Dimming picture lights....help


Postby DIYRob » Fri Feb 27, 2009 2:10 pm

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Hi everyone, I'm a DIY Doctor newbee so here goes.

I'm changing over all my light sockets, and wanted to add some dimmers.

I'd like to know if i can dim those picture lights, the long thin strip tubes.

Any help would be appreciated.
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Postby sparx » Sat Feb 28, 2009 10:53 pm

Hi, if they are normal filament type not fluorescent then yes you can fit standard dimmers,
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Postby DIYRob » Sun Mar 01, 2009 5:17 pm

you wouldn't happen to know the life expentancy of bulbs on dimmers would you ?

I've heard that it's as if you turn the swith on & off really quickly, that's why they eat bulbs quicker.
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Postby MichaelC » Sun Mar 01, 2009 7:31 pm

hi! the answer to ur question is 50% longer!
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Postby sparx » Sun Mar 01, 2009 9:01 pm

Hi Rob,

They only switch on/of at same rate as normal ie 100 times/sec.
only difference being that they are switched on later through each 1/2 cycle thus allowing less energy through so don't run so hot.
Never noticed shortened life but may be so,
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