Should this dimmer be this hot?
Here is the situation. I have an L shaped room. I have 8 recessed lights. 2 lights are in a tv area. They are on a Leviton R62-06631-1LW 600W dimmer in a double blue box in my recently finsished wall. Along side this dimmer, in the same box is a second one, same model, as part of a 3 way switch controlling the other 6 recessed cans. The other switch for the 6 cans is on a far wall and is a simple on / off switch. All swiches were installed today.
Well, I went over to shut both sets of the lights completely (flip the switch to off on the 2 side by side dimmer switches) and noticed the platic face plate was warm and the four screws were hot. In fact the screws above/below the dimmer controlling the 6 cans were so hot I decided to remove the faceplate cover. I noticed the metal on the dimmer for the 2 cans was warm. The metal on the 6 can dimmer was hot...hot enough that you want to pull your finger away! NOTE: I could keep it there without getting burn but it was not pleasant. Yes the dimmer was pushed all the way up, lights were on full blast so to speak....bulbs are 60W each.
Again, the six can dimmer is rated for 600 watts and there are 6 - 60W bults in there. I was not expecting the sucker to get this hot.
I shut the switches and when I went back 20 minutes later everything was cooled off. Still I worry that if the kids left the lights on all day something could catch fire...the face plate, the sheetrock, the blue outlet box...the fiberglass in the wall. It just seams hot. I admit, I never had dimmers before.
If this is normal, is there anything I can do to cut down on the heat? They sell the same dimmer in a 1000W model? WOuld that help...I only have 360W on the switch though...?
I could swap the single control on/off switch for the 6 cans on the far wall with its dimmer counterpart...Ie have my 2 can dimmer in with the on/off only switch for the 6 cans and the 6 can dimmer on the far wall with another single switch....though thats sort of inconveneient.
I noticed this dimmer is a HD exclusive on the website so I see no reviews anywhere. I like the way the dimmer works... separate on/off switch...slider, little light when off. I see some dimmers have an additional slider threshold you can set so the lights come on at a certain level...maybe dimmed25%. This can be overwridden though.
I am not sure what, if anything to do... below is the product.