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    Default Soft start light switches

    Can anyone advise where i can get these from

    Ive seen them in a friends house when you switch them on the lights come on gradually

    many thanks

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    You could try looking for a supplier of the MK Edge dimmers these are soft start. Also Lutron do softstart dimmers as well. I think Screwfix sells these. http://www.screwfix.com/app/sfd/cat/...95022&ts=29642 they are not cheap.
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    There is a company here in Spain that do a soft start dimmer. The module is designed to fit behind the switch. Don't know about prices. But I will be near where the distributor is middle of next week or so. So I could pop in and find out if you want.
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    Just found out that there is a company here in Spain that do a soft start dimmer. And the distributor isn't that far away from where I am. The module is designed to fit behind the switch. Don't know about prices. But I will be near where the distributor is middle of next week or so. So I could pop in and find out if you want.
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    Default How about these?

    I used a couple of these in my house

    http://www.diy.com/diy/jsp/bq/nav.js...&isSearch=true

    from B&Q, they are touch-switch dimmers, with IR remote control - interestingly you can 'teach' the switch an IR code from any remote pretty much - nice low tech home automation.

    I used the 400w one to soft-start a set of GU10 240v halogens in my kitchen, this prolongued the lamp life hugely, and it remembers the brightness you set.

    They dont work with low-energy bulbs/flourescents etc, so when I switched to flourescent GU10 replacements had to come out.

    HTH

    Mart.

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