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Re: WARM LIGHT SWITCH

Posted By: Tony Snook
Sunday, 6 February 2000, at 4:29 p.m.

In Response To: WARM LIGHT SWITCH (Ray)

A dimmer switch works by resistance. When you turn dial on the dimmer switch to dim the lights you are increasing the electrical resistance going to the lights. When you create electrical resistance you get heat. That's how an electric heater works. If the dimmer gets how to the touch you should probably have it checked but if it just gets a little warm that's probably normal. Check the dimmer switch after having the lights turned up to the brightest setting for a while and check for heat. It's probably going to be cooler when the setting is brightest and the switch will probably get warm when the lights are set dim. As for the electrical outlets, the do get loose after years of plugging ang unplugging. I have had to replace several outlets in my house in the last couple of years. My house was built in 1974 and the outlets that get used the most are getting loose. It's called normal wear and tear.

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