I've been teaching myself some soldering. By teaching, i mean making all the mistakes a nub can manage. With some help from some Olymega folks (thanks Jay and Ross!) we've cobbled together a dimmer switch to an outlet for a cheapo weller iron.
Why not get a proper temp-controlled iron? #reasons
Because my electrical engineering skills are meager to say the most, i have some questions about the setup.
The dimmer model is a Lutron Skylark S-600-WH
. Both outlets are connected to the dimmer.
When i check the voltage with no load, it's either on or off, when i add a load (the iron), it behaves normally.
The dimmer recommends a 40w minimum load. my iron is only 25 watts. Should i add a lightbulb or some other load
to push it up? Or will it "be ok?"
i know this is not a temp-controlled setup, but my iron gets hot enough that the solder beads on the tip. So i think i just need to turn it down enough for whatever i'm working with (mostly just bumbling atm).
Any advice is appreciated, thank you.