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Old 01-04-2012, 08:31 AM   #16
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Most 600 and 1000 watt dimmers do not come with the cover plate. Larger sizes do include a finned cover, but are typically used in commercial settings.

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Old 01-04-2012, 08:31 AM   #17
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You're fine. Dimmers work by simply increasing the resistance in the circuit and the result is heat. What you're experiencing is normal. If the load on the switch is within its spec'ed capacity and the box that it is installed in is to code then you have nothing to worry about from a safety perspective, which you said is your only concern.

By the way, with 18 bulbs, that must be one impressive chandelier
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Maybe

Didn't realize I was "not nice" but ok.

Bottom line of it was, either stop touching it.....or get diff. screws.....right?

The reason doesn't really matter. Dimmers get hot....fact of life.



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Sorry for being "not nice".
"JPROFFER" - Don't worry about it...I got what you were saying and it didn't bother me a bit.
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You're fine. Dimmers work by simply increasing the resistance in the circuit and the result is heat. What you're experiencing is normal. If the load on the switch is within its spec'ed capacity and the box that it is installed in is to code then you have nothing to worry about from a safety perspective, which you said is your only concern.

By the way, with 18 bulbs, that must be one impressive chandelier
The box is original from the builder and the switch is within capacity. Sounds like I'm all set with this. Thanks again for everyone's help.

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