Question about Electrical Supplies
Take off one of the dimmer wires and whatever wires or bundle of wires you have goes to one of the terminals of the regular switch. If it is 2 or more wires then marrette them together first with a piece of wire 6 or 8 inches long to wire to the switch terminal. Then remove the second wire from the dimmer and handle it the same way. (if it is a single conductor then just put it on the switch screw by itself)
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: 1 way and 3 way dimmer switches
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
Posted on Jan 05, 2009
For a single-pole installation:
1. Connect the 2 white wires together (one from the source and the other to/from the light fixture) - 2 wires
2. Connect the black wire from the source to the black wire on the dimmer switch - 2 wires
3. Connect the black wire to/from the light fixture to the red wire on the dimmer switch - 2 wires
4. Connect the ground wires - 3 wires
Posted on Mar 30, 2009
In your wall box you should have two cables these wires are coming from. The cables are 3 wire w/ground so that you can use 2,3,and4 way switches in the house.
One cable is a line cable, the other is a load. In other words, there is one cable with incoming voltage, and the other cable is a follower, or a cable with wires to pass current along to the next wall switch.
The dimmers are very finicky. One good spark from touching the wrong wire will immediately short it out.
Without knowing whether you are in a 2 or 3 way switch situation it is impossible to accurately tell you which connect to what.
If I were you I would go to Lowes or Home Depot and buy a good wiring book (like Stanley) and go home and sit down and draw out your circuit.
Note that if these wires are for 2 or 3 way switches it changes things. But that book should help you identify it.
Posted on May 23, 2009
Ok, first turn off power by finding the break box and switching to off. Then I'm assuming you mean by "socket" you mean the hole in electrical box mounted in or on your wall the dimmer is supposed to mount to. Sounds like your electrician ran the power back to the switch through your neutral/white wire. Your dimmer has a top and bottom, it also could possible have a tiny word imprinted that says "to light" and "+" if not attach the white from your socket to the top black wire on the dimmer, then connect bottom black wire to the socket's black wire...ground wires should connect to each other and to the ground in the wall socket. Use wire nuts to secure, then check to make sure no wires are touching anything except for what they are supposed to me touching...and test it before you permanently attach. Go switch power back on, and try your dimmer...if it works GREAT:) Now go turn off power one more time, tape your wire nuttted connections with electrical tape, mount dimmer and go turn back on the power. Hope this helped! Thanks
Posted on Jun 17, 2009
One wire is the common and the other two are the travelers.The trick is to find which one is which.... If you can see into the electrical box check to see if one of the red wires and the black wire are from the same cable, if they are then more than likely those two wires are the travelers; you can also look at the other switch and see which two wires are on the brass colored screws, those would also be travelers. The common is usually the wire that is on the black colored screw. Once you figure out which wire is your common, I'm thinking that it is one of your red wires, you would attach that wire to the black wire on the dimmer and the other two wires to the 2 red wires on your dimmer.
Posted on Aug 25, 2009
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