Dimmer Switches That are Warm to the Touch – Is This a Problem?
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Correctly Sizing Dimmer Switches – Understanding the importance of properly sizing a dimmer switch…
Correctly Sizing Dimmer Switches
This home electrical repairs question came from: Alex, from Woodbridge, Virginia
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Additional Comments: Lot of good useful info for the amateur in me. Thank you.
Thanks for your electrical troubleshooting question Alex
Warm Dimmer Switches
Sizing Dimmer Switches
Understanding the importance of properly sizing a dimmer switch is essential to prevent the dimmer switch from overheating. As with most electrical components it is best to load electrical devices to 80% of their rated capacity. Lets take a look at this question and see if the 800 watt dimmer should be replaced: 65 watts time 4 = 260 watts total load. So we can see that we are actually far below the 50% load of this dimmer switch, so with that I would ask the home inspector to reevaluate their request. It should also be pointed out that due to the electronic circuit components of the dimmer switch they normally do produce a small amount of warmth.
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