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Welcome. My name is XXXXX XXXXX would be glad to assist.
With some more information we can determine what is happening. What is the Make and Model of the dimmer?
What type of bulbs are in the fixture?
How many bulbs and their wattage?
dimmer trimatron cat no 6684
3 bulbs 40watt
Ok, thanks, XXXXX XXXXX and the specs for it
Now what kind of bulbs and how many?
are they incandescent? cfl?
ok, so the dimmers should work fine in that application
now, do they work properly? turn the lights on with one switch, off with the other, then on again with the other, off again with the other, back and forth 3 times?
done that and they work the problem is when i turn the dimmer all the way up the lights flicker and go off. righ now i cant get them to come back on. the bulbs are not burnt out, and infrequently work or do not
Ok, that is a sign of a bad dimmer if the switches operate properly with the on-off scenario.
Didnt by chance connect it with power on?
no i always triple check
dont like the shock
ok, just checking, that will sometimes kill a dimmer
The rotary style unfortunately are not the best for longevity and performance. Quality has gone down with the out of country manufacturing
ok so ill replace the dimmer
The slide style with multiple use bulbs are well built.
is there any way to repair a faulty dimmer
No, they are considered a trow away item
throw away, sorry
understood, thank you for your help
you are most welcome, glad to assist
one more question please
is there any reason you have that a bulb would burn out too quick on a three way set up with a dimmer switch
Not on a standard incandescent bulb unless a switch or dimmer is making them flicker, like a bad switch contact or dimmer. The flickering causes the filament to weaken and break.
Other than that , no.
I would always get 130 volt bulbs though, they last longer
these are a 65 watt indoor flood
so those dimmers could beght the box bad also and i just got a bad batch when i bou
Many bulbs today are not what they used to be in quality. I always use the major names personally and stay away from so called "specials"
sorry those dimmers are bad also and i just got a bad batch when i bought the box
They could have easily failed quickly because of the quality yes. If it has been only a few days or so, I would take them back.
We see lots of timers and dimmers that only last a few days. it is amazing
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