Home Improvement--General/dimmer for torchere halogen


I have A TORCHERE LAMP that is very bright and I am looking for a dimmer (can be hand-held) to attach to it. is there such a device out there in the market?


Hello, Greg.

Your question gave me an opportunity to visit one of my favorite websites, SmartHome!

What you need to dim your torchiere is two pieces: an outlet receiver that you'll plug the fixture into, and a remote radio frequency (RF) dimmer. It's not going to be an inexpensive solution, but it will work! The great thing about this solution is that it doesn't require any hard wiring, and you can move it wherever you want to use it. Here's what I recommend:

RF outlet/receiver: http://www.smarthome.com/2457D2/LampLinc-INSTEON-Plug-In-Lamp-Dimmer-Module-Dual It's $49.99 at SmartHome.

RF hand-held dimmer switch: http://www.smarthome.com/2342-232/INSTEON-Mini-Remote-4-Scene/p.aspx It's $44.99 at SmartHome

If you have any concerns about radio frequency controls, I recommend that you do a search on the internet before you purchase anything. I searched for "Health concerns about RF remote control" and got over 1,350,000 results.

You've probably heard this warning before, but it bears repeating: Never place a torchiere close to anything flammable like draperies, or even artwork. The name of your fixture can have a whole new (negative) meaning, TORCHiere.

Hope you enjoy the effects of the dimmed light fixture!


D. P. Design

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