lines in tv and hum in speakers

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  1. Gary G

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    hello...i just installed new track lighting in the tv room with a dimmer switch, now we are seeing lines slowly going up on the tv and a light hum in the rear surround speakers, the other tvs in the house are also getting the lines, if i turn off the dimmer switch the lines and hum go away...i checked and triple checked the wiring hookup, even pulled new romex through the walls to the dimmer and lights..still having the same trouble...anyone have this problem before?, and how did you fix it...thanks in advance..wife is getting tires of watching lines, lol
     
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    You fix it by having the TV and stereo connected to a different circuit than the lighting.
     
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    the wall plug for the equipment is on a differant breaker than the lights

    Thanks
     
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    Is it possible that this is a problem related to the dimmer being on the same "phase" in the breaker box as the circuits for the TVs in the house?

    I have read on this forum that you should not have dimmer circuits on the same phase as a home theater circuit. This may be hard in your case, as there is a good chance that some TV power outlet circuits are on opposite phases, so only some would be problematic in this case. It might be worth checking though-- you might by chance have all the power outlets that feed your TV's on the same phase as your dimmer, or have wires that run along with your dimmer wire; it would be a relatively quick test if you switched it. (*** Sorry, I would be happy to post some links, but this system won't let me post a URL, even to this same forum, until I have more than 15 posts...)

    BTW in my box, as far as I can tell, the poles are _not_ left vs. right. I think the first row (left and right) is pole 1, the second is pole 2, third is pole 1 again, etc., down through the box. It is a "Square D" box, and the phases kind of look like 2 opposing rakes, with the tines alternating, if that makes any sense. :).

    Anyway, I don't know if this will help, but it might be worth a look.

    Eric
     

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