Not all dimmer switches are the same, and if you buy one that's not rated for the total wattage of the lights it controls, you could have problems. Check the fine print before you buy.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:October 2011
at least as
If you're dimming CFL bulbs or LED bulbs, make sure you buy a switch that can handle the wattage and that can be used with those types of bulbs.
If you’re installing a dimmer
switch, keep in mind that each
switch is rated to handle a maximum
wattage. If you’re trying to
dim six 100-watt lightbulbs, use
a switch rated for at least 600
watts. Newer models are fairly
generous with their allowances
but that won’t
cut it if you’re
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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