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I have a Lutron remote dimmer and it has stopped working, I've had it for about 3 years with no problems until now. Do they stop working after a few years?

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YOu need to make sure that the maestro you installed is designed for use with electric motors. CHeck out this page on the lutron site... http://www.lutron.com/CMS400/page.aspx?id=16955&mn=1797. THese are the dimmers you can use with a fan. If it is in the same box the magnetic interference can cause the types of reactions you are mentioning.

If this is not the problem you need more info-- is the light part of the fan, is there a separate wire for fan motor and light? what type of switch is controlling the light (assuming the maestro dimmer is controlling the fan motor etc...

Posted on Jan 04, 2009

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SOURCE: A fixture on a Lutron Maestro dimmer switch stopped working.

This dimmer was not made to dim a load smaller than 40VA. That halogen bulb would only have been 20VA or so.

http://www.lutron.com/cms400/PageBuyNow.aspx?id=16977&mn=1815

I think that when your bulb burnt out, the dimmer over-volted the transformer and smoked it. That said, I think you have a fixture problem and, possibly, a switch problem, too.

Posted on May 30, 2009

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SOURCE: Lutron Dimmer Not Dimming But On/Off Works

The type of track heads you are using could be creating the problem. Are the lamps Par 20, Par 30 (screw in base) or MR-16 low voltage (push in base)? If the track head has a small (2"x4") box and uses MR-16 lamps then you need to use a dimmer specifically designed for ELECTRONIC LOW VOLTAGE. Incandescent lights (screw in base) and Electronic low voltage need a different signal to dim. Using a standard dimmer for electronic low voltage will work for a while, but then either the dimmer or the fixtures will go bad. If your lamps are incandescent or halogen you may have just had a bad dimmer. (Not common for Lutron products) but the part number you list should be good for 1000watts and should not be the issue.
http://www.lutron.com/CMS400/TechInfoPage.aspx?id=25531

Please see "Dimming Basics" under the helpful information tab for a better explanations of the two different styles of dimming. Hope this helps!

Posted on Oct 09, 2009

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SOURCE: lutron maestro IR remote control wireless dimmer won't work

http://www.lutron.com/wallboxvideos/maestro_ir_remote_programming.html

If you have followed the programming instructions, the only thing that might be wrong would be the power wire and switch leg wire may be installed on the wrong screws on the back of the device. Be sure that the wire bringing power "INTO" the box is connected to the "Black" screw on the dimmer and the wire going "OUT" to the light fixture is on the "Gold" or "Brass" colored. If these are backwards the dimmer will probably work, but the IR would not. If you are positive it's wired correctly and the IR remote still won't sync up, call the 800 number at the end of the attached video for Lutron Technical Support. Good Luck!

Posted on Nov 12, 2009

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SOURCE: Dimmer won't dim or turn off

Hello Justin, The dimmer you are having the problem with is very likely defective and should be replaced. If you still have the receipt and purchased it within the past 30-90 days from either Lowe's or Home Depot, they will allow a return for full credit and you can get a new one.

If you got this from another store, again, the receipt will be key in getting your money refunded and a new replacement.

Since many manufacturers have started to use more offshore facilities for making their products, there has been an increased amount of faulty or defective units, but the good news is that the prices have remained reasonable and the manufacturers are willing to replace defective products since they know of the quality issues.

If you don't have a receipt, hopefully you charged it on a credit card, so the big box stores can find it using your credit card data.

As an electrician, I've experienced more and more defective dimmers in the past several years, so much so that I typically get a couple of extras for each home I'm wiring. Just remember to tell the returns person that the unit didn't work so they can RTV (return to vendor) the dimmer for quality tracking, etc.

I hope you find this Very Helpful and best regards!

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Hi I've got a Lutron electronic slide dimmer


Let's start whittling away some of the information...

First of all, the ZP260QE is from Lightolier,so you may want to give their tech support center a call.
Secondly, ignore the continuity tests, they tell you nothing. Continuity on the secondary is expected because you're on the output of a "true" transformer, which will look like a short on a DC-supplied continuity test. The input to an ELECTRONIC transformers is a switching power supply, which will not look like anything when supplied by a DC voltage/current during a continuity test. Those test results appear normal to me. The +/- 60 also makes sense, if you've measuring voltages on the output of a dimmer, the impedance of the dimmer's off-state and the impedence of the multi-meter makes for some screwy readings that don't always make sense.

Most dimmers rated for electronic low-voltage have protection circuitry built within them to make sure they're not overloaded. Normal incandescent dimmers will just get warmer than usual, these guys should shut down - perhaps that's what you're seeing.

My two suspiciions are either (a) the additional pendent light, combined with the existing track lights, tripped the overload protection, or (b) when you added the pendent light, you got too much of a current inrush that shorted out the components within the dimmer.

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The LED indicators on my Lutron Maestro continuously run up and down without stopping and the lights (or fan) will not work? It seems as if the entire switch is frozen... Whats the problem?


1) If this installation was working before, the Maestro has a small pull-out circuit breaker that lets you reset the device. This is called the FASS Front Accessible Service Switch, located at bottom of dimmer where it meets cover plate.
Open sample Lutron Maestro dimmer manual to see FASS illustration
http://www.lutron.com/TechnicalDocumentLibrary/0301106A.pdf

2) If this is new installation, then double-check your wiring and check that load matches dimmer capacity: 600 watt incandescent or halogen, which apparently excludes CFLs.
Some electronic devices have shortened lifespan on circuits that are not clean. Use circuit analyzer on nearby outlet that is on same breaker to see if line has interference.


3) Lutron has customer service numbers:
1.888.LUTRON1 (588.7661)
1-800-523-9466

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We have an older maestro style lutron dimmer switch with a horizontal slide button at the bottom that can turn it on and off. we are using this button to operate the light b/c the vertical...


These in-wall devices stop working and need to be replaced from time to time.
There are no repair parts.
Generally dimmers don't last as long as ordinary light switch, because they are electronic instead of mechanical.

Lutron makes the widest selection of dimmers.
http://www.lutron.com/Products/StandAloneControls/Dimmers-Switches/Pages/DimmersSwitches.aspx

Use link above to identify dimmer.
For example Skylark dimmer.

Then google search for a replacement.
For example: single pole 600 watt lutron skylark dimmer
Or: 3-way 600 watt skylark dimmer
Lutron also makes 1800 watt dimmers for larger loads.

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My rotary dimmer doesn't switch 3-ways. I have to push the dimmer button to "on", then I can use the other switch to turn on/off.


You posted under Leviton rotary dimmer.
Lutron and Leviton have many 3-way dimmer styles, and both make 3-way rotary dimmers.

I remember years ago replacing 3-way switches with dimmers and having same experience as you. One dimmer has to be ON for the other dimmer to dim.

Later I learned when you replace both 3-way switches with dimmers, you buy a control-and-companion dimmer set. One dimmer is main, and it lets you dim from both locations. The two dimmers communicate with each other electronically. Buy these dimmers at lighting store that specializes in fixtures and dimmers. Ask for most experienced salesperson.

I checked to see if rotary dimmers are made in the companion set. And neither Leviton or Lutron show 3-way companion set rotary dimmers.

1) Leviton spec sheet on rotary 3-way dimmers does not show companion dimmer. This indicates that Leviton rotary dimmers don't have capability of communicating with each other.

2) Lutron has image of 3-way rotary dimmers.
Image shows single rotary dimmer in 3-way & 4-way circuit.
This tells me that Lutron does not have companion dimmer for 3-way rotary dimmer.
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My Lutron dimmer/lights suddenly will not turn on. all electricity works throughout the house. The green light that usually is lit on the panel is not on either. any suggestions?


Indicator light is OFF.
Either dimmer stopped working or power to dimmer is off.
Check if electricity is present inside box.
Check nearby electrical plug to see if everything nearby has power.
Swap dimmer with regular switch and see if lights turn ON.
Check dimmer wires: if wires to dimmer are pushed into 'quick connect' holes on back of dimmer, these wires can get loose.
If dimmer is connected by wire nut, sometimes a wire can pull loose.
If no electricity is inside the box, and breaker is ON, then there is a loose wire inside one of the boxes on that circuit and electrician has to track back until loose wire is discovered.

Replacement parts for in-wall devices are not made.
If new dimmer is necessary, consider lighting factors:
Total wattage of lights. New dimmer has watt rating.
Type of lights. Dimmers specify florescent or tungsten (incandescent) or both.
Single-pole and 3-way. If two dimmers control same lights, one is control dimmer, other is companion dimmer.

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Because the switches are relatively inexpensive, there aren't kits to repair them when they fail mechanically. Your best bet is to get an exact replacement from a Home Depot or such, turn off the breaker switch, and rewire it exactly as it was, using wire nuts and tape.

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It could be a loose connection, and it could be a loose connection on the OTHER 3-way switch across the room. Also, verify that the dimmer is rated for the fixture(s): add together the wattage of each individual light bulb that the dimmer controls and make sure that the dimmer has a higher wattage rating. If it isn't, you might have burned up your dimmer (and risked an electrical fire). Hope this helps!

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A fixture on a Lutron Maestro dimmer switch stopped working.


This dimmer was not made to dim a load smaller than 40VA. That halogen bulb would only have been 20VA or so.

http://www.lutron.com/cms400/PageBuyNow.aspx?id=16977&mn=1815

I think that when your bulb burnt out, the dimmer over-volted the transformer and smoked it. That said, I think you have a fixture problem and, possibly, a switch problem, too.

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