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post #11 of 17 Old 07-27-11, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
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Re: X10 Lighting Control

I dont believe so, in the 3 ceiling fixtures I bet I dont have anymore then 320watts total. I tried 2 different wall dimmers and got the same buzzing sound.
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post #12 of 17 Old 07-27-11, 02:08 PM
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Re: X10 Lighting Control

I got the following from here:

http://www.dimming.org/Technical/detail/778.html

One customer reported that he was running the lights at 60 to 50 percent most of the time and the noise was too annoying. He changed the bulbs to ones rated at about half the wattage and ran the dimmer at full brightness and the noise disappeared. If all this experimenting with different light bulbs is too crazy for you, use non-dimming X10 wall switches. These units don't contain dimmer circuitry, but rather a hard-contact relay. Just like a mechanical switch, these units don't alter the electricity before it goes to the bulb. Smarthome has a few models for your consideration:
2207WIR Leviton Enhanced 10-Amp Relay Wall Switch

2206WI Leviton 15-Amp Relay X10 Wall Switch w. AGC
2207ACWI HomePro 20-Amp Relay X10 Wall Switch




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A little off topic but I bought Insteon with the iOS compatible box a remote and 3 repeater dimming modules. Had all x10 and dimming noise was a issue here too. The new system can still in a roundabout manner control x10 but Insteon is silent switching no hum and even dims my cheapo Home Depot non-dimmable FL bulbs and much more. I got my setup at Smarthome and after a year and a half its still working perfect.
I control 2 200w torch lamps with one plugin and 2 typical fluorescent lamp bulb style with another. I use a hand remote or iPod touch for control.

One more thing this system works great across the house (different circuit) without a repeater only box. x10 did not.
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The Insteon sounds like the way I should have gone. I checked my ceiling fixtures and put 1 60 watt bulb in each of the 3 and the buzzing was reduced somewhat but I still can hear the buzz if I get my ear close enough to the wall switch.

So for the time being it is okay, definatley not as quiet as I would have liked.
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For what it is worth when I used flourecents with my x10 modules I had noise also but I switched back to standard lights and the noise dissapeared.
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Re: X10 Lighting Control

I've also had problems with CFL's on other fixtures causing my X10 modules not to work. Replaced the CFLs with halogens and everything worked fine.

Dimmers can be hit or miss with noise. Some never make it to 100% and that slight loss in voltage can make the fluorescent lights do funny things.
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Just a side note, When the power goes out from a storm or other issue I find that when it comes back on the lights connected to the X10, even when turned off, turn back on. I thought I was going nuts a couple of weeks ago when we lost power during some storms and could have sworn I turned the lights off in my HT but the other day I was sitting in the adjacent room and the power went off for only about 1 minute and when it came back the lights in my HT came on.
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