Lutron for outlets?

Discussion in 'Home Theater Projects' started by Michael Pedrosa, Jul 12, 2003.

  1. Michael Pedrosa

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    I've been looking over the Lutron Spacers for my room -- I have two wall switches controlling a single outlet into which I plug a lamp. There is no built-in overhead lighting.
    I want to use a Spacer to replace the two switches and control the lighting via remote.
    Is it ok/safe to use these dimmers to control the outlet which feeds the lamp? I've seen hints that this should not be done, but nothing certain. Has anyone done this, or does anyone know if this can/should be done?
     
  2. Gary Silverman

    Gary Silverman Stunt Coordinator

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    Michael,
    This isn't something you should do. The code prohibits it because if some unknowing person plugged something other than the lamp into it, when dimmed it could a fire hazard.And, even if it didn't cause a fire, you could ruin whatever was plugged in.You could, however, plug a dimming module into the receptacle, and then plug the lamp into that. I know that there are Leviton and X-10 modules for this, but I don't think Lutron makes them.
     
  3. Randy_Sh

    Randy_Sh Stunt Coordinator

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    Hey Michael,

    Agree with Gary. Don't dim an outlet, but Lutron does make a Spacer System Lamp dimmer. Plug the lamp into the dimmer and the dimmer into the wall outlet. It sits near the lamp and receives the IR.

    Think this will work for you.

    Check out: Lutron Spacer System Info (toward bottom of page)

    Randy
     

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