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how to bypass dimmer in sconce

Posted by tskn (My Page) on
Sat, Mar 15, 14 at 12:11

For the past 9mo I had no problem with a dimmable wall sconce (two lights) that uses two 12V halogen bulbs and a transformer. One of the lights buzzed and then failed but I fixed the buzzing and illumination after replacing the transformer and wiggling the lampholder.....but it only worked for two days. Now both lights are out. I don't know why it's failing, since I wired it well and nothing seems to be visibly problematic. Is it possible to bypass the dimmer/transformer and have the light just be on/off on the same dimmable knob?


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RE: how to bypass dimmer in sconce

The only thing you could do would be to take out the dimmer and install a normal switch


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RE: how to bypass dimmer in sconce

Halogens get very hot. Wiggling the lampholder suggests that heat damage has occurred and poor contact is the result. At this point, every component of that fixture is a suspect.


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RE: how to bypass dimmer in sconce

So after more troubleshooting it looks like the lampholder and transformer are shot on the original bad side. The other light works again after changing the bulb. Can I assume that all the wiring is fine and all I need to do is replace the bad lampholder and transformer? Thank you in advance.


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