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As with any dimmer, it is normal for the wall switch module to get hot. X10 wall switches can get as hot as 50C (122 F). All X10 switches are U.L. Approved and pass all of their fire and safety standards. It is therefore perfectly safe. Note also that the switch gets hotter as you increase the wattage of the lamp(s) you are controlling, and also gets hotter if you have multiple switches in the same wall box. Therefore when using multiple switches, side by side, it is advisable to de-rate the switches, i.e., 500W if using one switch, 400W if two switches are in the same wall box, and 300W for 3 switches in the same wall box.
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As with any dimmer, it is normal for the wall switch module to get hot. X10 wall switches can get as hot as 50C (122 F). All X10 switches are U.L. Approved and pass all of their fire and safety standards. It is therefore perfectly safe. Note also that the switch gets hotter as you increase the wattage of the lamp(s) you are controlling, and also gets hotter if you have multiple dimmer switches in the same wall box. Therefore when using multiple dimmer switches, side by side, it is advisable to de-rate the switches, i.e., 500W if using one dimmer switch, 400W if two dimmer switches are in the same wall box, and 300W for three dimmer switches in the same wall box.

Revision as of 23:43, 20 May 2008

Question

I've noticed that my wall switch module feels quite warm to the touch. Is this normal, and is it safe?

Answer

As with any dimmer, it is normal for the wall switch module to get hot. X10 wall switches can get as hot as 50C (122 F). All X10 switches are U.L. Approved and pass all of their fire and safety standards. It is therefore perfectly safe. Note also that the switch gets hotter as you increase the wattage of the lamp(s) you are controlling, and also gets hotter if you have multiple dimmer switches in the same wall box. Therefore when using multiple dimmer switches, side by side, it is advisable to de-rate the switches, i.e., 500W if using one dimmer switch, 400W if two dimmer switches are in the same wall box, and 300W for three dimmer switches in the same wall box.