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    Default Four-gang dimming lightswitches (z-wave?)

    Hi,

    I'm looking for suggestions for a four-gang dimming lightswitch or high-powered two-gang.

    I currently have a four-gang lightwaveRF dimming lightswitch in my kitchen. Each switch controls between 4 and 6 ceiling downlighters, with 35W halogen bulbs in. In the recent hot weather, the lightswitch has stopped working, probably due to over-heating. This is the 3rd replacement lightwaveRF switch that I've had (the other two went during hot weather as well!), so I'm now looking for alternatives.

    I have other z-wave devices in my house, so would be happy to go with that for the switch. From a fairly extensive search, I couldn't find any four-gang z-wave switches, so one possibility would be to combine the four circuits down to two, which would require switches that could handle around 315W (only ~1.5A - doesn't seem excessive?). However, it would be good if the new switch could fit the current double-width patress box, to save having to do any patching up.

    Many thanks for any suggestions...

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    I've used several Z-Wave dimmer switches. I prefer these Linear / GoControl switches:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00E1OVFAK

    There is also a higher watt version:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CW63380

    I use mine with LED bulbs, so I'm not sure whether they will work with halogen bulbs. The description says they do.

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    Why not swap out your old bulbs for LEDs? Should reduce the heat problems and cut your fuel bills. If necessary, you could leave one halogen lamp in each circuit which should prevent any low-current problems

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    Are the Linear switches a standard "module" size so they can fit in grid plates like these?
    https://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Products/VLCPG8.html



    Quote Originally Posted by JimH View Post
    I've used several Z-Wave dimmer switches. I prefer these Linear / GoControl switches:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00E1OVFAK

    There is also a higher watt version:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01CW63380

    I use mine with LED bulbs, so I'm not sure whether they will work with halogen bulbs. The description says they do.

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    I believe so. I used them to replace a lot of switches in my home.

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