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I’ve acquired a commercial-grade Lightolier florescent light dimmer that I’d like to use in my home theater. Is there any problem using a dimmer like this for residential incandescent lighting?

Here’s a link to the manufacturer’s installation guide, if that helps.

http://www.philipslightingcontrols.com/assets/cms/uploads/files/sunset-momentum/85-6290A0.pdf

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I'd have concerns about the load rating, e.g. how many incandescent watts you could safely control, with this 2-wire fluorescent analog dimmer.

I wouldn't think of doing it, as this is not what it was designed for, marketed for, nor approved for.

I don't know how well it would work either.

Note - I'm not an electrician, nor even experienced, but I do understand the phrase 'to code', and that would not be 'to code'.

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I don't think that Lightolier will tell you it's OK to use that fluorescent dimmer, for an incandescent load - even if it's perfectly OK. That's not what it is 'listed' for. They would be liable.

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I'd have concerns about the load rating, e.g. how many incandescent watts you could safely control, with this 2-wire fluorescent analog dimmer.


Wow, you’re right – I totally forgot about the load! What a gaff! duh.gif An incandescent dimmer carries the full amperage of the load, which would not be the case with a fluorescent dimmer.

Thanks for the wake-up call, Neuro! t.gif


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I didn't say it wouldn't work. What is the load rating, for an incandescent?

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I’ll be running four recessed cans, total of 200 watts.

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