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Dimmer Switch Stuck In?


Jarro

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Hello

This might be ridiculous but I'm clueless so please forgive me!

My dimmer light switch no longer clicks on and off (dimmer doesn't work either). I clicked it off and it didn't click back, it's stuck clicked off I guess? When I press the dimmer switch in nothing happens. Honestly I don't mind if it's broken but I've heard horror stories about this being dangerous or causing fires.

Can someone let me know if this is at all a cause for concern or is it just a broken switch? Thanks

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Best thing to  do Jarrow is what Murdo says , replace it with a ordinary switch .   I'm guessing you are a Muggle ( Non electrical type person)  but quite simple if you want to do it yourself.

 (1)    SWITCH OFF THE POWER   :o

(2)     Remove dimmer , note where the cables go & if theres more than one in a terminal.

 (3)    Stick a switch on , restore power , all is well .  

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The faceplate is still cold and it's been an hour so I'm hoping that's good, I've heard they can get hot.

It's 4 of those small pyramid shape lightbulbs that you press into the ceiling, sorry not sure ahat they're called or the wattage of them!

 

 

Is it a plain white switch or decorative? The dimmer modules can be replaced as a separate item if you want to retain the existing front plate.

https://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Main_Index/Wiring_Accessories_Menu_Index/Wiring_Accessories~Dimmers_All/IQ_Dimmer_Modules/index.html

By pyramid shaped lamps I presume GU10's. If so it may be worth considering swapping to LED's which can be a simple replacement. 

and use about 1/10th of the power.

 

Doc H.

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Like this !!!!post-2497-0-31015400-1439118464_thumb.jp

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it could just be a broken switch,

or, it may well be burnt out due to overload, which may be a cause for concern,

how many lamps/bulbs, and of what type and wattage was it controlling?

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The faceplate is still cold and it's been an hour so I'm hoping that's good, I've heard they can get hot.

It's 4 of those small pyramid shape lightbulbs that you press into the ceiling, sorry not sure ahat they're called or the wattage of them!

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chances are your switch has just went,

but, without knowing the rating of your switch, [probably only 250watt max]

or the rating of your 'bulbs'

its almost impossible to say without any testing.

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I don't know if it helps but this switch is always very sticky but it usually unsticks instantly. Is there anything I should do right now or is it fine to be left? It's in a very unused room so it really won't matter if It doesn't work.

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Sometimes the knob is worn. Pull the knob off and try turning and/or pushing the switch without it.

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If it's a very unused room, maybe replace it with a standard on/off switch?

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