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Light Fixtures and Dimmer Switch Compatibility


I would like to install one 3-way 600 watt dimmer and one 3-way switch. The fixture installation instructions specified that dimmer switches were not to be used with the fixture…

Light Fixtures and Dimmer Switches

Electrical Question:Is a Dimmer Switch Allowed to be Installed with Your Light Fixture?

I replaced a chandelier (3 60-watt bulbs) controlled by 2 3-way switches. I would like to install one 3-way dimmer (600W) and one 3-way switch. The fixture installation instructions specified that dimmer switches were not to be used with the fixture.

Why would the manufacturer disallow dimmer switches?
Would installing a dimmer be ill-advised?

Background: Bill, a Homeowner from Pittsburgh, PA.
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Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Bill.

Light Fixture Light Bulbs and Dimmer Switches

Bill, What kind or type of light bulbs are being used, are they standard incandescent bulbs? If so I would contact the fixture company and inquire as to why there should not be a dimmer switch installed.

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