Changing light fittings........

Postby batfink82 » Thu Jun 21, 2007 11:23 pm

Hi there looking for some advice........i have just changed the light fittings in my lounge. All was going well, i replaced the normal switch and tested it. I then changed the second switch for an electronic dimmer switch (the old switch was a traditional dimmer switch). I put the wires in exactly as they had been in the old switch. However when turning the power back on the light seems to go through a 5 second cycle in which it gets gradually darker then lighter!! This carries on continuously. Can anyone explain why this happens? Do I need a different type of ordinary switch?

Any ideas greatly appreciated
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Postby goretex » Sat Jun 23, 2007 5:24 pm

when you say you have change the light fittings are these new ones halogen ??

I had a similar problem where the lights dimmed and back bright and it was down to the dimmer itself

All mains voltage halogen bulbs (eg GU10 and G9 types) can be dimmed but may require a dimmer of higher wattage than the total wattage of the light fitting they are dimming. All low voltage Halogen bulbs (eg G4, G6.35 and G5.3 types) may require special dimmers dependant on their transformer type and we do advise not to use dimmers with them. However, any qualified electrician should be able to advise, supply and fit these for you.
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Postby sparx » Sat Jun 23, 2007 6:40 pm

Hi don't think sw. is prob but is electronic dimmer a remote control type, if so is control button stuck down? can't think any other reason for cycling action, regards SPARX
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Postby batfink82 » Sun Jun 24, 2007 9:50 pm

Hi, thanks for you replies.....

i havent yet changed the actual lights yet, so it is still the manky old single bulb. the light will just cycle if left on, I copied the wiring from the old dimmer switch so i trust that was correct. my next idea is to take back the light fitting and see if it is faulty.....I will let you know if this solves the problem!
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