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Need help hooking up a single pole Leviton dimmer switch

The switch I disconnected has one bare copper wire, one white wire, one black wire, and one red wire. The new dimmer has one red wire, one green wire, and one black wire. Any help is appreciated. The directions are confusing and mostly in a spanish..I bought it from Walmart..go figure

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  • kroliny123 Jan 19, 2009

    The switch I disconnected has one white grounded wire, one white wire, and two black wires sticking out. the new dimmer has two black wires and one green wire. If anyone could help I would appreciate it!
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Hook up the red to red
black to black
green to bare wire
tie white wire to other whites in back of switch box in the wall.
If no whites in there cap it off with a wire connector.

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