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MK Grid Dimmers

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by digitalquill, 4 Feb 2011.

  1. digitalquill

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    Hi all

    I have stupidly overlooked costing out the switches... now that 2nd fix has come I am getting a shock.

    I am using the MK range throughout so wanted to use the mk range on the switches

    I have a panel where I have a 6 way switch, where I want everything to be dimmable. I know of the MK grid system so I was going to use that, but now I come to buy it seems that the Dimmer modules are £21 each and the only ones I can find are low voltage ones which I am on 240v normal lighting.

    Is this correct? will this 6 way cost me in the region of £130 once I have bought the modules and the grid?

    Are there any alternatives in the MK range. I thought of doing two three way dimmers, but they don't seem to do those either.

    Thanks for any help. I should have costed this out before now!!!

    Matt
     
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    1) 240V is low voltage.

    2) MK grid dimmer modules will do both LV and ELV.
     
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    I think I will go away from the grid and put in two three dimmer switches, the cost of the grid system seems far too high

    problem is finding a decent quality 3 dimmer switch
     
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    Sureitsoff? have you used the Varilight ones you mention? if so what are they like quality wise?

    Matt
     
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    Hi DQ

    No i havent used the varilight ones I just remember seeing them in the TLC catalogue.

    Dont discount the ones on e-bay, TLC sell the same for approx £19 each
     
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    IIRC the MK dimmers are only 220VA.

    THESE aren't too unlike the MK ones. They only go up to 4 gang though.
     
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    230V even, but otherwise agreed.
     
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    Both 230V and 240V are low voltage, as are 184V, 650V, 99V 444V etc...
     
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    STG he hasn't got 1.3kW of lighting?
     
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    MK used to do two versions of the dimmer modules though - one of them was intended for ELV lighting transformers (they called it the LV version). It worked fine with standard lighting too, but cost more. They now only do a single dimmer suitable for both ELV and LV.

    You are not meant to over populate a grid with dimmers - there are strict guides to how many you can place in a grid (due to heat obviously).

    220VA ones are single module, but the 400VA ones will take up two modules.
     
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    I am going to go with something like this and do two banks of three, won't look quite as good, but seems less complicated.
     
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    Yes, of course. But 240V was incorrect in the context it was used and 230V was correct.
     
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