Sweet, my dimmer in my dining room started smoking today. Turned off the breaker and pulled the bad boy. Now I need to go shopping for a new dimmer. I'm glad I was around to notice the sparks.
Sounds like you need a heavy duty unit with heat sinks on it.
Lots of things "burn up" for no other reason than they simply decided to burn up.
My advice is get a dimmer well within the range of the load. Meaning, if you are controlling 400 watts and there are no there dimmers in the box then a 600W dimmer is FINE. If you are controlling 550 watts then bumping up to a 1000W dimmer would be best.
If you are controlling 200 watts then ANY dimmer will be fine.
Here is a $135 dimmer on closeout for 30 bucks, 1000 watt.
And another neat looking one from the Island of St. Kitts [!] I thought they only made Pinya Colada's there.
Its only $39 bucks and has cooling fins.
Those crap 6$ dimmers probably burn a lot of houses down.
Last edited by ballvalve; 01-23-2011 at 01:54 PM.
Hey, the early 80's called. They want their dimmers back. HAHAHAHA
What is your point in all this? Quality dimmers are available everywhere, even big box stores.
You want the best? Get a Lutron Nova T series.
I just had to get two 2000 watt versions of these for a very good customer of mine. Each one needs it's own 2-gang box. Around $200 each.
So I picked up a Lutron Dimmable CFL/LED Halogen/ Incandescent dimmer. This way I'm covered if I have to switch light bulbs.
It has a flat surface with rocker, better then the round button that pushed in and out that my daughter used to operate with her fist.
Hopefully this one is kid proof, even though she's like 36 now.
This thing will handle 600 watts, though I'm just running 200 watts now.