on same circuit: refrig &

DC> SUBJECT: on same circuit: refrig & dimmer-switch (kaput!): DC> DC> (DPDT): Leviton burns out too fast! Other kind?
Check the rating of the dimmer compared to what you are dimming. There are various load capabilities available (something like 600W, 1000W). If you are using a 600W-rated dimmer with six 100W bulbs you are at the peak rating of the dimmer. When the refrigerator's compressor kicks in, the available voltage decreases momentarily, causing an increased current flow in the lights -- zap!
DC> Installed it on Sunday, it worked fine that evening and all day DC> Monday, but by yesterday (Tuesday) morning it was already gone, DC> wouldn't turn on.
And if you're wondering why it lasted two days, the power coming in to your home constantly varies. It's possible if your home is on a power grid also serving businesses they were closed on the weekend/Sunday. When they opened Monday, a little less voltage available, higher current -- zap!
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