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[Costco] Dimmer Switches and Smart Outlets on Clearance

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[Costco] Dimmer Switches and Smart Outlets on Clearance

Noticed the standard dimmers and smart outlets on clearance in store, this was at the Brampton (410/Steele’s) location but most likely applicable to all locations. Ymmv
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The smart outlets I believe are regular price
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amodmallya wrote: The smart outlets I believe are regular price
If the price ends in .97 at Costco, it's clearance pricing.
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I really wouldn't recommend these dimmers. I bought 4 of them about a year ago, only 2 are still functional. One broke within a week of install (turned on the light, there was a loud snap sound and arc flash within the dimmer, then it wouldn't work). Another one, the switch seems to have broken internally, turning it on or off there's no "click" anymore. I believe they are very cheaply made.

They are the only dimmers I have ever bought that have failed. I'll stick to Leviton or GE in the future.
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I use these dimmer switches, they are a bit finicky but they get the job done. You get what you pay for essentially, they aren't the greatest as the slider is very tiny and doesn't fully dim. When the slider is under the half way point, the lights go out instantly, I don't know if there's a way to adjust them, but I had a licensed electrician install them and he said the same thing.
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Anfaax wrote: I use these dimmer switches, they are a bit finicky but they get the job done. You get what you pay for essentially, they aren't the greatest as the slider is very tiny and doesn't fully dim. When the slider is under the half way point, the lights go out instantly, I don't know if there's a way to adjust them, but I had a licensed electrician install them and he said the same thing.
I had the same issue and ended up returning them. Bought dimmable smart bulbs instead.
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Feb 5, 2017
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Nice. Ill probably pick up a couple more packs. The outlet and dimmers work great with tuya-convert
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Anfaax wrote: I use these dimmer switches, they are a bit finicky but they get the job done. You get what you pay for essentially, they aren't the greatest as the slider is very tiny and doesn't fully dim. When the slider is under the half way point, the lights go out instantly, I don't know if there's a way to adjust them, but I had a licensed electrician install them and he said the same thing.
If you take the face plate off, there is a secondary limiter that allows you to adjust to the minimum setting that your fixture or bulbs can handle. This basically allows the primary dimmer to work in full spectrum. What I would recommend is turn primary dimmer all the way to the bottom, and then turn the light on and off and set the hidden, secondary adjuster to the lowest setting possible, that will still allow the light to turn on without having to adjust the primary dimmer. Dont know if that makes sense in my description, but it will help making thats secondary adjustment.
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rtookey wrote: If you take the face plate off, there is a secondary limiter that allows you to adjust to the minimum setting that your fixture or bulbs can handle. This basically allows the primary dimmer to work in full spectrum. What I would recommend is turn primary dimmer all the way to the bottom, and then turn the light on and off and set the hidden, secondary adjuster to the lowest setting possible, that will still allow the light to turn on without having to adjust the primary dimmer. Dont know if that makes sense in my description, but it will help making thats secondary adjustment.
TIL... didn't know there was a secondary limiter on these switches... where is it?
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AndrewL132800 wrote: Nice. Ill probably pick up a couple more packs. The outlet and dimmers work great with tuya-convert
Are you sure you got these ones and not the CE Smart dimmers and outlets? These dimmers don't even appear to be smart switches...
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rtookey wrote: If you take the face plate off, there is a secondary limiter that allows you to adjust to the minimum setting that your fixture or bulbs can handle. This basically allows the primary dimmer to work in full spectrum. What I would recommend is turn primary dimmer all the way to the bottom, and then turn the light on and off and set the hidden, secondary adjuster to the lowest setting possible, that will still allow the light to turn on without having to adjust the primary dimmer. Dont know if that makes sense in my description, but it will help making thats secondary adjustment.
Good to know. I've found that with modern LED dimmer bulbs, they don't all follow a predictable brightness curve like old incandescent bulbs. Their brightness may jump up too quickly over too short a range of the dimmer, and they may cut off suddenly well before the bottom end of the dimmer range. It doesn't help that dimmers now may use different methods that interact unpredictably with LED bulb electronics - many dimmers don't change the voltage like the old analog rheostats, they pulse-modulate the voltage by turning it on and off with a varying duty cycle to control the current delivery that way.

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