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Old January 3rd, 2005, 10:42 AM   #1
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For a short film, I need to dim a neon sign to simulate a short circuit.

Will I damage the transformer by using a standard household light dimmer on the AC to the transformer?

The dimming would only be for short blinks.

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Old January 3rd, 2005, 01:37 PM   #2
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Old January 3rd, 2005, 08:57 PM   #3
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Doug,

If you want to do this, buy the dimmer that is meant for inductive rather than resistive loads. A neon sign as you stated, uses a step up transformer and is therefore a coil which is an inductive load as opposed to a regular lamp filament which is a resistive load.

You would be more likely to burn up the dimmer unit if you used the wrong one.

Be careful. Let us know how it works out.


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Old January 3rd, 2005, 10:23 PM   #4
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Dear Greg:

Thanks so much. Will search out the correct dimmer.

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