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    Is it safe to have a dimmer switch control a bathroom heat lamp?

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    Default Re: Dimmer Switch on Bathroom Heat Lamp

    It will depend on the wattage of the buld and the rating on the dimmer.
    But for most I don't think there would be a problem.

    ' correct a wise man and you gain a friend... correct a fool and he'll bloody your nose'.

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    Default Re: Dimmer Switch on Bathroom Heat Lamp

    Most dimmers are rates for 600 w max. Though some are 400 w. max.


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    Default Re: Dimmer Switch on Bathroom Heat Lamp

    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel Leung View Post
    Is it safe to have a dimmer switch control a bathroom heat lamp?

    Not on a Broan model 162/164 bulb heater/fan unit.

    The install instructions say "Do not operate unit with dimmer switch or speed control".

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    Default Re: Dimmer Switch on Bathroom Heat Lamp

    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce King View Post
    Not on a Broan model 162/164 bulb heater/fan unit.

    The install instructions say "Do not operate unit with dimmer switch or speed control".
    Exactly right.
    In many of those units the fan is wired hot through a thermal switch. If the unit over heats the fan comes on automatically.
    Dimmer = bad.


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    Default Re: Dimmer Switch on Bathroom Heat Lamp

    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce King View Post
    Not on a Broan model 162/164 bulb heater/fan unit.

    The install instructions say "Do not operate unit with dimmer switch or speed control".
    Bruce, Speedy, Garry and Rick,
    Thank you!


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