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rberd
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Posted - 02/22/2011 :  7:17:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My current wall switch (where I would like to use a KeypadLinc Dimmer) controls the upper portion on a standard 2 plug wall outlet. If I know that I am only going to be plugging a lamp into the particular outlet that is controlled by the switch, is it ok to do this? I just want to make sure that using a dimmer switch that controls power to the outlet isn't going to cause any problems.

Tfitzpatri8
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Posted - 02/22/2011 :  7:36:17 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
No, it is unsafe and against electric code to control a regular electric outlet with a dimmer. The legal way to handle that is to wire the outlet as always-on, plug in a LampLinc dimmer, then electronically link the KeypadLinc and LampLinc.
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rberd
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Posted - 02/22/2011 :  8:00:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello, thanks for your quick response! I had a feeling this was going to be the case. What about just using a non-dimming on/off KeypadLinc instead?
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stusviews
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Posted - 02/22/2011 :  11:10:44 PM  Show Profile  Visit stusviews's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by rberd

My current wall switch (where I would like to use a KeypadLinc Dimmer) controls the upper portion on a standard 2 plug wall outlet. If I know that I am only going to be plugging a lamp into the particular outlet that is controlled by the switch, is it ok to do this? I just want to make sure that using a dimmer switch that controls power to the outlet isn't going to cause any problems.


It isn't going to cause any electrical problems. thers do it!
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Originally posted by Tfitzpatri8

No, it is unsafe and against electric code to control a regular electric outlet with a dimmer. (emphasis added)


Absolutely correct. But, if you ensure-by design of the plug-that only that lamp can be plugged into that receptacle, then it is in compliance with the National Electric Code.

BTW, the NEC is a recommendation, not a law. However, a municipality can include it in their building code or even call for stricter regulations.

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oberkc
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Posted - 02/23/2011 :  12:13:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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What about just using a non-dimming on/off KeypadLinc instead?


Besides the automation part, this is no different than what you have. I expect this is safe and code compliant. Alternatively, you could mount the switch, then link it to a dimmer plug-in module, if you prefer to have the ability to dim your light.

Beware, also, that oftentimes these switches are wired in such a way (no neutral) to make installation of an insteon switch problematic. It is probably worth your time to pull the existing switch out and evaluate exiting wiring to be sure.
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cringstrom
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Posted - 03/16/2011 :  5:34:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
On a safer note, I am doing this by using a switchlinc wired to the top half of the wall outlet and a keypadlinc to do just that.. remote control the upper half of the outlet.

Just no dimming..
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stusviews
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Posted - 03/16/2011 :  6:25:45 PM  Show Profile  Visit stusviews's Homepage  Reply with Quote
If you're using a SwitchlInc Relay, then it's OK, but if The SwitchLinc is a Dimmer, then it is a code violation, even if you don't dim.

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cringstrom
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Posted - 03/16/2011 :  8:58:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by stusviews

If you're using a SwitchlInc Relay, then it's OK, but if The SwitchLinc is a Dimmer, then it is a code violation, even if you don't dim.



Sorry, I should have been more specific. That's exactly the setup that I am using and it works like a charm and I recomend it.
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stusviews
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Posted - 03/16/2011 :  10:44:29 PM  Show Profile  Visit stusviews's Homepage  Reply with Quote
BTW, a KPL Relay is OK, too. And it can be converted to 8-button.

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