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Gusaroo 03-15-2008 11:21 AM

Dimmer not working (much at all)
I just swapped out a switch for a 600 watt dimmer. The switch was for a 6 bulb dining room chandelier. The fixture has (6) 40w small candle bulbs.

The dimmer does not make the fixture dim much at all. What is going on here?

BTW, the dimmer switch I replaced is a three way, if that means anything. The other switch for this circuit is not a dimmer.

End Grain 03-15-2008 11:29 AM

In every home center, there are three different types of dimmers - incandescent, magnetic and electronic - and the single or 3-way model in each as well. Assuming it's an incandescent, 6-bulb fixture, did you buy and install the correct type and model, i.e. incandescent, 3-way dimmer? If you did buy and install the correct one, review your wiring of it carefully.

Gusaroo 03-15-2008 11:32 AM

I believe it was the correct one, I am usually pretty anal about buying this stuff. Of course, I already thru the box away. I am going to take the cover off the light and see if the switch is labeled to double check....

Gusaroo 03-15-2008 11:38 AM

It says "For permanent incandescent fixtures. 120 vac, 60 hz"

Its a Lutron TG-603P Could it be defective?

I am assuming my wiring is correct, it was pretty straight forward, I took out the non dimmer three way and installed this one directly the same way. It does dim the fixture a little bit and it works correctly with the other three way switch in this circuit.

End Grain 03-15-2008 11:47 AM

Anything is possible (defective) but I would suggest you review the wiring that you did first, before returning it. If it's installed correctly, then you should be able to turn the light on and off from either wall location respectively, with absolutely no issues. If that's working properly, then perhaps the dimmer part of it actually IS defective. If you cannot control the light properly from either wall location, then you probably connected the common wire to the incorrect lead. Take your time and review the work you did.

220/221 03-15-2008 12:09 PM

If it is wired correctly (you have tested it on/off with both locations twice) and the connections are tight, you have a defective dimmer.

It happens

Gusaroo 03-15-2008 01:27 PM

no, it works properly, just does not dim as expected when I slide the adjuster. Ill try another switch. thx guys

Gusaroo 03-25-2008 02:23 PM

Swapped out the switch, it now works. Damn Home Depot sold me a defective switch... I am just glad it was something that simple.


HouseHelper 03-25-2008 02:45 PM

Betcha HD had already sold that dimmer once before and had it returned as defective, then had it mysteriously reappear on the shelf. That's why whenever I return a defective item, I mark up the packaging so it can't be put back out.

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