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Building a 1000 watt dimmer...
Old 03-29-2010, 11:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking into building a few 1000 watt dimmers. Went to Home Depot and priced out a few things and man is it expensive. I almost might as well just pay for one already built. Anybody done this on the cheap and can list what's needed?
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no way to do it cheep, just don't use all 1000 watts or your dimmer will not last, 80 percent of rating or 800 watts
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Never built one myself - once I priced it out (for an oven controller), I realized it's cheaper - not to mention easier and safer - to buy rather than build.
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Why do you need a 1,000 watt dmmer? I've been using a bank of cheap 600 watt dimmers for years without incident. I have my studio fan hooled up to a dimmer so my assistant or MUA can vary the speed of the fan without walking over to the fan and adjusting it. I also have several Lowel 1k Tota Lights that I control with dimmers.

I will absolutely agree with the group that hooking a 1k light to a 600 watt dimmer can cause overheating problems, and maybe even start a fire ... but in the six or seven years I've used them I never use the lights at full power (hense the dimmers) and I turn them off between sets and never leave them on when I'm not in the studio.
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By 'dimmer' I assume you mean a dimmer that uses resistance to dim lights or slow down fans. If you're gonna buy something already manufactured, also keep a look out for a used Variac. I have one and it's awesome. No overloading heat issues with the dimmer (associated with resistance products) as it variably controls the A/C itself, rather than using resistance.

http://cgi.ebay.com/VARIAC-LIGHTING-...-/350290878565
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