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Installing a 3 way rotary dimmer

The dimmer instructions say to connect the red wire to the common but this dimmer has 2 red wires . what do i do?

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You should have just two wires for dimmer.
One goes to the black going to the light.
The other goes to the power coming in.
If you took off regular switch, Just disconnect the wires and put back the same as it was.,

Posted on Nov 30, 2008

  • Joseph Lillie
    Joseph Lillie Nov 30, 2008

    I am sorry you said three way, Just caught it. How many wires does the dimmer have and what colors are they. What did you disconnect. Sorry for the confusion

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If your dimmer is like other rotary dimmers, it has a black and red wire.
Or it has 2 black wires.

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