I have a 15 amp breaker that controls:
- Three bathroom incandescent vanity lights that have a wall dimmer,
- Four incandescent can lights on my lanai that are controlled by four-way switches, one of which is a dimmer,
- three GFCI duplex outlets on my lanai.
I have string patio lights (LED) that I am trying to control with a dimmer without success. I have tried three different dimmer configurations
- a plug-in smart dimmer,
- a simple plug-in sliding lamp dimmer, and
- a switch dimmer inserted into the circuit of one of the GFCI outlets.
All three dimmers have the same problem:
- If the vanity lights and can lights are OFF, all three of the dimmer options for the patio string lights work as expected: they turn the lights on/off and dim them.
- If I turn on either or both of the vanity lights and/or the can lights, the dimmers for those effect the dimmer for the string lights plugged into the GFCI outlet. Even if I have the string patio lights turned off, turning on the vanity lights or the can lights will turn on the string lights plugged into the outlet. Stranger that that the dimmers on the vanity lights and the can lights will dim the string lights plugged into the outlet.
- If I remove the dimmer from the string lights and merely plug them into the GFCI outlet, the switches for the vanity lights and can lights have no effect on the string lights...they don't turn the on or off and therefore don't dim them either. It's only when I have a dimmer attached to the GFCI outlet that I experience the problem.
I have removed all three GFCI outlets from their boxes and checked that they are wired properly for line and load connections; they are.
I appreciate any thoughts on why this is happening and solutions to the problem if they exist.