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Thread: X10 Wall Dimmer Switch problems

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    Default X10 Wall Dimmer Switch problems

    Hi, I am having some strange problems with my LW10U Wall switch, I can always switch it on or of manually and can always switch it off via a remote control or via the computer, but can't always turn it on, sometimes it will, sometimes it won't.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks

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    Hi, I don't think there's a month goes by without my X10 setup doing something unusual. This goes from missing the odd signal to completely baffling scenarios, where one light turns on when another turns off.
    I struggled for years until I finaly got round to using an X10 meter. It's a signal generator and receiver. You plug the generator into 1 plug socket and the receiver into various others.
    Using this I found that the signal strength varied hugely throughout the house. And not in any logical way!
    This gave me the information I needed to place my TM13 in the best position. It also gave me information on what things cause interferance. I then filtered the noisy items and the system is far more reliable now.
    The only problems I've had in the last few months are because I havent read the manual!

    Hope this helps.

    franktate

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    Yes, thanks for that, do you know where I can get hold of an x10 meter and how much they cost?

    Colin

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    You can either buy or rent one from these guys http://www.letsautomate.com/10948.cfm?
    IF YOU CAN'T FIX IT WITH A HAMMER, YOU'VE GOT AN ELECTRICAL PROBLEM.
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    Automated Home Sr Member franktate's Avatar
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    Yes, I bought mine from Letsautomate. I intended to rent it but kept forgetting to ring for a return number and I eventually just decided to keep it for experimentation.
    If you live anywhere near South Cumbria you can gladly lend it for a few days.

    franktate

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