Dimmer Switches and Fluorescent Light Fixtures
How to Control Fluorescent Light Fixtures with a Dimmer Switch: Understanding Dimmer Switches and Fluorescent Light Fixtures.
Fluorescent Light with a Dimmer
Lighting Question: What needs to be done in order to use a dimmer switch for fluorescent lights?
This Lighting Question came from: Jerry, a Electrician from Texas.
Additional Comments: Awesome.
Thanks for your electrical question Jerry.
How to Control a Fluorescent Light with a Dimmer
Application: Fluorescent Light Dimmer Switch.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best installed by a Licensed Electrician.
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 wiring.
Notice: Installing additional fixture wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.
Materials: Make sure the dimmer switch has the same amperage and voltage rating and is compatible as specified in the light fixture and lamp documentation.
Dimmer Switches and Fluorescent Light Fixtures
- If the light fixture is the fluorescent tube type, and depending on the age of the fixture and the existing ballast, a special ballast may be required.
- A special dimmer switch that is compatible with the ballast and sized according to the load in watts will be required as well.
- Many of the new fluorescent light fixtures have electronic ballasts and lamps that may be controlled by a dimmer switch, however the lamps and the dimmer switch must state that they are compatible with one another, and the appropriate size of the connected lighting load will be required for the proper selection of the dimmer switch.
- Newer lighting technologies such as LED Lights will provide full dimmer controlling capabilities, however the light fixture and the dimmer switch must state that they are compatible with each other. This is very important because the growing number of light fixtures and dimmer switches that are now available.
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Consult your Local Building Department about Permits and Inspections for all Electric Wiring Projects.
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