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Looking for Dimmer switches

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Where can I buy a double dimmer? Do they even exist for CH standard fittings? I have looked in several shops.

I have a few light switches with two push on/off buttons (one for main lights, other one for lamp circuit) Standard stuff, as far as I can tell. I simply want to replaced these with dimmer/fader versions. I am renting my house so am not prepared to re-fit UK back boxes, which would allow me to use UK dimmers and the good stuff by Futronix or Lutron

To make matters more interesting, some of the swicthes in my house also have a (very useful) mains socket below the buttons, meaning I really would need to stick with swiss kit since other country specs (mainly size & fixings) differ.

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Re: Looking for Dimmer switches

which stores have you looked in? I know you can get dimmers from the DIY stores but I don't know if they have exactly what you seek.
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Not sure if this should be posted elsewhere, Mods pls move if so...

Where can I buy a double dimmer? Do they even exist for CH standard fittings? I have looked in several shops.

I have a few light switches with two push on/off buttons (one for main lights, other one for lamp circuit) Standard stuff, as far as I can tell. I simply want to replaced these with dimmer/fader versions. I am renting my house so am not prepared to re-fit UK back boxes, which would allow me to use UK dimmers and the good stuff by Futronix or Lutron

To make matters more interesting, some of the swicthes in my house also have a (very useful) mains socket below the buttons, meaning I really would need to stick with swiss kit since other country specs (mainly size & fixings) differ.

Thanks!

J.
Generally, owners do not want tenants changing the switches on the walls. One reason for this is that houses have electrical inspections and they receive a certificate, and if someone who is not an electrician messes around with the wires, it could mean the house will not pass the inspection.

You can purchase a dimmer box that can be installed on the wire of a table or floor lamp. These are simple to install and won't bother your landlord. Also keep in mind that dimmer switches do not function with all types of bulbs (low energy, for example). Halogen is not a problem.

You could of course, ask the owner if he could arrange for an electrician to do this for you and if he would allow you to leave it that way. Did you install the central light fixtures?

There are some new light fixtures that dim by touch. You might consider replacing your lights with these. Alternatively you could purchase the "beam" product for the central lights which also has a dim function and can be operated with a remote.
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Re: Looking for Dimmer switches

Thanks for the replies and tips.

<<enable fussy bugger mode>>
I have looked in most shops, including so called lighting specialists - they had never heard of Lutron. Made me wonder what sort of specialists they are. Any way, the nearest thing I have seen is a single dimmer version, or some pseudo solution using remote controlled adapters which fit in between the light and power source. A miss is as good as a mile, however. I think I will contact the landlord and see if I can get a nod in favour of installing the units I want.
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Re: Looking for Dimmer switches

Double dimmer switches and single ones can be found in Jumbo. I have bought some about two Years ago. They are very simple to install. Suggest that you keep the ones that you will change and replace them when you leave.. If you are renting..
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Re: Looking for Dimmer switches

Lutron
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BOSSHARD HOME LINK AG

DORFSTRASSE 39

EMBRACH, 8424 +41448651670




SMART HOME SA

30 AVENUE DU MONT-BLANC

GLAND, 1196 +41-(0)229900800 smarthome.ch



STORAMA AG

M.NICOLAS REMY PFANDERSMATT BURGISTEIN STATION BURGISTEIN STATION, 3664 +41-(0)33 359 80 80




TECH SUPPLY S.A.

C/O FRANCEY DOUANE:4418-2/TVA 550986 ZONE INDUSTRIELLE 32 A
VILLENEUVE, 1844 +41-(0)219228000




TECHSUPPLY SA

RTE DU STADE 3

CHAILLY-MONTREUX, 1816 +44-(0)219228000 techsupply.ch



TECNA LITE GMBH

FREIHOFSTRASSE 20

KUSNACHT-ZURICH, 8700 +41(0)44-202 4525 tecna-lite.ch



TONBILD SPINNEREI AG

NEUSTADTSTRASSE 3

LUZERN, 6003 0041412111101 www.tonbildspinnerei.ch
For this list I googled "Lutron"
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Re: Looking for Dimmer switches

Now, you see that's what happens when you look in the wrong shops... you don't find what you want! I even looked in the lighting superstore next to IKEA Pratteln (you know, the one under the enormous Magic XXX shop. Off topic). So, thanks for doing the research for me! Having said that, I was in Jumbo last we/end as saw only single dimmers, but I will go & check again.

FYI I spoke with the landlord and the response was effectively "You're luck to have lights at all, young man". Nice. That at least made me decide not to spend so much time re-stocking the garden.

Thx muchly.

J.
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Re: Looking for Dimmer switches

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Generally, owners do not want tenants changing the switches on the walls. One reason for this is that houses have electrical inspections and they receive a certificate, and if someone who is not an electrician messes around with the wires, it could mean the house will not pass the inspection.

You can purchase a dimmer box that can be installed on the wire of a table or floor lamp. These are simple to install and won't bother your landlord. Also keep in mind that dimmer switches do not function with all types of bulbs (low energy, for example). Halogen is not a problem.

You could of course, ask the owner if he could arrange for an electrician to do this for you and if he would allow you to leave it that way. Did you install the central light fixtures?

There are some new light fixtures that dim by touch. You might consider replacing your lights with these. Alternatively you could purchase the "beam" product for the central lights which also has a dim function and can be operated with a remote.
Where can you purchase a dimmer switch for a floor lamp?
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Where can you purchase a dimmer switch for a floor lamp?
Try conrad.ch
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