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Old 06-03-2009, 07:38 AM   #1
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track lighting turns on and no longer has dimmer control

the track lighting that has been up there for at least 3 years now still turns on and off but lost its dimmer control functionality. The switch is a simple lever switch, not a touch switch. Could it of been a spike that may have got it, or transformer for the track light. ??


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Is this a lever switch that depending on the position of the lever switch determines the intensity of the lights?

If so, sounds like you need to replace the dimmer switch.


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Not sure what cause it to fail, but it did. Just get a new one.
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yes it was the dimmer switch... thanks
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Old 06-04-2009, 11:03 PM   #6
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You mentioned a transformer in the track light. It may be that the dimmer is not the correct kind. If you have electronic transformers in each track head ( like the MR-16 kinds so popular today), then you will need an electronic low voltage dimmer. If it is a large transformer that powers a low voltage bus type track, then you will need a magnetic low-voltage dimmer.

The wrong kind will work for a time, but will eventually fail.


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