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    Hi, I want to put a dimmer switch on one of my lites, its a chandelier in entryway. I see the dimmers at Home Depot , just the switch with a small lever you push up an down on them. There all different though, some say things like gbh600 an others may say phg 600 im not sure which one to buy. If it makes an difference theres two switches one for hall/chandelier, one for outside lite and one on a timer for other outside lites.

    Thanks

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    Make sure it's for the type of lighting used. There are the type for conventional 120v lamps, usually labeled something like incandescent, then there are the kind for 12v style halogen. There are usually two kinds for 12v depending on the type of transformer used. One for the kind with magnetic transformers, and another kind for the ones with electronic transformers. Verify the watt rating as well. You need to make sure the total wattage of all the lamps connected to the dimmer switch don't exceed the dimmer capacity. For example a 600w dimmer will be able to run up to ten 60w light bulbs.

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      If you can turn the chandelier on/off from 2 places you will need a 3-way dimmer. You can put it at either switch but if you leave it really dim the other switch will not be able to adjust the brightness. There are 3 -ways that have remotes so you can control the light level from both switches, they come as a pair and are a bit spendie

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        Originally posted by wbrooks View Post
        If you can turn the chandelier on/off from 2 places you will need a 3-way dimmer. You can put it at either switch but if you leave it really dim the other switch will not be able to adjust the brightness. There are 3 -ways that have remotes so you can control the light level from both switches, they come as a pair and are a bit spendie
        Thanks for reminding me that it doesn turn on an off in 2 locations.

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        • #5
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          Originally posted by Velosapien View Post
          Make sure it's for the type of lighting used. There are the type for conventional 120v lamps, usually labeled something like incandescent, then there are the kind for 12v style halogen. There are usually two kinds for 12v depending on the type of transformer used. One for the kind with magnetic transformers, and another kind for the ones with electronic transformers. Verify the watt rating as well. You need to make sure the total wattage of all the lamps connected to the dimmer switch don't exceed the dimmer capacity. For example a 600w dimmer will be able to run up to ten 60w light bulbs.
          So transformers are where? In the panel, the breakers? Or I dont need to know really just the types of bulbs right? All I have to worry of type of bulb is the one switch for chandelier right. Not the other two switches beside it one regualar an one timer button
          Thanks

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          • #6
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            The transformer would be at some part of the light fixture itself. It converts 120v AC to 12v DC for the halogen lamps. Unless you have any 12v halogens you don't neet to worry about this. Just get a conventional incandescent dimmer. If you did have 12v DC lighting, which it doesn't seem like you do, you would need to be sure to pick up the right kind of dimmer for the specific kind of transformer used. Likewise make sure not to pick up a a model for 12v dc if you have incandescent. Otherwise the transformer would be damaged using a conventional dimmer. If you had both standard 120v lights and 12v halogens on the same switch you would likely need to seperate them on to seperate dimmers, one for each kind.

            Just make sure to check the packaging and it should tell you what type of light it's for. Some brands offer models that can operate either 120v or 12v lights with the same switch, others sell specific models for each.
            Last edited by Velosapien; 10-23-2007, 08:57 PM.

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              Originally posted by Velosapien View Post
              The transformer would be at some part of the light fixture itself. It converts 120v AC to 12v DC for the halogen lamps. Unless you have any 12v halogens you don't neet to worry about this. Just get a conventional incandescent dimmer. If you did have 12v DC lighting, which it doesn't seem like you do, you would need to be sure to pick up the right kind of dimmer for the specific kind of transformer used. Likewise make sure not to pick up a a model for 12v dc if you have incandescent. Otherwise the transformer would be damaged using a conventional dimmer. If you had both standard 120v lights and 12v halogens on the same switch you would likely need to seperate them on to seperate dimmers, one for each kind.

              Just make sure to check the packaging and it should tell you what type of light it's for. Some brands offer models that can operate either 120v or 12v lights with the same switch, others sell specific models for each.
              Thank you thank you

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