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    Switch for CFL Light Fixture

    I thought that the 6CL was supposed to be the workhorse now...

    I am trying to bring a fixture that has two CFLs in it on line, but when I install the 6CL, it goes whacky... light turns on and off... switch kind of buzzes. Does anyone know what switch I need for this? The fixture say to use 26w CFLs. They are not a traditional "screw in" bulb replacement, it is just a two pole bulb.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks
    Corey

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    You need to check if the ballast for this fixture is dimmable. If it is, you'll need to know the ballast part number, or it's type of dimming- two-wire forward phase, three-wire, 0-10V, PWM. Once that is known, the proper dimmer can be selected. If these are already installed in the home and you can't get to the ballast, I would assume that it is a non-dimming ballast and use the RRD-8ANS-xx switch to just turn them on and off.
    Residential Lighting and Shading Specialist for CED Escondido

    mbalay@cedescondido.com

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    I was looking to see if it was dimmable and while the fixture purchased is supposed to be dimmable, the bulbs provided do not dim. I have an 8ANS available, but unfortunately this room was not re-wired as part of the renovation (the system is being installed after the fact) and there was no neutral line exposed in the box. I know this can be remedied, I was just hoping there was another way without having to change the wiring.

    Thanks for the help...

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    Corey-
    Use the RRD-8S-DV-xx, it is a switch that does not require the neutral.
    Residential Lighting and Shading Specialist for CED Escondido

    mbalay@cedescondido.com

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    Perhaps a simpler way to go is replace the bulbs with dimmable LEDs and stick with the 6CL.

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