have stocked up on them including circuit tracers (to find a circuit from the box), clamp meters and such.

I recently tore out the entire kitchen and had it rewired as it did not have a built-in microwave, dishwasher, or garbage disposal. I also had GFI receptacles installed all around the kitchen.

Here are picture of the kitchen before the track lighting and bartop was installed

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Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Yes you can install a dimmer on the track. You will need to count the wattage a buy the right one. My guess is you will be under 600 watts. You will also need to buy a 3-way dimmer and install it on either side you want. Lutron DV603 will work if you have Decora switches.

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You have 50 watts per fixture, 12 fixtures, for a total connected load of 600 watts.

While a 600 watt dimmer might do the job, I'd be willing to bet it would run hot, and eventually fail. I'd opt for a 1000 watt unit, for some wiggle room.
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