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Hello all!

I've installed a 42 bulb/25 watt chandelier and I'd like to install a dimmer switch. I would need a switch that can handle 1050 Watts correct? Does such a switch exist? The highest I've seen is rated at 1000 Watts. Also I should mention that the wiring is knob and tube and I know that heat is a concern. Anything I should be worried about.

Thanks in advance for the advice!
 

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You would need a 1500 watt dimmer, but you will not like the looks of them.
They have fins that sit outside the box.
 

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I would wonder why the old knob and tube has not been replaced with new romex.
A rewiring job is about 50 years over due.
But that's my own opinion.
 

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I don't know what the current chandelier replaced, but the new one draws almost 9A. This is most likely a 15A circuit and may cause the circuit to trip.
 

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Thank you all for your replies!

Upon further inspection it actually looks like MC cable?...not knob and tube. The wires are in insulated in a rubber/plastic type sheathing, then in a woven fabric, then in a thicker fabric/rubber type insulation. Pic below...



Back to the dimmer in question...

Has anyone had any experience with a Lutron C-1500?

http://www.lutron.com/en-US/Product...immers-Switches/CenturionDimmer/Overview.aspx

Again...thank you all for your helpful replies!
 

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That is knob and tube.
 

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Ahhhh yes. Well I believe I have sufficiently shown my inexperience with these matters and have thrown in the towel to call on a professional for help.

If I may, one last question before I hang up my tool belt...

Is knob and tube generally even able to handle a fixture putting out 1050 watts or is this not a good omen? I'd like to have some idea so I can either ship, yet another, fixture back to China or leave this puppy up.

Thanks again all!
 

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Have a look at the size of the fuse for that circuit,
this will give you an idea what it can handle.
All this depends on it still being in good condition.

And be aware that there are many rules reguarding K & T,
you cannot add to, modify or extend K & T.
If it is still working and safe you can continue to use it.
Many electricains choose to not touch any K & T.
Instead they will choose to run a new circuit.
Due to liability issue's.
 
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