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General Chat Thread, Eeek - dimmer switches coming out of my property asap! in General; Hah, I have a love/hate thing with dimmers. Last one I installed was an intelligent, touch sensitive unit with "multi ...
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    Hah, I have a love/hate thing with dimmers. Last one I installed was an intelligent, touch sensitive unit with "multi stage" abilities, "dim to off" delay night lighting functions etc. Once the lights were out, the dark square in the middle would light up with a HAL9000-esque "pulsing" LED to show the switch location.

    It worked once. Then it emitted a sad "pffft.." noise, and that was it. Triac blown. Manufacturer gone under, and so on. Nice idea, poor quality execution. Went back to a dull rotary dimmer after that.

    New place has a bedroom dimmer that's a rotary..that can bin. I want one of the ones you can dim up/down with a remote control from the bed. Or maybe just lose the dimmer altogether as we have a capacitive touch lamp for night lighting.

    Moral of this story? Never buy a whizzy dimmer from a company who's slogan for the product (printed all over the box) was "Touch me, turn me on..". I thought the postie looked at me a bit oddly..

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    But I thought the idea of dimmers was to get things heated in the bedroom?

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    I don't have any dimmers in my house...I just fit energy saver bulbs...the light is nice and soft after about 6 months...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CESIL View Post
    I don't have any dimmers in my house...I just fit energy saver bulbs...the light is nice and soft after about 6 months...
    We still use parafin lights in our house, so dimming the lights actually reduces the risk of fire!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkeh View Post
    But I thought the idea of dimmers was to get things heated in the bedroom?
    Explains the remote to reach from the bed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    I watched this last night, and thought the whole point was not to show 'this is dangerous in your house' but to say 'this can be dangerous in very large buildings with lots of dimmers'. Obviously he's not saying, "quick, rip out your dimmers". He's merely showing an extreme case (the shed) as an example, and then quickly introduces the capacitor afterwards - the device that makes dimmers safe.

    This isn't a whole load of scaremongering tosh at all. It's a program about engineering (and a program I enjoyed, even though i was slightly drunk) and it demonstrates how different obstacles are overcome.

    Why are people always so skeptical on this website?
    Were we watching the same clip?

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    So if you run 40 amps worth of lamps through a 13 amp dimmer switch it catches fire.

    Really??!!!! Genious!!!!

    Butuz

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    I think Hightower watched the actual bbc programme and not just the bbc news clip.

    Ben

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    I have a dimmer switch in my living room controlling 2 lights :S - both light sockets have energy saving bulbs so they cant be dimmed any way so are on full pelt most of the time

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    Hmmm, the words Hammond and Dimmer in the same title. Seems appropriate to me.

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