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Old 05-01-2010, 10:39 AM   #1
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Can I put a dimmer on My under cabinet fluorescent(T5) lights?
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Old 05-01-2010, 11:30 AM   #2
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I don't think you can. In order to dim florescent lights they must have a dimmable ballast. I've seen dimmable florescent but only in a commercial grade can-type light. You would also need a special dimmer rated for the application.
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Maybe he can buy a new ballast that is dimmable?

http://www.google.com/products?q=t5+...ed=0CBwQrQQwAA
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I'm almost certain there is a fluorescent dimming ballast that would work for you application. I would check out Advance or Universal. Lutron might have something but odds are it would be extremely expensive.
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I'm almost certain there is a fluorescent dimming ballast that would work for you application. I would check out Advance or Universal. Lutron might have something but odds are it would be extremely expensive.
I don't think there's anything on the market like dimmable ballasts for T5. It's just not practical. (Yet. to date) A more practical way would be to have Halogen undercabinet lights. Which are easily dimmable. But they have other drawbacks.!
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I don't think there's anything on the market like dimmable ballasts for T5. It's just not practical. (Yet. to date) A more practical way would be to have Halogen undercabinet lights. Which are easily dimmable. But they have other drawbacks.!
Didn't think too far into it - you're probably right. Although there are dimming ballasts for 1-lamp T5 applications, they are for the HO lamps. Unless he's showing off jewelry under his cabinets that probably won't be necessary.

And you're absolutely right about practicality of dimming T5. But don't let a fool thing like practicality get in the way of new product development...
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Didn't think too far into it - you're probably right. Although there are dimming ballasts for 1-lamp T5 applications, they are for the HO lamps. Unless he's showing off jewelry under his cabinets that probably won't be necessary.

And you're absolutely right about practicality of dimming T5. But don't let a fool thing like practicality get in the way of new product development...
You're right. As a matter of fact, most useful inventions were initially thought to be foolish and useless. (Almost) No one set out to invent something that will be the most useful, most comprehensive gadget universally accepted. Some of those grandiose inventions have fallen by the wayside and others have risen to prominence and popularity. The telephone, for example was invented (almost) totally by accident. Alexander graham Bell, who was a teacher for the deaf, had no intention of inventing a speaking device.!
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Dimmable T-5 ballast have been out for quite a while
I know because a lot of people use them on salt water aquariuns
Price is more then I want to pay

http://www.1000bulbs.com/Dimmable-T5-Ballast/



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