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Hi,

here's the situation:

Living room, no ceiling lamp, but I placed in a corner a nice standing lamp with its own dimmer.

The problem:
In the room there's only a switch that power ON/OFF two of the 6 receptacles in the room, unfortunately, none of the two is the one the standing lamp is plugged in.

This is what I want to achieve:
Power ON/OFF and dim the standing lamp from a wall switch.

Now, I know that in Canada you cannot dim anything which is not hard wired, you can only switch it ON/OFF.

Questions 1:
How about those switches that have both, dimmer and switch incorporated?

I know that dimmer may be difficult to achieve, but at least the switch should be possible.

To simplify, I am ready to go for a wireless switch, but I am not sure which one could help.

Any advice is welcome.

Thanks
Alex
 

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You should think about installing a dimmer plate,
which is wired to a special purpose outlet,
The lamp would need to be ftted with a special purpose plug,
This way nothing else except the lamp could be plugged in.

Hi,

here's the situation:

Living room, no ceiling lamp, but I placed in a corner a nice standing lamp with its own dimmer.

The problem:
In the room there's only a switch that power ON/OFF two of the 6 receptacles in the room, unfortunately, none of the two is the one the standing lamp is plugged in.

This is what I want to achieve:
Power ON/OFF and dim the standing lamp from a wall switch.

Now, I know that in Canada you cannot dim anything which is not hard wired, you can only switch it ON/OFF.

Questions 1:
How about those switches that have both, dimmer and switch incorporated?

I know that dimmer may be difficult to achieve, but at least the switch should be possible.

To simplify, I am ready to go for a wireless switch, but I am not sure which one could help.

Any advice is welcome.

Thanks
Alex
 

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You should think about installing a dimmer plate,
which is wired to a special purpose outlet,
The lamp would need to be ftted with a special purpose plug,
This way nothing else except the lamp could be plugged in.
That's interesting, nobody told me that so far :thumbsup:
Can you point me to a URL I can see more? It is not easy to find it in Google, too many meanings for "dimmer plate".

So, basically I need to wire it to the switch, which is the major problem, the standing lamp and the switch are opposite to each other in the room :(

Thank you!
Alex
 

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You could a home automation system such as X10/insteon/zwave/etc. Plug the lamp into a lamp module and get a special switch that can send power and dimming commands to it.
 

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You could a home automation system such as X10/insteon/zwave/etc. Plug the lamp into a lamp module and get a special switch that can send power and dimming commands to it.
This is also my suggestion (I use insteon.) In a couple of cases, I have replaced the wall switch with an insteon version, and use it to control several lamps via plug-in module, including dimming. Works great!
 

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Yes, switched receptacle is not to be dimmed. I don't know about the special plug thing.
The question is wether the receptacle in question can be easily switched. That depends on how it's wired. You might have to switch the whole thing insted of just the normal half switched. To know for sure the receptacle will need to be opened and the wiring checked. It might be possible with the existing cables or new cabling might be required.
 

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If you want to control the lamp from the other side of the room,
Then you will have to either run a cable or use an extension lead,
Wireless remote dimmers are also another option.
provided there is a outlet near by.


That's interesting, nobody told me that so far :thumbsup:
Can you point me to a URL I can see more? It is not easy to find it in Google, too many meanings for "dimmer plate".

So, basically I need to wire it to the switch, which is the major problem, the standing lamp and the switch are opposite to each other in the room :(

Thank you!
Alex
 
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