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  • "Simple" Conversion of Metal Lamp to Use Touch Switch

    I am an Electrician and I've installed these switches for over ten years. They are made for incandescent bulbs ONLY. LEDs are DC devices that will burn out prematurely with solid state dimmers (like this one). Some mentioned, their LED started blinking. That's the step-down electronics in the base of the bulb failing.I take issue with your 'wire nut instructions'. Proper use of wire nuts requires that wires are stripped the correct length and even with each other. The nuts needs to be twisted TIGHTLY on the wires. NO TAPE is necessary. When you think your connection is done, pull hard on the wires. If any come out, the wire nut is not installed properly or you have the wrong size wire nut.Quality wire nuts have a conical metal 'spring' inside. When twisted on copper wires (either s...

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    I am an Electrician and I've installed these switches for over ten years. They are made for incandescent bulbs ONLY. LEDs are DC devices that will burn out prematurely with solid state dimmers (like this one). Some mentioned, their LED started blinking. That's the step-down electronics in the base of the bulb failing.I take issue with your 'wire nut instructions'. Proper use of wire nuts requires that wires are stripped the correct length and even with each other. The nuts needs to be twisted TIGHTLY on the wires. NO TAPE is necessary. When you think your connection is done, pull hard on the wires. If any come out, the wire nut is not installed properly or you have the wrong size wire nut.Quality wire nuts have a conical metal 'spring' inside. When twisted on copper wires (either stranded or solid) the 'spring' coils dig in and expand around the wires. This offers a tight connection. Any loose electrical connection is a recipe for fire. Screws that clamp wires must be tight as well. If the screw threads strip, the screw was bad.A properly wire nutted connection has LESS resistance than a solder connection. The only connection that is better is a crimp connection where the metals are mashed into each other to make one solid metal.

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