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Installing a Dimmer Switch for a Track Light

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

Do I need an expensive electronic low voltage dimmer for my track lighting? Considerations When Installing a Dimmer Switch for a Track Light Fixture. Resources for how to wire a dimmer switch.

Dimmer Switch Compatibility and Track Lights

Electrical Wiring Question: Do I need an expensive electronic low voltage dimmer for my track lighting?

This electrical question came from: Neha, a Homeowner from Deerfield, IL.
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Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Neha.

Wiring a Dimmer Switch for a Track Light

Application: Installing a Dimmer Switch on a Track Light.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best if wired by a Licensed Electrical Contractor.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience and ability to work with tools.
Precaution: Identify the light circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the dimmer switch wiring.
Materials: Make sure the replacement dimmer switch has the same amperage and voltage rating as the original switch, and is fully compatible with the electrical circuit, the light fixture and the type of light bulbs being used. The dimmer switch must be rated for the amount of watts that will be controlled.

Considerations When Installing a Dimmer Switch for a Track Light

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