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Electrical Category: Switches

Problem:

Dimmer switch does not work on fluorescent lights.

Tools / Materials (See Below for Applicability):

  • Ballast fixture (for fluorescent lights)

Solution:

 

Dimmer switches can work with virtually all fixtures that take incandescent bulbs and halogen bulbs.  However, typical dimmer switches on the market are not designed to be connected to regular fluorescent lights.  Should you want to use a dimmer switch for your fluorescent light, you'll need to purchase and install a ballast fixture.

Caution: When dealing with any device that requires electrical power, make sure you take precautions before you work on it, including disconnecting the power; in this light (pun intended), before disconnecting any light switch, make sure you turn off the main power, specifically the power to the circuit of the light switch.  (Again, do not work on any light switch or even any installed fixture without first turning off the electrical power to it.)  Be sure to use a voltage meter to confirm that the power has been turned off.

Without the fixture that encompasses a ballast, you cannot properly use a dimmer switch to control the operation of your fluorescent light.

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