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Old 09-05-2013, 10:40 AM   #1
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Can I put a light dimmer switch on "any" light fixture or light/fan in my house or does the light or light/fan have to be dimmer approved? I know I need a bulb that has to be dimmer approved but does the actual device that gives power to the bulb need to be dimmer approved? Also would it be better to use 12 gauge for a dimming switch?

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I have never seen a light fixture (sans bulb) that has any rating relative to dimmability. Motorized devices I am less certain about.

I don't believe wire gauge has any relationship to dimmability.

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Any 120 volt fixture (other than fluorescent) should be fine. Any fixture that converts the voltage down to 12 volts you need to check the fixture specs.
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Also, if you want to control the fan, you need a fan control and not a dimmer.
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Can I put a light dimmer switch on "any" light fixture or light/fan in my house] -

Not all lights, yes all incandesant lights,
but not normal floro's,
Some CFL's are dimmable, but not all.
Some LED's are dimmable but not all.




[ or does the light or light/fan have to be dimmer]
Most fans require a special type of dimmer !
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You technically need a fan control switch (looks similar to a dimmer) for the ceiling fans. I've seen people put them on regular dimmers but, I don't think it is good for the motor. Are your fan/light combos on a single switch?

I'm not sure how a light would respond to a fan control switch.
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Lutron makes combo fan/light dimmers with fan speed controls and light dimming capability. Some of their models combine both into a unit that fits where one switch would normally be
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Can I put a light dimmer switch on "any" light fixture or light/fan in my house or does the light or light/fan have to be dimmer approved? I know I need a bulb that has to be dimmer approved but does the actual device that gives power to the bulb need to be dimmer approved? Also would it be better to use 12 gauge for a dimming switch?
Bonjour Biddlecom.,

For le dimmers ., not all are the same so therefore for common indentsecent light bulbs any type of dimmers will work fine.

However for low voltage luminaries it will change the game a bit depending on what type of transfomer it being used on low voltage luminaires Le duex common one are mangatic et electronque ( electronic ) transfomer and both don't use same type of dimmers one will be specficed for one type et other for other type.

For le fans we do know the dimmer can work but not recomened that at all and there is specfic fan speed controllers on market you can choose from. all them are avaible in big box store ou hardware centre.

Mais if you have LED or CFL this part you will have be carefull with dimmers check the package and dimmer itself to see if they can work with them ou pas.

As far for the conductor just use what it was in the building either 12 or 14 gauge conductors will work ( it will depending on what size fuse / Circuit breaker it is )

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