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Old 09-16-2008, 10:57 AM   #1
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$20 Project: Tacky Light Dimmer

Got a bit bored and needed a quick, cheap project. $20 at Home Depot and and old PC power cord (I liked this one because it was really long) and I had myself a tacky light dimmer.

Because I got the cheapest dimmer in the store, I find it works best if the lights are plugged in, then plug the dimmer box into the trailer. I guess the dimmer thingy doesn't like to be unloaded.

I got the weather resistant box to put it in, and sealed a bit with silicone, but I don't think for a minute the device is outdoor rated.

Wiring the thing up should be fairly obvious to members of this form. If you don't know how to wire up a duplex outlet, pick up any home improvement book and read the directions, or get someone to help you. Miswired this could be a dangerous thing.

What is lacking is a way to mount the thing on the awning arm, but I'm leaning towards velcro straps or something along that line.

No more blinding awning lights...so romantic, just me and the wife...
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Old 09-16-2008, 11:58 AM   #2
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Great idea using the receptacle instead of hardwiring. Makes it much more versatile.
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Old 09-16-2008, 12:12 PM   #3
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I bought one with a similar concept to that for $10.

http://www.dimmers.net/credenza_lamp_dimmer.asp

Actually bought it at home depot as well. I use it for my outdoor ropelight.
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Old 09-16-2008, 01:42 PM   #4
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Great idea using the receptacle instead of hardwiring. Makes it much more versatile.
Yes, you can bring it in out of the rain and leave the lights. Or use it with Christmas lights or at the kids school play.

As to lamp dimmers, I guess it was a bad day at the home depot 'cuz I couldn't find one I liked. I guess the semi-weather-proofness of this one appealed to me.

Besides, I was bored and needed something to do.
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Old 09-16-2008, 08:59 PM   #5
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myou get a gold star, thanks
i needed a simple dollar minded way to do just what you are using it for
YEEE haw might make for a more romantic evening
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