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1 way and 3 way dimmer switches

3 way dimmer switch has 2 red wires and 2 black wires and 1 way dimmer has 2 green wires and 2 black wires, one person at home depot told me it can be done to use 3 way for a 1 way switch !?
My question is "Can you use 3 way dimmer switch as a 1 way dimmer switch ?"

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  • yaali980 Jan 06, 2009

    Hi, thanks for the response. It's a long story I bought a lot of 5 dimmer switches on ebay its good deal for the price it is the same as those in this link

    http://cgi.ebay.ca/5-NEW-Leviton-Ivory-D...

    I've googled alot and I've also seen alot of installation videos on youtube but none of them is tackling my issue wich is the red wires ? "What should I do with the red wires if I have only 2 green wires and 2 black wires coming from the single one way switch ?"
    If it can be done any help is appreciated, if not thanks anyway I'll use it only for a 3 way switch that I have buy a one way dimmer switches for the rest of switches.

  • yaali980 Feb 09, 2009

    Thanks for all the comments and all the help, I was so happy with the results that instead of installing just 1 dimmer switch I end up installing 5 dimmer switches !!

    It's very nice and house look like a museum or movie theater or both, in short its worth it and I encourage everyone who has the money, time and patience to do it, but please follow the safety procedures first.



    Thank you.

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    When the light is switched off it flashes when a light in another room is switched oh both rooms have dimmer switches

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Since a single pole, one way, switch only costs a dollar I personally would not do this but if you must:

Put the hot incoming wire on the dark colored screw, and the wire going to the switched device on the top right brass screw. It really doesn't matter, as the switch will work either way, you may just have to turn it over to have the "on" position up.

Good luck.

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The answer to your question depends on the manufacturer and type of 3 way dimmer you are using... generally you can use a 3 way switch as a single pole switch, but whether or not this holds true with the dimmer you are using depends. Let me know what you are trying to acomplish and model numbers mfgs of what you have and I'll try and help

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