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Old 12-27-2012, 04:35 PM   #1
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Outdoor Patio Lights to Dimmer


I recently purchased 3 sets of these and they hook end to end like christmas lights and have a normal 2 prong plug.

http://www.target.com/p/smith-hawken..._23&term=patio lights

I plan to use them outside on my patio and would like to wire them to a dimmer. My plan was to extend a current outlet to a new outlet and have a dimmer control that outlet. The issue with that though is it is not to code to control a normal receptacle with a dimmer. I then thought to just wire the lights directly to the dimmer (which extends off the outside outlet). Is this even to code since the lights do not have a ground?

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Old 12-27-2012, 04:41 PM   #2
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I recently purchased 3 sets of these and they hook end to end like christmas lights and have a normal 2 prong plug.

http://www.target.com/p/smith-hawken..._23&term=patio lights

I plan to use them outside on my patio and would like to wire them to a dimmer. My plan was to extend a current outlet to a new outlet and have a dimmer control that outlet. The issue with that though is it is not to code to control a normal receptacle with a dimmer. I then thought to just wire the lights directly to the dimmer (which extends off the outside outlet). Is this even to code since the lights do not have a ground?
This would mean that the outlet has no ground !
Some places will allow ungrounded outlets,
Since your profile does not say were you are at,
cant say for sure.
You should check code requirements in your area !

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