hot switch plate

Discussion in 'Electrical Forum discussion & Blog' started by Catherine, Jul 8, 2008.

  1. Catherine

    Catherine New Member

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    Hi

    I just turned off my kitchen light switch (recessed lights, dimmer) and it feel hot to the touch. I have never noticed this before. I have had that switch and lights for about 2 1/2 years. Is this dangerous? It is not as hot, but still warm, now that I have turned it off.

    Thanks for any help, I am quite nervous about this
    Catherine
  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    Dimmers can be warm.. You could check and make sure that all the connections are tight, and that the dimmer is rated for at least the amount of watts load you have on it.
  3. Chris75

    Chris75 Electrician

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    all dimmers will feel warm to the touch, especially the plate screws if using plastic plates, Pretty normal and will not burn your house down... :D
  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    dimmer

    Resistor dimmers have convert electricity into heat and the heat has to go somewhere.
  5. Catherine

    Catherine New Member

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    Thanks

    Thank you so much for your answers! I am relieved that my wall is not about to burn down!

    Catherine
  6. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    hot

    We did not say that, because you could actually have a problem. We just told you why you might not have one. For example, someone with aluminum wiring AND a dimmer could have a loose connection which would also heat up the box while the light was on. In that case our statements would still apply, but they would not apply to, or correct, the real problem.
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