In my sun room I have 4 recessed lights with 75 or 100 watt bulbs. These
are connected to a dimmer. In the winter months, I have a cigar out
there, and have a 1500 watt quartz heater in front of me, a box fan in the
window, and a small fan blowing the smoke towards the box fan. Last week
when I turned off the heater, the lights brightened as they normally do,
but all 4 lights began flashing like a strobe light. Now the problem is
intermittent. The other night the lights would flash, then stop when I
turned on the heater. I believe I need to replace the dimmer with a higher
wattage type. I've read that 600 watts is standard. Do you think that
will stop the lights from flashing?
Replacing the dimmer is the easiest fix, but a higher wattage rating is not
needed in this case. The fact that the heater and the lights are on the
same circuit and causing voltage drop may have had a long term detrimental
effect on the existing dimmer. Instead of wasting another dimmer, install a
regular wall switch for the time being to see if the flashing problem goes
away. Would it be easy to separate the outlets from the lighting so that
you have two different circuits as I think that would be the best way to go?
On Sat, 20 Dec 2008 10:26:40 -0500, John Grabowski wrote:
No, I like the dimmer out there. I believe the heater and lights are on
the same circuit, because the lights dim or get bright, depending on if
the heater is on or off. I'm probably going to try replacing the dimmer.
It's possible that the dimmer is bad, although there is no need to use a
higher wattage dimmer. I would check to see if the lights and outlet that
the heater is plugged into are on the same circuit. It may be that they are
on two different circuits sharing a neutral (Edison circuit, or multiwire
circuit), in which case, there may be a loose connection in the shared
On Sat, 20 Dec 2008 08:47:39 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Yes, I plan on replacing the dimmer.
And smoking in my family has never been problem for ANYONE. All lived
to their 80's and 90's. some smoked heavily. I smoked cigarettes for 35
years, just quit 3 years ago, and my lungs are in great health. Yet I've
known MANY people over the years who have gotten lung cancer, that never
smoked in their lives.
Fine cigars are no more a waste of money than a fine wine, or aged
scotch, or an aged steak, etc. It's a luxury.
It'd your life, you do whatever you want with it.
I once looked at dead smokers lung during autopsy.
It looked like soot covered chimney inside. Npo one
in my family has that filthy luxury(as you put it).
trouble is smoking causes health troubles that cost every single
american big bucks for health care.
taxes on anything that causes health care costs should be increased to
cover those costs./
including fattening food etc
Very minor mention of overweight people yet related health care costs due
to that make smokers a small piece of the pie.
Yea I smoke. Yea it stinks. Yea someone has to make the bandwagon people
"anything that causes health care costs"...well, aging at any level
causes health care costs even if one lives a perfect life healthwise.
So, raise taxes on people just for being a year older!
Oh well, life sucks. But only a day at a time.
smoking is just plain stupid. so tax the heck out of it, to discourage
it and pay nthe excess health care costs.
bet if you get lung cancer, or any of the other problems you will
demand the best our health care system can provide? then pay for it as
you smoke yourself into a early grave
also tax fattening food thats causing obesity epidemic today, again
tax money tp pay for excess health care costs.
you know no one needs to smoke to live but everyone must eat to
obviously aging leads to death, but age healthfully........
secondhand smoke causes a long list of health troubles for children
like hard to treat ear infections asthma etc, the necessary
antibiotics are being over used and resistant to those infections.
did you know smoking is the trigger for rhumetoid arthritis? my
grandma died of that all crippled unable to move, it was a horrible
end. what finally killed her was arthritic lum,ps in her lungs, she
had quit after a lifetime of smoking
In pennsylvania foster parents are no longer permitted to smoke around
the children in their care even in their own home:) statre law:)
so you want perspective????/
do you believe making kids and others around you ill is OK?
If smoking makes you seriously ill will you expect first class health
care paid for by others? the vast majority non smokers?
On Sat, 20 Dec 2008 11:50:48 -0800, email@example.com wrote:
Since you don't smoke, theoretically you'll live decades longer,
draining the system of social security, incurring age related medical
expenses, and polluting the environment for 20 years longer than a
non-smoker. YOU should pay extra taxes! Think about it.
Which is why Americans have to pay for their own health care?
Same with obesity?
BTW: Is that heater is wired through the dimmer? At very least it
sounds as though there may be voltage drop problem?
Four x 75 = 300 watts (maybe 400 watts)
Heater = 1500 watts
Fan? = say 25 watts?
TOTAL = around 2000 watts.
If that wiring happens to be 14AWG (Common for lighting wiring!) and
the dimmer is rated for say 600 watts it sounds like overloading; but
insufficient info provided to really know.
Oh also btw. There will always be the 'two pack a day smokers'; some
of whom will live to 90+.
But last year our neighbour once a heavy smoker died of lung cancer.
He was an excellent wood worker; some 15 years younger than I.
Strangely before retirement he had been a an X. Ray technical
instructor. In fact it may have been that that persuaded him to give
Unfortunately it caught up with him at age around 60! What a waste!
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