So I finished the recessed lighting in my basement and I have two banks of lights-one with 11 lights and one with 4 each controlled by it's own dimmer. The dimmers are mounted at opposite ends of a triple gang box with a three way toggle switch in the middle that controls the lights on the stairs (separate circuit). I did this deliberately because by placing the toggle in the center of the two dimmers I didn't have to remove any of the cooling fins which would derate the capacity of the switch. After turning the lights on I noticed how warm the dimmer switch with the 11 lights (65W x 11 = 715W) got and held my finger on the switch (no switch plate, just the aluminum cooling fin) and it was beyond warm-I'd say uncomfortably hot as I felt compelled to remove my finger. To me that's more than warm. However, everything checks out-the bulbs are all 65W and the fixtures are 65W max anyway-and there are definitely only 11 of them :laughing:Given that, I really wonder how hot the switch would get with a full 1000W load! Can anyone corroborate this? I mean, as a test I left the lights on literally all day on Saturday at various levels. When the lights are dimmed all the way the switch runs noticeably cooler-likewise if you remove 4 or 5 bulbs. Nevertheless, I let the lights go for about 5 hours at full power (I was home the entire time working in the basement) and checked the switch periodically-nothing so hot as to cause burning or melting, but still, it seemed more than just "warm."