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Halogen Lighting with dimmer Help!

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Marc Fr, Aug 15, 2001.

  1. Marc Fr

    Marc Fr Auditioning

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    I have my system located in a room with track halogen lights. The lights are on a dimmer switch rated for 900 watts. I have an extremely noticeable buzz on my system at all times now only when the lights are on. I have tried isolating the power to the system on its own circuit breaker, changing the dimmer, but neither worked.
    I am running all power to the system through a Monster protector.
    Is there a line conditioner that will correct this?
    Is there a dimmer that will not give feedback?
    Does anyone have a solution?
    Any suggestions, would be appreciated.
    Thank you.
     
  2. Mike LS

    Mike LS Supporting Actor

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    What brand of dimmer are you using now?
    Is it Lutron that folks recommend for HT and cutting down interferance?
     
  3. Marc Fr

    Marc Fr Auditioning

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    It is the top of the line lutron Dimmer
     
  4. Kerry Hackney

    Kerry Hackney Stunt Coordinator

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    If you have the track and HT on seperate cicuits turn off the track breaker... If you still have the hum/buzz it isn't the track transformers. Maybe a ground problem instead??? Check the grounds where the track is fed. Lutron usually has pretty good dimmers. I don't know what model you have but is it rated for low voltage dimming? There are different dimmers for each application.
     
  5. Leo Kerr

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    And, of course, don't forget two other sources of dimmer-noise...
    low-voltage transformers (either magnetic or electronic; they both can be noisy in their own ways..)
    the filiments inside the bulbs can also "sing." Very annoying, that, and sometimes not easy to cure without going to a completely different style of lamp.
    Leo Kerr
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  6. Mike LS

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    Yes....that's something I've heard too. That puttting some more expensive bulbs in the lights can sometimes cut the hum out as well.....if you're using cheaper bulbs now.
     

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