# Dimming Groups of lights with dedicated switches

I am planning on installing recessed lighting in my basement and would like to control these lights with dedicated switches on the same circuit. Here is the scenario:
Group #1 - 6, 75W cans controlled by Dimmer #1 Group #2 - 10 50W cans controlled by Dimmer #2 Group #3 - 2 75W cans controlled by Dimmer #3
I plan to do this on a dedicated 15A, 120V circuit. I am not trying to implement 3-way or 4-way switching.
Could someone describe, or better yet point me in the direction of an illustration/diagram for this type of scenario?
Thanks,
Marc Mueller
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I'm not sure what the question is. This is just straight forward using 3 independent dimmer switches, that are on one 15 amp circuit, right? You have a 14 gauge romex going into a switch box, 3 dimmers, 3 romex leaving box going to light fixtures, which are daisy chained on appropriate romex.
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http://www.selfhelpandmore.com/ has lots of info and diagrams. Use 600 watt dimmers. Your total watts is less than 80% of a 15 amp circuit, so you're good to go.
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volts500 wrote:

I may be mis remembering, but isn't there in the NEC a limit on the total number of fixtues / devices on a circuit, regardless of the total wattage drawn by the devices / fixtures?
Isn't 18 devces / fixtures too many?
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Good catch. Yes, any equipment fastened in place can't exceed 50% of the circuit rating (NEC 210.23). If the fixtures are rated for 100 watts, he could only put 9 on a 15 amp circuit.
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Might as well as use 12 guage and wire it that way. I would be more interested in maxing out the rated limits in the switches. They do make more higher end stuff that can handle more continueous power.
Tom

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Find yourself a theater tech.
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you must derate them if they are all in the same box!
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A theater tech? For a simple 3 gang switch?
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Steve Barker

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On Sun, 29 Apr 2007 09:29:24 -0500, "Steve Barker"
It won't be a simple 3-gang switch when the tech gets done with it. What kind of studio was this, again?
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