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Old 10-15-2009, 08:34 PM
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12v Dimmer switches

I know this has been discussed some but here is the situation.

Installed a pergola about 2 yrs ago with Stellars. They wanted this lighting switchable so we installed a toggler and the system has worked flawless. This is a signle run out of 7 runs in a 900w MDL transformer.

Now the client would like to be able to dim that one run but doesnt want to fork out for the ABT or a seperate trans. There is already a single gang with flip cover in a mortise on the pergola post we installed. Does anyone know of a GOOD 12v dimmer rated at about at LEAST 10-15a we can swap in place of the toggler ?
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Old 10-15-2009, 10:33 PM
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Have heard a lot of good things about the Zane 12V dimmer.

http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=206186&page=2

http://www.zaneinc.com/
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Old 10-15-2009, 11:17 PM
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Thanks James thats exactly what I was looking for. I knew I had seen it. Normally when I create a dimmed section I just install a seperate trans and dim the trans.
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Billy,
James beat me to it. Gerry at TerraDek carries these and I have used them.
Should fit right in place of your other switch. Good Luck!
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Old 10-16-2009, 07:06 AM
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Awsome I will hit Gerry up
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Old 10-16-2009, 11:04 AM
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Zane Dimmer

Keith,
Thanks for the mention...

We stock both the 10amp and 20amp versions of this product. The 10amp is a single gang size and the 20amp is a double gang size.

They are great for controlling the light intensity on single runs.
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Old 10-16-2009, 01:07 PM
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I emailed you about it Gerry and just replied to you. That run is pulling 8a and I do all the maint there so shouldnt be an issue running the 10a version since the single gang is already mortised into a heart pine post.
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Just so I am clear- you can run your to be dimmed home run through a gang box with one of these installed - and instead of buying a seperate transformer , you just use these?

So cool , are they reliable? Can they take harsh weather or irrigation soaking them?
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Old 10-17-2009, 04:51 PM
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Thanks James that's exactly what I was looking for. I knew I had seen it. Normally when I create a dimmed section I just install a separate trans and dim the trans.

You can dim a whole transformer? I am somewhat new to this and questioned whether or not you can dim a transformer mainly because I was not sure if this would have any adverse effect on the life of the bulbs. A standard(properly rated) dimmer can do this?
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Old 10-17-2009, 06:40 PM
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The dimmer needs to be rated for the type of transformer it is... ie magnetic..electronic etc.

Also something that makes it impossible to dim some transformers is many of them use a relay for the timer control plug inside. As soon as you dim down slightly the relay will begin to chatter on these.

When I need a dimmable trans my first choice is the Gambino Magnums (pm me if you need info) or the unique sub-terranean ones if I need a below grade trans.

I know there are some other dimmable ones out there but these are the 2 I have experience with. Just make sure you use a properly rated dimmer. Most of ours use either UPB dimmer controls or are hard wired into an home automation system.

Lamp life is a complete new discussion. All of our dimmable systems are maintained by us and checked at night 2-3 times per year for lamp color.
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